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Crochet Hooks - New vs Old- Recycling - Crochet Tip 14

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I started out with the blue Boye "I" hook you will see in a lot of tutorials. It is marked $.55 cents. That was the hook I used for yarn projects. My other hook was a steel size "7" for thread. Those were the only two hooks I had for a long time. I think I was supposed to give my steel size "7" hook back to my former mother-in-law after she bought it for me. OOoooppppssss........... I must give credit where credit is due, she did help me learn a lot of crochet stitches.

I have found that I prefer Boye hooks because of the rounded hook on the end. Susan Bates has a flatter hook that kept hanging up in my yarn. I have seen some interesting hooks lately from light up hooks to clay grips. I am thinking about experimenting with the clay grip.


$7.60 $11.05

It does not have to cost a lot to get started to crochet. This image is a good example of that. Both sets are recent purchases that I have made fr…

Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch

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Video Tutorial: Tunisian Knit Crochet Stitch

It takes two passes to create one row of Tunisian Crochet. The chain and first two passes (row 1) are created the same as the Tunisian Simple Stitch. The remaining first pass of each row, throughout the project are completed a little different. The hook is inserted behind the front chain, to the back of the work, loop the yarn over and pull through. Once that row is complete, the loops are taken off the same way as the Tunisian Simple Stitch.



Crochet Symbols- Brackets, Parenthesis, Asterisk

Crochet symbols and abbreviations are a big part of crochet. Symbols and abbreviations can make it confusing if you don't know and learn the crochet language. When you purchase a book, abbreviations and symbols should be somewhere towards the beginning of the book. Sometimes they may be at the end in the form of a glossary. This will be a guide as to how the symbols are used and related to the instructions, in the book you have purchased. Many will be the same as what you have seen and some will be different and new.

Here are some basic repeat symbols that you will see used in crochet. Some symbols used for repeats, are used more frequently that others. Back in the day, when I was first learning to crochet, parenthesis were used for repeating instructions. I have noticed a change in the use of parenthesis today and they are used more as a summation for the specific row or round being worked on. Detail is import with written instructions. Following the repeat set of instructions…

Crochet Pansy Variation 2

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Pansy Variation 2

Video Tutorial: Crochet Pansy - Variation 2

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

G Crochet Hook

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 3, join.

Round 1: Ch 2,HDC, CH 3, *2 HDC, CH 3 repeat from * 4 times total. Join with SL ST in beg CH 2. (5 sets of 2 HDC CH 3)

Round 2: Attach new color in ch 3 sp. CH 2, 9 TC in same space. CH 2, SL ST in same space. SL ST over to next CH 3 space.Ch 2, 9 TC in loop, CH 2, sl st in same loop. * SL ST to next sp, CH 2, 9 DC, CH 2 SL ST in same loop. Continue around from * 3 times total. ( 2 Triple Crochet Petals, 3 Double Crochet Petals)

Edging: CH 2 to get up to the top of the petal. This will be the reverse single crochet. Do a single crochet working to the right, CH 2, SC in the next stitch to the right. Continue across top of petal. When finished across petal, CH 2, SL ST between flower petals, CH 2, and continue on with edging on next petal.

Crochet Oldies - Some of my first Projects

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I finally found some pictures of some of my first crochet projects from the early to mid 1980's.I didn't save any of my mistakes. If I had a doily that I messed up on to much, I would throw it away and then start over from scratch. I am not so sure what my thought process was on that one at the time.

This was my first filet crochet project that I ever made. This would have been 1984. I had been actively crocheting for about 9 months. I entered the horse in a local community festival and got second place. My daughter was keeping deeply entertained by that pillow. She liked to pick at things, trying to get at it. That window pane pillow kept her busy.




This is another from 1984, my daughter and a doily. She loved to take them and wear them on her head. If I had a doily missing, I always knew were to find it. They were usually on her head or in her room.




This was a baby gift for a gal I was babysitting for at the time. (1985) It is the stitch known as Catherine's Wheel.




Crochet Applique Pumpkin

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Crochet Applique Pumpkin

Abbreviations:
SL ST = Slip Stitch
Ch = Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BEG = Beginning
SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease
EA = Each
ST/S = Stitch/es

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 4, join

Round 1: SL ST through the loop or chain and complete all stitches through the center of the loop or chain, Ch 1, 3 SC, 3 HDC, 3 SC, 3 HDC, join in beg. SC. You will have a total of 12 stitches.

Round 2: CH 1, Single Crochet Decrease through the first and third single crochet, skipping the second SC. 3 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches (9 HDC total). Single Crochet Decrease through the first and third single crochet, skipping the second SC. 3 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches (9 HDC total). Join in beginning SC DEC.

Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 9 STS. CH 1, SL ST in decrease of previous row. CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 9 STS. CH 1, SL ST in decrease of previous row. Cut yarn, secure and sew in tail.

Stem: Join new color to the …

Crochet Rectangle Motif

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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 …