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Crochet Character Cube

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Crochet Character Cube

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain

Materials
Size G/4mm Hook
4 Ply Yarn

Video Tutorial:Crochet Character Cube

Chain 16

Row 1: Work 1 single crochet in each chain across.

Row 2-17: CH 1, turn, work 1 single crochet in each single crochet across. (17 single crochet total)

Make 6 squares total

Embellishing the Squares
This is where you will want to decorate your square with an embellishment of your choice.

How to Make Letters

Video Tutorial:How to Make Letters on Crochet

Video Tutorial: How to Make Letters on Crochet - Part 2 - Rope Technique

Joining the Sides
Align the square sides together. With the contrasting color, work 15 single crochet evenly across the edges to join.

Joining the Bottom of the Cube
Work 15 single crochet evenly around each edge, making sure you work a stitch in the joining seam of each side.

Joining the Top of the Cube
Work 15 single crochet evenly around three edges, making sure you work a stitch in the joining seam of …

Swag and Spike Granny Squares

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Swag and Spike Granny Squares

Video Tutorial: Swag and Spike Granny Squares
Video Tutorial: Swag and Spike Granny Squares Left Hand

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

Front Post Double CrochetModified - This stitch will be worked around the lower round and completed in the next stitch to be worked, which is securing the stitch in place. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the crochet hook to the right of the stitch, around the back and to the front on the left of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull around the stitch. Push the strand of yarn behind the hook. Insert the hook through the stitch on the previous round and complete the double crochet.

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, pull loop up, 3 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 1, pull loop up, 2 DC in same CH space. 1 D…

How to Modify a Granny Square Size - Crochet Tip 45

I like to mix and match granny squares, creating an assortment of colors and squares. I have found that I can get an average 6" square, 4-6 rounds, with a size G, H or I hook when that is the size I am looking for. Occasionally I will find that my last round may make the square a 7" size, which will be larger than what I want. To fix this, I will do some modification by using smaller stitches on the last few rounds to make the square closer to 6". If I am using double crochet, I will use a half double crochet or single crochet to achieve a 6" square. When you are following a pattern and your square is turning out larger than the size you want, go ahead and modify the stitch by using smaller basic crochet stitches. You can add rounds if you have a square that is just not quite large enough. Look through the pattern to see if there is a design element that you can carry to an extended round, tying it all together.

Follow Up- 2009 Winter Special Olympic Scarf Project

I was amazed to see the number of people who participated in the 2009 Winter Special Olympic Scarf Project. I knew they were hoping for 5000. Can you believe they got 55,000 instead? I want to thank everyone who participated in sending a scarf. WAY TO GO!!!!!

http://www.2009worldgames.org/volunteer/scarf-project

Feel free to share links to charitable organizations who accept handmade items at any time. I will be more than happy to post a blog if you have a current project that is looking for donations.

I know Project Linus always has a need for volunteers and donations somewhere in the country. Here is the link to my GRANNY SQUARE BLOG with ideas and patterns for squares.

How Do You Use Scrap Thread or Yarn?

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How do you like to use up your scrap yarn and thread? You can share ideas and links in the comment section.

I use my leftover thread to make flowers. The images show a pansy and tulip doily out of scrap thread. Some of the flowers are smaller or larger sizes because the threads are not the same size. It really gives it a unique character with different sizes, especially since flowers in real life are never the same identical size.

The most common way I use up scrap yarn is granny squares. It is also great for embellishing faces on stuffed animals or dolls.

Sun Beam Crochet Granny Square

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Sun Beam Crochet Granny Square

Quick and Easy Crochet for Beginners

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Sun Bean Crochet Granny Square

Abbreviations
EA - Each
SP - Space
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet

Long FPSC -Will be worked around RND 1HDC. Insert the hook from the front right of the stitch, around the back, and to the front left of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull up. Making sure that all loops are behind the crochet hook, complete single crochet in the HDC of the previous round.

Behind Chain: If you look closely at the chain, it is made up of 3 loops for each chain, it will have 3 loops that make up each chain. There are 2 at the top front and 1 on the bottom back. The loop worked in for round 6 is the single loop on the back of the chain.

CH 4, Join.

Round 1: CH1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch. Work 12 HDC through the center of the CH 4, join. (12 HDC total)

Round 2: CH…

Shell Magic Crochet PotHolder

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Shell Magic Crochet PotHolder

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell PotHolder

Materials
G-Crochet Hook
4-Ply Cotton Yarn

Abbreviations
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
EA - Each
SK - Skip
BEG - Beginning
SL ST - Slip Stitch

SHELL - 5 Double Crochet

NOTE: There will be two ways to start this potholder. You will choose which technique you are most comfortable working with.
Start 1: 31 FSC
Start 2: CH 32, SC in ea CH across.

Round 1: CH 1, SC in the end SC, 5 DC in the same SC. SK 2 sc, 1 SC in the next SC, SK 2 sc, *5 DC in the next, SK 2 sc, 1 SC in the next sc, sk 2 sc, Complete 4 times total from *, SK 2 sc, 5 DC in the end SC, SC in the same SC, Working down the opposite side: *5 DC opposite the previous shell, sk 2 sc, SC in next SC, sk 2 sc, complete 5 times total from *, sk 2 sc, 5 DC in the last SC opposite the shell on previous side, SL ST together in beg SC.
Round 2: SL ST to the 3rd DC, CH…

Next Granny Square Sneak Peek

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This is the project that I am currently working on for the next granny square video tutorial. It may look familiar from the squares that I sent for the Project Linus Squares.

Recent Updated Crochet Video's

I am still working on re-rendering video's. It is taking on average about 5-7 hours per video upload to Youtube. Please let me know if you find a link that is no longer working in a set of instructions and I will update it.

Traditional Granny Square 5 Rounds

Left Hand Crochet Solid Granny Square 5 Rounds

Crochet Puff Stitch

Lefty Crochet Puff Stitch

Crochet Knobby Granny Square

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Knobby Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Knobby Granny Square

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
QC - Quadruple Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Materials
Size H or 5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn

NOTE: Each stitch will be worked individually in each stitch. HDC will be worked in the previous HDC. QC will be worked in the previous QC

CH 4, join

Round 1: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, *3 HDC through CH loop, CH 2, complete 3 times total from* 3 HDC through CH loop, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Round 2: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch. HDC, QC in the same CH space, *1 HDC in the next ST, 1 QC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next ST. In the next CH 2 SP do, QC, HDC, CH 2, HDC, QC, complete 3 times total from *, 1 HDC in the next ST, 1 QC in the next ST, 1 HDC in in the next ST. In the beginning CH 2 SP, do a QC, HDC, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Round 3: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, HDC, QC in the same CH space, *1 HDC in the next ST, 1 QC…

What is a Crochet Space?

A crochet space is a general term in crochet. Space can mean anything from a chain 1 to chain 50 or no chains between stitches. Space is not inserting your hook in a stitch. It is being inserted in a space, an empty space. From time to time, I will crochet between stitches. That is the space between stitches. Granny squares will have chain spaces to create the corners of the granny square and help them get larger. The chains in the corners are spaces. I created a video showing crochet space examples.

SunRise Granny Square

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SunRise Granny Square

Skill Level: Intermediate

Video Tutorial: Sunrise Crochet Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet
SK- Skip

V-Stitch = DC, CH 2, DC

Materials
Size H or 5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 3:CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. *1 DC in the next DC, CH 1, SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, In the next CH 2 SP, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, Complete 3 times total from *. 1 DC in the next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, In the …

Project Linus Crochet Squares

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I have been on a square-a-thon, busy making square video tutorials and 6" squares. Some of these squares will become a video tutorial and some already are. This weekend I made 6" squares to send to the Project Linus Chapter of Dallas Texas this weekend. I had a lot of fun making the squares and making up something different. They look kind of crooked in the picture. They will shape up, fit together and hopefully comfort someone in need. This is the web address for Project Linus if you would like to find a chapter in your local area.

Crochet Solid Granny Square - 5 Rounds

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Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds


Video Tutorial: Lefty Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 3: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 7 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 7 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 4: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 11 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 11 times total from *,2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1…

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…

Custom Crochet Apparel - Crochet Tip 40

When my kids were small, I used to sew a lot of their clothing. With sewing came many patterns so I would make sweaters for my kids shaped to the sewing patterns. You can take a basic sewing pattern, use it as a template and design your own custom crochet apparel by using your fabric pattern as a guide to shaping and size. Keep in mind that fabric patterns allow for 1/4" to 1/2" seam allowance so it will not be necessary to go outside the line. Remember to crochet a 4"x4" or 10cm x 10cm square to gauge your yarn.

Crochet Basketweave Rows - Square or Scarf

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Crochet Basketweave Rows - Square or Scarf
Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Crochet Basketweave Rows - Square or Scarf

FPDC =Front Post Double Crochet:
Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. From the front of your work, insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch. Bring it up on the left side of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it behind the post of the previous double crochet. This will give you 3 loops on your hook.Complete your double crochet the same way that a double crochet is created. BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet:
Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. From the back of your work, insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch. Bring it up and around to the left side of the stitch inserting the hook to the back of your work. Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it in front of the post of the pr…

Crochet Traditional Granny Square

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Crochet Traditional Granny Square

Video Tutorial: Crochet Granny Square - 5 Rounds

Abbreviations
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
CH = Chain

Written by Teresa Richardson

CH 4, join.

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC in the loop,* CH 2, 3 DC in the chain loop, complete 3 times total from*, CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3. This will put you at the center of your chain space.

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in ne…

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
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Puff Stitch Crochet Square - 5 Rounds

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Puff Stitch:

Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 9 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through all 9 loops to complete the puff stitch.
Video Tutorial: Puff Stitch Crochet Square - 5 Rounds

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Puff Stitch Square - 5 Rounds

Puff Stitch Square - 5 Rounds

Written by Teresa Richardson

Chain 5, join.
Round 1: CH1, pulling up to make a long chain. This chain will be d…