Half Circle - Double Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

Half Circle Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

Written by Teresa Richardon

Video Tutorial Half Circle:Half Circle - Double Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

Video Tutorial Sewing Earflaps to Cap:

Magic Circle or Chain 3, join

Row 1: Chain 3, 5 DC in loop (Beginning CH 3 counts at first DC, 6 DC)

Row 2: CH 3, DC in same ST, 2 DC in ea ST to end (12 DC)

Row 3: CH 3, *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next ST, continue from * (18 DC)

Row 4: CH 3, 1 DC in next St, *2 DC in next St, 1 DC in ea of the next 2 Sts, continue from *. (24 DC)

If you are using the half circle for earflaps, place them evenly across from each other and whip stitch them in place.

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

Frustrating Moments of Crochet - Crochet Tip 7

Everyone has experienced difficult patterns at times. You might find yourself reading over the written instructions more than you are crocheting. You may find yourself ripping out the same row 20 times because it is not turning out as described by the instructions. In my early crochet years, I discovered that professional publications are not immune to mistakes. My suggestion is to put your work down for a day or two. Go back to it with success in your mind. This is where you will find your biggest ahhhh-haaaaa moments in crochet. The stitch that you may have been struggling with will make sense or you will find that error in the written publication. There is something about clearing your brain, that make continuing on with a difficult pattern, a lot easier to complete.

Crochet Magic Double Thick Potholder - Seed Stitch

Magic PotholderSeed Stitch Crochet

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

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Magic PotHolder Seed Stitch Crochet

Size G Crochet Hook

26 FSC or 27 Chains

Round 1: CH 1, 1 SC, 1 DC in ea st around or each chain if you are using chains. Join.

This project will be worked in rounds, turning on each round for an even distribution of the seed stitch. Turn. Mark the beginning stitch with a marker so you know where your round ends.

Round 2-12: SC, DC in each DC on the previous round. Continue around with a SC,DC (Seed Stitch) combination in each DC around. Join in beg SC, turn.

The piece will be in the shape of a pouch with an opening at the top. Lay the piece down so that you have a square. Fold the opening edges so they come together and touch each other. This will form two more points on the potholder creating the square. Knot and Sew in the beginning tail. Knot and Se…

Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

G Crochet Hook

Crochet Abbreviations:
SL ST = Slip Stitch SC = Single Crochet
Ch = Chain
HDC = Half Double Crochet TC = Triple Crochet

Video Tutorial:Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 4.

Round 1: Ch 2, 9 HDC in the loop. Join in beg CH 2. (10 HDC total, counting the first CH 2 as a HDC)

Round 2: CH 1, SC in same ST. *CH 3, SK 1 ST and SC in the next ST, repeat 4 time from * CH 3, SK next ST, SL ST in beg SC to join. (5 CH 3 Loops all together) Join in beginning SC.

Round 3: SL ST in CH 3 Space. *CH 2, 9 TC in loop, CH 2, SL ST in same loop, SL ST in to next CH 3 loop. Repeat from * twice for a total of 2 petals. *CH 1, 9 DC in loop, CH 1, SL ST in same loop, SL ST in to next CH 3 loop. Repeat from * three times for a total of 3 petals. (2 Large petals, 3 Small petals)

Round 4: CH 2, SL ST in next st; continue around for the whole flower edging.

Crochet Gauge

The designer of a pattern, will create a unique gauge by default, to their specification just by the yarn and hook they choose. Gauge is also done by individual tension. Tension is just how tight or loose you hold your yarn/thread while you are crocheting. We can even add in an amount of guesstimating to figuring gauge. Even if you use the exact same supplies recommended by the pattern, the gauge could be off due to the unique tension of each individual. The designer has done the hard part by creating and shaping the pattern. All you need to do is figure your gauge and then work it in to the pattern.

Another thing to keep in mind when creating a project is to purchase enough yarn/thread for your project. It is better to have to much yarn/thread than not enough.

I know gauge can seem a big confusing. Gauge is a measurement between a beginning point and ending point. The best way to determine your unique gauge is to crochet a swatch of the pattern stitches that you will be using in the …

Uneven Edges - Chain 3 VS Chain 2 - Crochet Tip 6

It is normal to have an uneven edge with the chain 3 on the edge of a small square or an afghan. It may look lumpy, bumpy and crooked. Chain 3's may even add fullness so the sides of your afghan so they are longer than the center section of your piece. You may also find a larger gap next to the chain 3 in a crochet circle so it is not just edges that are affected by the additional fullness that the chain 3 may add.

This image shows two swatches, both crocheted with an "I" crochet hook, 8 double crochet each. The left swatch is done with the chain 3. The right swatch is done with the chain 2. Even though the measurements are close, you can see the difference in how the gaps will close up by using a chain 2 instead of a chain 3. A chain 2 will improve the final outcome of wavy edges.

There are a couple of things you can do to make edges more even or to close the gap of a circle. You can crochet a tighter chain 3 if you feel it is necessary to use a chain 3. You can also…