How to Block a Crochet Doily

This will explain two ways to block a crochet doily. I prefer the starching and pinning method since it gives the doily a crisp and fresh look. Ironing does work well as an alternative. The video tutorial will show both methods.
Video Tutorial: How to Block a Crochet Doily

Pinning Method Measure half water and half starch in a bowl. Mix wellSaturate your doily in the starch solutionGently squeeze the excess liquid out of the doilyLay the doily out on an old towelI recommend stainless steel rustproof pins otherwise there is the chance that standard pins will rust and leave rust marks on your doilyPin the doily to surface like a mattress or something to hold the pins in placeIt will take about 24 hours for the lace to dry naturally. You can also use a fan to expedite the drying process.
Ironing Method Cover your ironing surface with an old towel.Lay your doily flat on the surfaceSpray the doily with spray starch from a canLay the pressing cloth over the doily. The pressing cloth will pr…

Crochet Improvising and Imperfection

This is a past project of mine that I view as flawed. It was made with the intentions of being submitted to the Iowa State fair about 4 years ago. Well, that did not happen. I started out following written instructions that I had purchased, but in the end, it is probably half from the instructions and half from improvising. It just did not seem to be working out right. So instead of scrapping it all together, I started to improvise. I did not like how the bust turned out with the shaping of the increases and decreases. Other than that, every thing else turned out ok. There are about 12 tiny pearl beads that I used for buttons down the back. I did chain loops for each of the buttons. The collar, sleeves, hat and leaves are accented with the same tiny pearl beads. I found it easier to add the edging beads on later with a needle and thread. I know that Barbie has changed in size, so I imagine that a lot of my purchased dress patterns will not work any longer and maybe that is w…

Basketweave Crochet Hat

Basketweave Crochet Hat

Video Tutorial:Basketweave Crochet Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Intermediate

FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
EA = Each
BEG = Beginning

Size I Crochet Hook
4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn

4 inches = 8 Rows
4 inches = 10 Stitches

NOTE: There is a chain 1 used at the beginning of each round. This chain 1 will not count as a stitch. It is just used as a step up to the next round. It will also help eliminate noticeable seams.

Post Stitch Note: Complete each new post stitch around the chain 1 and the first stitch.

Chain 4, join

Round 1: CH 1, 15, HDC through the CH, join (15 Half Double Crochet)

Round 2: CH 1, 1 HDC between each stitch in the previous row. (15 Half Double Crochet)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 HDC between the next St's, 1 HDC in the top of the next ST. Complete 15 times total from *. join in beginning stitch. (30 Half Dou…

How to Stitch a Front Post Double Crochet

Video Tutorial:Front Post Back Post

Video Tutorial:Lefty Front Post Back Post

Written by Teresa Richardson

Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. This next step will show the front post double crochet. The stitch will be worked around the post of the previous double crochet.Step 2Insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch.
Step 3Bring it around the back and up on the left side of the stitch.Step 4Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.

Step 5Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it behind the post of the previous double crochet. This will give you 3 loops on your hook.
Step 6

Crochet Abbreviation Chart

This is some of the more common abbreviations that you come across in crochet patterns.

alt = alternate
approx = approximatelyM:
MC = main color
M = meters
MM = millimeters B:
BEG = begin(ning)
BET = between
BL/bk lp = back loop
BLO = back loop only
BO = bobble
BP = back post
BPDC = back post double crochet
BPSC = back post single crochet
BPTR = back post triple crochetO:

OZ = ounce
CA = color A
CB = color B
CC = contrasting color
CH = chain
CH- = refers to chain previously made/worked
CH_SP = chain space
CL =cluster
CM = centimeter
CONT = continueP:
PAT = pattern
PC = popcorn
P = picot
PM = place marker
PREV = previous
DC = double crochet
DC2TOG = double crochet 2 stitches together
DEC = decrease
DTR/DTRC = double triple/treble crochetR:
REM = remain
REP = repeat
REV SC/reverse sc = reverse single crochet
RND = round
RS = right sideE:
EA = each

SC = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
SK = skip
SL ST = slip stitch
SP = space
ST = stitch F:
FLO = front loo…

Galaxy Stitch Crochet Winter Scarf

Video Tutorial: Galaxy Stitch Scarf

Galaxy Stitch Crochet Winter Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson

The following is how you would create the stitch from text only. I am describing it at the beginning so when I write the pattern I can refer to the galaxy stitch with the abbreviation of GS.

Size I/5.5mm crochet hook

Galaxy Stitch on Foundation: Insert your hook in the joining eye of the stitch you just completed, pull the yarn through, you have 2 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the first single crochet, pull, the yarn through, you have 4 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, skip a stitch, insert the hook through the next single crochet, pull the yarn through, you have 6 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through all 6 loops. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through one more time to secure.

Galaxy Stitch in Previous Stitches: Insert your hook in the joining eye of the stitc…

Left Hand Foundation Chainless Crochet Stitches

If you know of a lefty that has struggled to learn to crochet, please feel free to share links to my video's and crochet blog.I also have a Left Hand Crochet Blog with nothing but crochet video's made for lefty's.

Video Tutorials for the Left Handed Foundation Crochet Stitch
Left Hand Foundation Single CrochetLeft Hand Foundation Half Double CrochetLeft Hand Foundation Double CrochetThe foundation stitches may also be called chainless crochet. It is called by two different names.