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Crochet Shell Cross

Crochet Shell Cross

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell Cross

Size 10 Steel Crochet Hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton

CH 4, Join.

Center: CH 3, 2 DC through the CH loop. *CH 3, 3 DC, 3 time total from *, CH 1, SC in the beginning CH 3 to join.

The cross will be worked in 4 individual segments for the remaining part of the main cross.

Long Segment: *Turn, SL ST over 2 DC to the CH 3, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 3, 3 DC in the CH 3 space. Complete 6 times from *. There will be 6 shells on top of each other.

Short Segment: Attach thread in next CH 3 space. *SL ST over 2 DC to the CH 3, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 3, 3 DC in the CH 3 space. Complete 2 times from *. There will be 2 shells on top of each other. This segment will be done 3 times for each short segment.

Edging: Attach thread to the ending shell point of any shell. * CH 6, SC in the next shell edge point continue from * for each segment until you get to the center. You will do a CH 2, then a Popcorn Stitch in the center DC, CH 2, SC i…

Crochet Tension - Crochet Tip 36

The video tutorial shows how I hold my thread/yarn in my hand. You don't have to hold it exactly like me or like a book says, to accomplish different tensions. You should hold the yarn/thread any way that is most comfortable for you. There are two ways to adjust tension.
Let the thread pass through your hand looser or tighter.Use a larger or smaller crochet hook. This will adjust the outcome of your stitch size.A good way to learn tension techniques is to practice, focusing on the hand you hold your thread. Let the thread pass looser through your hand making a few stitches. Then hold the thread tighter making a few stitches. You will see a big difference. Practice doing this a few times to get the feel for tension. Your tension never has to be the same and you can change it at any time.

First Crochet Project

The first project that I completed and didn't throw away, was a baby afghan for my son. It was done with the shell pattern stitch and three colors of blue. It had a white edging. How I wish I had a picture of that afghan. I thought I did but I am not able to find it. You all would get a big kick out of it and the horrendous colors I put together. The blues may have been alright but I don't know what I was thinking with a white border.

I am including a picture from a trip to Universal Studios California in 1987 of me and my two kids, Amanda and Justin. Caleb was not born yet. I had been crocheting about 4 years and decided to make a sweater, which is the one I am wearing in the picture. This sweater project is where I learned in detail about crochet gauge and how to improvise when things are not working quite like they should be. I was very happy with the sweater in how it turned out and loved to wear it. The sweater pattern is from an old Crochet Fantasy magazine. Plea…

Favorite Things about Crochet

I have several favorite things about crochet so I will only name a few.
When I travel, it is easy to carry along because it can be small, compact and easy to pack.
There are many styles, techniques and always something that will keep me interested.I have a great appreciation for the flexibility that comes along with crochet. If something is not aligning up right, I can usually ease it in to place.Crochet makes great gifts. I have given away many of my projects to people all around the world.Many projects are quick and easy and can be completed in a few hours time.What are your favorites about crochet?

Crochet Cross 1

Crochet Cross 1

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Beginner, Easy

Size 10 Steel Crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton

Size: 8 inches long, 4 inches wide

Note: You will be able to adapt this pattern to yarn and aluminum hooks.

See START on image for this section of the cross.
Chain 12, turn
Row 1: DC in the 3rd chain from the hook, 1 DC in ea of the next 2 chains, CH 2, Skip 2 chains, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 chains.

Row 2 - 30: CH 3, turn, 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 DC.

See ATTACH on image for this section of the cross. You will attach the arm segments opposite each other. You will be working in the sides of the chains and double crochet on the long segment of the cross.
Attach Yarn, Chain 3
Row 1: Do 3 DC evenly across the side of the previously worked double crochet, CH 2, skip 1 double crochet. Work 4 Double crochet evenly across the side of the next DC.

Row 2 - 5: CH 3, turn, 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 DC.


Crochet Eyelash Yarn Fun Fur- Crochet Tip 35

Crochet novelty or eyelash yarn can be very hard to work with and hard to see the stitches once they are completed. It is much easier to crochet if you add another similar color strand of yarn along side it, working both at the same time.

Video Tutorial:How to Crochet with Novelty Eyelash Yarn

Mittens - Single Crochet Adult

Mittens - Single Crochet Adult

Skill Level: Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Mittens - Single Crochet Adult

Gauge: 12 Stitches = 4 inches; 14 Rows = 4 inches

Size I Crochet Hook
4-ply Worsted Weight yarn
Yarn Marker - Scrap yarn tails work very well

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
Ch = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
EA = Each
ST = Stitch

Note: The purpose of the yarn markers is to know where the first stitch is at. It is easy to lose track when working in a continual round.

I will be providing two ways to start the mittens.

Start 1: 7 FSC
Start 2: Chain 8, 7 SC in chain

Round 1: CH 1, 3 SC in the same stitch, 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 3 SC in the same ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 5, join. This is the only round that will be joined in the project. (16 Single Crochet Total)

Round 2: CH 1, SC in the same ST, 3 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 7 St's, 3 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, do not join. Mark the b…

How to Block a Crochet Doily

This will explain two ways to block a crochet doily. I prefer the starching and pinning method since it gives the doily a crisp and fresh look. Ironing does work well as an alternative. The video tutorial will show both methods.
Video Tutorial: How to Block a Crochet Doily

Pinning Method Measure half water and half starch in a bowl. Mix wellSaturate your doily in the starch solutionGently squeeze the excess liquid out of the doilyLay the doily out on an old towelI recommend stainless steel rustproof pins otherwise there is the chance that standard pins will rust and leave rust marks on your doilyPin the doily to surface like a mattress or something to hold the pins in placeIt will take about 24 hours for the lace to dry naturally. You can also use a fan to expedite the drying process.
Ironing Method Cover your ironing surface with an old towel.Lay your doily flat on the surfaceSpray the doily with spray starch from a canLay the pressing cloth over the doily. The pressing cloth will pr…

Crochet Improvising and Imperfection

This is a past project of mine that I view as flawed. It was made with the intentions of being submitted to the Iowa State fair about 4 years ago. Well, that did not happen. I started out following written instructions that I had purchased, but in the end, it is probably half from the instructions and half from improvising. It just did not seem to be working out right. So instead of scrapping it all together, I started to improvise. I did not like how the bust turned out with the shaping of the increases and decreases. Other than that, every thing else turned out ok. There are about 12 tiny pearl beads that I used for buttons down the back. I did chain loops for each of the buttons. The collar, sleeves, hat and leaves are accented with the same tiny pearl beads. I found it easier to add the edging beads on later with a needle and thread. I know that Barbie has changed in size, so I imagine that a lot of my purchased dress patterns will not work any longer and maybe that is w…

Basketweave Crochet Hat

Basketweave Crochet Hat

Video Tutorial:Basketweave Crochet Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Intermediate

FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
EA = Each
BEG = Beginning

Size I Crochet Hook
4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn

4 inches = 8 Rows
4 inches = 10 Stitches

NOTE: There is a chain 1 used at the beginning of each round. This chain 1 will not count as a stitch. It is just used as a step up to the next round. It will also help eliminate noticeable seams.

Post Stitch Note: Complete each new post stitch around the chain 1 and the first stitch.

Chain 4, join

Round 1: CH 1, 15, HDC through the CH, join (15 Half Double Crochet)

Round 2: CH 1, 1 HDC between each stitch in the previous row. (15 Half Double Crochet)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 HDC between the next St's, 1 HDC in the top of the next ST. Complete 15 times total from *. join in beginning stitch. (30 Half Dou…

How to Stitch a Front Post Double Crochet

Video Tutorial:Front Post Back Post

Video Tutorial:Lefty Front Post Back Post

Written by Teresa Richardson

Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. This next step will show the front post double crochet. The stitch will be worked around the post of the previous double crochet.Step 2Insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch.
Step 3Bring it around the back and up on the left side of the stitch.Step 4Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.

Step 5Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it behind the post of the previous double crochet. This will give you 3 loops on your hook.
Step 6

Crochet Abbreviation Chart

This is some of the more common abbreviations that you come across in crochet patterns.

alt = alternate
approx = approximatelyM:
MC = main color
M = meters
MM = millimeters B:
BEG = begin(ning)
BET = between
BL/bk lp = back loop
BLO = back loop only
BO = bobble
BP = back post
BPDC = back post double crochet
BPSC = back post single crochet
BPTR = back post triple crochetO:

OZ = ounce
CA = color A
CB = color B
CC = contrasting color
CH = chain
CH- = refers to chain previously made/worked
CH_SP = chain space
CL =cluster
CM = centimeter
CONT = continueP:
PAT = pattern
PC = popcorn
P = picot
PM = place marker
PREV = previous
DC = double crochet
DC2TOG = double crochet 2 stitches together
DEC = decrease
DTR/DTRC = double triple/treble crochetR:
REM = remain
REP = repeat
REV SC/reverse sc = reverse single crochet
RND = round
RS = right sideE:
EA = each

SC = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
SK = skip
SL ST = slip stitch
SP = space
ST = stitch F:
FLO = front loo…

Galaxy Stitch Crochet Winter Scarf

Video Tutorial: Galaxy Stitch Scarf

Galaxy Stitch Crochet Winter Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson

The following is how you would create the stitch from text only. I am describing it at the beginning so when I write the pattern I can refer to the galaxy stitch with the abbreviation of GS.

Size I/5.5mm crochet hook

Galaxy Stitch on Foundation: Insert your hook in the joining eye of the stitch you just completed, pull the yarn through, you have 2 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the first single crochet, pull, the yarn through, you have 4 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, skip a stitch, insert the hook through the next single crochet, pull the yarn through, you have 6 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through all 6 loops. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through one more time to secure.

Galaxy Stitch in Previous Stitches: Insert your hook in the joining eye of the stitc…

Left Hand Foundation Chainless Crochet Stitches

If you know of a lefty that has struggled to learn to crochet, please feel free to share links to my video's and crochet blog.I also have a Left Hand Crochet Blog with nothing but crochet video's made for lefty's.

Video Tutorials for the Left Handed Foundation Crochet Stitch
Left Hand Foundation Single CrochetLeft Hand Foundation Half Double CrochetLeft Hand Foundation Double CrochetThe foundation stitches may also be called chainless crochet. It is called by two different names.

Crochet V-Stitch Decrease

Video Tutorial:Crochet V-Stitch Decrease

The symbol image chart and video tutorial show how to decrease the V-Stitch.
Row 4 has 7 V-StitchesRow 5 is decreasing the V-Stitches to 6 by combining two V-stitches and reducing them to 1 V-StitchStart the decrease with 1 double crochet in the center of the first V- StitchChain 31 double crochet in the center of the next V- StitchRow 6 has 6 V-Stitches

How to Join the Foundation Crochet Stitches - Crochet Tip 34

Video Tutorial: How to Join the Foundation Single Crochet

How to connect the Foundation Crochet Stitches in to a circle and join them.
Slip stitch your ending Foundation Stitch to the top of the beginning Foundation Stitch. This technique will be the same a joining a round.Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook and pull through both loops.
Get your tapestry needle and join the bottom of the beginning stitch and the ending stitch, using the tail to connect the two ends together.
You have completed your connection.

Progress on 2009 Winter Special Olympic Crochet Scarves

I have completed my two scarves for the 2009 Winter Special Olympics. They are both approximately 52 inches long and 9.5 inches wide. I am putting together a video tutorial and instructions for the scarf. I made them extra wide because I know how bitter cold it can get in the winter. A wider scarf it good for covering up the face and keeping it warm.It will be very easy to modify the width, to make a thinner scarf. I love the galaxy stitch. The whole project worked up really well.

Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps

This is a good recycling project. It is also a good way to use up scrap yarn.
Recycle the bottle caps to fill the motifFill the motif with old potholders or towels.Make a random color hot dish mat with scrap yarn motif's

Video Tutorial:Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Beginner

Crochet Hook G
4-Ply yarn
Bottle Cap or Polyester Fiberfill to fill the motifs

SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
FPSC - Front Post Single Crochet
EA - Each

Tree Motif
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, 6 SC in magic circle, join. (6 Single Crochet)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 4: CH 1, *FPSC around the next SC, CH 3, complete 12 times from *, join in BEG single crochet. (12 SC, CH loops) This round is worked on the front of the bottlecap motif. This is the round that fastens each motif to each other.
Connecting: To connect each motif, yo…

Colorful Crochet for Baby

Here are some beautiful baby items that Dana has made from a few of the patterns and video's I have produced. I wanted to share her work as idea's for different way to combine colors. I will add that "crochet for baby" is a great way to use up leftover scraps of yarn from other projects that you have completed. Dana has said that she is donating everything to her local NICU in her hometown. Great job Dana!! There will be some warm little babies this winter thanks to your donation. If you would like to visit Dana's blog, you can find her at

Crochet Question & Answer Session - December 2008

We had a great response to the Q&A for November. There is a lot of great information that others will be able to refer to when searching for an answer. Thank you to everyone through answering and by reading.

You can still post questions on any other blog post that you would like to. I will do my best to answer. Anyone else that has an answer is more than welcome to reply to a comment. Comments are open to everyone now. You do not need to have a blogger account and you can post anonymously.

Congratulations to Kara - Winner of Giveaway #3

Congratulations to Kara. Her name was drawn as winner of giveaway #3. Thank you everyone for participating. I really enjoyed reading all the holiday memories.

Thank you to everyone for reading my crochet blog.

Crochet Shell Hat Video

Crochet Shell Beanie Cap with Video Tutorial

I have posted the video for the crochet shell hat.

Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

How to Slip Stitch Across a Crochet Stitch

1-2: Insert your hook under the two loops of the stitch
3: Wrap the yarn over your hook
4: Pull the strand of yarn through the loops at the top of the stitch and through the loop on the hook. You have completed your slip stitch.

Video Tutorial: How to Slip Stitch across Crochet Stitches
Video Tutorial:

The purpose of the slip stitch is to join and to get someplace else.
The slip stitch will attach a new color of yarn to your project.The slip stitch will join stitches together at the end of a round.
It will attach squares or motifs in join-as-you-go projects.
The slip stitch will travel in getting you from one stitch to another stitch. Think back to when you were a kid. Maybe you wanted to sneak a cookie or play outside a little longer and not be noticed. That is what slip stitching does when you are moving across stitches. It takes you from one stitch to another without being noticed. It saves you from cutting yarn and sewing in a lot of tails.

How to Straighten the Edge of a Crochet Shell - Crochet Tip 33

1. Slip Stitch = SL ST
2. Single Crochet = SC
3. Half-Double Crochet = HDC
4. Double Crochet = DC
5. Half-Double Crochet = HDC
6. Single Crochet = SC
7. Slip Stitch = SL ST

Video Tutorial:How to Straighten the Edge of a Crochet Shell Stitch
The video tutorial shows where to put the stitches.

The key to straighten a scallop or uneven crochet edge is to stagger stitches. This technique will work with any type of uneven edge. You may need to experiment with various stitches if you are straightening something other than the shell, until you get the right edge for your pattern stitch.

Finding the End of Yarn the Yarn at the Center of the Skein

I have been asked a few times if there is a secret to finding the end of yarn, at the center of the skein. Unfortunately the answer is no. I am working with both skeins shown in the image, in a new project, that I started this morning. I found the end pretty easy with the skein of yarn on the right. It happened to be sticking out. I wound up with a big mess, with the skein on the left, so all I can do is wrap the yarn around the skein until I get to the end. It is really hit and miss, 40-60, with finding the end in the center of yarn. 40% of the time I will find it, 60% of the time I get a big yarn-ball mess.

Crochet Child-Toddler Slippers

Crochet Child - Toddler Slippers Video Tutorial:Crochet Child Toddler SlippersAbbreviation: SC = Single Crochet Ch = Chain SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease ST = Stitch Single Crochet Decrease = A single crochet decrease is reducing two stitches by joining them together as one stitch. You work the first part of your single crochet as you would normally work it in the first St. You leave the 2 strands of yarn on the hook. Insert the hook through the second stitch, pull the yarn through. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through all 3 loops. This creates your single crochet decrease. Written by Teresa Richardson Skill Level: Intermediate Size H Crochet Hook 4-Ply Yarn 2 Yarn markers of a contrasting color Slipper Modification:I have identified 3 sections in the instructions where you are able to make the slipper longer or shorter. You can use a larger crochet hook to make the overall size of the slipper larger. You can make the width…

Crochet Gift Tag

This is a little way to turn your crochet ornaments in to gift tags. You can weave the ribbon through the stitches with your tapestry needle even after the ornaments are stiffened. I have taken a plain piece of white paper and cut it in to a rectangle, the folded it in half. On the inside I wrote TO: FROM:, so you can personalize them in any way. You could even use the scissors that cut fancy edges. I was going to do mine that way but I believe I gave my scissors away. If I still have them, I am sure they will show up in a few weeks when I am not looking for them. You can tie ribbon at the top so it can be taped to the gift. You will be giving a little handmade ornament in addition to the gift.

Crochet Holiday Giveaway #3 - Closed

This will be holiday giveaway #3. Giveaway fits better than contest so that is why I have the word change. I will be giving away 5 hats and 2 doilies. The giveaway will run from today through December 7, 2008. I will draw the winner on December 8, 2008. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. If you are the winner, you are more than welcome to alter the hats in any way by removing the flowers and leaves.

One of my favorite holiday memories is going to the shopping mall when we were kids. Before the mall was enclosed, they had a train that would take people for rides through the center of the mall as Christmas time. My dad would ride with us for hours while my mom shopped. I am not sure who enjoyed the train more, my sister and me or my dad. Along the way, we would stop in to Sears and get a little bag of candy. I always liked the licorice mix with the little beads.
Share a holiday of family memory. Each memory you share will give you an additional chance to win. It can …

Special Olympic Scarves

I am going to be working on two scarves for the 2009 Winter Special Olympics. I will be posting my progress as I move along with each scarf. If you are interested in making a scarf you can click on the link. The colors required are Red Heart Super Saver 885 Delft Blue and Red Heart Super Saver 311 White. I purchased these skeins from my local Wal-Mart Store. The scarves need to arrive by January 15, 2009.

How to Crochet Thumbless Baby Mittens - 2-Ply Yarn

Crochet Thumbless Baby Mittens - 2-Ply Yarn Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Thumbless MittensWritten by Teresa RichardsonCrochet Abbreviations FPSC = Front Post Single Crochet BPSC = Back Post Single Crochet SC = Single Crochet Size G Crochet Hook 4-ply worsted weight yarn The are approximately 2" across and 2-3/4" long. These mittens are done with 2-ply yarn. I do have a variation done with 4-ply yarn. You can make them larger with a larger hook and by adding more stitches at the beginning and adding more increase stitches on round 2. This is two ways to start the pattern. Start 1: Magic Circle Start 2: CH 3, join Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in loop, do not join. The rest will be worked in a continual round. Attach a scrap piece of yarn for a yarn marker. This is to keep count for the remaining rounds. Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around. (20 Single Crochet total) Round 3-8: 1 SC in each stitch around (20Single Crochet total) This next round is a ribbing variation to gather…

Quick and Easy How to Crochet Christmas Holiday Ideas

I have put together some links and ideas to projects that can be used as ornaments, gift tags or gifts for the holidays, that will add a handmade personal touch. Each set of instructions has a video tutorial to accompany the instructions for a visual example on how to complete the project. Happy Holidays, Teresa
Crochet Angel

Mini Christmas Stocking - 1
This little stocking will work as a cute gift tag on top of a gift, filled with chocolates and candy canes. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the stocking so it can be removed and used as a little ornament.

Crochet CandyCane

Crochet Christmas Wreath

Miniature Christmas Stocking Variation 2
This little stocking will work as a cute gift tag on top of a gift, filled with chocolates and candy canes. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the stocking so it can be removed and used as a little ornament.

Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree

Crochet Christmas Holiday Stocking
This is a full size Christmas Stocking.

Crochet Snowflake 1

Crochet Snowflake 2