Showing posts from June, 2008

Chain vs. Magic Circle

One of the more common questions I get is "Can I use the magic circle instead of the chain" or "Can I use the chain instead of the magic circle". Most of the time it is just a matter of preference. It is not going to make a difference in the outcome of your project if you use the magic circle or chain. Your magic circle can be the same size as a chain of 50. Just remember to knot your magic circle well.

The magic circle is new to me as of March 2008. It is a simple loop with the starting stitches crocheted over the thread. It is a popular start with the amigurumi crochet. When the round is complete, it will close nice and tight. I love using the magic circle start variation. I have been using the magic circle where it calls for a chain since I learned the method. What I like about the magic circle is you get a nice and tight closure with the beginning round. It does get very full with more than 16 stitches in the beginning round. If you are wanting an opening at the…

Hook and Stitch Placement

Hook and Stitch Placement

Stitch Placement Video Tutorial: Stitch & Hook Placement Close Up Details

The hook and stitch placement will be the same for thread as it is with the yarn. The loops you choose to place your hook through are all in how you want to do the stitch. Patterns are only a guide. There are two loops at the top of each stitch, no matter what stitch you are doing. Some people call them V's.

You can see in this image the V shape made at the top of each stitch. The image also shows the hook going through both loops at the top of the stitch.

You can go through the front, back or both loops.

You will find patterns that want you to go through the back loop only or the front loop only. I like going through both because I feel it will make my lace more secure. It is also effects the texture by going through both. If I go through the back only, there will be a ridge line on the front of my project. This is a choice that you will make when creating your project.

Crochet V-Stitch

Crochet V-Stitch

Video Tutorial:Crochet V-Stitch Pattern

Multiple: 3 + 1

Row 1: DC in 4th Chain from hook, Ch 3, DC in same chain. Skip 2 CH, DC, CH 3, DC in the same chain. Repeat to the end.

Row 2:
Ch 3 to start the next row, DC, Ch 3, DC in Center
of next Chain, Repeat across; DC in last stitch of the row below. Chain 3, turn.

How I Got Started Making the Video Tutorials

I thought it would be fun to share how I got started making the crochet video tutorials.

The fall of 2001 I enrolled in college fulltime to take multimedia marketing. The coursework revolved around, computer graphics, web design, photoshop, and video editing. That started my passion for the computer graphics in photoshop and video editing. I graduated in May of 2003 with a 2 year degree.

I have a lot of fun making the video tutorials and creating new projects. Youtube popped up the beginning of 2006. I created a Youtube account to show my family our house and where we were moving to around the fall of 2006. I didn't even have a video camera, just a digital camera that took small video clips at the time. The first few crochet tutorials I did were with the digital camera. It made large files and they were .AVI. I really didn't think anyone would watch but I enjoy video editing and taking video so I kept putting up new tutorials. January of 2007 we got a video camera with a hard …

Many Ways to Write Pattern Instructions

There are many, many ways to write a crochet pattern. When I was first learning, instructions were written with very detailed descriptions. I understand that writing how to do the stitch and pattern was the only way of communicating back then, unless you were in the physical presence of another person. There was so much detail that it was confusing. 25+ years ago, some of the patterns were describing how to do the stitch in the middle of the actual instructions, on how to create a doily. I had to learn the difference between the detailed instructions of how to do the stitch being described and where I was supposed to be doing the stitch. Some days my head was spinning with confusion. Everyone has heard the phrase TMI or To Much Information. That can apply with crochet instructions. There were times I was ready to take the instructions and cut them in to tiny little pieces. We didn't have paper shredders back then like we do now or I probably would have shredded them. That is when …

Crochet Butterfly

Crochet Butterfly

Video Tutorial:Crochet Butterfly

Magic Circle Start

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 2, 3 DC, from *5 times. CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 1,3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner CH 2: from *5 times. CH 1, 3 DC in BEG corner, CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Round 3: CH 1, *1 Reverse SC in CH 2 SP. CH 6, 1 Reverse SC in CH 2 SP, Reverse SC in the next 3 DC, CH 1 SP, next 3 DC. Repeat from * 6 times. SL ST in BEG CH 1.

6 Sided Granny Motif

6 Sided Granny Motif Magic Circle Start

Video Tutorial: 6 Sided Granny Motif

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 2, 3 DC, from *5 times. CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 1,3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner CH 2: from *5 times. CH 1, 3 DC in BEG corner, CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Round 3: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH 1 SP, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner; from *5 times. CH 1, 3 DC in BEG corner, CH 1, SC in Beg CH.

Crochet Seed Stitch Flower

Crochet Seed Stitch Flower

Pattern by Teresa Richardson
CH 4, join

1. 9 SC in loop.

2. CH1, SC, TRC(Triple Crochet) in same SC, repeat in the next 8 SC. Crochet Video Tutorial: Crochet Seed Stitch Flower Granny - Part1

How to Read a Filet Crochet Chart

Click on the chart for a larger view.

Filet crochet is to be read from right to left, then left to right. What I have found that works well for me is to make a copy of the original pattern if it is coming from a book so you can mark and write on the paper without ruining your original pattern. Note* Copying for your own use is permissible. You can use a highlighting marker to mark off the rows you have completed. If you do not have the means to make your own copy, I have found that document protectors over your page work just as well. I use a grease pencil to mark the document protector. A cotton ball and baby oil will remove the grease pencil so you can use your document protector again. You can find grease pencils at your local office supply store. The purpose of marking your rows well are in case you need to rip out your work and see your chart again. This comes from my own experience of ripping out filet patterns several times. When I am done for the day or get distracted, I will p…

Blocking Doily's and Filet Crochet

It is common for the Filet Crochet to appear uneven when you are crocheting a project. The width and length will look distorted to each other with the length being to short and the width appearing to wide. When you are finished, all you need to do is block your piece. That just consists of soaking it in a starch/water solution for a few minutes stretching, shaping and and pinning it out on a bed. I look for rust proof pins. From experience the cheap pins will rust and leave rust stains on your work. Below is the recomended starch to water solution for lace doily's. You can adjust it to more at any time. I have found that I like a little heavier starch at times depending on the size of thread I have used.

1 part Starch to 6 parts water

I always use towels on top of my mattress to soak up the starch. I have even used a pressing cloth and dry iron to expedite the process. I have had many filet pieces that I thought were ruined until I blocked and stretched them lengthwi…

Round Shell 7 Double Crochet - Shell Variation 4 - Catherine's Wheel


Joined Crochet Circle

Crochet Circle

Chain 3.

Round 1: Chain 3, 11 DC in LP. Join in Bbeg ch 3. (12 Double Crochet)

Round 2: CH 3, DC in same DC, 2 DC in ea DC around. Join in beg ch 3. ( 24 Double Crochet)

This is what I used in the "How to Join Circles" Video Tutuorial and "Wacky Hat Part 1 " Video Tutorial.

Mini Christmas Stocking - 1

Mini Christmas Stocking in Single Crochet

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Mini Stocking Video Tutorial:Crochet Miniature Christmas Stocking

Size I Crochet Hook

Red and White 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

CH 12.

Round 1: 11 SC on each side for a total of 22, Do not join. (22 Single Crochet)

Round 2-7: SC in EA SC around.

Round 8: SC over 8, Skip 7 SC at the toe. SC over the remaining SC.

This is a good place to turn the stocking inside out and sew the toe shut. Turn to the right side when complete.

Round 9-16: SC around. When the last row is complete, skip 1 sc and SL ST in the next. Cut off yarn. This is the section that will complete the calf of the stocking.

Round 17-22: Join yarn, CH 1, SC in same ST. SC in each stitch around, in a continual round. When the last row is complete, skip 1 sc and SL ST in the next. CH 1, turn.

Continue with the white yarn with a backward single crochet. Join at beginning. Cut yarn and sew in all the tails.

Half- Granny Square

Half-Granny Square

Video Tutorial: Half-Granny Square Crochet

Teresa Richardson
Crochet Abbreviations DC = Double Crochet LP = Loop Ch = Chain SP = Space
Start with a Magic Circle or Chain 3. Either one will work well.

Row 1: Ch 3, turn, 2 DC in LP, CH 2, 3 DC in LP.

Row 2: CH 3, turn, 2 DC in the last DC of previous round, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in next CH 2 SP. CH 1, 3 DC in the Ch 3 of previous round.

Row 3: CH 3, turn, 2 DC in the last DC of previous round, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH 1 SP. CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 LP. CH 1, 3 DC in CH 1 SP. CH 1, 3 DC in CH 3.

Loopy Flower Crochet

Loopy Flower

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Crochet Video Tutorial:Loopy Flower

Size G crochet Hook

Chain 6, join

Round 1: CH 1, 16 SC in loop, join

Round 2: CH 3, 3 DC in same SP, CH 3, SL ST in same SP. SL ST over next 2 spaces. Continue around for 8 petals.

Round 3: CH 1, SC in same SP, CH 5, SK 2 Petals, SC in next SC; Continue around.
SL ST in BEG SC. (4 - CH 5 Loops)

Round 4: CH 4, 5 TC in loop, CH 4, SL ST in loop, repeat twice in each loop. SL ST to next loop. (8 Petals)

Single Crochet Baby Beanie Cap

Single Crochet Baby Beanie Cap

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Crochet Abbreviations
SC = Single Crochet
LP = Loop
EA = Each
ST = Stitch
INC = Increase
Sts = Stitches
SC INC - Single Crochet Increase

Size F Crochet Hook
3 Ply Yarn
Tapestry needle - This is for sewing in the tails

Video Tutorial: Single Crochet Baby Beanie Cap
CH 3, join
*NOTE: You can start this with the magic circle as an alternative start.

Rnd 1: 10 SC in LP, Do Not Join

Rnd 2: 2 SC in ea SC. (20 Single Crochet)

Add a marker to your beginning stitch.

Rnd 3: 1 SC in ea SC. (20 Single Crochet)

Rnd 4: 1 SC in next ST, 2 SC in next ST. (30 Single Crochet)

Rnd 5: 1 SC in ea SC around. (30 Single Crochet)

Rnd 6: SC INC every 3 Sts. (40 Single Crochet)

Rnd 7: SC in ea SC around. (40 Single Crochet)

Rnd 8: SC INC every 4 Sts. (50 Single Crochet)

Rnd 9: SC in ea ST around. (50 Single Crochet)

Rnd 10: SC INC every 5 Sts. (60 Single Crochet)

Rnd 11-31: SC in EA SC around until you get the length of your cap.
Use a larger size hook and/or yarn to ma…

Curly Cue Crochet

Chain a length of chain.

4 Double Crochet in each chain across.

Shape the curly cue in one direction. If you want it to
hold its shape you can run the yarn from top to bottom
and sew securly once you have the desired shape.

Curly Cue Video Tutorial:

Mini Vacation

My apologies to those of you receiving delayed answers to questions. My husband and I took off on Monday June 2, on a roadtrip to visit our kids and grandchildren. We left Savannah around 7:00AM on Monday. We spent the first night in Little Rock Arkansas. My husband has twin boys living in Oklahoma City. One of the boys and his wife had a baby boy last summer. He will be 1 year old next month and it just as cute as a button. Then we stopped past Dallas to see my husbands daughter who had a baby girl in January. She is a little doll. The last leg of the trip was through Fort Hood Texas to see my daughter and her two little girls. They are 4 and 5 years old. My daughter tells me they are bad but they are just being little girls. Two little girls that love to rough house. I have some great video of them. There we spent the night in Killeen Texas.

We headed from Fort Hood through Austin to Houston to catch Interstate-10 back east. It took us most of the day to get out of Texas. …