Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

I hope everyone enjoys the new year. I have many, many more crochet ideas for 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What are Your Crochet Accomplishments for 2009

What new projects did you make this year that you had never done before? Did you learn any new stitches or techniques? What is something you want to make that you have never done before?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vintage Crochet Patterns

Do any of you use Ebay to find crochet patterns? I know I have fun bidding on the old Vintage Crochet Patterns. They are the ones that cost .10 cents back when they were new. Now they are falling apart with a price of $2.00 or more. I do have a few that my Grandma gave me and several more that I have purchased. I have noticed that the price and demand for the Magic Crochet, Crochet Fantasy and Decorative Crochet have gone up in the Ebay auctions. I really miss new issues of Magic Crochet. It had all of the thread and lace that I love to make.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option


Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option

Skill Level - Easy

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

Materials
Size F/3.75mm Crochet hook
3 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

The multiple is 6. For each extra shell that you want to make, add 6 extra foundation stitches.

Work 54 foundation single crochet. Join.

Side 1: Work a single crochet in the first stitch, *skip two stitches, work 6 double crochet in the next. Skip two stitches, work a single crochet. Continue from * for each segment of the pattern stitch.


Side 2
:
When you are finished, flip the band over and repeat the pattern, work the shell and single crochet in the same space as the opposite side. See diagram for stitch placement.

Flower
Chain 3, join.
Round 1: *Chain 3 slip stitch in the loop. Complete 5 times total. (5 chain 3 loops total)
Round 2: Slip stitch in to the chain 3 loop. Chain 1, *Work 5 Double Crochet in the same loop, Chain 1, Slip stitch in the same loop, Slip Stitch in the next chain 3 loop, Repeat from * for each remaining petal. (5 petals total- with 5 double crochet in each petal)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dainty Crochet Angel


Dainty Crochet Angel

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Dainty Crochet Angel

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Dainty Crochet Angel

Skill Level - Easy

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

Single Crochet Decrease - This is taking two stitches and reducing them down to one stitch. Insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it through, leave the two remaining loops on the hook. Insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops to complete the single crochet decrease.

Materials
Size H/5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Fiberfill or stuffing for the head

You can use a different size crochet hook to make a larger or smaller angel.

Head
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet through the chain. Do not join, work the first single crochet in the top of the next stitch.
Round 2: Work 2 single crochet in each single crochet around (12 single crochet total)
Round 3-4: Work 1 single crochet in each single crochet around (12 single crochet total)
Round 5: Work 6 single crochet decrease. (see above for details on working the single crochet decrease) Once you have complete 3 single crochet decrease, you will want to add some filling to the head. Continue with the remaining 3 single crochet decrease. Secure the yarn and sew the remaining section of the head shut.

Wings
Chain 5, join with the beginning chain.
Round 1: Chain 1, pull up, work 12 double crochet through the loop.
Round 2: Chain 1, pull up, work 3 double crochet in each stitch around. (36 Double Crochet Total)

Dress
Round 1: Chain 1 and pull up. Work 1 DC in each of the next 6 stitches. Skip, 12 stitches, work 1 DC in each of the next 6 stitches. Skip 12 stitches. Join with the beginning double crochet. (12 double crochet total)
Round 2:
Chain 1 and pull up. Work 3 DC in each stitch around. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 3:
Chain 1 and pull up, Work 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 2 DC in the next stitch. Continue around with 1 DC in one stitch and then 2 DC in the next stitch. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 4:
Chain 1 and pull up, Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 5:
Chain 1 and pull up, Work 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 2 DC in the next stitch. Continue around with 1 DC in one stitch and then 2 DC in the next stitch. Join with the beginning stitch.

Halo
Chain 9, join. Work 9 reverse single crochet.
Click here for a video tutorial on the reverse single crochet.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Modifying Hat Sizes - Crochet Tip #56

There are several sizes of hats that can be made with in a larger hat pattern. Modifying sizes can be a lot of fun. You may even find your own unique design as you are experimenting with different sizes. When making a custom hat, you will need the head size of the child/person you are making it for.

I did a recent example of different sizes in one pattern, with the Pixie Cap. The pattern shows four different stopping points, to continue on with the length of the cap. This can be done with any adult size cap when you are looking for a child/youth size or even a toddler/baby size. There may be an amount of trial and error, with fine tuning the size you want.

Hat Size Chart

Pixie Cap

What type of modifications have you made to hats and caps?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Google Translator for Crochet Patterns

Google Translation is a great tool for communicating. It is also a great way to translate written crochet patterns to your native language. I use Google Translation often and appreciate being able to communicate with everyone around the world.

Google Translation
http://translate.google.com/#

Friday, December 4, 2009

Crochet SnowFlake #6


Crochet SnowFlake #6
Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet SnowFlake #6
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet SnowFlake #6
Skill Level - Intermediate
Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
Materials
Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook
Crochet Cotton
Small Needle

Chain 7, join

Round 1: *Chain 3, Single Crochet in the loop, Repeat 8 times total from *.

Round 2: Ch 3, Work 2 DC in the same loop, CH 2, *Work 3 DC, CH 2, complete 7 times total from *, join with the beginning chain.

Round 3: *Chain 4, Work a cluster through the top of the 3 previous DC. CH 4, SC in the CH 2 space. Complete 8 times total from *. Work a Triple Crochet at the base of the beginning chain, instead of the last chain 4. You will want to end at the top by the cluster. Slip stitch back in to the top of the cluster.

Round 4: ** Chain 6, join, slip stitch in to the chain 6 * CH 4 SC in the loop, complete 5 times total from * (5 chain 4 loops), CH 3, SC in the next loop, CH 3 SC in the next loop, CH 3, SL ST in the center of the next cluster, Complete 8 times total from**

Crochet Snowflake Right Hand Tutorial


Crochet Snowflake Left Hand Tutorial

Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree


Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree
Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree
Skill Level - Easy
Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Styrofoam Cone Shape
Floral Pins

SHELL - *Double Crochet, Chain 3, Slip Stitch in the top of the double crochet. Repeat 5 times total from *, all in the same chain.
Make 2 strips. This can easily be modified for smaller or longer larger cone shapes. If you find that your chain is to short, just make another chain estimating how much you will need and pin it on

Chain 225

Work 1 SC in the next chain. Skip 2 chains.
**Work a shell. *Double Crochet, Chain 3, Slip Stitch in the top of the double crochet. Repeat 5 times total from *, all in the same chain. skip 2 chains, single crochet in the next chain, skip 2 chains. Repeat from ** across the length of the chain.

Once you get your strips made, you will evenly wrap the shell strip, pinning around the Styrofoam cone with your floral pins, hiding the pins beneath the shells so they are overlapping the previous row.





Sunday, November 29, 2009

Darling Crochet Shell Cap


Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson


NOTE: The crown of this cap is made with a single crochet. The child version is made with a half double crochet.

Instructions for: Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
MC - Magic Circle
SH - Shell

Definition
( total stitches ) - This is the amount of stitches you will have on each round.
Shell for this pattern will be: 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC

Materials
Size G/4.25 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Caron 4-ply yarn

This cap will fit an approximate 22-24 inch head. Since it is made with a G hook, you can make the cap larger with a size H, I/5.5mm or J hook.

Work a magic circle MC. Chain 3 and join as an alternative to the magic circle.

Round 1: Chain 1, Work 12 SC through the magic loop or chain. Do not join and work in a continual round. (12 SC total) You may want to get a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in the top of the first stitch. Work 2 SC in each stitch around.
(24 SC total)

Round 3:
Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (24 SC total)

Round 4: *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 36 SC.
(36 SC total)

Round 5:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 48 SC. (48 SC total)

Round 6: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
(48 SC total)

Round 7:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 64 SC. (64 SC total)

Round 8-9: 1 SC in each single crochet around.

Round 10:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 7 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 72 SC. (72 SC total)

Round 11: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (72 SC total) Skip 1 stitch and slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Round 12: Work a shell in the first stitch (shell = 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC in the same space) skip 3 stitches, *work a shell in the next stitch, Continue around from *. (18 Shell Stitches Total)

Round 13-21 :
Slip stitch over to the chain 1 of the next shell.
Chain 1, pull up, Work 2 HDC, Ch 1, 2 HDC in the chain 1 space of the previous shell. * Work a shell in the center chain of of the next shell. Continue around from *, join with the beginning shell. (18 Shells total)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Crochet SnowFlake #5


Crochet SnowFlake #5

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet SnowFlake 5

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet SnowFlake 5

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
LP - Loop
TC/TRC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 6 Steel crochet hook
Crochet Thread
Small Tapestry Needle

Chain 7, Join
Round 1: *Chain 6, SC in the in the loop. Complete 5 times total from *. CH 3, DC at the base of the beginning CH to join.

Round 2: *CH 3, SC in the next LP. CH 8, SC in the same LP.
Complete 5 times total from *. CH 3, SC in the next LP. CH 4, Triple Crochet at the base of the beginning loop to join.

Round 3: SC in the same loop, CH 7, SC in the next CH 3. *CH 7, SC in the the previous CH 8, CH 7 SC in the next CH 3,
Complete 5 times total from *. CH 7, join in the beginning SC.

Round 4: *( CH 10, SL ST in the same loop twice) CH 5, SC in the next loop. CH, 3, SC in the next loop, CH 5, SL ST in the next SC.
Complete 6 times total from *.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Puffy Spike Crochet Square


Puffy Spike Crochet Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Puffy Spike Crochet Square

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Puffy Spike Crochet Square

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
PS - Puff Stitch

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

Stitch Instructions
Spike Stitch

  1. Put your hook through the top of the previous single crochet.
  2. Pick up the yarn from the back side, pull it through.
  3. Wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop.
  4. Wrap the yarn over and pull through both loops.


Puff Stitch:

  1. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
  2. Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
  3. Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 9 loops on the hook.
  5. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through all 9 loops to complete the puff stitch.
  6. Chain to secure.

You can choose if you would like to change colors or work the pattern all in one color.

Chain 18

Row 1: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across for a total of 17. Cut the yarn to change color.
Row 2: Attach the new color with a slip stitch to the single crochet. Chain 3, skip a stitch, *work a puff stitch across, skip a stitch, continue across from * for the width. End with a double crochet in the last stitch on the edge.
Cut the yarn to change color.

Row 3:
Attach the new color with a slip stitch to the double crochet. Chain 1, work a single crochet in the top of the same stitch. Single crochet between the stitches. Work a single crochet in the top of the next puff stitch. Single Crochet between the stitches. Continue across for the length of your project.

Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 for the length.

The Single Crochet Spike will replace the row of single crochet.
Single Crochet Spike
Row 3:
Attach the new color with a slip stitch to the double crochet. Chain 1, work a single crochet in the top of the same stitch. Work a single crochet spike stitch between the stitches down through the previous row of single crochet. (see stitch instructions above for details) Work a single crochet in the top of the next puff stitch. Work a single crochet spike stitch between the stitches down through the previous row of single crochet. Continue across for the length of your project. End with a single crochet in the last stitch.



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Winner for Crochet Giveaway #13

Congratulations to NancyxBeauty as winner of giveaway #13. I hope you enjoy your crochet items once you receive the package.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Crochet Holly Leaf Crochet Geek


Crochet Holly Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Holly Leaf

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Holly Leaf

Skill Level - Easy

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

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

Chain 15.

Round 1:

  • Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Chains.
  • Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 TC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 DC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 HDC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 SC in the next CH.
  • Working on the opposite side
  • Work 1 SC in the same chain
  • Work 1 HDC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 DC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 TC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Chains. SL ST to join.
Round 2:

  • Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS
  • *Work 1 HDC in the next stitch, CH 2 SL ST in the top of the HDC, HDC in the same Stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS. Repeat this part 2 more times from *.
  • Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS
  • Slip stitch along the bottom of the leaf and around the stem.
  • Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS
  • *Work 1 HDC in the next stitch, CH 2 SL ST in the top of the HDC, HDC in the same Stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS. Repeat this part 2 more times from *.
  • *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. Repeat one more time from * if you would like a point at the top of your leaf.
This leaf can easily be modified and made to be a larger leaf with a longer chain and more stitches.


Right Hand Crochet Holly Leaf



Left Hand Crochet Holly Leaf

Friday, November 13, 2009

Crochet Giveaway 13 - Closed

This will be giveaway #13. I will be recycling 3 crochet magazines with this giveaway. The magazines are: Magic Crochet April 2001#131, Crochet World June 1981, Crochet January 2010. Included in the giveaway are a set of steel and aluminum crochet hooks along with a package of gel grips. The giveaway will run from today November 13, 2009 through November 23, 2009. I will draw the winner the following day. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. You can comment here or on YouTube.

Please post your personal mailing address and personal information in the comment section.  

  1. The giveaway is open everyone around the world.
  2. In the comment section here or on YouTube, you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact you.

Crochet Snowflakes and Angel Ornament

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crochet Oak Leaf


Crochet Oak Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Oak Leaf

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Oak Leaf

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
SC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook - You can use different size hooks and yarn
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Round 1
Segment 1: Chain 6.
Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Chain 6, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains.

Segment 3: Chain 7, Slip Stitch in each of the next 4 chains.

Segment 4: Chain 6,
Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains. Slip stitch at the base

Segment 5 and 6:
Chain 4, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains. Slip stitch at the base.

This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf.

Segment 3: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 5, Slip Stitch in each of the next 4 chains.

Segment 2: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 4, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains.

Segment 1: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 3 Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains.

Round 2
Segment 1: Work 1 SC in the next chain. Work 3 SC in the next CH, Work 1 SC in the last CH. SL ST at the base, SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in the next CH. Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 Chains.
SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 3: 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. 3 HDC in the next chain. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains.
SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 4,5,6: 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 3 SC in the next chain, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 chains, SL ST in the base.

This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf.
Segment 3: 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. 3 HDC in the next chain. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in the next CH. Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 Chains. SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 1: Work 1 SC in the next chain. Work 3 SC in the next CH, Work 1 SC in the last CH. SL ST at the base.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What is the Right Side of a Crochet Piece?

From time to time you may come across crochet instructions telling you to have the "right side of the work facing you." Right side means, the side facing out after your project is finished.
  1. If you like the look of the back of the stitches, that can be your right side.
  2. When you work the afghan stitch, you will have two distinct looks. Either side of the work can be used as your right side.
  3. The front side for a hat made in rounds, will be the side facing you as your are making the hat. Maybe you like the look of the inside better so that can be your right side.
  4. If you are familiar with doily's, the part facing you as you are making the doily will be your right side.
  5. Think about a store bough T-shirt. The wrong side is the inside with all of the seams holding the shirt together. The right side is the external part that looks nice and neat.
When working in rows you will always alternate sides so both sides could be considered the right side or the front side. When working in rounds, some people like to turn so the stitches are alternating in both directions. If you do not turn with rounds, you may have a distinct front side that will look a little different than the back. Right side is open for interpretation. Front side does not always mean right side.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Crochet Oblong Ear Flap for Hat and Cap



Crochet Oblong Ear Flaps

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Oblong Ear Flap

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Oblong Ear Flap

Skill Level - Easy

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

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

Slip Stitch yarn to the hat. Chain 5.
Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 Chains. Slip stitch in the same space where you joined the yarn to the hat. Slip stitch to the next stitch, Turn.
Row 1: Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches. Work 3 SC in the end stitch. Working down the opposite side, Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches. Slip stitch in the same space where you joined the yarn to the hat. Slip stitch to the next stitch,Turn.
Row 2:
Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches. Work 3 SC in the end stitch. Working down the opposite side, Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches. Slip stitch in the same space where you joined the yarn to the hat. Slip stitch to the next stitch,Turn.

The ear flap will continue to get larger by 1 stitch on each side, with every additional row.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap



Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
MC - Magic Circle
SH - Shell

Definition
( total stitches ) - This is the amount of stitches you will have on each round.
Shell for this pattern will be: 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC

Materials
Size G/4.25 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Caron 4-ply yarn

This cap will fit an approximate 18 inch head. Since it is made with a G hook, you can make the cap larger with a size H, I/5.5mm or J hook.

Work a magic circle MC. Chain 3 and join as an alternative to the magic circle.

Round 1: Chain 1, Work 12 HDC through the magic loop or chain. Do not join and work in a continual round. (12 HDC total) You may want to get a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

Round 2: Work 2 HDC in the top of the first stitch. Work 2 HDC in each stitch around.
(24 HDC total)

Round 3:
Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. (24 HDC total)

Round 4: *Work 1 HDC in the next stitch, work 2 HDC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 36 HDC.
(36 HDC total)

Round 5:
*Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 HDC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 48HDC. (48 HDC total)
Round 6: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around.
(48 HDC total) Skip 1 stitch and slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Round 7: Chain 1, pull up, Work 2 HDC, Ch 1, 2 HDC in the same stitch. *Skip 2 stitches. Work a shell in the next stitch. Continue around from *, join with the beginning shell.

Round 8-15: Slip stitch over to the chain 1 of the next shell. Chain 1, pull up, Work 2 HDC, Ch 1, 2 HDC in the chain 1 space of the previous shell. * Work a shell in the center chain of of the next shell. Continue around from *, join with the beginning shell. (16 Shells total)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blankets can be made with Filet Crochet

Afghan Image courtesy of Herr Projects. All proceeds created by Herr Projects benefit the homeless and less fortunate in the Oklahoma City area. The afghan was made with 4 ply yarn and will fit the top of a queen size bed.

You may find more Filet Crochet Charts by visiting Free Filet Crochet Charts and Patterns.





Filet Crochet
Native American 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 301.

Chain 3 to to turn which will count as the first double crochet.Below is an estimate for the various size thread.

Size Estimate:

Crochet Cotton Size 10- width= 23", height=25.5", Steel Hook 7, 1163 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 22", height= 24.5", Steel Hook 9, 1091 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 21", height= 23.5", Steel Hook 11, 1020 yds

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Crochet Pillar Hat



Crochet Pillar Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

The first 6 rounds in the Pumpkin video are what makes the hat. Round 7 is one more increase round.

Video Tutorial: Crochet Pumpkin

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FPHDC - Front Post Half Double Crochet


ST - Stitch
EA - Each
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease


Definitions
Front Post Half Double Crochet - Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook to the side of the stitch(right if you are right handed, left if you are left handed), around the back and up the opposite side. Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it around. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all loops. This completes the front post half double crochet.


Half Double Crochet Decrease - This is taking 2 stitches, reducing and combining them to 1 stitch. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through the stitch. Leave the loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through. There will be 5 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

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


Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, pull up, Work 12 HDC through the chain, join. (12 HDC Total)

Round 2: CH 1, pull up, Work 24 HDC in each stitch around, join. (24 HDC Total)

Round 3: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST. Work a FPHDC in the next ST. Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (24 stitches total)

Round 4: CH 1, pull up, *Work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work a FPHDC in the next ST. Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (36 stitches total)

Round 5: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work a FPHDC in the next ST. Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (48 stitches total)

Round 6: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work 1 HDC in the next ST. Work a FPHDC in the next ST. Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (60 stitches total)

Round 7:
CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs, work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work 1 HDC in the next ST. Work a FPHDC in the next ST. Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (72 stitches total)

Round 8-21: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 4 Sts, Work a FPHDC in the next St. Continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Thank you to Sue, from Sue's Crochet and Knitting for permission to use her pattern in this video. The video is made with the glove for women. The male version, is a larger version for the same style.

This pattern can easily be modified to make the glove with 2 or 3 ply yarn. Start the pattern with the cuff. The cuff will have more rounds so you will start off with more stitches creating the palm and thumb increase section. Everything throughout the pattern will be the same other than working more rounds and more stitches in each round.

Crochet Mittens / Fingerless Gloves Women - Written Instructions

Crochet Mittens / Fingerless Gloves Men - Written Instructions



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Copyright on the Finished Piece

I learn new things about copyright all of the time. This article about pattern copyright, is related to selling your finished crochet pieces upon completion, when the author says you may not sell your finished piece. The actual written pattern is copyright and may not be sold or redistributed, unless you have permission from the author. The only place I have seen authors do this is on the Internet. Copyright does not cover the finished work. You are not required to ask permission to sell your finished piece. If you have an opportunity to make some money from your crochet work, sell it. Before the Internet, I had never heard of a statement like that attached to crochet patterns. Maybe that is why the statement does not exist in crochet magazines. Copyright only protects your body of work like pictures, graphics, video, recording and writing that you have done yourself. It does not protect an idea or finished piece.

http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/CopyrightLaw/Patterns.shtml

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Crochet Towel Topper


Crochet Towel Topper

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Towel Topper

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Towel Topper

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
ST - Stitch

SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

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

Work an embroidery chain across the center section of the towel.

It is not necessary to have a specific number on each row. The object is to decrease and then form a strap. I have used 6 stitches in the example to make the strap. You can use 8 or 10 stitches for a wider strap.


Row 1: 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 2-3: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1,  1 SC in ea of the next 2, SC DEC in the next Stitch, turn.

Row 5: 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1,  1 SC in ea of the next 2, SC DEC in the next Stitch, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 8: Ch 1,  1 SC in ea of the next 2, SC DEC in the next Stitch, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 10: Ch 1,  1 SC in ea of the next 2, SC DEC in the next Stitch, turn.

Row 11: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 12: Ch 1,  1 SC in ea of the next 2, SC DEC in the next Stitch, turn.

Row 13: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1,  1 SC in ea of the next 2, SC DEC in the next Stitch, turn.

Strap
Row 15 - 30: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC across, turn.

Work the crochet button first to make sure it will fit through the button hole.

ButtonHole on Strap
Work an even amount of single crochet on each side of of the strap.
Side 1 Row 31-34: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches.


Side 2 Row 31-34: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches.

Join with a slip stitch at the top to the opposite single crochet. Slip Stitch across to the edge. Turn.

Row 35-36: Chain 1, Work 1 SC in ea SC across.

Crochet Button
Work the magic circle or a chain 3, join.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 6 SC in the loop or chain. Do not join and work in a continual round. This will be working the first stitch in the top of the first single crochet.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in ea SC around.

Round 3-5: Work 1 SC in ea SC around.

Weave the tapestry need through the last round of stitches, pull to close the back. Sew and knot the back of the button.

Sew the button to the place you want it on the towel.

Awareness Crochet Ribbon - Breast Cancer - Crochet Geek





















Awareness Crochet Ribbon - Breast Cancer

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Awareness Crochet Ribbon - Breast Cancer
Video Tutorial: Left Hand - Awareness Crochet Ribbon - Breast Cancer
Skill Level - Easy
Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
Materials
Size F/3.75 mm crochet hook
3 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Chain 26 Work 1 SC in each chain across.Chain 1, Work 3 SC in the end, work 1 SC in each stitch across, Work 3 SC in the next end stitch, Work 1 SC in each stitch across, join.

Work 25 Foundation Single Crochet Chain 1, Work 3 SC in the end, work 1 SC in each stitch across, Work 3 SC in the next end stitch, Work 1 SC in each stitch across, join.
Fold the ribbon over and sew it in place. Sew in all of the tails.

Awareness Crochet Ribbon - Breast Cancer



Awareness Crochet Ribbon - Breast Cancer - Left Hand Crochet

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Crochet Baby Sock Edging

 The following video's provide some choices for crochet edgings on baby socks. Once you get the hang of it, the edging ideas will be endless.



Left Hand Version for Crochet Sock Edging

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rip it, Rip it, Rip it - I am Singing the Crochet Frog Lullaby

The frogs are out tonight. I have to Rip it, Rip it, Rip it.  I started a thread doily yesterday and have an error about 7 rounds back, which is pretty much at the beginning. :(  Since it is 6 sided, I am not able to cover up my mistake like I may be able to, under other circumstances. This is a filet doily I will be doing a tutorial on if I can get the frogs to go away.   I was trying to get away without counting.  This always happens when I forget to count.  Back to starting over and remembering to count.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Crochet Thanksgiving Fall Pumpkin


Crochet Fall Thanksgiving Pumpkin


This is a variation to the original pumpkin with the face.  I have added leaves of various colors.  This pumpkin is not as tall as the other pumpkin.  This gives you a few variations to work with. 

 
Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Pumpkin

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Pumpkin

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FPHDC - Front Post Half Double Crochet


ST - Stitch
EA - Each
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease


Definitions
Front Post Half Double Crochet -  Wrap the yarn over your hook.  Insert the hook to the side of the stitch(right if you are right handed, left if you are left handed), around the back and up the opposite side.  Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it around.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all loops.  This completes the front post half double crochet.


Half Double Crochet Decrease - This is taking 2 stitches, reducing and combining them to 1 stitch. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through the stitch. Leave the loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through.  There will be 5 loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

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

Fiberfill or stuffing to fill the pumpkin


Fall Variation Idea- This will be a fun pattern for a Thanksgiving decoration. Decorate the top with leaves of the fall colors.


Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, pull up, Work 12 HDC through the chain, join.  (12 HDC Total)


Round 2: CH 1, pull up, Work 24 HDC in each stitch around, join.  (24 HDC Total)


Round 3: CH 1, pull up,  *Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 stitches total)


Round 4: CH 1, pull up, *Work 2 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (36 stitches total)


Round 5: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (48 stitches total)


Round 6: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (60 stitches total)  


Round 7-12: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 4 Sts, Work a FPHDC in the next St. Continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.


Round 13: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above). Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.   (48 Stitches total)


Round 14: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above).  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (36 Stitches total)


Round 15: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above).  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 Stitches total)


Stuff the pumpkin with some fiberfill or stuffing of your choice.


Round 16:  Work 12 HDC DEC around.  Cut a long tail. Weave the tail through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut.  Knot, secure and sew in the tail.


Stem
Start with a magic circle or chain 3
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet, do not join.
Work in a continual round by doing the first SC of the next round in the top of the previous SC.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around. (12 single Crochet)
Round 3-6:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around (12 Single Crochet)
To end the continual round, skip 1 stitch and work a slip stitch in the next stitch.  Cut off a long length of tail.


Stuff the stem with fiberfill. Align the stem to the center top of the pumpkin and sew it to round 21 or in the approximate area.


Leaf
Round 1: Chain 11, work a slip stitch in each of the next two chains, 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. 2 DC in the last CH, CH 2, SL ST in the same CH. CH 2, work 2 DC in the same CH. This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf(chain). Work 1 DC in each of the next chains.  Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains.  Work 1 SL ST in each of the next 2 chains. 


Round 2:  CH 2, SL ST in the top of the next Stitch. When you get around to the chains on the opposite end, you will work a slip stitch in the chain, CH 2, slip stitch in the slip stitch, CH 2 slip stitch in the chain.  Continue around with the Chain 2, slip stitch in the top of each stitch. Secure yarn, cut off the tail.


Sew the leaf close to the stem or where you want to place the leaf.  Make as many as you want to make in a variety of colors.

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