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New Video Watch Page on YouTube

The new video watch page is being launched on YouTube this evening, so it may be difficult to navigate around the site. The following link will help you become familiar with where everything is located. If you need additional help in finding something, please ask any time.

http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?&answer=178474

Crochet Challenges - Reading Patterns

Reading patterns can be very challenging.  It may be helpful to have the common crochet abbreviations printed out and handy when you come across different patterns.  I am including a link to my crochet blog with many of the abbreviations.

Crochet Challenges ?

What do/did you find most challenging about crochet?

What was your first crochet project?

What was your very first Crochet Project?  Mine was a thread snowflake. I threw it away because everything was crooked and the stitches were uneven.  Later I made a shell baby afghan for my son.  The afghan helped me learn some stitch consistency in repeating the same stitch over and over. I threw a lot of my first crochet projects away because I thought they were ugly. I regret doing that now and wish I would have saved some of them.  I was very hard on myself and felt that everything had to look perfect.  Back then as a "green crocheter", the perfection I was looking for came with a lot of practice. This gave me the stitch consistency making everything look even.

Crochet Sock Monkey

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Crochet Sock Monkey

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Sock Monkey

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Sock Monkey

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
FDC - Foundation Double Crochet

Materials
Size G/4.0 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 3 colors - Colors of your choice.
Tapestry Needle
Polyester Fiberfill or stuffing of your choice

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Single Crochet Decrease - This is joining 2 single crochet together and reducing them down to 1 single crochet. You insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through. There will be two loops on the hook.  Insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops. 


Continual Round - The purpose of the continual round is to eliminate joini…

Rainbow and Star Crochet Applique'

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Crochet Rainbow & Star

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Star Crochet Rainbow Applique'

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Star Crochet Rainbow Applique'

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Single Crochet Decrease - insert the hook through the first stitch,  wrap the yarn over, pull it through, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through, there are 3 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the Single Crochet Decrease.

Foundation Single Crochet - This stitch eliminates the chain. Chain 2, insert the hook through the 2nd chain from the hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 1 loop, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through both loops to complete the first stitch. The f…

Crochet Environment Question

What type of environment do you like when you are crocheting? Do you like noise, quiet or in-between? I have found that I can crochet in any place but I do better in a less distracted environment.