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Defining Ply of Yarn with Crocheting

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Yarn ply is a spinning technique which takes a single strand of yarn to create various size and colors of yarn. In the picture example, I have taken the individual strands of yarn apart so you can see what ply mean.
4-ply is 4 strands of yarn. Crochet hooks sizes I recommend for 4-ply are G,H, I, J, K. 4-ply is used with warm hats, mittens and heavy sweaters.3-ply is 3 strands of yarn. Crochet hook sizes I recommend for 3-ply are D, E, F. 3-ply is what I use for baby booties, sweaters, hats and afghans. 3-ply is also a nice weight for adult size sweaters or a lighter weight afghan.2-ply is 2 strands of yarn. Crochet hook sizes I recommend for 2-ply are B, C, D. The 2-ply is a very light or sportweight type of yarn. 2-ply is the type of yarn used in most commercial type of knit sweaters. 2-ply would be a good weight for crochet or knit socks. It would not be to light or to heavy. These hook and yarn recommendations are just what I have found to work the best. If you can get a…

Chain Foundation - Crochet Tip 30

I have had this happen where you start out with your chain foundation with an afghan or scarf and it is narrow at the bottom and wider at the top. What you can do it start off with a very loose chain. If that does not work enough, you can use a larger crochet hook. What we are trying to accomplish is both ends being the same or very close in size. Sometimes the chain will be crocheted tighter than the rest of the project which makes the starting end narrow and the finishing end wider.

I have also found that the foundation crochet stitches also known as chainless crochet, are a great way to make sure both ends are the same. With the foundation stitches, you are creating the chain and stitch at the same time. I will use this method instead of the chain.

Chainless Single Crochet Foundation

Chainless Half Double Crochet Foundation

Chainless Double Crochet Foundation

Monday Catching Up and Mittens

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I am doing a little catching up today. My husband and I took a weekend trip to his hometown, Fort Pierce Florida over the weekend. I got some interesting video of various activities on the ocean. Well, I find them interesting. I have a second channel on Youtube now that I am going to use to upload sight seeing and travel video's.I am going to make an attempt to keep the crochet and site seeing separate since I am close to 400 videos. My sight seeing, travel channel is http://www.youtube.com/2btime

Currently I am in the process of uploading a stripe baby beanie cap video along with posting instructions here on the blog. While I was in Florida I worked through a thumbless baby mitten pattern. It is with 4-ply yarn. I am thinking that I might like it with 3 ply better but 4-ply will be warmer. I have a good idea in my head for two types of adult size mittens. I need to work through the patterns and write instructions. One I actually made for myself 19 years ago when I lived i…

Congratulations to Lora in Frankfort - Contest Drawing #2

Congratulations to Lora in Frankfort. Your name has been drawn as the winner for all the baby items and doilys for contest #2.. The specific comment drawn was the one from November 10, 2008, 4:15PM. Congratulations again and thank you everyone for participating. I will be giving away more things.

V-Stitch Crochet Scarf

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V-Stitch Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner, Easy

Video Tutorial:V-Stitch Crochet Scarf

Abbreviations
SK - Skip
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet

V-Stitch - Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

Chain 17

Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook, CH 1, DC in the same CH, SK a CH. *V-Stitch-DC, CH 1, DC, in the next CH. Complete 5 times total from *. DC in the last CH.

Row 2: CH 3, turn. *V-Stitch-DC, CH 1, CH in the center of the next V-Stitch. Complete 6 times total from *. DC in the last stitch, which will be the chain 3 of the previous row.

Row 3:CH 3, turn. *V-Stitch-DC, CH 1, CH in the center of the next V-Stitch. Complete 6 times total from *. DC in the last stitch, which will be the chain 3 of the previous row.

Seed Stitch Crochet Scarf

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This symbol chart shows how each stitch is created in the top of the previous double, crochet to create the seed stitch.

Seed Stitch Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner - Easy

Video Tutorial:Seed Stitch Crochet Scarf

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek
The seed stitch consists of a single crochet and a double crochet.

Chain 21 - This will give you 10 seed stitches.

Row 1: *SC in the next chain, DC in the next chain, complete 10 times total from *.

Row 2: CH 1, turn, *SC,DC in the top of the DC, skip the next SC, complete 10 times total from *. (10 Seed Stitches - SC,DC Combo)
Row 3-70: CH 1, turn, *SC,DC in the top of the DC, skip the next SC, complete 10 times total from *. (10 Seed Stitches - SC,DC Combo)

Idea's for Crochet Scrap Yarn

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Ways to Use up Scrap Yarn


Loopy Granny Square
Crochet Star

Crochet Flower
Made from Circles

Crochet Lotus Bloom

There are many ways to use up scrap yarn. I am going to share a few ways with you. I invite everyone to share your ideas in the comment section.

Maybe you have made an afghan and you end up with 2-3 extra skeins of yarn. That would be enough yarn to make a hat, slippers, scarf, potholder or granny squares. I usually wind up with a ball of yarn the size or an orange or smaller. Those sizes are ideal for making flowers or multi-color granny squares. I do have a crochet Flower Blog dedicated specifically to flowers and leaves and a Granny Square, Motif and Applique blog specifically for crochet granny squares, motifs and applique. The patterns on both blogs are ideal for scrap yarn.