Yarn

 B) Yarn Animal, plant and synthetic fibers are all used to make yarn....wonderful yarn!      a) Types and Characteristics of Yarn Wool: (A Natural Yarn) comes from sheep, great for felting. Some different types of wool include Lamb's wool: comes from a lamb's first shearing Merino Wool: Comes from the finest of the fine breeds Pure New Wool or Virgin Wool: Comes directly from the sheep and not recycled from wool garments. Washable Wool: a treated wool that will not felt I believe a wool yarn or garment needs to have a content…Read more …

A. Slip Knot

A quick video of my favorite way to make a slip knot. Once you've made your slip knot your ready to start your foundation chain. For crochet, the foundation chain serves as the base in which you will start your first row (or round) of stitches. Once you've completed your slip knot on your crochet hook, the short end of your yarn is called your tail and the yarn being pulled from your ball is called your working yarn. B. Chain Stitch and Foundation Chain You'll always begin your foundation chain with a…Read more …

A. Crochet hooks and other handy tools

 A peak inside my crochet bag....I have 1. An assortment of crochet hooks (my favorite are Susan Bates aluminum hooks) 2. Yarn needles3. Ruler(s)4. Stitch Markers (so useful! especially for beginners)      No really! These are SO useful, if you have trouble telling which is your first st or where your turning chain is, just slap a stitch marker in the stitches or chains as you work them and when you get back to them you'll know. Takes the guess work out of it...I know how frustrating "guess work" can be when learning how…Read more …

This is a work in progress. Everything linked is finished and eventually this whole outline will be linked up. (yahay!) I've been wanting to start this for a long time and I'm SO excited. I LOVE hearing that I've inspired people to learn how to crochet and now maybe I can help with teaching a bit too! 1.What you'll need to get started A. Crochet hooks and other handy tools a. crochet hook conversion chart b. steel crochet hook conversion chart B. Yarn a. Types and Characteristics of yarn b. Yarn weight chart…Read more …

Dye thee Doilies

I love to crochet so I am drawn to doilies and vintage hankies with those gorgeous crocheted borders. I've never made a doily before and I've never purchased one....until the other day (I got me four little white ones). white ones? I thought those little white doilies I bought needed some cheering up so I got me some RIT (fabric dye) at my local craft store (Fred Meyers has RIT too but the craft stores have better color selection I think) You can read the directions that are printed on the inside of…Read more …
Crochet Pattern

Crochet Pattern

Materials: *Yarn in any weight and color - *Crochet hook - just use the recommended hook size listed on your yarn. *Scissors *Yarn Needle Smaller Flower (the one pictured above) Ch 2 Rnd 1 - work 6sc's into the 2nd ch from hk. (6) Rnd 2 - work 2sc's in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (12) Rnd 3 - ch 2, skip next st, (sc in next, ch 2, skip next st) 5 times. Join with sl st to you sl st join of rnd 2.…Read more …

Crocheted Leaves – for the Naked Branch –

My good deed for the day - I clothed a poor little naked branch (scroll down to see and read about it) and I feel very good about it. I was feeling rather gloomy today because of the cold snowy day (that's right - snow on May 5th) but helping out a naked branch did my heart good. I hope you will enjoy this charity project and love will spread to many lonely naked branches and twigs around the world. My finished leaves measure about 1 1/2" long and 1" wide Materials: E…Read more …

Rainbow Necklace – Skill Level: Easy Peasy

Materials: *G hook *Worsted weight yarn in 12 colors I used Cascade 220 solids (see photos for colors) *Stitch Marker (optional) *Yarn Needle *Fiberfill *Scissors Finished ball has a 1 1/4" diameter Pattern: (Make 24 - 2 balls in each color) Ch 2. Rnd 1 - Work 6sc into 2nd ch from hk. Rnd 2 - 2sc in each st around. (12) Rnd 3 - (sc, 2sc) around. (18) Rnd 4 through Rnd 6 - sc in each st around. Rnd 7 - (sc, sc2tog) around. (12) Stuff ball Rnd 8 - sc2tog…Read more …

Jute Coasters – EASY Crochet Project

I think its fitting that my first EASY project is a crochet project because crocheting really is my first love in the crafting world. This project is very EASY, has a function (very important) and works up nice and quick. Its always fun to find a new fiber to work with too....jute is lots of fun to work with. Hope you enjoy! Skill Level: EASY Hold one strand of Jute and one strand of yarn together for whole coaster. You will be working in the round throughout pattern. Coaster: Ch 2 Rnd 1…Read more …