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Quilt & Plastic Canvas Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the two winners of the Quilt and Plastic Canvas book and magazine giveaway.

Plastic Canvas Book Winner- Dawn
Quilt Book Winner- Holly

V-Stitch Crochet Summer Hat

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The purplish hat on the right is made with the V-stitch, a strand of 4-ply yarn and Bernat Boa yarn, working both strands at the same time. Using the novelty yarn will make the cap slightly larger.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:V-Stitch Crochet Summer Hat

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
LP - Loop
EA - Each
SP - Space
V-Stitch - Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet
V-Stitch Increase - Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet

Materials
Size N Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn

Gauge
6 Rows - 4"
4 V-Stitches - 4"

Magic Circle or chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 4, DC through the loop, the chain 4 and double crochet count as the first V-Stitch. *DC, CH1, DC through the loop, complete 5 times total from *, join with beginning CH 3. (6 V-Stitch total)

Round 2: SL ST in to the CH 1 SP. CH 4, DC, CH 1, DC in the same space, the chain 4, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet count as the first V-Stitch increase. *DC, CH1, DC, CH1, DC throu…

Invisible Decrease - Double Crochet, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet

The invisible decrease is an alternative to the traditional standard decrease. It will be done the same way, for any of the basic crochet stitches that you are doing. The stitch is decreasing 2 stitches down to 1 stitch. The 2 stitches are joined at the bottom of the new stitch, working the remainder of the stitch as an individual stitch. The invisible decrease has less bulk compared to the standard decrease. If your instructions tell you to decrease, you can decide which technique that you would like to do.

EXAMPLE: Double crochet: Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook in the first stitch. Insert the hook in the second stitch. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through both stitches. Work the double crochet. Now there is a decrease, joined at the bottom of the stitch, worked as an individual stitch.


Quilt Magazine Giveaway - Closed

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I tried my hand at quilting. I did alright but crochet is my passion. These books also fall under the category of not being used in well over a year so I am giving them away too. There are 9 magazines and 1 book from the 1990's time frame. If this is something that you are interested in, please comment and leave a way to contact you or unique way of identifying yourself if you are the winner. The blog is open for anyone to comment and participate. E-mail entries are accepted with "Quilt Magazine Giveaway" in the subject. I will draw on Monday March 30, 2009.

Plastic Canvas Book Giveaway - Closed

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As a former military spouse, we frequently got rid of stuff each time we moved. I am trying hard not to be a pack rat, so I am passing along some various craft books, of crafts that I have tried over the years. These books fall under the category of not being used in well over a year so I am giving them away. There are 6 books from the 1990's time frame. I was living on Fort Knox at the time. Not pictured are several big sheets of standard plastic canvas, more smaller sheets and some round circles of plastic canvas. If this is something that you are interested in, please comment and leave a way to contact you or unique way of identifying yourself if you are the winner. The blog is open for anyone to comment and participate. E-mail entries are accepted with "Plastic Canvas Book Giveaway" in the subject. I will draw on Monday March 30, 2009.

Large Amigurumi Egg or Mouse

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The Large Egg has the purple line around it in the image.

Large Amigurumi Egg or Mouse

Written by Teresa Richardson

The Video is for the medium size mouse. It will give you a good idea how amigurumi is done.
Video Tutorial:Amigurumi Crochet Mouse

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry Needle
2 buttons

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
ST - Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
MC - Magic Circle
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Single Crochet Decrease - This is where you join 2 single crochet, reducing them down to 1 stitch. Insert the hook in the first stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet decrease.

Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: 6 SC in loop, do not join.…

Small Crochet Amigurumi Egg or Mouse

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Small Crochet Amigurumi Egg or Mouse

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook (You can use different size crochet hooks)
4-ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry Needle
2 buttons

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
ST - Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
MC - Magic Circle
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Single Crochet Decrease - This is where you join 2 single crochet, reducing them down to 1 stitch. Insert the hook in the first stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet decrease.

Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: 6 SC in loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
The first single crochet will be in the top of the previous round without joining. The remaining project will b…