Friday, December 31, 2010

Crochet SnowFlake 7












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


Crochet SnowFlake 7

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet SnowFlake 7

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet SnowFlake 7

Skill Level - Beginner/Intermediate

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

TC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 1 steel crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton
Sewing Needle

Chain 3, join with the beginning chain.



Round 1:
*Chain 3, SC in the loop, Complete 5 time from *, chain 1, HDC in the first chain to join.  We want to end in the center of the last loop.  (6 loops total)

Round 2: CH 1 SC in the same loop,* CH 5 SC in the next loop,  continue around from * 
join in the first SC (6loops total)


Round 3: Chain 1, *SC in the same SC, Chain 6, TC, CH1, TC, CH1, TC, CH 4, SL in the same stitch, CH 6 SL ST in the same ST, CH 4 SL ST in the same ST, TC, CH1, TC, CH1, TC, CH 6 SC in next SC, Complete 6 times total from *, SL ST to join with the beginning SC.






Sunday, December 19, 2010

Crochet Viewer Work - December 2010




2) http://ommazinhandmade.blogspot.com/

3) http://www.etsy.com/shop/speckledfrogcrochet

5) http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarmenBee

6) http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetImpressions?ref=pr_shop

7) http://mysweetsomethings.blogspot.com

8) http://www.youtube.com/user/hitomihutzell

Music: Kevin MacLeod
http://incompetech.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament by Crochet Geek











How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament

Skill Level - Easy

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

TC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 10 steel crochet hook
Size 10 Thread
Tapestry Needle

Round ornament or ball 7 inches/18 cm around - You can also use the plastic children play balls for a non breakable ornament or Styrofoam ball wrapped in fabric.

Work a chain of 5, join with the beginning chain.

 
Round 1: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. CH 4 SC through the loop. (complete 7 times total from *) CH 1, work a HDC to join. (8 loops total) 



Round 2: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. CH 4, SC in the same CH, CH 4, SC in the next CH. (complete 7 times total from *) CH 4, SC in the same CH, CH 1, work a HDC to join. (12 loops total) 


Round 3: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Ch 4,  SC in the next CH. (complete 15 times total from *) CH 1, work a HDC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 4-5:  Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Ch 5,  SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 2, work a DC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 6-8:  Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Chain 7, SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 3, work a TC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 9:  Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Chain 6, SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 2, work a DC to join. (16 loops total)

Sew in the tail at the center.

Round 10: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Chain 5, SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 2, work a DC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 11:  Place the ornament/ball in the center of the cover after 8 single crochet. Ch 1, *SC through the loop around 16 times total. Join with the beginning stitch. This part will be awkward. Sew in all the tails.

Flower
Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.
Round 1: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Ch 3, join with the beginning single crochet. (complete 6 times total from *) 


Petals
Round 2: SL ST in to the chain, CH 1, *SC in the chain, CH 1, 7 DC through the chain, CH 1, SC in the same chain.  Repeat from * for each petal.


Sew the flowers around the ornament.  You may want to embellish the center of the flower with beads.

Right Hand Version


Left Hand Version

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crochet CandyCane



Crochet CandyCane


Video Tutorial: Crochet Candy Cane

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Version 

Red Section
With red yarn Chain 50.

3 SC in each chain across. It will start to twist and be very uneven.

White Section
With white yarn Chain 50.

3 SC in each chain across. It will start to twist and be very uneven.


Straighten each individual section out so the twist is turning one way. Once that is accomplished, join the two sections together, twisting them together to form the candycane. Once they are evenly twisted, secure each end with yarn so they won't come apart. Sew in all the tails. Run a pipe cleaner through the center of the candycane. Twist the yarn section in the direction to tighten the yarn on the pipecleaner. This will grab the fibers of the pipecleaner tighten it up nice and neat. You can hotglue or dab craft glue to the pipecleaner and yarn so it will stay in place and not come apart. Shape project in to a candycane. I have found that fishing line or clear craft line will work very well for an invisible hanger.





Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Which loop to crochet under - Front Loop - Back Loop or Both Loops

If there is no indication to go through the front loop of a stitch or back loop, what I do is put my hook below both loops.  The reason is that I find it looks nicer and will be more secure than one loop.   For example,  when I was first learning to crochet, I was following instructions from a leaflet I had purchased.  It was for a shell afghan.  The instructions were telling me to put the hook through the back loop of the single crochet.  By the time I was done, I had big holes with each shell I had made. The shell is a heavy combination of crochet stitches, so it is bound to pull on the individual strand creating big holes.  Going under two strands will keep it more secure and evenly distribute the slack.  That taught me to go through both loops of the single crochet for that pattern and any other pattern that does not have a decorative purpose.  I also recognized that many of the patterns were advising to go through the back or front loop, when there is no decorative purpose. In the end, it all boils down to your personal preference and the combination of stitches that work best for you.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finding a Multiple - Increasing a Crochet Round

This is going to explain how you come up with a multiple, your own combination of stitches, when you are making a round. In each round, there is a set number of stitches.  I am using 30 with this example. 

When you increase a round, you take the amount of stitches and divide the amount to find increase points.You will want to increase evenly around.  Since you have 30 stitches, you will take 30 divide it by 5, this give you 6. When you are finished, you will have completed 35 stitches, 5 times on that round.

If you find that you want more increases, you divide 30 by 6, this will give you 5.  What this means is the last number you get, you work the increase in that stitch.   You work 1 stitch in each of the next 4, work an increase in the 5th.  You will do that 6 times. On completion, the round will have 36 stitches.  

If you need more increase stitches than 5 or 6, you can take 30, divide it by 2, this will give you 15.  This means that you work one stitch, work an increase in the next stitch.  This is what I call increasing in every other stitch.  You will take 30+15, you get 45 stitches on this round.  You have increased 15 times.

If you need a different combination, you take 30 divide it by 3, this will give you 10.  You work 1 stitch in each of the next 2, increase in the next stitch. When you complete this round, you get 40 stitches, increasing 10 times. 

There are times that I have thrown in an additional increase at the end of the round, which is going to throw off the multiple. That's alright because the idea is to evenly increase and find the best size. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap Hat






Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Stripe Crochet Beanie
Abbreviations
MC = Magic Loop
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch

Size I crochet hook 
4-ply worsted weight yarn


NOTE: The easiest way to adjust the size of a hat is the use a larger or smaller crochet hook.

Gauge: 
16 Rows - 4 inches
12 stitches 4 inches


Keep in mind this is an estimate and your results may differ


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap

MC - Magic Circle
You can also Chain 4 and join if you are not familiar with the magic circle

Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in your magic circle or chain. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (10 SC Total)

Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in each ST around. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (20 SC Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 27 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (27 SC total)

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (27 SC total)

Round 5: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 36 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (36 SC total)

Round 6: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (36 SC total)

Round 7: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 48 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (48 SC total)

Round 8: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (48 SC total)

Round 9: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 7 stitches for a total of 55 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (55 SC total)

Round 10-24: You will continue alternating color for the remaining length of your cap. (55 single crochet total)

You may wind up with a seam which is one of the downfalls of joining rounds.

Making the Cap Smaller:

  1. You can use an F, G or H hook without altering the pattern.
  2. Stop increasing after round 7 and continue on to form the sides of the cap

Making the Cap Larger:

  1. You can use a larger crochet hook

  2. You can make this cap larger by adding another increase round. At round 10, you will do 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 2 SC in the next. (Approximately 65 single crochet total). Round 11-24 will be 1 SC in each stitch around. You can add more stitches or less stitches for a custom fit.
Right Hand Crochet Beanie Hat

Left Hand Crochet Beanie Hat

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Appreciating Hand Made Crochet - Crochet Pricing Recommendations



How do you determine what you will charge for a crochet piece?

How much should we charge when selling crochet work? The formula I went by was double the cost of your materials plus half. I never the thought that was enough, so used the formula as a starting point only.

Crochet is under appreciated with the time that it takes to make larger projects. It can take several weeks or longer to make a large afghan. The same is true when making doily's. Intricate lace can take days and weeks to complete depending on the size.  


Crochet lace doily's have always been my favorite to crochet. When I would sell my work at craft events, people would tell me that it was so expensive. Many of the doily's may take two days or more to complete a doily! I wondered how many of them would go to work for $15 or $25 over two days. $15-$25 was an average price that I asked for each doily. To me the doily's were under-priced! There were always some that would pay the price I was asking. 

Realistically you will not be able to get all of your time, just don't forget to include some of your time in the price of your work.  People who sell their handmade crochet tend to under price their work. I challenge everyone selling crochet to ask just a little bit more. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket























Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Skill Level - Easy

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

CHS - Chains
STS - Stitches
EA - Each


Multiple - 8

Materials
Size K/6.50 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle



Cluster Stitch
Wrap the yarn over your hook, put your hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull the yarn through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 2 loops.  Leave the 2 remaining loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, put the hook through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through all 3 loops to complete the cluster.


Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook.
Work a chain of 28 or work 27 of the Foundation Single Crochet

Row 1:  Work a chain 1, SC in the same stitch and each of the next 2, *CH 2, Skip 2 CHS/STS ,Work a Cluster in the next(see cluster stitch), chain 2, skip 2
CHS/STS , work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 stitches.  Continue across from * Chain 1 and turn.


Row 2:  Ch 1,SC in the same stitch and each of the next 2, *work 2 SC in the next CH 2 space. Work a SC in the cluster, work 2 SC in the next CH 2 SP. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * for the width. 


Row 3: Ch 1, this will be the step up. Work a DC in the same stitch.  Work a cluster in the next single crochet.  *Chain 2, skip 2 single crochet,  work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, chain 2, skip 2 SC, work a cluster in the next stitch. Continue across from *.  When you get across, you will work a double crochet after the cluster.


Row 4:
Ch 1,SC in the same stitch, Work a SC in the cluster, work 2 SC in the next CH 2 SP. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 stitches.  Work 2 SC in the next CH 2 SP. Repeat from * for the width.

Repeat rows 1-4 for the length.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to make the Darling Crochet Shell Cap


Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson


Video Tutorial  Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Video Tutorial  Left Hand Darling Crochet Shell Cap


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

Child Size Cap
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 H/5 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)



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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Crochet Puff Stitch Cap with Ear Flaps




 













Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Puff Stitch Cap with Ear Flaps

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Puff Stitch Cap with Ear Flaps

Skill Level - Easy

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

PS - Puff Stitch

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


Size - 18 inches/46 centimeters


Stitch Instructions and Definitions



Puff Stitch 7 Loops :
  1. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
  3. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through all 7 loops.
  5. Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull through(chain) to secure puff stitches at the top.

Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.


Round 1: Chain, pull up, *work 8 puff stitch around, join with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch in to the space between the puff stitch. 


Round 2: Chain, pull up, *  Work 2 puff stitch in each space around, join with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch in to the space between the puff stitch.(16 puff stitch total)


Round 3: Chain, pull up,   Work 1 PS in the space, *Work 2 puff stitch in the next space, work 1 PS in the next space. Continue around from * join with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch in to the space between the puff stitch. (24 puff stitch total)

Round 4:  Chain, pull up, *1 PS in each space around, join with the beginning puff stitch. (24 puff stitch total)

Round 5: 1 PS in each of the next 2 spaces, 2 PS in the next space. Join with the beginning puff stitch. (32 puff stitch total)


Round 6: 1 PS in each space around. Join with the beginning stitch.  (32 puff stitch total)

Round 7-14:  1 PS in each space around. Join with the beginning stitch.  (32 puff stitch total)

EarFlaps
Row 1: Slip Stitch in to the space, work 1 puff stitch in 5 spaces.
Row 2: CH 3 turn, work 1 PS in each of the next 4 spaces, HDC in the last puff stitch.
Row 3: CH 1, Work 5 PS, HDC in last stitch.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Work 1 PS in each of the next 3 spaces.


Work 1 SC in the PS, 1 SC in the space, continue around and join with the beginning stitch.  You can continue with additional rounds of single crochet. 


Reverse Single Crochet:  Once the rounds of single crochet are finished, I work a round of the reverse single crochet

Tie: 
Using a size I/5.5mm crochet hook 
Cut 3 strands of yarn approximately 42" inches/106CM
Attach the strands of yarn to the cap. Approximately 21 chains.







Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baby Puff Stitch Crochet Hat






















Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Baby Puff Stitch Crochet Hat

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Baby Puff Stitch Crochet Hat

Video Tutorial: Reverse Single Crochet

Skill Level - Easy

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

PS - Puff Stitch

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


Size - 14 inches/36 centimeters


Stitch Instructions and Definitions



Puff Stitch 7 Loops :
  1. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
  3. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through all 7 loops.
  5. Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull through(chain) to secure puff stitches at the top.

Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.


Round 1: Chain, pull up, *work 8 puff stitch around, join with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch in to the space between the puff stitch. 


Round 2: Chain, pull up, *  Work 2 puff stitch in each space around, join with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch in to the space between the puff stitch.(16 puff stitch total)


Round 3: Chain, pull up,   Work 1 PS in the space, *Work 2 puff stitch in the next space, work 1 PS in the next space. Continue around from * join with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch in to the space between the puff stitch. (24 puff stitch total)

Round 4-11:  Chain, pull up, *1 PS in each space around, join with the beginning puff stitch. (24 puff stitch total)


Round 12: Work 1 SC in the PS, 1 SC in the space, continue around and join with the beginning stitch.  You can continue with additional rounds of single crochet. 


Reverse Single Crochet:  Once the rounds of single crochet are finished, I work a round of the reverse single crochet







Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Amigurumi Crochet LadyBug Princess
















Crochet LadyBug Princess

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Amigurumi LadyBug Princess

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Amigurumi Crochet LadyBug Princess

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

ST - Stitch

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 2 Main Colors
Tapestry Needle

Yarn Marker - A piece of scrap yarn will work to mark rounds

You can use different size crochet hooks and yarn with this project.  If the hook/yarn is smaller, it will make a smaller finished piece. If the hook/yarn is larger, it will make a larger finished piece.


The chain can be replaced with the magic circle, if you familiar with the technique.


LadyBug Shell Top

Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook. Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 12 SC through the center of the chain. Do not join. The rest of this section will be worked with the continual round. Attach a yarn marker to mark the first stitch.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (24 single crochet total)
Round 3-4: 1 SC in each stitch around. (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: *1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the next ST. Continue around from * 8 times total. (32 single crochet total)
Round 6: 1 SC in EA ST around.  (32 single crochet total)
Round 7: *1 SC in EA of the next 7 ST. 2 SC in the next ST. Continue around from * 4 times total.   (36 single crochet total)
Round 8-10: 1 SC in EA stitch around.  (36 single crochet total)

LadyBug Bottom
Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook. Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: Work 12 SC through the chain.  Do not join. The rest of this section will be worked with the continual round. Attach a yarn marker to mark the first stitch.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (24 single crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.  (24 single crochet total)
Round 4: *1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next, continue around from *. (30 single crochet total)
Round 5:  *1 SC in ea of the next 4 stitches, 2 SC in the next, continue around from *. (36 single crochet total)
Round 6: 1 SC in each stitch around, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch in the next to even off the round.  (36 single crochet total)

Legs
Chain 6, work 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. SL ST at the base of the HDC. Cut a long length of yarn, pull the tail through to secure.  This yarn will be used to attach the legs to the shell.


Head
CH 5.
Round 1: 1 SC in each of the 4 chains, 2 SC in the same chain, 1 SC in each of the next 2, 2 SC in the same chain as the first SC. Do not join and work in a continual round. (10 Stitches total)
Round 2:  2 SC in the same stitch, 1 SC in ea of the next 2,  2 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, 1 SC in ea of the next 2, 2 SC in ea of the next 2 stitches. (16 stitches total)
Round 3: 1 SC in ea of next 6 stitches, 2 SC in ea of next 2 stitches, 1 SC in ea of next 6, 2 SC in ea of next 2. (20 stitches total)
Round 4-6: 1 SC in each stitch around.  (20 stitches total)

Eyes - Chain 3, join. With a contrasting color, work a French Knot in the center of the eye.  Sew a knot to secure on the inside of the head.  


Dots - Chain 3, join. Cut an extra long length of yarn. Pull both tails to the inside.  Knot the two tails. Take the long tail and secure the dot. Work some French Knots for different size dots.


Mouth and Shell Line:  Work an embroidery chain.  I found that pulling 4 ply yarn apart and using 2 strands made a thinner line.  Knot the tails on the inside of the head.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Crochet Galaxy Stitch




Video Tutorial: Crochet Galaxy Stitch - Snowflake

The multiple for this stitch is 3 + 3. Unfortunately the video tutorial has it incorrect. It can be done as 2 + 3 but it may turn out a little fuller.

The amount of stitches will remain the same for each row. Each center joined segment of the stitch will be offset each row, which creates the unique effect of this stitch. It reminds me of those little 6 point plastic beads.

Working on chain foundation: This stitch is worked with 3 stitches joined. It will be a combination of a single crochet and 2 half-double crochet joined. You put the hook through the next chain, draw up a loop. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, skip one chain and in the next put the hook through the chain and pull through the yarn; you will have 4 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, Skip another chain and in the next chain insert your hook and draw through the yarn. You will have 6 loops on your hook. Draw the yarn through all 6 loops. Pull the yarn through one more time to secure the loops. Continue on by drawing your first loop through the previous center joined loop. The rest of the stitch is worked the same for the chain foundation. Half Double Crochet in the last stitch, CH 2 turn.

Row 2: You put the hook through the chain next to the hook, draw up a loop. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, put the hook through the center joining of the stitch in the previous row and pull through the yarn through the loop; you will have 4 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, put the hook through the center joining of the stitch in the previous row and pull through the yarn and pull the yarn through the loop. You will have 6 loops on your hook. Draw the yarn through all 6 loops. Pull the yarn through one more time to secure the loops. Continue on by drawing your first loop through the previous center joined loop. Half Double Crochet in the last stitch, CH 2 turn.



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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tip for trying a new #Crochet Stitch, Pattern or Technique

We all know that crochet can be frustrating at times when trying a new stitch, pattern or technique. What has worked for me in the past is to stop for a few hours or even a few days.  Most likely it will make more sense at a later time.

I am providing two playlists, the right and left hand version, that will provide the beginner crochet stitches.

Right Hand Crochet Stitch Video Playlist








Left Hand Crochet Stitch Video Playlist


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joined Crochet Swirl

















Joined Crochet Swirl

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  How to make a Crochet Thread Swirl Joined

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand How to make a Crochet Thread Swirl Joined

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size 1 Steel crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions 

You will join each motif with right sides facing each other.  They will be joined with a slip stitch.  See symbol diagram from details. Diagram is only through round 5 but still represents how to join each motif together.  You can make the motif larger if you prefer larger pieces.




Chain 4, join.  You can also use the magic circle to start. 

Round 1:  CH 1, This will not count as a stitch, only the step up. Work *3 DC, CH 2, Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 2: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch and 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 2 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 3: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 3 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the same space as the last DC, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 4 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the same space as the last DC, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 4:  Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 5 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 6 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 5: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 7 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 8 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 6: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 9 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 10 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 7:  Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 11 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 12 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Joining Motif:  Work a Slip Stitch in each double crochet on the opposite motif.  Diagram is only through round 5 but still represents how to join each motif together.





Saturday, September 11, 2010

Crochet Earring - Paula


 













Crochet Earring - Paula

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Earring - Paula

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Earring - Paula

Skill Level - Easy

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

Materials
Size 8 Steel  crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet cotton
Small Tapestry or Sewing Needle

Earring Finding


Work a chain of 40, join with the beginning stitch.



Round 1:  CH 1, Work 50 Single Crochet around the chain 40, join with the beginning stitch.


Round 2:  CH 1, SC in the same stitch, *CH 4 skip 1 stitch, SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *.  For the last chain, work a chain 2, DC in the first stitch to join. There will be a total of 25 chains.


Round 3: CH 1, SC in the same chain. *CH 4, SC in the next chain. Continue around from *.  For the last chain, work a chain 2, put your crochet hook through the center of the earring, pull the thread through the center of the hook.  Work 2 final chains.  Join with the beginning stitch.  Secure the thread, cut and give it a tug.  Sew in all the tails.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat














Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each

BLO - Back Loop Only

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

Chain 5, join.
Round 1:  CH 1, Work 12 single crochet through the loop, do not join. Start the next round by working the first single crochet in top of the first stitch.  This will start the continual round.


Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (24 Single Crochet Total) This is where you will want to use a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of a round, so you have an idea where the beginning of your round starts.

Round 3-4:  Work 1 SC in ea stitch around. ( 24 SC total)

Round 5:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (32 SC total)

Round 6:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (40 single crochet total)

Round 7: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (48 SC total)

Round 8:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (60 SC total)

Round 9: 1SC in ea stitch around (60 single crochet total) 

Round 10:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (72 SC total)

Round 11-12: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (72 SC total)

Round 13:  Skip 1 stitch, Slip Stitch in the next to even off the round.  Work 1 SC in the BLO - Back Loop Only, in each stitch around.


Round 14-25: Continue the round by the working the first single crochet in top of the first stitch.  This will start the continual round. Work 1 SC in each stitch around for the remaining length of the cap.


Round 13 Unworked Loops: Attach the same color or contrasting color of yarn to round 13 on the unworked loops.  I worked a round of reverse single crochet in the video tutorial.  You can work a round of regular single crochet if you prefer.

How to Crochet an Edging with Pomp-A-Doodle Yarn

Friday, September 3, 2010

Closed - Giveaway Crochet Hooks and Gel Grip - August 30 thru September 8th - Drawing the next Day















NOTE: Comments are on moderation thanks to spammers, so comments will not show up right away.  I will approve them each day, throughout the giveaway.  Once the giveaway is over, I will hide the existing comments.

I am going to try this again.

Two people will receive a set of crochet hooks and a set of gel grips.
I will draw the winners on September 9th.

1) Everyone from around the world is welcome to participate.

2)  If you are under the age of 18, please have your parents permission.

3) Not eligible if you have won crochet hooks in the past.

4) I am leaving this open for anonymous participants.  If you are anonymous, please provide some sort of contact information like an email address or I will have no way to contact you should your name be selected.  Do no post phone numbers or mailing addresses.

5)  You are welcome to leave 10 comments per day. 

Thank you for your participation.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Recent Giveaway Video Removed for Inappropriate Content

This is an update to let you all know that my giveaway video was removed for "inappropriate content". I have submitted an inquiry with YouTube to find out what the "inappropriate content" is in the video or get it put back in place if it was removed in error. Many of you know I have been doing giveaways for 3 years now on YouTube and never had any problems.  My hope is the video will be put back in place.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Diamond Granny Square Variation C



Diamond Granny Square Variation C

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Granny Square Diamond
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Granny Square Diamond

Materials
Size I Crochet Hook

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn


Chain 3, join.

Round 1. Ch 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3DC, CH 2, 3DC CH 2, 3DC, CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3. This will put you at the center of your chain space.

Round 2. Ch 3, 2 DC, CH 2; 3DC, CH2, 3DC, CH2 in next space, repeat two more times. For last corner shell, CH 1 and SC join to beginning CH3. Cut the yarn, secure and change color.

Round 3. Join the new color in a corner of the square. CH 3, 2 DC in the beg CH SP. *7 DC across in ea DC and CH 1 SP. 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner ch.* Repeat from * to * 3 times. 7 DC across in ea DC and CH 1 SP. 3 DC in the corner CH. CH 1, SC in BEG CH 3. Cut yarn,
secure.


Triple Crochet Cluster: Drop down to row 2 to complete cluster. FPTC around EA of the first two DC in row 2, in the first set of Sts, leaving the last loops of the TC on your hook for joining. FPTC around ea of the last 2 DC in the second set of Sts, leaving the last loops of the TC on your hook for joining.

Round 4. Join new color in the corner. CH 3, 2 DC in the beg CH SP. *CH 4, TC Cluster, CH 4. 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the corner CH 2 SP.* Repeat from * to * 3 times. CH 4, TC Cluster, CH 4. 3 DC in the
corner CH. CH 1, SC in BEG CH 3.


Round 5. CH 3, 2 DC in the beg CH SP. DC in EA of the next 3 Sts, *3 DC in CH, 1 DC in top of TC cluster, 3 DC in CH, DC in ea of next 3 Sts. 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 SP.* Repeat from * to * three times. 3 DC in CH, 1 DC in top of TC cluster, 3 DC in CH, DC
in ea of next 3 Sts. 3 DC in corner CH, CH 2 Join, Cut. Secure thread, sew in tail.







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