Showing posts from September, 2008

Crochet Balloon Variation 1

Balloon pictured on right for this pattern

Crochet Balloon Variation 1

Written by Teresa Richardson

This is an oblong shape balloon

Round 1: Chain 6, 3 SC in the first chain. 1 SC in ea of the next 3 chains. 3 SC in the next CH. 1 SC in ea of the next 3 CH. Join in beg SC.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 HDC in the same ST. 3 SC in the next ST. 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST. 3 SC in next ST. 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST. Join.

Balloon Knot: SL ST in ea of the next 4 STS. CH 1, 3 HDC. Cut yarn, secure and leave a length of tail for sewing.

Balloon String: Crochet a length of chain. Slip stitch in each chain to the end.

Sew the balloon/s in place on your project with the left over yarn tail.Sew the balloon string in place on your project making sure the ends are hidden under the balloon.

Crochet Adult Slippers

--> This is a good example of how the same project, made by the same person, with the same hook and same brand yarn(different color) can create a different size. Both slippers were made with 4-ply Redheart yarn. The only difference is the color. The gray slipper turned out to be larger than the white slipper. Crochet Adult Slippers Written by Teresa Richardson Video Tutorial: Crochet Adult Slippers Video Tutorial: Chainless Single Crochet Foundation Abbreviations: SC = Single Crochet EA = Each SL ST = Slip Stitch FSC = Foundation Single Crochet ST = Stitch DEC = Decrease Materials: Size “H” Crochet Hook 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn - 300 yards  3 yarn markers – Contrasting scrap yarn is all that is needed for this. Gauge: 14 Stitches = 4” , 17 =Rows 4” If your 14 stitches are less than 4”, then you crochet tighter than I do. You will need to adjust your hook size to a larger hook or more stitches per 4” to adjust the total stitch outcome, or your slipper may be to tight. If your stitches ar…

Yarn Markers- Recycle Your Tails - Crochet Tip 15

You have all heard me talk about using yarn markers when working in a continual round. This is so you have an idea where the first stitch is located, in creating a balanced cap or amigurumi project. It may be difficult to see the first single crochet when working in a standard round, so you may need to mark the stitch so you don't crochet right over it. You may need a yarn marker for reference in telling what stitches to crochet in and what stitches should be left alone. I have found yarn markers useful in shaping necklines and armholes of sweaters.

At any time we may need a yarn marker. Don't waste your money purchasing a yarn marker from the store. You make plenty of your own yarn markers every time you crochet. Your tails are perfect yarn markers, both yarn and thread.

In this slipper example below, I have used a yarn marker at the top of the slipper so I would know what part of it was the top. That section was created prior to the heel. The marker to the left was used to…

Crochet Hooks - New vs Old- Recycling - Crochet Tip 14

I started out with the blue Boye "I" hook you will see in a lot of tutorials. It is marked $.55 cents. That was the hook I used for yarn projects. My other hook was a steel size "7" for thread. Those were the only two hooks I had for a long time. I think I was supposed to give my steel size "7" hook back to my former mother-in-law after she bought it for me. OOoooppppssss........... I must give credit where credit is due, she did help me learn a lot of crochet stitches.

I have found that I prefer Boye hooks because of the rounded hook on the end. Susan Bates has a flatter hook that kept hanging up in my yarn. I have seen some interesting hooks lately from light up hooks to clay grips. I am thinking about experimenting with the clay grip.

$7.60 $11.05

It does not have to cost a lot to get started to crochet. This image is a good example of that. Both sets are recent purchases that I have made fr…

Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch

Video Tutorial: Tunisian Knit Crochet Stitch

It takes two passes to create one row of Tunisian Crochet. The chain and first two passes (row 1) are created the same as the Tunisian Simple Stitch. The remaining first pass of each row, throughout the project are completed a little different. The hook is inserted behind the front chain, to the back of the work, loop the yarn over and pull through. Once that row is complete, the loops are taken off the same way as the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

Crochet Symbols- Brackets, Parenthesis, Asterisk

Crochet symbols and abbreviations are a big part of crochet. Symbols and abbreviations can make it confusing if you don't know and learn the crochet language. When you purchase a book, abbreviations and symbols should be somewhere towards the beginning of the book. Sometimes they may be at the end in the form of a glossary. This will be a guide as to how the symbols are used and related to the instructions, in the book you have purchased. Many will be the same as what you have seen and some will be different and new.

Here are some basic repeat symbols that you will see used in crochet. Some symbols used for repeats, are used more frequently that others. Back in the day, when I was first learning to crochet, parenthesis were used for repeating instructions. I have noticed a change in the use of parenthesis today and they are used more as a summation for the specific row or round being worked on. Detail is import with written instructions. Following the repeat set of instructions…

Crochet Pansy Variation 2

Pansy Variation 2

Video Tutorial: Crochet Pansy - Variation 2

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

G Crochet Hook

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 3, join.

Round 1: Ch 2,HDC, CH 3, *2 HDC, CH 3 repeat from * 4 times total. Join with SL ST in beg CH 2. (5 sets of 2 HDC CH 3)

Round 2: Attach new color in ch 3 sp. CH 2, 9 TC in same space. CH 2, SL ST in same space. SL ST over to next CH 3 space.Ch 2, 9 TC in loop, CH 2, sl st in same loop. * SL ST to next sp, CH 2, 9 DC, CH 2 SL ST in same loop. Continue around from * 3 times total. ( 2 Triple Crochet Petals, 3 Double Crochet Petals)

Edging: CH 2 to get up to the top of the petal. This will be the reverse single crochet. Do a single crochet working to the right, CH 2, SC in the next stitch to the right. Continue across top of petal. When finished across petal, CH 2, SL ST between flower petals, CH 2, and continue on with edging on next petal.

Crochet Oldies - Some of my first Projects

I finally found some pictures of some of my first crochet projects from the early to mid 1980's.I didn't save any of my mistakes. If I had a doily that I messed up on to much, I would throw it away and then start over from scratch. I am not so sure what my thought process was on that one at the time.

This was my first filet crochet project that I ever made. This would have been 1984. I had been actively crocheting for about 9 months. I entered the horse in a local community festival and got second place. My daughter was keeping deeply entertained by that pillow. She liked to pick at things, trying to get at it. That window pane pillow kept her busy.

This is another from 1984, my daughter and a doily. She loved to take them and wear them on her head. If I had a doily missing, I always knew were to find it. They were usually on her head or in her room.

This was a baby gift for a gal I was babysitting for at the time. (1985) It is the stitch known as Catherine's Wheel.

Crochet Applique Pumpkin

Crochet Applique Pumpkin

SL ST = Slip Stitch
Ch = Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BEG = Beginning
SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease
EA = Each
ST/S = Stitch/es

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 4, join

Round 1: SL ST through the loop or chain and complete all stitches through the center of the loop or chain, Ch 1, 3 SC, 3 HDC, 3 SC, 3 HDC, join in beg. SC. You will have a total of 12 stitches.

Round 2: CH 1, Single Crochet Decrease through the first and third single crochet, skipping the second SC. 3 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches (9 HDC total). Single Crochet Decrease through the first and third single crochet, skipping the second SC. 3 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches (9 HDC total). Join in beginning SC DEC.

Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 9 STS. CH 1, SL ST in decrease of previous row. CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 9 STS. CH 1, SL ST in decrease of previous row. Cut yarn, secure and sew in tail.

Stem: Join new color to the …

Crochet Rectangle Motif

Crochet Rectangle Motif

Written by Teresa Richardson

Crochet Abbreviations
EA = Each
SP = Space
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
BEG = Beginning
LP = Loop
SC = Single Crochet

Round 1: CH 3, DC in CH, CH 2, 8 DC in CH lp, CH 2, 2 DC in CH, 8 DC in CH lp, CH 1, SC in beg CH 3. ( When complete you will have, 2 Sets of 2 DC, 2 Sets of 8 DC)

Round 2: CH 3, DC in same sp. 1 DC in ea of the next 2 DC. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP(this forms the corner and increases each round in size). 1 DC in ea of the next 8 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 2 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 sp. 1 DC in ea of next 8 DC. CH 1, SC in beg CH 3 to join.

Round 3: CH 3, DC in same sp. 1 DC in ea of the next 6 DC. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 12 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 6 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 sp. 1 DC in ea of next 12 DC. CH 1, SC in beg CH 3 to join.

Round 4: CH 3, DC in same sp. 1 DC in ea of the next 10 DC. 2 DC, CH …

Hexagon Crochet 3 Sided Motif - Complete

Back in May I did a written tutorial on Join As you go Motifs . I included a three sided motif that I was working on at the time. I want to share the results of the piece upon completion. It is 62" long and 38" wide. The instructions can be found in Magic Crochet #41. A great source for finding old Magic Crochet magazines is E-bay.

Video Tutorial: Join As You Go - Thread Examples

Dye Lot - Crochet Tip 13

Purchase enough yarn to finish your project. Even though you purchase the same color again, in a separate purchase, the possibility is great that you will by getting a color that does not match. This holds true for white along with colors. I have purchased the same brand color and thought I thought was getting the same color. As I progressed along in my work, there was a big difference in coloration. It is better to have to much thread/yarn, than not enough. Besides, us crocheters love lots of extra thread and yarn. We can always find a use for it. :)

Crochet Butterfly - Variation B

Crochet Butterfly Variation B

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:

Crochet Abbreviations

CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
ST = Stitch
Beg = Beginning
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Picot: This is a chain 3, join in the first chain. It forms a tiny, decorative loop.

Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread

Steel Crochet Hook Size 2

Magic Circle or Chain 4 and join.

Round 1: CH 3, 4 DC, CH 1, *5 DC, CH 1, Do the section from* 3 times total, SL ST in beg CH 3 to join. (8 Sets of 5 Double Crochet)

Round 2: SL ST over to 3rd DC. CH 3, 4 DC in same DC. CH 1, *5 DC in next CH 1 SP. CH 1, 5 DC in the center(3rd DC over), CH 1, Do the section from * 3 times total. 5 DC in next CH 1 SP, CH 1, SL ST in beg CH 3.

Round 3: SL ST over to 3rd DC. CH 3, 4 DC in same DC. *CH 3, 5 DC, in 3rd DC of the next set of stitches. Do the section from * 7 times total. CH 3, join in beg CH 3.

Round 4: SL ST over to 3rd DC. CH 3, 2 DC in same ST, CH, SL ST in 1st CH,(picot), 3 DC in same ST. *CH 2, DC dropping below around row 2, CH 1 SP, CH 2,…

Recycle Edgings - Crochet Tip 12

I know I have not talked much about edgings so this is something to keep in mind when creating edgings for garments, hankies, towels or pillow cases. I would make edgings for my daughters dresses when she was a little girl. If you are using thread to make an edging, a lot of time and work will go into it. Make your edging separate from the fabric. Hand sew the edging on so it can easily be removed later. That way if your child wears out their clothing, you can use the edging again. This will hold true for the edging of table linens or pillow cases. The fabric will wear out long before the crochet lace. Even if there is a little wear in crochet lace, it can be repaired.

This is my daughter in a dress I made for her back in 1985. I used to sew a lot back then too. It is accented with a crochet edging.Since the edgings were sewn on separately, they could be removed and recycled to use on another dress or used in another project. Hopefully some other little girl got some good kid use out…

Crochet Count - Exact or Not Exact - Crochet Tip 11

Sometimes it is necessary to be exact in crochet count. Other times being off a stitch or two will not matter. I can remember being caught up in numbers so much that I spent hour after hour, ripping my work out trying to get the exact number. As we have discussed previously it could be an error in the written pattern so that is always something to keep in the back of your mind.

You will want an exact count when you are making the following projects. Afghan -You want the width and length to be as even as possible with your afghan. A ripple afghan relies heavily on exact count or you may wind up with steep peeks, mixed in with waves and bumps. Sweater-  You especially want your sweater to fit after you have spent days shaping and crocheting your garment.Doily - Most doily's are very intricate and detailed.  It is easy to get off track with a doily so attention and count is very iportant here. I have been off with count on everything that I mentioned.  Sometimes I have had to rip out l…

Filet Crochet - Space Limitations

I have been asked if it is possible to make filet crochet yarn charts 6" or 7". When you make a filet crochet chart smaller, you will have distortion of your original image. They can be done but you will have the basic of basic shapes with not much detail. For example, you can fit a heart, diamond, letter, number or circle in a small square. What will not fit is an image of a George Washington. With larger squares, you will be able to create images that may allow for more detail. You could create a square 10"x10" if you wanted to do a more detailed, motif type of afghan. You could also make your whole afghan out of one chart. Charts can be altered down in size but keep in mind the possibility of distortion. If you have an idea that was generated from a crochet chart, give it a try.

Bullion Stitch Crochet Flower - International Crochet Day

Today is International Crochet Day, which is a day to promote the art of crochet. I am participating by dedicating the Bullion Stitch Crochet Flower project to International Crochet Day. I will continue to promote the art of crochet through technology and Youtube. Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in learning the art of crochet.

Bullion Stitch Crochet Flower

Video Tutorial: Crochet Bullion Flower - International Crochet Day 12-SEP-08

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

H Crochet Hook

F Crochet Hook

Chain 5, join

Round 1: Ch 1, *SC in loop, CH 5, continue around, 5 times total, join in beg SC.

Round 2: Ch 3, 6 Bullion stitch in loop, CH 3, SL ST in previous single crochet between, contine with each ch 5 loop.

Edging-Round 3: CH 3, SL ST in CH 3 loop, *CH 3, SL ST in 3rd CH from Hook, SL ST in next SP, repeat from *6 times between each bullion, CH 2 sl st in sc, CH 2, continue around for each petal.

Crochet Bullion or Roll Stitch

I have wanted to master the bullion stitch for years. It was difficult for me to achieve anything but a big twisted yarn mess. I could not find instructions other than wrapping the yarn around the hook several times and then pulling it through the hook. A few weeks ago, a member of my Video Crochet group on Ravelry asked if I knew how to do the Bullion stitch. I told her I knew how it should be done, but I was not successful. After that I got to thinking again on how I could be successful with this stitch. That led me to come up with two techniques that both have a high success rate. To begin with, you should never worry about how slow or how fast you are crocheting, especially with this stitch it is better to focus on slow, accurate and you will have great success!

Video Tutorial: Crochet Bullion or Roll Stitch

This Flower is an example of what can be made with the bullion stitch
The bullion stitch can be used just about anywhere. If you are doing a row of double crochet, replace …

Crochet Decreasing

I have put together three links to video tutorials that focus on decreasing. Decreasing is like abbreviating a word, only we are abbreviating a stitch to get to the next point in our project. Decreasing can be reducing part of a stitch or leaving it out all together.

Crochet Geek YouTube -
Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -
Crochet Baby Booty Toe Decrease - Slow Motion

Crochet Shell Decrease
Crochet - Double Crochet Increase - Decrease

Decreasing is common in shaping with appareland the valley's for a ripple afghan.

The images below (Crochet Triangle) demonstrate decreasing by eliminating a stitch and joining a stitch. Each time I turn, I skip the first single crochet and continue to crochet in each stitch across. When I get to the end of the row, I join two single crochet together, eliminating a single crochet. This is just turning 2 single crochet, in to 1 single crochet.

Original Post:Crochet Triangle

Crochet Pattern Stitches - Make Your Own Pattern

A question I get asked often is, "Will you show how to crochet a scarf or afghan?" I will show swatches for a stitch or pattern stitch and usually include a multiple. Sometimes I forget to include a multiple. Thankfully someone reminds me when I do forget. If you have a favorite baby layette or adult size sweater, you can replace the main stitch with another pattern stitch. Someone else has already figured out the shaping for you. Patterns are just a guide. You are the one making the pattern. Be creative and alter the pattern how ever you want to. It is easy to spruce up a favorite pattern you have worked with for a while.

The fact is, you have everything you need to create your own project. You know how long or wide you want your afghan to be when it is complete. I can remember purchasing a pattern for a baby afghan when my son was newborn 24 years ago. It was the simple shell stitch afghan. It was not simple for me at the time. I struggled through those written instr…

Crochet Broomstick Lace

Crochet Broomstick Lace

Video Tutorial: Crochet Broomstick Lace

You will need a large knitting needle or PVC pipe to to loop your stitches over. You can choose any size crochet hook or yarn. I used a size "I" hook and some scrap 4-ply worsted weight in my example.

I have taken the original broomstick video down to revise it a little bit. I started off showing how to do the stitch alone. I did not include how I hold the knitting needle or pipe. I do all the crocheting and video recording myself so certain angles are difficult. After some thought, I was able to incorporate how I achieve the final broomstick lace in an easier method than the original tutorial portrayed.

Ch 16

Row 1: Knitting needle row. Turn the chain and loop the first chain over the knitting needle. Put your hook through the next chain and pull the loop through the chain and over the knitting needle. Continue across until you have 16 loops on your knitting needle. Turn.

Row 2: Pull 4 loops off of your knittin…

Crochet Star Stitch Hat Cap

Crochet Star Stitch Hat

StarStitch Video Tutorial

Crochet Abbreviations:
CH = Chain
HDC = Half=Double Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
LP= Loop
BEG = Beginning
INC = Increase
EA = Each

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Crochet Geek YouTube -
Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -
Video Tutorial: Crochet Star Stitch Hat Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Star Stitch Hat

Size "I" Crochet Hook

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart for this tutorial. There are many types of yarn brands that will work with this pattern.

Cap can be created in stripes or a solid color.

NOTE*: All half double crochet stitches will be done in the center joining loop of the stitch in the previous row.

Chain 5, join.
Round 1: Ch 1, 20 HDC in LP, join.
Round 2: CH 3, 10 Star Stitches, join in beg ch 3. (10 StarStitches total)
Round 3:SL ST to the center joining loop of the first stitch in the previous row ,CH 1, 4 HDC in same joining space, 4 HDC in each joining…

Crochet Yarn Tails - Sewing and Hiding

Video Tutorial: Crochet Yarn Tails - Sewing and Hiding

Sewing in yarn tails in going to be a similar technique for granny squares, afghans, hats, sweaters, mittens, and slippers to name a few projects.

Make sure you create a secure knot, especially if you used the magic circle instead of a chain. Even if you use a chain, you should still securely knot the tail to be on the safe side.When you have a backside or an inside to your project, you can weave your yarn to the hidden side.
Another tip for securing tails is to use a waterproof fabric glue. You only want to use a tiny dab of glue and make sure it is hidden on the backside or between the stitches. As great as it is to have a secure tail, I know from experience that a clear glue dab will be visible if it is not well hidden.

Crochet Geek YouTube -

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -

Crochet Multiple- Defining the Meaning

I had an older post trying to explain multiples. I have tried to freshen this one up a bit. There is also a video tutorial to go along with a written description. I am hoping that between the two, it will make sense.

Video Tutorials:Crochet Multiple- Defining the Meaning

You have probably seen the term multiple used in your project instructions and wondered what it meant. There are a series of numbers given to figure how long your chain will be. There are hundreds of crochet pattern stitch variations. It will take so many chains to complete each pattern stitch. Some pattern stitches might require only 2 chains to complete each stitch, where others might need 20 chains. The starstitch only requires 2 chains to complete a stitch, where a ripple pattern stitch may need 15 or 20 chains depending on the ripple pattern you choose. The +plus amounts are used once with the first pattern stitch. For example: You will need to chain 4 to complete 1 double crochet. The multiple for a doubl…

Tapestry Needles

I found some tapestry needles as I was searching through my dwindling supply of yarn yesterday. I decided to take a picture, to give a visual to those of you who ask what kind of needles I use to sew in my yarn tails. These are tapestry needles size 16, about 2" long. They work well for yarn. I will be using them in an upcoming tutorial for a crochet stitch. I like the big eye, which makes it easy to put the yarn through. There are different size tapestry needles to choose from.I just purchase something that looks like the yarn will fit through the eye and never really looked at or thought about the size until today. As long as Wal-mart continues to carry yarn supplies, you will be able to purchase tapestry needles at Wal-mart. You can also purchase them from Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric and Crafts as well as stores online.

Crochet Geek YouTube -
Crochet Geek 2 YouTube -