Showing posts with label motif. Show all posts
Showing posts with label motif. Show all posts

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crochet Motif Juniper






Crochet Motif Juniper

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek 


Video Tutorial:  Crochet Motif Juniper


Video Tutorial: Crochet Motif Juniper Left Hand
+Left Hand Crochet Skill 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.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joined Crochet Swirl

















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, CH 2, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 2 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 3: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 3 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the same space as the last DC, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 4 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the same space as the last DC, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 4:  Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 5 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 6 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 5: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 7 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 8 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 6: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 9 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 10 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 7:  Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 11 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 12 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Joining Motif:  Work a Slip Stitch in each double crochet on the opposite motif.  Diagram is only through round 5 but still represents how to join each motif together.





Monday, July 13, 2009

Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif


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 * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 St's.

Round 5: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 4 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 8 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 4 St's.

Round 6: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 5 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 10 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 5 St's.

Round 7: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 6 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 12 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 6 St's.

Round 8: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 7 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 14 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 7 St's.

Round 9: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 8 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 16 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 8 St's.

Round 10: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 9 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 18 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 9 St's.

Round 11: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 10 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 20 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 10 St's.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Majestic Crochet Flower Motif - Bullion Stitch



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's. There are 5 long strands of yarn on the back of the flower petal created by the bullion stitch. Work 2 SC in each strand for a total of 10 across the top of the flower petal. SL ST in each of the next 3 CH's. Complete 6 times total from *. SL ST in the beginning SC.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Simply Elegant Crochet Lace Motif - Crochet Geek



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 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, below round 4, CH 2. *4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, SC between shells, blow round 4, CH 2, Complete from * 11 times total, join when finished with the round.

Event Crochet Lace



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.
  1. The rectangle can be made in to an elegant hair bow or napkin ring.
  2. Two squares can be made in to an outer cover for a ring bearer pillow.
  3. A small circle motif can be tied with a nice little bow and filled with gift items for wedding party.
  4. A crochet square can be made into a handkerchief and embellished with some flowers
  5. Store bought napkins and place mats can be decorated with a crochet edging
  6. Circle motifs can be shaped in to elegant flowers.
There are a few ideas to turn a simple crochet shape in to something elegant. The ball of thread cost about $3.00 in addition to my time. You can probably get 20 hair bows or 20 napkin rings from each ball of thread.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case


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, 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 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, CH 2, Complete from * 11 times total, join when finished with the round.

Needle Case
2 Crochet Motifs
3 - 4" felt circles
Sewing thread
Sewing Needle

Sandwich the 3 felt circles together, between each crochet motif. Double check to make sure the right side of each motif is facing outward. When everything is aligned, sew a secure seam across the top of the sandwiched motifs. You can also do this with your sewing machine.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps



This is a good recycling project. It is also a good way to use up scrap yarn.

  • Recycle the bottle caps to fill the motif
  • Fill 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, you will chain 1, SL ST to the chain on the opposite motif, CH 1, then Front Post Single Crochet. You connect to 2 chain 3 loops. Each motif is offset from the other. Depending on how you choose to put your tree together, you may be connecting 2, 4 or 6 chain 3 loops.
Round 5: SL ST back to the single crochet on round 3. This round will be made on round 3 and will create the lip on the back that will be gathered, sewn shut and securing the bottlecap in the motif. CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around. join. Pull a length of yarn for sewing and cut.

Sew the yarn through the last round 5, instert your bottlecap or polyesterfiberfill, then pull the stitches shut. Knot, secure and hide your tail.

Tree Trunk
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, 1 SC in EA SC around. join. Pull a length of yarn for sewing and cut.

Sew the yarn through the last round 5, instert your bottlecap or polyesterfiberfill, then pull the stitches shut. You will want to weave your tail to the edge of the motif so you can attach it to the tree and to the other part of the trunk.

Star Tree Topper
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, *3 SC in the magic circle, CH 3, complete 5 times total from *, join. Cut your yarn and leave about a 7" tail for sewing to the tree. Pull your magic circle shut, knot your magic circle and weave your tail between the stitches.


Chain 150 for red chain embellishment.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

How to Slip Stitch Across a Crochet Stitch



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.
  1. The slip stitch will attach a new color of yarn to your project.
  2. The slip stitch will join stitches together at the end of a round.
  3. It will attach squares or motifs in join-as-you-go projects.
  4. 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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Idea's for Crochet Scrap Yarn

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.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Crochet Rectangle Motif



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 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 16 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 10 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 sp. 1 DC in ea of next 16 DC. CH 1, SC in beg CH 3 to join.

*Learning Point: This is the largest that I have gone with the project. From experience on similar projects, I know that it will go larger but you may need to make some adjustments at the corner increases. If it should start pulling or puckering, that means you don't have enough stitches in corner increases so you will need to adjust by adding 2 or 4 stitches to each corner increase. Right now the corner is at 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC. If you wanted the corner larger, you may choose 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC or 4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC. When you get that many stitches in the corner, you may want to do a chain 3 instead of a chain 2. This is how you can adjust any project with 4 sides that is not coming out how you think it should. What worked perfect for the creator of the pattern may not work for you. Two different people, two different crochet styles, tension and techniques. You are making the crochet piece, you can alter the end result to work for you.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hexagon Crochet 3 Sided Motif - Complete



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

Friday, September 19, 2008

Crochet Butterfly - Variation B


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, 3DC,PICOT, 3DC in 3rd DC. Do the section from * 7 times total. CH 2, DC dropping below around row 2, CH 1 SP, CH 2, SL ST in beg CH 3.

When the motif is complete, fold in half and secure together to form the butterfly shape. Knot and sew in all the tails.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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.

Mo-TEEF
Mo-TEEF
Mo-TEEF
Mo-TEEF
Mo-TEEF

Saturday, August 16, 2008

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

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 is still up to you on crocheting through the chains or around the chains. Both are correct. The final look of your project is up to you.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wacky Crochet Hat



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.

Monday, July 28, 2008

How to Create a Yoke from a 3-Sided Motif




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 larger and create an adult size yoke for a shirt, sweater or even a dress.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Needles for Crochet



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 advanced, you will learn what needle size will be your preference. There is a wide range of needles to choose from. When I am searching to purchase a craft needle, I look at the eye size to see how well my yarn or thread will pass through the eye. You can find many different sizes of tapestry needles. Joann Fabric and Crafts has needles online. Wal-mart has tapestry needles in the craft department. Crochet thread will need a smaller needle. I have used smaller tapestry needles and sewing needles with a point. The small the thread, the smaller the needle you will need for sewing in tails. The needle you use for a size 10 thread may not slide through size 30 crochet cotton stitches or it may distort your stitches. You may need to try a few different types, to find what you like and what works best for you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

6 Sided Granny Motif



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.

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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