Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Crochet the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch (fsc) (photo + video tutorial)


The Foundation Single Crochet Stitch is a very handy skill to have in your crochet tool box.  It eliminates the need for a starting chain...you work both chains and single crochet stitches as you go!

Be sure to scroll down to see the full video tutorial too!
  • Step 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook.
  • Step 2: Chain 2
  • Step 3: Insert hook into the furthest chain from the hook (first chain you made), wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop (2 loops on the hook)

  • Step 4: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through the first loop on the hook (2 loops on the hook)
  • Step 5: Wrap yarn around hook and bring through both loops on the hook (one loop on the hook)This is the first single crochet stitch worked.
  • Step 6: Below the last two loops worked, turn work slightly to the side and locate the "v" Insert hook into the "v" 

  • Step 7: Wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop (2 loops on the hook)
  • Step 8: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through the first loop on the hook (2 loops on the hook)
  • Step 9: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through both loops (1 loop left on the hook)


This completes the second single crochet stitch. Repeat steps 6-9 for each fsc you need on your row.


Click below for a full video tutorial too!  Happy stitching lovelies!


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Rainbow Hook and Pencil Cup!


The Rainbow Hook & Pencil Cup is a super fun way to add a little cheer to your desk or craft space.  In fact, you can whip up a few of these to organize your supplies too.  A rainbow striped easy to crochet cup is topped off with a cute cloudy edging.  Wide enough to hold lots and lots of hooks too!

Rainbow Hook & Pencil Cup
By Jennifer Dickerson
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Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn (yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in "Cherry Red" "Spring Green" "Lavender" "Bright White" "Turquoise" "Bright Yellow" "Pumpkin" and "Perfect Pink")
  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Sizing:
  • About 4 inches tall
  • 4 inches across top

Tutorial Links:



Instructions:

Note: For the cup shown, the first four rounds are worked in pink.  After that, remaining rounds are worked in one color per round in a rainbow stripe sequence.  

Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st.
Round 1: Ch 3, work 11 dc into the center of the ring.  Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in first st.  2 dc in each of the remaining stitches.  Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 3: Repeat round 2.
Round 4: Ch 1.  Work a sc in each stitch, then join with a sl st to close round.

Repeat round 4 until cup measures approximately 4 inches tall.

Cloud Edging Round (worked in white yarn): Ch 3, 1 dc in first st.  *In the next st, work a sl st.  Skip the next st and in the next stitch, work 2 dc.  Repeat from * to end of round.  Fasten off.


Finishing:  Weave in all ends.  Be sure to weave in yarn ends of the same color (for example weave blue into blue areas, etc)  All finished!


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Beautiful Butterflies! 12 Free Crochet Patterns...


Aren't butterflies lovely?  Here are 12 free crochet pattern inspired by these beauties...a beautiful doily, a pretty bookmark, even a hat trimmed in butterflies!  Did you know there is a butterfly stitch?  

Note: Click the link below each photo to go directly to the free pattern.  Happy crocheting!






How To Crochet the Double Treble Crochet Stitch (dtr) Photo + Video Tutorial


The double treble crochet stitch or as abbreviated in patterns "dtr" is a tall stitch the produces dramatic results.  Also referred to as the "double triple crochet stitch" It creates an open fabric and is very easy to learn.  Below is a video tutorial and a photo tutorial.  Happy crocheting!

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We're going to make a little swatch...this is a great way to practice the stitch.  Begin by making a chain as wide as you'd like your swatch to be, then 6 more chains.


Wrap the yarn around hook 3 times,


Insert the hook into the sixth chain from the hook.


Wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop.


You'll now have 5 loops on the hook.


Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through the first two loops,


You'll now have 4 loops on the hook.


Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through the next two loops,


You'll now have three loops on the hook.  Wrap yarn around hook again,


Two loops left on the hook.


Wrap yarn around hook again and bring it through the last two loops on the hook.


One loop left on the hook.  Repeat in each chain across your swatch or as indicated in your pattern.


To transition from row to row, simply chain 5,


And turn your work.


The ch 5 counts as one of the double treble crochet stitches in the row, so in the next stitch, work the dtr.  Continue with the dtr across the row.  All finished with our swatch, and happy crocheting to you!


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