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Counting Stitches for an Accurate Stitch Count - Crochet Tip #54

I always recommend counting crochet stitches. The reason is for accuracy with each row/round. Counting will save time and is a resource to reduce the possibility of ripping out future rows/rounds. The edges of an afghan are the most common place to drop a stitch. Sometimes it is very difficult to see where the stitch should go. It may even look correct as you turn to start the next row. Several rows later you will notice that your afghan is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top. This is from missed stitches. Counting will help reduce missed stitches.

I know for those of you with small children there are frequent interruptions and you will lose count. My now grown children are the reason I count. When my kids were small, they would be off doing their own thing, not pay any attention to what I was doing until I would start crocheting. Then they would need a drink or start fighting. You can also count your stitches once the row is complete and the children's needs have been met …

Kids Learning Crochet

In many communities, school is out for the summer in North America. Crochet would be a great and inexpensive way to keep your kids entertained for hours. We all know how kids tend to "out do" adults at times. I can't think of a better way to let them out do us. Not only that, a lot of math is involved that we don't even think about.

Another thought is that crochet would be a great craft for summer camps. If you or someone you know is in need of ideas or links, please comment or write.

Wheel Stitches - Crochet Tip #53

The wheel stitch may be time consuming but it is well worth the work. Keep in mind that crochet pattern stitches can easily be modified to use more or less stitches. If you are working with a wheel stitch that suggests 7 stitches, you can modify it to use 9 stitches instead. The same is true if you want to go from 7, down to 5.

It is not necessary to use the stitch in a demonstration. Maybe you do not want to use a triple crochet so you can use a double crochet instead.

I would recommend doing a pattern swatch to work through your modified version, prior to starting your project. You will want to make sure the modified version is going lay flat and look right. This will give you a small piece to practice through any errors and become familiar with the new modified version prior to starting your project. We all know how disappointing it is to rip because of an error.

NOTE: I have seen the wheel stitch go by several different names which is not unusual for most crochet stitches. The commo…

Bavarian Crochet Stitch Blanket

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Crochet Blanket Wheel Stitch Square - Catherine's Wheel

Video Tutorial:Bavarian Crochet Stitch

Crochet Dad has a variation of the wheel stitch square using a wheel stitch rectangle. Great idea Crochet Dad!!!

Written by Teresa Richardson

Joined Stitches - The joined stitches will be done by wrapping the yarn around your hook twice, insert the hook through the stitch, pull the yarn through the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through two loops, wrap the yarn over, pull through two loops. Leave the last loop of each stitch on your hook. There will be 5 loops on the hook for the corner joined, 8 loops on the hook for the flat edge joined.

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The wheel stitch with the back post is a heavier stitch using more yarn. It will make a nice and warm afghan.The wheel stitch square can be modified and used with double crochet.The wheel stitch can be easily modified to use more stitches in each wheel

CH 5, Join.
Round 1: *CH 3, work 4 TC joined, CH 1 to secure, CH 3, SL ST in the CH. C…

Winner of Crochet Giveaway #10

Congratulation to Sandy, winner of giveaway #10.

Linked Crochet Stitch Written Instructions - Tunisian

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Linked Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Linked Crochet Stitch - Tunisian

This is a tunisian stitch work vertically in horizontal rows. The actual stitches can be made as high or long as you want to make them.

Chain an amount.

Link Stitch Written Description:
Row 1: [*Insert the hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the loop through. Complete 3 times total from *.] There will be 4 loops on the hook. [ *Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull through 2 loops. Complete 3 times total from *. The first stitch is complete.] The next stitch will be worked under the horizontal bars, [*Insert the hook under the horizontal bar, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through. Repeat from * two times total. There are 3 loops on the hook. Insert the hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through the last loop.] There will be 4 loops on the hook. [ *Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull through 2 loops. Complete 3 times to…

Information Label for Crochet Gifts or Merchadise - Crochet Tip #52

Each of us have probably sold a project that we have made at one time or another or given it away as a gift. My suggestion is to inform the recipient that the project is not coming apart if a tail happens to pop out after a wash cycle. You may want to include a simple set of instructions on how to sew the tails back in between the stitches.

Many years ago a friend of mine brought me a afghan that her grandma had made, because she thought it was falling apart. The only thing that had happened was some of the tails has popped out after washing. I knotted, secured and sewed the tails back between the stitches with her watching. I let her know that the afghan was not falling apart and that tails could come out again after a wash cycle. She was very relieved to know that was all it was. After that, she knew how to take care of it herself.