How to make Crochet Basketweave Stitch

This is a pretty easy, stitch although it looks complex. The idea is to loop your double crochets -(DC), triple crochets-(TC) or double triple crochets-(DTC) around the post of the previous stitch. You will see those stitches referred to as (FPDC)-Front Post Double Crochet or (BPDC)-Back Post Double Crochet. You just do what it says, wrap your yarn around the post of the previous stitch, either the front or the back. You can incorporate the stitch into any pattern to add a variation. Let your imagination wander when it comes to crochet.

Basketweave Crochet Scarf

Basketweave Crochet Scarf Left Hand Version

How I Learned to Crochet

I had tinkered around with crocheting when I was about 11 or so, which would have been around 1973. I had a cousin show my mom how to make the puff stitch. She was crocheting a six sided rug. For some reason I remembered that pattern in my head. I had no idea how to read patterns or what stitches were called at that time. I went home, asked my mom for some yarn. I played around with the yarn and made a small rug. That was about it for crochet, until I got older. 
In 1983, I was expecting my second child and on bed rest. My mom started me off with crochet snowflakes, size 10 bedspread cotton and basic crochet stitches.
Crochet is a process that will continue after learning the basic stitches. I taught myself the rest of crochet through practice and learning how to read crochet written instructions and symbol instructions on my own. Back then we did not have video and I was not living close to family that could show me how the stitches worked and the meaning of abbreviations. It may take…

How to Work Multiple in Crochet Patterns

You have probably seen the term multiple used in projects and instructions before and wondered what it meant. There are a series of numbers given, for example "multiple= 5 plus 3" or "multiple= 8 plus 10". This is the amount of chains that will be needed to for your project. It will help in determining how large you want your project to be. You might have a favorite stitch and want to use it in a baby afgan and a large adult afgan for yourself. Depending on the tension you use when you crochet, the size of your hook and the size yarn you are using; each will factor in to how large your final project will be. In helping with that you have the multiple. In the examples I have used above, the "plus 3" and the "plus 10" are used only one time. They help you get to the point in starting your project so you can complete your main pattern. The numbers before the plus, in this example are the "5" and the "8", determine how many chain…

How to make Crochet Hats

Here are some of the hats that I have been making. These are just a few of the many that I have done over the past few months.

Crochet Hat Playlist

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

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Light Weight Crochet Mesh Cap

Crochet Cap with a Brim

Crochet Puff Stitch Cap

Crochet Cable Cap with Ear Flaps

Crochet Darling Cap

Fabric Adhesive for Securing Yarn Tails and Knots

I stumbled across a Fabric Adhesive the other day at Michael's Craft Store. I had been looking for something that would secure my yarn tails and knots. It is washable and drys clear, although it does stand out on black yarn if you were to use it in a visible place. The name of the product is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. I was thinking this would work on the tails and knots in the granny squares as well and keep them secure, so not to slip out of place after washing, as it the case in many instances where there are tails.

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

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Crochet Abbreviations

[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed( ) = work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed* * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions” = inch(es)

alt = alternate
approx = approximately

beg = begin(ning)
bet = between
BL/bk lp = back loop(s)
BLO = back loop only
bo = bobble
BP = back post
BPdc = back post double crochet(s)
BPsc = back post single crochet(s)
BPtr = back post triple crochet(s)

CA = color A
CB = color B
CC = contrasting color
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch- = refers to chain previously made/worked
ch-sp = chain space
CL(s) =cluster(s)
cm = centimeter
cont = continue

dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
dec = decrease
dtr/dtrc = double triple/treble crochet

ea = each
est = established

FLO = front loop onlyfoll = follow
FP = front post
FPdc = front post double crochet(s)
FPsc = front post single…

Summer Days of June

I have been on vacation so the crochet video's may slow up a bit over the summer. Some of you have requested demonstrations. I will do what I can to research them and see if it is something I can put in to video. I stay away from patterns in general, because there are copyright issues and they are to long to put in video format.

When I started the video's, they were meant to be used as a tool for begining crocheter's to learn how to do basic stitches and various stitches to crocheting. Once the beginning crocheter gets the hang of the stitches, they should be able to approach any pattern and accomplish it on their own.

I will do requests for stitches, that someone might want to see a demonstration of. Don't be afraid to ask.

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

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