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Old Ladies Only? Addressing the Stereotype

A few months back, I was contacted by a male who thought I should be marketing crochet DVD's to little old ladies in nursing homes. That was his pitch.  It was a serious inquiry because he wanted to include some of his video work on the DVD as well. 


How old were you when you first learned how to crochet?  I was 20 when I learned.  I want to get rid of this "old lady" stereotype because anyone and everyone can crochet.  Being a former Army wife, crochet accompanied me around the world and became a friend who was there for me through all times.  As we share our knowledge, I want our next generations, both male and female to feel that they can do this at any point in their life.  Crochet is NOT just for "old ladies".


How to do you think the stereotype got started?

Crochet Spring Rose

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Crochet Spring Rose

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Spring Rose

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Version Crochet Spring Rose

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
TC -Triple Crochet

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

Row 1: Work 78 foundation single crochet or a chain of 79 with a single crochet in each chain.


Row 2: CH 1, * Work a Single Crochet , skip one stitch, work 5 HDC in the next stitch, skip a stitch, complete 5 times from* ,   * Work a Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip one stitch, work 5 DC in the next stitch, skip a stitch, complete 5 times from*,  * Work a Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip one stitch, work 5 TC in the next stitch, skip a stitch, continue across from* , work a single crochet in the last stitch,…

Crochet Baby Cap Two Pom Poms

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Please Note:  The pom poms in this video have yarn threads that could come out.  Please use responsibly!





Crochet TearDrop Earring

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Crochet TearDrop Earring

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet TearDrop Earring

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Version Crochet TearDrop Earring

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Materials
Size 10 Steel crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton
Tapestry Needle
26 Gauge wire
Assortment of tiny glass beads
Earring Findings


Rounded Needle Nose Pliers (Jewelry Pliers)
Scissors


Cut a length of wire, approximately 10 inches long.  Round one end of the wire, with your pliers so the beads do not come off.  Put the beads on your wire.  I put mine on in segments of 3 for a total of 36.  You can modify and create a bead pattern of your choice.  Once you get the 36 beads on the wire, turn the other end of the wire, leaving room between the beads to attach the crochet work.


NOTE:  Be careful not to twist y…

How to make the Crochet Crocodile Scale Stitch

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Crochet Earring Sandi

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Crochet Earring Sandi

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Earring Sandi

Video Tutorial:Crochet Earring Sandi Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Materials
Size 1 Steel crochet hook
10 Crochet Cotton
Tapestry Needle
Earring Findings

Work a chain of 30, join with the beginning chain.  Make sure you keep the chain straight so it is not all twisted before you join.


Round 1: Work 45 SC around the chain. A random amount will work as well.


Round 2: Chain 1, *SC in the same stitch. Chain 4, work 3 DC in the single crochet, skip 2 stitches, work a single crochet in the next stitch, continue around from *, when you get around to the beginning, join with the beginning stitch.


Now you will thread a small needle that will fit through the earring finding and loop through a co…

Baby Crochet Cap with Earflap Option - The Hat

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Baby Crochet Cap with Earflap Option

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Baby Crochet Cap with Earflap Option - The Hat

Video Tutorial:Baby Crochet Cap with Earflap Option - The EarFlap

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Baby Crochet Cap with Earflap Option - The Hat

Skill Level - Easy


Size Estimate - 14-16 inch 36-41CM head

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease

Materials
Size G/4.25mm crochet hook
3ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


Half Double Crochet Decrease:  Wrap the yarn over your hook insert it through the first stitch and pull through,  leaving all loop on the hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert it through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through,  wrap the yarn over you hook, and pull through all the loops on your hook.  This completes the half double croche…