Friday, December 28, 2007

How to make Crochet Shell Stitch

Basic Shell Stitch

Basic Shell Video Tutorial:
Crochet Shell - Basic Stitch

Basic Shell Slow Motion:
Crochet Shell - Slow Motion

SH - Shell
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet

Shell - The shell for this pattern stitch will consist of 5 double crochet.
The Multiple is 6+2.

Row 1: 1 SC in next chain from hook. SK 2 CH, 5 DC in next Chain,
SK 2 CH, SC in next chain. Continue across. At the end, CH3 and turn.

Row2: 2 DC in same sc as turning CH 3, *SC in 3rd DC in next shell.
SK next 2 DC and 5 DC in next SC. REP from * across.
Row 3: CH 1, turn, 1 SC in the same stitch. 5 DC in the next SC,
SC in the 3rd DC of the next shell. Continue across. Work a single crochet at the edge in the half shell.

Thursday, December 27, 2007


When you want something bad enough, you keep at it until you achieve your goal. Apply the same thought to crochet and it will be worth your time. I struggled when I first started out crocheting. A lot of it didn't makes sense to me. In 1983, I was a young mother with one baby and another one the way. I would find myself getting in to a rhythm, and then a baby would cry. I was frustrated that I couldn't crochet. I had found something that made me feel good about myself and that was crocheting. My time was limited but I still practiced every chance I got.

Today, things seem cheap and crochet is a very inexpensive hobby to do. Way back when I was young, I would finish up a project and wonder when I was going to have enough money to afford to buy a skein of yarn or ball a thread. My mom bought me a snowflake leaflet full of various snowflakes and many challenges. I had two hooks. A steele size 7 and an aluminum size I. I would recommend those sizes to anyone starting out since they will work with various yarns and threads. I would recommend a third basic size of F to cover the sport or baby weight yarns. You really don't need a large collection of hooks to crochet. I have found that I have favorite sizes and hooks that I always use. Thank goodness for crochet being relatively inexpensive.

The books and magazines have changed over the years. At one time we had to read the instructions. Now there are pictures with symbols to relay the instructions. I can remember my mom telling me to stay away from the books with the picture instructions because they are so confusing. By then I had already discovered the books with picture instructions and I loved them. I have found it is really helpful to learn the reading instructions as well as the picture instructions. It helps in learning advanced techniques. Practice, Practice, Practice and you will learn the art of crochet.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

How to make Crochet Basketweave Stitch

This is a pretty easy, stitch although it looks complex. The idea is to loop your double crochets -(DC), triple crochets-(TC) or double triple crochets-(DTC) around the post of the previous stitch. You will see those stitches referred to as (FPDC)-Front Post Double Crochet or (BPDC)-Back Post Double Crochet. You just do what it says, wrap your yarn around the post of the previous stitch, either the front or the back. You can incorporate the stitch into any pattern to add a variation. Let your imagination wander when it comes to crochet.

Basketweave Crochet Scarf

Basketweave Crochet Scarf Left Hand Version

Saturday, September 29, 2007

How I Learned to Crochet

I had tinkered around with crocheting when I was about 11 or so, which would have been around 1973. I had a cousin show my mom how to make the puff stitch. She was crocheting a six sided rug. For some reason I remembered that pattern in my head. I had no idea how to read patterns or what stitches were called at that time. I went home, asked my mom for some yarn. I played around with the yarn and made a small rug. That was about it for crochet, until I got older. 

In 1983, I was expecting my second child and on bed rest. My mom started me off with crochet snowflakes, size 10 bedspread cotton and basic crochet stitches.

Crochet is a process that will continue after learning the basic stitches. I taught myself the rest of crochet through practice and learning how to read crochet written instructions and symbol instructions on my own. Back then we did not have video and I was not living close to family that could show me how the stitches worked and the meaning of abbreviations. It may take years to learn much of the basic techniques and language.  Crochet is a continual learning process. 

Saturday, July 28, 2007

How to Work Multiple in Crochet Patterns

You have probably seen the term multiple used in projects and instructions before and wondered what it meant. There are a series of numbers given, for example "multiple= 5 plus 3" or "multiple= 8 plus 10". This is the amount of chains that will be needed to for your project. It will help in determining how large you want your project to be. You might have a favorite stitch and want to use it in a baby afgan and a large adult afgan for yourself. Depending on the tension you use when you crochet, the size of your hook and the size yarn you are using; each will factor in to how large your final project will be. In helping with that you have the multiple. In the examples I have used above, the "plus 3" and the "plus 10" are used only one time. They help you get to the point in starting your project so you can complete your main pattern. The numbers before the plus, in this example are the "5" and the "8", determine how many chains you will need for the width of your project. The "5" means that it takes 5 chains to complete the stitch so the work will come out even. The "8" means the same thing, only it will take 8 chains to complete the stitch. Lets say that you are using the pattern that needs 8 to complete the stitch and you want 12 of the pattern stitches in your project. All you do is multiply 12 X 8 = 96. What you do is crochet 96 chains plus 10 more, which is 106 chains to complete the project. Remember, the plus amount is only done once and is for the stitch in the very begining of the project.

How to make Crochet Hats

Here are some of the hats that I have been making. These are just a few of the many that I have done over the past few months.

Crochet Hat Playlist

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

Crochet Geek YouTube -

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -

Light Weight Crochet Mesh Cap

Crochet Cap with a Brim

Crochet Puff Stitch Cap

Crochet Cable Cap with Ear Flaps

Crochet Darling Cap

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fabric Adhesive for Securing Yarn Tails and Knots

I stumbled across a Fabric Adhesive the other day at Michael's Craft Store. I had been looking for something that would secure my yarn tails and knots. It is washable and drys clear, although it does stand out on black yarn if you were to use it in a visible place. The name of the product is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. I was thinking this would work on the tails and knots in the granny squares as well and keep them secure, so not to slip out of place after washing, as it the case in many instances where there are tails.

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

Crochet Geek YouTube -

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -

Friday, July 20, 2007

Crochet Abbreviations

  • [ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
  • ( ) = work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
  • * = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
  • * * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
  • ” = inch(es)

alt = alternate
approx = approximately

beg = begin(ning)
bet = between
BL/bk lp = back loop(s)
BLO = back loop only
bo = bobble
BP = back post
BPdc = back post double crochet(s)
BPsc = back post single crochet(s)
BPtr = back post triple crochet(s)

CA = color A
CB = color B
CC = contrasting color
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch- = refers to chain previously made/worked
ch-sp = chain space
CL(s) =cluster(s)
cm = centimeter
cont = continue

dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
dec = decrease
dtr/dtrc = double triple/treble crochet

ea = each
est = established

FLO = front loop onlyfoll = follow
FP = front post
FPdc = front post double crochet(s)
FPsc = front post single crochet(s)
FPtr/FPtrc = front post triple/treble crochet(s)
FL/ft lp = front loop(s)

g = gram
grp(s) = groups

hdc = half double crochet(s)
hk = hook

inc = increase

lp(s) = loop(s)
lp st = loop stitch

MC = main color
m = meters
mm = millimeters

oz = ounce(s)

pat(s) = pattern(s)
PC(s) = popcorn(s)
p = picot
pm = placemaker
prev = previous

rem = remain
rep = repeat(s)
rev sc/reverse sc = reverse single crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side

sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
sk = skip(ped)
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)

tbl=through back loop
tch/t-ch = turning chain
tog = together
tr/trc = treble/triple crochet
tr tr/trtrc =triple treble crochet/triple triple crochet(s)

WS = wrong side

X-st = cross-stitch

yd = yard(s)
yo = yarn over
yoh = yarn over hook

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

Crochet Geek YouTube -

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Summer Days of June

I have been on vacation so the crochet video's may slow up a bit over the summer. Some of you have requested demonstrations. I will do what I can to research them and see if it is something I can put in to video. I stay away from patterns in general, because there are copyright issues and they are to long to put in video format.

When I started the video's, they were meant to be used as a tool for begining crocheter's to learn how to do basic stitches and various stitches to crocheting. Once the beginning crocheter gets the hang of the stitches, they should be able to approach any pattern and accomplish it on their own.

I will do requests for stitches, that someone might want to see a demonstration of. Don't be afraid to ask.

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

Crochet Geek YouTube -

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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