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Chain vs. Magic Circle

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One of the more common questions I get is "Can I use the magic circle instead of the chain" or "Can I use the chain instead of the magic circle". Most of the time it is just a matter of preference. It is not going to make a difference in the outcome of your project if you use the magic circle or chain. Your magic circle can be the same size as a chain of 50. Just remember to knot your magic circle well.



The magic circle is new to me as of March 2008. It is a simple loop with the starting stitches crocheted over the thread. It is a popular start with the amigurumi crochet. When the round is complete, it will close nice and tight. I love using the magic circle start variation. I have been using the magic circle where it calls for a chain since I learned the method. What I like about the magic circle is you get a nice and tight closure with the beginning round. It does get very full with more than 16 stitches in the beginning round. If you are wanting an opening at the…

Hook and Stitch Placement

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Hook and Stitch Placement

Stitch Placement Video Tutorial: Stitch & Hook Placement Close Up Details

The hook and stitch placement will be the same for thread as it is with the yarn. The loops you choose to place your hook through are all in how you want to do the stitch. Patterns are only a guide. There are two loops at the top of each stitch, no matter what stitch you are doing. Some people call them V's.


You can see in this image the V shape made at the top of each stitch. The image also shows the hook going through both loops at the top of the stitch.



You can go through the front, back or both loops.


You will find patterns that want you to go through the back loop only or the front loop only. I like going through both because I feel it will make my lace more secure. It is also effects the texture by going through both. If I go through the back only, there will be a ridge line on the front of my project. This is a choice that you will make when creating your project.

Crochet V-Stitch

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Crochet V-Stitch

Video Tutorial:Crochet V-Stitch Pattern

Multiple: 3 + 1

Row 1: DC in 4th Chain from hook, Ch 3, DC in same chain. Skip 2 CH, DC, CH 3, DC in the same chain. Repeat to the end.


Row 2:
Ch 3 to start the next row, DC, Ch 3, DC in Center
of next Chain, Repeat across; DC in last stitch of the row below. Chain 3, turn.

How I Got Started Making the Video Tutorials

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I thought it would be fun to share how I got started making the crochet video tutorials.

The fall of 2001 I enrolled in college fulltime to take multimedia marketing. The coursework revolved around, computer graphics, web design, photoshop, and video editing. That started my passion for the computer graphics in photoshop and video editing. I graduated in May of 2003 with a 2 year degree.

I have a lot of fun making the video tutorials and creating new projects. Youtube popped up the beginning of 2006. I created a Youtube account to show my family our house and where we were moving to around the fall of 2006. I didn't even have a video camera, just a digital camera that took small video clips at the time. The first few crochet tutorials I did were with the digital camera. It made large files and they were .AVI. I really didn't think anyone would watch but I enjoy video editing and taking video so I kept putting up new tutorials. January of 2007 we got a video camera with a hard …

Many Ways to Write Pattern Instructions

There are many, many ways to write a crochet pattern. When I was first learning, instructions were written with very detailed descriptions. I understand that writing how to do the stitch and pattern was the only way of communicating back then, unless you were in the physical presence of another person. There was so much detail that it was confusing. 25+ years ago, some of the patterns were describing how to do the stitch in the middle of the actual instructions, on how to create a doily. I had to learn the difference between the detailed instructions of how to do the stitch being described and where I was supposed to be doing the stitch. Some days my head was spinning with confusion. Everyone has heard the phrase TMI or To Much Information. That can apply with crochet instructions. There were times I was ready to take the instructions and cut them in to tiny little pieces. We didn't have paper shredders back then like we do now or I probably would have shredded them. That is when …

Crochet Butterfly

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Crochet Butterfly

Video Tutorial:Crochet Butterfly

Magic Circle Start

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

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 1, *1 Reverse SC in CH 2 SP. CH 6, 1 Reverse SC in CH 2 SP, Reverse SC in the next 3 DC, CH 1 SP, next 3 DC. Repeat from * 6 times. SL ST in BEG CH 1.

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.