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Abstract Crochet Cats

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Abstract Crochet Cats

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Abstract Crochet Cats

Baby Afghan - I chained 100 for the baby afghan and used a size K hook and 4 ply yarn.

Multiple: 5

Materials
4 ply yarn
Size K crochet hook - You can use other size hooks for this project

Abbreviations
SK - Skip
Ch - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
SP - Space

Drop Stitch - The drop stitch will be worked below the two previous row of shell stitches. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook 2 rows below, between the shell stitches, pull the yarn up. Repeat one more time for a total of 5 loops on the hook.

Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook, DC in the next CH, Skip 4 chains, in the next CH(5th chain) work *2DC, CH1, 2DC, SK 4 CH's, Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 chains.

Row 2: CH 2, DC in the next DC, work *2DC, CH1, 2DC in the next CH 1 Space. Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 DC.

Row 3: CH 2, DC in the next DC, Work a dropstitch (see…

Crochet Bingo Bag or Craft Bag

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Written by Teresa Richardson

This bag can be used for a child to carry their toys in, as a bingo bag or a craft bag. Please share your comments for additional ways the bag can be used.

Video Tutorial: Crochet Bingo Bag or Craft Bag
Video Tutorial:  Crochet Bingo Bag or Craft Bag Left Hand Version 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Abbreviations
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
EA - Each
SK - Skip
ST - Stitch
ST's - Stitches

Materials
Size H Crochet Hook
4 Ply Yarn - 728 yards

Bag
Chain 5, join.
Round 1: 12 HDC through the loop, do not join. (12 Half Double Crochet total) The remainder of the project will be worked in a continual round. You will want a yarn marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Round 2:The first stitch will be done in the top of the previous stitch without joining, Work 2 HDC in each stitch around. (24 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 2 HDC in each stitch around. (48 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 4-5: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. (48 Half D…

Finding the Last Stitch - Crochet Tip 46

When working with single crochet, it can be difficult at times to see where to put the new stitch. The ending or edge stitch are even more difficult to see when changing rows/rounds. I always stress to make sure you have an accurate count of stitches, since this is where you can drop or gain a stitch. When starting the new row/round and the instructions guide me to "Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch", and I am not able to tell where the same stitch is, I will pull out the last stitch on the previous round. Look at the top of the stitch facing you. Chain 1, turn, look at the top of the stitch on the backside. Look closely at the stitch so you know where to put your hook.

Note:This tip will apply to any stitch.

Crochet Slanted Shell - Variation 2 - Baby Afghan

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Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
Video Tutorial:Crochet Slanted Shell - Variation 2
Written by Teresa Richardson

Baby Afghan Size Estimate - If you want to make a baby afghan with a size I/5.5mm crochet hook, 4-ply yarn, you will chain 122. This will give you an estimated width of 38 inches.

Multiple is 5+2
Row 1: 3 DC in the 3rd chain from the hook, Skip 3 chains, single crochet in the next chain, *chain 3, 3 double crochet in the next chain. Skip 3 chains, single crochet in the next chain. Repeat from * for the width of the pattern.
Row 2: Chain 4, 3 double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Skip the 3 double crochet, single crochet in the chain 3 space, chain 3, Work 3 double crochet in the same chain 3 space. Repeat across from * for the width.

Repeat row 2 for the length.


Swag and Spike Granny Squares

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Swag and Spike Granny Squares

Video Tutorial: Swag and Spike Granny Squares
Video Tutorial: Swag and Spike Granny Squares Left Hand

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

Front Post Double CrochetModified - This stitch will be worked around the lower round and completed in the next stitch to be worked, which is securing the stitch in place. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the crochet hook to the right of the stitch, around the back and to the front on the left of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull around the stitch. Push the strand of yarn behind the hook. Insert the hook through the stitch on the previous round and complete the double crochet.

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, pull loop up, 3 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 1, pull loop up, 2 DC in same CH space. 1 D…

How to Modify a Granny Square Size - Crochet Tip 45

I like to mix and match granny squares, creating an assortment of colors and squares. I have found that I can get an average 6" square, 4-6 rounds, with a size G, H or I hook when that is the size I am looking for. Occasionally I will find that my last round may make the square a 7" size, which will be larger than what I want. To fix this, I will do some modification by using smaller stitches on the last few rounds to make the square closer to 6". If I am using double crochet, I will use a half double crochet or single crochet to achieve a 6" square. When you are following a pattern and your square is turning out larger than the size you want, go ahead and modify the stitch by using smaller basic crochet stitches. You can add rounds if you have a square that is just not quite large enough. Look through the pattern to see if there is a design element that you can carry to an extended round, tying it all together.

April Fool's Day

I am letting you all know that if you happen to visit Youtube today, you may find video's upside done. They have a really cute April Fool's joke going on.

I am currently working on getting a new granny square posted in the next day or two. Since we are well in to spring here down south, I have been outside placing patio blocks in front of the sunroom and spreading mulch in the flower beds.