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Crochet Balloon Variation 2

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Balloon Pictured on the left for this pattern

Crochet Balloon Variation 2

Written by Teresa Richardson

Chain 4

Round 1: 3 SC in the next CH from the hook, 1 SC in next CH, 3 SC in next CH, 1 SC in next CH, join in beg SC.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 HDC in same ST, 3 SC in next ST. 2 HDC in ea of the next 3 St's, 3 SC in the next ST, 2 HDC in ea of the next 2 St's, join.

Balloon Knot: SL ST in ea of the next 4 STS. CH 1, 3 SC. Cut yarn, secure and leave a length of tail for sewing.

Balloon String: Crochet a length of chain. Slip stitch in each chain to the end.

Sew the balloon/s in place on your project with the left over yarn tail.Sew the balloon string in place on your project making sure the ends are hidden under the balloon.

Small Crochet Pumpkin

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Small Crochet Pumpkin

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Small Crochet Pumpkin

Chain 14

Row 1: 1 SC in each of the next 3 CH's, 1 DC in ea of the next 7 CH's, 1 SC in ea of the next 3 CH's, turn. I did not chain 1 on the turn for this project.

Row 2- 19: 1 SC in loop behind each of the next 3 SC, 1 DC in loop behind ea of the next 7 DC, 1 SC in loop behind ea of the next 3 SC, turn.

This is the same as my ribbing stitches. Typically we go through one or both loops at the top of the stitch as shown in the image to the left. In this case we are going through the loop that is below the two top loops as shown in the image to the right. When you create a new stitch, this loop is formed to the back of the stitch. When your turn, the loop to the back of the stitch will be facing you and is positioned just below the two top loops of the stitch. This is what created the ribbing look.
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Sewing: Now you will sew the seam shut. You will have…

Antique Crochet and Tatted Lace

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Not to long ago I shared a tip about recycling old crochet edgings. For all the multi-crafting people out there, you will find another idea for crochet and tatted edgings and doilys.

Betsy Miller has been generous to share her photo collection and great find of antique laces that she will be using in a crazy quilt one day. She has estimated that they may be from the 1930's time frame. Thank you Betsy for sharing your images.

My favorite is the two color ric-rac crochet edging. I have my own stash of antique lace doily's that I inherited from my Grandma when she passed on, only I forgot that I had the lace. I know, shame on me for forgetting but I keep them put away because I am afraid that they will get ruined. I like this idea of sharing old pieces. Betsy suggested creating a home for antique lace so I am going to use her suggestion.

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Betsy Miller

Hiding Short Yarn Tails - Crochet Tip 16

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Video Tutorial: Hiding Short Yarn Tails - Crochet Tip 16

This is a tip that I created for myself after a few errors on tail length . I did not leave myself enough thread to sew in the tail on a few occasions. This is what I did.
Weave the needle between the stitch threads.
Thread the eye of the needle. This will allow for the short tail to pass through the eye of the needle.
Pull the threaded needle through the stitch threads of the project.The image show the needle being threaded, after weaving the needle between the stitches.

Crochet Balloon Variation 1

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Balloon pictured on right for this pattern

Crochet Balloon Variation 1

Written by Teresa Richardson

This is an oblong shape balloon

Round 1: Chain 6, 3 SC in the first chain. 1 SC in ea of the next 3 chains. 3 SC in the next CH. 1 SC in ea of the next 3 CH. Join in beg SC.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 HDC in the same ST. 3 SC in the next ST. 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST. 3 SC in next ST. 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST. Join.

Balloon Knot: SL ST in ea of the next 4 STS. CH 1, 3 HDC. Cut yarn, secure and leave a length of tail for sewing.

Balloon String: Crochet a length of chain. Slip stitch in each chain to the end.

Sew the balloon/s in place on your project with the left over yarn tail.Sew the balloon string in place on your project making sure the ends are hidden under the balloon.

Crochet Adult Slippers

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--> This is a good example of how the same project, made by the same person, with the same hook and same brand yarn(different color) can create a different size. Both slippers were made with 4-ply Redheart yarn. The only difference is the color. The gray slipper turned out to be larger than the white slipper. Crochet Adult Slippers Written by Teresa Richardson Video Tutorial: Crochet Adult Slippers Video Tutorial: Chainless Single Crochet Foundation Abbreviations: SC = Single Crochet EA = Each SL ST = Slip Stitch FSC = Foundation Single Crochet ST = Stitch DEC = Decrease Materials: Size “H” Crochet Hook 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn - 300 yards  3 yarn markers – Contrasting scrap yarn is all that is needed for this. Gauge: 14 Stitches = 4” , 17 =Rows 4” If your 14 stitches are less than 4”, then you crochet tighter than I do. You will need to adjust your hook size to a larger hook or more stitches per 4” to adjust the total stitch outcome, or your slipper may be to tight. If your stitches ar…

Yarn Markers- Recycle Your Tails - Crochet Tip 15

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You have all heard me talk about using yarn markers when working in a continual round. This is so you have an idea where the first stitch is located, in creating a balanced cap or amigurumi project. It may be difficult to see the first single crochet when working in a standard round, so you may need to mark the stitch so you don't crochet right over it. You may need a yarn marker for reference in telling what stitches to crochet in and what stitches should be left alone. I have found yarn markers useful in shaping necklines and armholes of sweaters.

At any time we may need a yarn marker. Don't waste your money purchasing a yarn marker from the store. You make plenty of your own yarn markers every time you crochet. Your tails are perfect yarn markers, both yarn and thread.

In this slipper example below, I have used a yarn marker at the top of the slipper so I would know what part of it was the top. That section was created prior to the heel. The marker to the left was used to…