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Crochet Motif Juniper

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Crochet Motif Juniper

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Motif Juniper

Video Tutorial: Crochet Motif Juniper Left Hand
+Left Hand CrochetSkill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Materials
Size 9 Steel crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Thread
Tapestry Needle

Make 7 circles
Work a chain of 8, join
Round 1: chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch. Work 18 double crochet through the chain, join with the beginning stitch.

We will be joining the circles with a slip stitch to the center circle. Skip, 2 stitches between each joined circle. Count back 3 stitch to join the previous attached circle, around the center circle. Refer to image for placement.

Edging - Chain 3, slip stitch in the next stitch, 6 times on each circle, work a chain 1 between each circle.

Make sure all of your tails are knotted and secure.  Sew them in upon completion.


Joined Crochet Swirl

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Joined Crochet Swirl

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:How to make a Crochet Thread Swirl Joined

Video Tutorial:Left Hand How to make a Crochet Thread Swirl Joined

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Materials
Size 1 Steel crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions 
You will join each motif with right sides facing each other.  They will be joined with a slip stitch.  See symbol diagram from details. Diagram is only through round 5 but still represents how to join each motif together.  You can make the motif larger if you prefer larger pieces.




Chain 4, join.  You can also use the magic circle to start. 

Round 1:  CH 1, This will not count as a stitch, only the step up. Work *3 DC, CH 2, Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 2: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch and 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space…

Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

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Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

Skill Level - Easy Beginner

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
ST - Stitch

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
Yarn/Cotton of your choice
Yarn Marker - A scrap tail will work great as a yarn marker

I will not be using a chain 1 at the beginning of each round. This is to reduce the visibility of the seam. The top can be worked in a continual round if you choose to do so.

CH 3 Join.

Round 1: Work 9 SC through the chain.

Round 2: Work 1 SC in same ST, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 2 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next ST.

Round 3: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 2 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 4 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 2 St's.

Round 4: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 6 ST's. Repeat from…

Majestic Crochet Flower Motif - Bullion Stitch

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Majestic Crochet Flower Motif - Bullion Stitch

Video Tutorial: Majestic Crochet Flower Motif - Bullion Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Materials
Size G/4mm crochet hook - Can be made with different size hooks and yarn.
4 ply yarn

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Bullion Stitch - This flower wraps the yarn around the hook 7 times. You can do more or less loops.

Chain 5, join

Round 1: CH 1, Work a SC through the CH loop. *CH 5, SL ST in the top of the SC. Work 2 SC through the loop. Repeat 5 time total from *, CH 5 SC through the loop. SL ST to join in first SC. Leave yarn attached to use on the 3rd round. ( 6 chain 5 loops total)

Round 2: *CH 3 Work 5 Bullion stitches through the loop, CH 3, SC in the same loop. Complete 6 times total from *. (30 Bullion Stitches total, 5 in each loop)

Round 3: Pick up the yarn from round 1. Pull the loop up over round 2, pull the working yarn strand through the loop. *Work a SC through round 1. SL ST in each of the next 3 CH&#…

Simply Elegant Crochet Lace Motif - Crochet Geek

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This is showing how to take the simply elegant motif and turn it in to a lace cloth with 2 different placements of the motif. The video will show how to join the motif to another motif.

Video Tutorial:Simply Elegant Motif - Joining Together




Simply Elegant Motif
Pattern Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case
Abbreviations
SK- Skip
SP - Space
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Joining the Motif - Each motif is joined together at the chain 2, as you are creating round 6.

Chain 5, join
Round 1: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 12 DC through the chain loop, join.
Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 2 DC in ea DC around. (24 Double Crochet Total)
Round 3: Ch 2, 1 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, in the same space. Skip 1 DC, * 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, sk the next DC, complete 11 times from*, join.
Round 4: SL ST to CH 2 SP. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 space. * 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 space. Complete 11 times total from *, join.
Round 5: SL ST …

Event Crochet Lace

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You may have an event coming up soon like a graduation, wedding or dance recital. Crochet is a great way to add an inexpensive unique, elegant touch to any event. Think about what you may have in your own pattern library. It does not have to be fancy, difficult or expensive. I am really fond of the cliche', less is more. This is taking something really simple and turning it in to an elegant piece. Lets look at some basic shapes; circle, rectangle and square. Each of the following pieces can be made with a simple double crochet, chain or a combination of both.
The rectangle can be made in to an elegant hair bow or napkin ring.Two squares can be made in to an outer cover for a ring bearer pillow.A small circle motif can be tied with a nice little bow and filled with gift items for wedding party.A crochet square can be made into a handkerchief and embellished with some flowersStore bought napkins and place mats can be decorated with a crochet edgingCircle motifs can be shaped in to el…

Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case

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Click on diagram for a close up view


Simply Elegant Motif 

Pattern Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case

Abbreviations
SK- Skip
SP - Space
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Chain 5, joinRound 1: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 12 DC through the chain loop, join.
Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 2 DC in ea DC around. (24 Double Crochet Total)Round 3: Ch 2, 1 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, in the same space. Skip 1 DC, * 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, sk the next DC, complete 11 times from*, join.Round 4: SL ST to CH 2 SP. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 space. * 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 space. Complete 11 times total from *, join.Round 5: SL ST to CH 2 SP. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 space CH 1 * 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 1. Complete 11 times total from *, join.Round 6: SL ST to CH 2 space, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, SC between shells, blow round 4, CH 2. *4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, SC between shells, below round 4, …

Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps

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This is a good recycling project. It is also a good way to use up scrap yarn.
Recycle the bottle caps to fill the motifFill the motif with old potholders or towels.Make a random color hot dish mat with scrap yarn motif's

Video Tutorial:Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Beginner

Crochet Hook G
4-Ply yarn
Bottle Cap or Polyester Fiberfill to fill the motifs

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
FPSC - Front Post Single Crochet
EA - Each

Tree Motif
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, 6 SC in magic circle, join. (6 Single Crochet)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 4: CH 1, *FPSC around the next SC, CH 3, complete 12 times from *, join in BEG single crochet. (12 SC, CH loops) This round is worked on the front of the bottlecap motif. This is the round that fastens each motif to each other.
Connecting: To connect each motif, yo…

How to Slip Stitch Across a Crochet Stitch

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1-2: Insert your hook under the two loops of the stitch
3: Wrap the yarn over your hook
4: Pull the strand of yarn through the loops at the top of the stitch and through the loop on the hook. You have completed your slip stitch.

Video Tutorial:How to Slip Stitch across Crochet Stitches
Video Tutorial:Crochet 101: SLIP STITCH
The purpose of the slip stitch is to join and to get someplace else.
The slip stitch will attach a new color of yarn to your project.The slip stitch will join stitches together at the end of a round.
It will attach squares or motifs in join-as-you-go projects.
The slip stitch will travel in getting you from one stitch to another stitch. Think back to when you were a kid. Maybe you wanted to sneak a cookie or play outside a little longer and not be noticed. That is what slip stitching does when you are moving across stitches. It takes you from one stitch to another without being noticed. It saves you from cutting yarn and sewing in a lot of tails later.

Idea's for Crochet Scrap Yarn

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Ways to Use up Scrap Yarn


Loopy Granny Square
Crochet Star

Crochet Flower
Made from Circles

Crochet Lotus Bloom

There are many ways to use up scrap yarn. I am going to share a few ways with you. I invite everyone to share your ideas in the comment section.

Maybe you have made an afghan and you end up with 2-3 extra skeins of yarn. That would be enough yarn to make a hat, slippers, scarf, potholder or granny squares. I usually wind up with a ball of yarn the size or an orange or smaller. Those sizes are ideal for making flowers or multi-color granny squares. I do have a crochet Flower Blog dedicated specifically to flowers and leaves and a Granny Square, Motif and Applique blog specifically for crochet granny squares, motifs and applique. The patterns on both blogs are ideal for scrap yarn.

Crochet Rectangle Motif

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Crochet Rectangle Motif

Written by Teresa Richardson

Crochet Abbreviations
EA = Each
SP = Space
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
BEG = Beginning
LP = Loop
SC = Single Crochet

Round 1: CH 3, DC in CH, CH 2, 8 DC in CH lp, CH 2, 2 DC in CH, 8 DC in CH lp, CH 1, SC in beg CH 3. ( When complete you will have, 2 Sets of 2 DC, 2 Sets of 8 DC)

Round 2: CH 3, DC in same sp. 1 DC in ea of the next 2 DC. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP(this forms the corner and increases each round in size). 1 DC in ea of the next 8 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 2 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 sp. 1 DC in ea of next 8 DC. CH 1, SC in beg CH 3 to join.

Round 3: CH 3, DC in same sp. 1 DC in ea of the next 6 DC. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 12 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 6 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 sp. 1 DC in ea of next 12 DC. CH 1, SC in beg CH 3 to join.

Round 4: CH 3, DC in same sp. 1 DC in ea of the next 10 DC. 2 DC, CH …

Hexagon Crochet 3 Sided Motif - Complete

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Back in May I did a written tutorial on Join As you go Motifs . I included a three sided motif that I was working on at the time. I want to share the results of the piece upon completion. It is 62" long and 38" wide. The instructions can be found in Magic Crochet #41. A great source for finding old Magic Crochet magazines is E-bay.

Video Tutorial: Join As You Go - Thread Examples

Crochet Butterfly - Variation B

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Crochet Butterfly Variation B

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:

Crochet Abbreviations

CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
ST = Stitch
Beg = Beginning
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Picot: This is a chain 3, join in the first chain. It forms a tiny, decorative loop.

Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread

Steel Crochet Hook Size 2

Magic Circle or Chain 4 and join.

Round 1: CH 3, 4 DC, CH 1, *5 DC, CH 1, Do the section from* 3 times total, SL ST in beg CH 3 to join. (8 Sets of 5 Double Crochet)

Round 2: SL ST over to 3rd DC. CH 3, 4 DC in same DC. CH 1, *5 DC in next CH 1 SP. CH 1, 5 DC in the center(3rd DC over), CH 1, Do the section from * 3 times total. 5 DC in next CH 1 SP, CH 1, SL ST in beg CH 3.

Round 3: SL ST over to 3rd DC. CH 3, 4 DC in same DC. *CH 3, 5 DC, in 3rd DC of the next set of stitches. Do the section from * 7 times total. CH 3, join in beg CH 3.

Round 4: SL ST over to 3rd DC. CH 3, 2 DC in same ST, CH, SL ST in 1st CH,(picot), 3 DC in same ST. *CH 2, DC dropping below around row 2, CH 1 SP, CH 2,…

Filet Crochet - Space Limitations

I have been asked if it is possible to make filet crochet yarn charts 6" or 7". When you make a filet crochet chart smaller, you will have distortion of your original image. They can be done but you will have the basic of basic shapes with not much detail. For example, you can fit a heart, diamond, letter, number or circle in a small square. What will not fit is an image of a George Washington. With larger squares, you will be able to create images that may allow for more detail. You could create a square 10"x10" if you wanted to do a more detailed, motif type of afghan. You could also make your whole afghan out of one chart. Charts can be altered down in size but keep in mind the possibility of distortion. If you have an idea that was generated from a crochet chart, give it a try.

Motif - Correct Pronunciation - Mo-TEEF

I make errors and this is one of those times. I let a couple of people know that I was going to try correct my error. As we all know, triangles, squares and circles can create a Motif. Well, I pronounced Motif wrong in several videos. I pronounced Amigurumi wrong earlier in the year, so it is not my first verbal error. Maybe one day Youtube will provide an audio edit so I can replace small segments of audio, while leaving the original video up. I learned a couple days ago that I was pronouncing it wrong all these years. I deeply apologize to those of you who may have learned how to say it wrong because of me. It is pronounced Mo-TEEF. I am working on remembering so the next time I do a Motif tutorial I won't say it wrong.

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Crochet Chain Loops- Where Do I Put My Hook? - Crochet Tip 8

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When making a beginning circle loop, many of us have probably asked ourselves, Where do we put our Hook, in & through the chains or around the chains? Both ways are correct. Method 1 is when you crochet through each individual chain. This will give you an even distribution and will limit stitch movement. Method 2 is over and around the chain loop, which will give you an uneven distribution. You will be able to evenly distribute your stitches when you are finished with your first round. I prefer method 2 in how the stitches look over the chain loop. Method 2 is what I use most of the time.

The image below shows two circles, each with a chain 8 and 16 Double Crochet. The circle to the left shows how the chain will look with a 2 double in each chain. The circle to the right shows how the project will look by crocheting over and around the chain.
Click on the image for a larger view.



When doing a motif or granny square ,we may come across a chain at some point in the motif. The decision …

Wacky Crochet Hat

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Wacky Crochet Hat

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Wacky Hat Part 1 , Wacky Hat Part 2 SHAPES: 1 Circle - 1 Rounds 2- 3-Sided Open Motif 2-3-Sided Solid Motif 8 Circles 2 Rounds With a contrasting color, Single Crochet around the smallest top circle, evenly attaching the 4, 3-sided motifs. Evenly single crochet together the sides of each 3-sided motif. Single crochet 2 circles to the bottom of each 3-sided motif and on around each circle.

How to Create a Yoke from a 3-Sided Motif

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How to Create a Yoke from 3 Sides
Pattern by Teresa Richardson
I am using the magic circle. You can use a chain if you don't want to use the magic circle.
Round 1: CH 3, 3 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 1, SC in Beg CH 3.
Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC in previous CH Space. DC in each of the next 4 DC. 8 DC in next corner space. DC in each of the next 4 DC. In the next corner, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC. DC in ea of the next 4 DC, 3 DC in corner, CH 2, SL ST in beg CH 3.
I am using 9 motifs in my example. The top, curved section of the motif will be the 8 DC . Matching right sides together, Slipstitch or whipstitch 9 DC together. Picture image will show joining stitches.
You will decide the placement of your armhole chains and where they will go. After that is complete, you will crochet the skirt to your dress with the pattern stitch of your choice.

This size yoke is a variation to the yoke for the Solomon's Knot baby dress. It could be used to make a larger baby dress. You can also make the motifs larg…

Needles for Crochet

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This is the little case I use to store my needles.Well, most of them. I use a variety of needles for sewing in the tails of my projects and for hand stitching. Many years ago I created a little needle case out of three pieces of felt sandwiched between two cotton crochet motifs and then sewed it together. On occasion I will take the needles out and wash the case. As you can see in the image to the right, it looks like it needs to be washed again. It has served its purpose well.


The needle on the left bottom, closest to the ruler, is the one I use in most of the yarn video tutorials. It is a tapestry needle and is about 2" long. I am not able to store it in my case because it has a dull point.The three needles to the right on the top section are the ones I use for thread and smaller yarn. One of them has a sharper point which works good for thread. Most of the other needles have been used for a variety of sewing projects in the past. As you progress with crochet and become advance…

6 Sided Granny Motif

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6 Sided Granny Motif Magic Circle Start

Video Tutorial: 6 Sided Granny Motif

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 2, 3 DC, from *5 times. CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 1,3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner CH 2: from *5 times. CH 1, 3 DC in BEG corner, CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Round 3: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH 1 SP, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner; from *5 times. CH 1, 3 DC in BEG corner, CH 1, SC in Beg CH.