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Crochet Giveaway #11 - Closed

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This will be giveaway #11. I will be giving away 4 Crochet World and 2 Crochet Fantasy magazines. The giveaway will run from today June 30, 2009 through July 11, 2009. I will draw the winner the following day. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter.

What are you working on now? I am currently working on my square baby afghan and a flower afghan. Now that I have more time, I am going to start a thread, join as you go project.

Please do not post your personal mailing address in the comment section. That can be e-mailed privately if you are the winner.

The giveaway is open everyone around the world.
In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact.
If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait 2 months to participate so everyone has a chance.I appreciate the great response. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Playlist for Crochet Afghan Pattern Stitches

I have several crochet pattern stitches put together in a playlist. I keep adding to the playlist as I do more video tutorials. Please let me know if you need help finding a playlist. A lot of the other video's are broken down in to categories so it is easier to find them.

This set of stitches will work well for other projects like hats, or handbags, in addition to the afghan.


Cluster and Double Crochet Pattern Stitch

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Cluster and Double Crochet Pattern Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Cluster Shell and Double Crochet Combination
Video Tutorial:Cluster Shell and Double Crochet Combination Left Hand

This pattern stitch will work for an afghan or scarf.

Abbreviations
CL - Cluster
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Cluster - Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the chain/stitch. Pull yarn through, wrap the yarn over the hook. Pull through 2 loops. Leave the remaining 2 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert through the chain/stitch. Pull yarn through, wrap the yarn over the hook. Pull through 2 loops. There will be 3 loops on the crochet hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops to complete the cluster.

Cluster Set - This is 3 cluster stitches with a chain 1 between.
Multiple: 10 + 7

I have used a chain of 37 with the swatch example

Row 1: Work 1 DC in the 4th CH from the hook. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. Skip 2 chains. *Work a cl…

Counting Stitches for an Accurate Stitch Count - Crochet Tip #54

I always recommend counting crochet stitches. The reason is for accuracy with each row/round. Counting will save time and is a resource to reduce the possibility of ripping out future rows/rounds. The edges of an afghan are the most common place to drop a stitch. Sometimes it is very difficult to see where the stitch should go. It may even look correct as you turn to start the next row. Several rows later you will notice that your afghan is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top. This is from missed stitches. Counting will help reduce missed stitches.

I know for those of you with small children there are frequent interruptions and you will lose count. My now grown children are the reason I count. When my kids were small, they would be off doing their own thing, not pay any attention to what I was doing until I would start crocheting. Then they would need a drink or start fighting. You can also count your stitches once the row is complete and the children's needs have been met …

Bavarian Crochet Stitch Blanket

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Crochet Blanket Wheel Stitch Square - Catherine's Wheel

Video Tutorial:Bavarian Crochet Stitch

Crochet Dad has a variation of the wheel stitch square using a wheel stitch rectangle. Great idea Crochet Dad!!!

Written by Teresa Richardson

Joined Stitches - The joined stitches will be done by wrapping the yarn around your hook twice, insert the hook through the stitch, pull the yarn through the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through two loops, wrap the yarn over, pull through two loops. Leave the last loop of each stitch on your hook. There will be 5 loops on the hook for the corner joined, 8 loops on the hook for the flat edge joined.

NOTE:

The wheel stitch with the back post is a heavier stitch using more yarn. It will make a nice and warm afghan.The wheel stitch square can be modified and used with double crochet.The wheel stitch can be easily modified to use more stitches in each wheel

CH 5, Join.
Round 1: *CH 3, work 4 TC joined, CH 1 to secure, CH 3, SL ST in the CH. C…

Information Label for Crochet Gifts or Merchadise - Crochet Tip #52

Each of us have probably sold a project that we have made at one time or another or given it away as a gift. My suggestion is to inform the recipient that the project is not coming apart if a tail happens to pop out after a wash cycle. You may want to include a simple set of instructions on how to sew the tails back in between the stitches.

Many years ago a friend of mine brought me a afghan that her grandma had made, because she thought it was falling apart. The only thing that had happened was some of the tails has popped out after washing. I knotted, secured and sewed the tails back between the stitches with her watching. I let her know that the afghan was not falling apart and that tails could come out again after a wash cycle. She was very relieved to know that was all it was. After that, she knew how to take care of it herself.

Linked Crochet Stitch - Tunisian

This is a fun stitch to work with. If you are looking for an afghan that is nice and solid with no holes, this stitch may be what you are looking for. It has a nice texture change for each row. It reminds me of a basketweave, just a different variation. The stitches can be made as long as you want to make them. I made a headband out if it and I love it.

Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Double Crochet Rows

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Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Double Crochet Rows

Written by Teresa Richardson

This pattern stitch will make a great afghan or a scarf.

Size Estimate for a K/6.6mm crochet hook:
Baby Afghan - Chain 90 for 27.5 inches or 69.9CM
Full Size Afghan - Chain 225 for 68.5 inches or 174CM
Scarf - I am recommending a chain of 28, same as the video and a smaller size G or H crochet hook.

Skill Level: Beginner familiar with crochet basics to Intermediate

Video Tutorial:Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

Materials
Crochet Hook Size K was used in the video
4 ply yarn

Abbreviations
CM = Centimeters
SK - Skip
CH's - Chains
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
Shell - 5 Double Crochet -For this project, the 5 double crochet worked together will be called a shell.

Multiple: 6 chains ( Chains will be added or taken away in increments of 6 to adjust the size)

Row 1: Work 2 DC in the 2nd CH from the hook, SK 2 CH's, SC in the next, *SK 2 CH's, work 5 DC in the next CH, SK 2 CH's, SC in the next…

Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

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Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

Written by Teresa Richardson

This pattern stitch will make a great afghan or a scarf.

Size Estimate for a K/6.6mm crochet hook:
Baby Afghan - Chain 90 for 27.5 inches or 69.9CM
Full Size Afghan - Chain 225 for 68.5 inches or 174CM
Scarf - I am recommending a chain of 28, same as the video and a smaller size G or H crochet hook.

Skill Level: Beginner familiar with crochet basics to Intermediate

Video Tutorial:Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

Materials
Crochet Hook Size K was used in the video
4 ply yarn

Abbreviations
CM = Centimeters
SK - Skip
CH's - Chains
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
Shell - 5 Double Crochet -For this project, the 5 double crochet worked together will be called a shell.

Multiple: 6 chains ( Chains will be added or taken away in increments of 6 to adjust the size)

Row 1: Work 2 DC in the 2nd CH from the hook, SK 2 CH's, SC in the next, *SK 2 CH's, work 5 DC in the next CH, SK 2 CH's, SC in…

Crochet is Repetition - Crochet Tip #49

Crochet is repeating stitches. It may be the same stitch or a series of various stitches.

Pattern Stitches are sets of stitches being repeated. A set of repeated stitches may include 1 row or several rows to complete the pattern stitch.

An Afghan with simple to intricate designs, is made up of sets of rows, that are repeated for the length of the afghan.

When making a Granny Square there will be 4 sets of repeated stitches on each round, since a granny has 4 sides.

When making a Doily, there will be sets of repeated stitches for each round.Some doilies may have an obvious flat side where others may be round, square or oval shape.

Single Crochet Spike Pattern Stitch

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Video Tutorial: Single Crochet Spike Stitch - Pattern Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain
ST - Stitch

Spike Stitch - For this pattern, this stitch is worked two rows below, between the double crochet. There will be two double crochet between each spike. Insert the hook between, pull loop up, insert hook in the previous DC, wrap yarn over and pull through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the spike.

Materials
4 ply yarn
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
Multiple: 2

Chain 26

Row 1: Work 23 DC across in each chain.

Row 2: CH 3 turn, DC in ea DC across.
Row 3: CH 1, SC in same ST. Work Spike Stitch in the next.

Row 4-5: CH 3 turn, DC in ea DC across.

Repeat rows 3-5 for the remainder of the pattern.

Estimate for baby afghan: Chain 126

Estimate for full size afghan: Chain 250


Abstract Cat Edging - Reverse Single Crochet

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I finished up the crochet Abstract Cat baby afghan with a reverse single crochet edging. I have also heard it called the crab stitch and backward single crochet. My thoughts are to use a more subtle edging when using a busy pattern stitch. The last color on my afghan is made with 3 full rows. I wanted to pull the last two rows together to shape the head. I did a drop reverse single crochet to form the head so the edging completes my last segment of cats. The side edges and foundation chain are worked with reverse single crochet evenly stitched along each edge. This stitch will create additional fullness at times, so I have found that skipping a stitch every once in a while will keep it from becoming to full.

New Chart Crochet Patterns

This is an introduction for some of you who may not know about my other crochet blogs that I post patterns on.

I have recently added some new patterns to my Painted Tapestry Crochet Blog and Filet Crochet Blog. Both are chart crochet using thread or yarn. People have sent me pictures of afghans they have made from the filet crochet charts and they turn out really nice. Chart patterns are very versatile. The Painted Tapestry Charts will work for cross stitch, plastic canvas in addition to the crochet.

Shell with 3 Double Crochet

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Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Shell with 3 Double Crochet

Baby Afghan estimate: Chain 105. This will give you a 34 inch estimate for width with a size i/5.5mm hook.

Shell: For this pattern stitch, the shell will consist of 3 double crochet.

Multiple: 3 - This means that it takes 3 chains to make 1 shell of the pattern stitch.

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SH - Shell
* - repeat from (How many times you repeat will depend on how many chains you are working with)


Row 1: Work 3 double crochet in the 6th chain from the hook. *Skip 2 chains, work 3 double crochet in the next chain. Repeat from * for the width of the project. Work 1 double crochet in the last chain for the edge.

Row 2: Chain 3, turn. This first chain 3 will count as your first double crochet. *Work 3 DC(double crochet) in the 2nd DC of the next shell. Repeat from * for the width. End with a double crochet in the last stitch of the edge.

Repeat row 2 for the remainder of the length.



Abstract Crochet Cats

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Abstract Crochet Cats

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Abstract Crochet Cats

Baby Afghan - I chained 100 for the baby afghan and used a size K hook and 4 ply yarn.

Multiple: 5

Materials
4 ply yarn
Size K crochet hook - You can use other size hooks for this project

Abbreviations
SK - Skip
Ch - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
SP - Space

Drop Stitch - The drop stitch will be worked below the two previous row of shell stitches. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook 2 rows below, between the shell stitches, pull the yarn up. Repeat one more time for a total of 5 loops on the hook.

Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook, DC in the next CH, Skip 4 chains, in the next CH(5th chain) work *2DC, CH1, 2DC, SK 4 CH's, Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 chains.

Row 2: CH 2, DC in the next DC, work *2DC, CH1, 2DC in the next CH 1 Space. Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 DC.

Row 3: CH 2, DC in the next DC, Work a dropstitch (see…

Crochet Slanted Shell - Variation 2 - Baby Afghan

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Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
Video Tutorial:Crochet Slanted Shell - Variation 2
Written by Teresa Richardson

Baby Afghan Size Estimate - If you want to make a baby afghan with a size I/5.5mm crochet hook, 4-ply yarn, you will chain 122. This will give you an estimated width of 38 inches.

Multiple is 5+2
Row 1: 3 DC in the 3rd chain from the hook, Skip 3 chains, single crochet in the next chain, *chain 3, 3 double crochet in the next chain. Skip 3 chains, single crochet in the next chain. Repeat from * for the width of the pattern.
Row 2: Chain 4, 3 double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Skip the 3 double crochet, single crochet in the chain 3 space, chain 3, Work 3 double crochet in the same chain 3 space. Repeat across from * for the width.

Repeat row 2 for the length.


Thread Crochet Edging for Placemat

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Thread Crochet Shell Edging

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Thread Crochet Shell Edging

Abbreviations
TC - Triple Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
CH - Chain
SK - Skip

This edging is added to a blanket stitch edging. It can also be used on a solid crochet afghan as an edging.

Shell: The shell will be 7 triple crochet with a chain 1 between each stitch.

Round 1: 3 SC in each blanket stitch around. Make sure you add extra stitches in the corners for the added fullness that corners need.

Round 2: CH 1, *SC in same SC, skip 3 SC, Shell in next SC, continue around from *. It is alright to modify the stitch spaces by skipping more or less single crochet, to end with the same amount of shells on each side.

Round 3: CH 2, skip the first triple crochet, *SL ST in the next TC, CH 4, SL ST in the same stitch. SL ST in the CH 1 SP. Complete 4 times total from*. SL ST in the next TC, CH 4, SL ST in the same stitch. CH 2, SL ST in the next SC. Continue around. O…

Day of Service

Today is a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. here in America. It is also recognized as a day of service, where people are going out in to the community to provide help for charitable organizations. People who crochet have a very generous spirit, through out the year. That is part of the genetic makeup of a crocheter. What I would like, is for everyone to share contact information for charity organizations that are in need of items such as hats, scarves, baby blankets, afghans or any organization that is special to you. Please include an address or website where we can locate the information to send items.If you don't have an address, that is alright, Please feel free to comment anyway.

Cold Weather Crochet Projects

I hope everyone is staying warm that has been hit by the cold weather. It was 28° when I woke up this morning, which is very cold for this part of the country. The high has been about 45° for the day. Normal temperatures are about 55°-60° this time of the year.

This has been a busy week with 7 new video's uploaded to Youtube. That is why it may seem a little quite here on the crochet blog. I started and ended the week with details on chart crochet for the Barack Obama Tapestry and Blue Star Service Flag Tapestry.

Throughout the week I posted 5 new square tutorials. They are great for making random granny squares for exchanges or a random square afghans. The traditional granny square is sort of an encore, now that I am no longer limited by time. The instructions are all in one video, so no more parts. The Basketweave tutorial will double for a crochet scarf or afghan. I will be posting written instructions for the basketweave tutorial.

Puff Stitch Crochet Square - 5 Rounds
C…

First Crochet Project

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The first project that I completed and didn't throw away, was a baby afghan for my son. It was done with the shell pattern stitch and three colors of blue. It had a white edging. How I wish I had a picture of that afghan. I thought I did but I am not able to find it. You all would get a big kick out of it and the horrendous colors I put together. The blues may have been alright but I don't know what I was thinking with a white border.

I am including a picture from a trip to Universal Studios California in 1987 of me and my two kids, Amanda and Justin. Caleb was not born yet. I had been crocheting about 4 years and decided to make a sweater, which is the one I am wearing in the picture. This sweater project is where I learned in detail about crochet gauge and how to improvise when things are not working quite like they should be. I was very happy with the sweater in how it turned out and loved to wear it. The sweater pattern is from an old Crochet Fantasy magazine. Plea…