Tag Archives: Double Crochet

Krishna Ashtami Crochet/Baby Feet Motif

Krishna Paadha(Krishna’s Feet)

Krishna Series….

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Crochet Chronicles

I have been asked by many who read my blog to make a Krishna doll and post the pattern..I am still working on that one….so for the time being I made a few other things that one can crochet for Krishnaashtami.

The Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna is part of the bhakthi (worship) of Krishna. It is said that the path that as he walked he left a footprint of fragrant red foot prints….it is also said that he loved butter and would often raid the kitchen where this was stored.

Being but a child, he would leave a mess behind and that his mother Yeshodamayi would catch ihm following the trail of butter stained foot prints that he left behind…:-)

On Lord Krishna’s Birthday which we call Janmaashtami……All Hindu households celebrate and one of the ways to decorate the house is to draw baby footprints(with rice flour) from your entrance door or compound gate to your pooja room (place where you pray, Hindu households usually have a separate room for this…here the altar is decorated with flowers, fruits and we make all kinds of delicacies which Krishna loved). This is to show that Krishna on his birthday has visited your home and blessed it. It is a wonderful idea and as  children, while my Mother and Aunts drew the baby feet…we lit earthen lamps along the footprint path….

This is what I have tried to recreate using crochet as my mode of expression.

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Material Used

Yarn used: Laura Knitting Cotton.

Hook Used: 3.00 mm

Abbreviations Used

sc – Single Crochet

hdc – Half Double Crochet

dc – Double Crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Feet 

Round 1

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Step 1: chain in 9 stitches

Step 2: 3 scs into the 2nd chain from hook.

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Step 3 : scs in each of the next 6 chains.

Step 4: 3 scs in the last chain

Step 5: scs in the next 6 chains on the other side.

Step 6: ss.

Round 2:

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Step 1: 3 chain up, 1 dc in same stitch; 3 dc in next stitch; 2dc in next stitch;

Step 2: hdc in next stitch

Step 3: sc in the next 14 stitches…i.e; sc in all stitches around the first round until the last but one stitch.

Step 4: ss.

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That is the main part of the foot done.

Toes

The first toe, also known as the hallux (“big toe” or “great toe”), the innermost toe
The second toe, or “long toe”
The third toe, or “middle toe”
The fourth toe, or “ring toe”
The fifth toe, “little toe”, “pinky toe”, or “baby toe”, the outermost toe.


We will start working from the little toe to the Big toe..

Little Toe or the Baby Toe or the Pinky Toe:

When you make the slip knot….make it loose…giving enough space in there to allow way for your hook.

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Then ss into the slip knot and pull tight. Then tuck the tails in neatly and cut off the extra lengths.

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The Fourth Toe or Ring Toe:

Make a slip knot, chain 2 and make a sc into the first chain

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Then ss into the slip knot…

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Tuck and cut away the extra tail…

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There is your fourth toe…

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Third Toe/Middle Toe:

Magic Ring.

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Hook in 3 scs into the the magic ring…make a ss into first chain the first sc….Pull tight, then tuck in the extra tail.

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Long Toe/Second Toe: 

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Ditto as Third toe…except hook in 4 scs into magic ring.

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Fifth Toe/Big Toe:

Ditto as Third toe except hook in 5 scs into magic ring.

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I made three more baby feet to show Baby Krishna walking towards pots of butter…:-)

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And there you go…..It’s so easy to make….I hope you do try this for next Janmashtami. Take Care until my next post..:-)

To make the Matkas/pot/urns….Pls check my other post here….at…https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2206&action=edit&postpost=v2

How to Crochet A Square

HOW TO CROCHET A SQUARE

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Granny Squares …….one of crochet’s most loved and much worked on motif. There are zillions of patterns out there. The happy part about a GSq ( granny square) is that you can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. If you are in the mood for a challenge…..there are patterns that will give you a run for your money. On the other hand, if it’s comfort hooking that you are looking for….there are such naive and innocent patterns as the one below.

Versatility….thy name is GSq….or so the legend goes……:-) Jokes apart…you can make almost anything with GSqs. Garments – jackets, sweaters, boleros, vests, baby dresses,shorts, pants anything really. You can make accessories like belts, shoes, bags, jewellery, etc.. You can yarn bomb your home with GSqs in the form of Rugs, bedspreads, Afghans, Blankets, lamp shades, baskets, boxes table covers, Runners, anything and everything……the list of the things you can make with this motif is endless.

One of the simplest GSqs to make is the pattern below. I call it the ‘ Abracadabra Square’ and  made the tutorial to help interested ppl, read a simple crochet chart…..

Here is a photo tutorial link to make this Granny Square:

http:/https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/how-to-read-a-crochet-pattern-1/

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Here are a few things you can make with this simple pattern….All the charts and patterns are from the internet

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Some Ideas on how to use GSqs…

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HOW TO JOIN GRANNY SQUARES

http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/10-different-ways-to-join-granny-squares.html

This is a Granny Square Vest I did….For the tutorial just follow the link below:

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https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=904&action=edit

This GSq..is a closed pattern …very useful for Afghans and blankets….anything that you want to make which will keep the heat in.

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Some more patterns from the Internet:

 BAGS :

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GSq Afghans:

 

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A Granny Square Scarf

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Some Motif Patterns:

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Links to GSq Pattterns:

Pattern for a Rose Afghan/Blanket/Bedspread:

http://cypresstextiles.net/2014/06/03/rose-granny-square-free-pattern/

Mini Basket:

http://www.thislittlestreet.com/blog/2014/06/19/diy-mini-granny-square-crochet-baskets-guest-post-by-victoria-from-vika-moka/#_a5y_p=1857907

Cushion Covers:

The link below does not give you the pattern but this blogger has worked up a beautiful sunburst GSq into a cushion cover….I just love her use of colours. The link to the GSq is given in the second link…use the 2nd link to make a lovely cushion cover made in the first link….does that sound complicated…:-(

http://dada4you.blogspot.ae/2013/12/daisy-granny-square-pillow.html

The link to the Granny Square..Sun Burst…..

http://purplechaircrochet.blogspot.ae/2012/08/sunburst-granny-square-free.html

The below link is in German…but the motif is the same as for the cushion above….so not so hard to work it out….

http://petitefee-kinderaccessoires.blogspot.nl/2013/01/haakpatroon-granny-square.html

GSq Shoe:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet/Multi-Color-Granny-Slippers-from-Bernat

http://ortsov.com/granny-square-crochet-slippers/

Owl Baby Blanket:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/11/owl-granny-square-crochet-pattern.html

 

This is a GSq BedSpread that I did around 4 years ago…it starts out as a circle and then you work in the corners to abracadabra it into a square…..Magical!!!! Unfortunately…copyright restrictions prevent me form sharing the pattern with you here…

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So There You Are……Feeling Energised…….The magic in You already??? Of course it is…..don’t waste a minute …..get that yarn out and let’s go Bibbetty Bobbetty Boo….Swinging that Magical Hook All The Way…..:-D!!!

Diamond Lattice Scarf

DIAMOND LATTICE SCARF

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Crochet Chronicles:

My sister, who rarely ask me for anything, was going through my FB page Crochet & More and fell in love with the Irish crochet scarf that I had done.. She wanted one of those…..but I had just finished hooking up 3 of them and was a little bored with doing the same thing. So I hooked her this scarf……and guess what?…. she loved it!!!!

This is a very gentle and innocent stitch pretending to be glamorous and sophisticated….and if you are wondering what I mean by that is……though the stitch looks complicated it is very simple to do and is addictive.

Materials used:

Pearl cottton #5 from Soft Feather 150 gms

Omega cotton Thread from Coats #10 – 100 gms.

Anchor cotton #20  – 20 gms for the tassels

Abbreviations used:

Slip stich – ss

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Skip – sk

This is the chart that I worked from: This pattern is from the internet. I did do my own thing, in that, I hooked in a mesh stitch on either side of the scarf.

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Written Pattern:

As mentioned before, I have used 3 kinds of thread…pearl #5, #10 and #20……it adds to the texture of the finished product…

I first worked with #5…which is a very light thread, building in the middle portion of the scarf…..then I worked #10 on both sides…#10 is not as soft as #5…so it weighs a little on both sides and then when you add the #20 as tassels…the whole project holds the length and shape…There is no need to starch this scarf.

Row1:  For this scarf I hooked in 16×6 = 96 + 8 +8 chains. then 3 chain up

Row 2: 3 dc in same chain as the 3ch up ;* skip 7 ch; 3dc in next  ch; 3ch; 3dc in same ch;* continue with ** until you reach the last  8 chs…. then skip 7 chs  and  4dc in  the last chain

Row 3:  3ch up, 3dc in the same chain; *5 chain, 3dc in  the 3ch loop created by the two 3dc cluster in the first row.; 3chain; 3dc in the same loop*. continue  ** until end of row.

Row 4:  3ch up , 3dc in same chain; *3chain; 1 sc is made gathering the 7 ch of the first and second rows: then 3ch; 3dc in the previous row’s loop 3ch 3dc* continue until end of row.

Now you have created your first diamond Lattice.

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I made 34 rows of diamond Lattice in Pearl #5 then switched to #10 for 10 rows. Cut the yarn, and attached it to the other end of the scarf where I had first begun. So now you are hooking into #5 thread with #10 thread. What you get is a thicker and softer middle portion (the part that goes around your neck.)..and both the ends of the scarf are daintier becos you have hooked it with a #10. I also wanted the zigzag design as the border….I thought it looked more interesting.

I made 54 rows of Diamond Lattices.

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You don’t have to use 3 different types of yarn ….you can make it with the same yarn all over…I just like to play around with textures…:-)

To give the  2 long sides of the scarf a lacy feel I crocheted a mesh stitch along the sides using  Omega from Coats #10 thread.

For the mesh stitch….dc 3ch  dc

Tassels:

I made the tassels with Anchor #20……just t wanted it to look more daintier and delicate…..Here is a very good link that shows you how to make tassels….

http://hubpages.com/hub/Knitting-Hints-How-to-Make-and-Attach-Fringe-Tassels-to-a-Scarf-Shawl-or-Sweater

Well…here we are at and that’s how simple this scarf was to make……Enjoy…and Keep that beautiful smile on always….

Beaded Black Vest

Beaded Black Vest

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Crochet Chronicles:

The sad part about crocheting in black is that it doesn’t photograph very well, unless you have professional lighting. When a dear Friend’s daughter was asked what colour she would like her vest to be in she replied…Black. And as this was my present to her….I wanted her to have what she liked.

I tried using an Anchor cotton#20….but found that it wouldn’t hold shape unless it was starched. But when I tried it in Red Rose Cotton….it worked very well…but I found the swatch dull as ditch water…..

This was clearly a case for those lovely black Japanese tube beads and  black crystal beads. So I called them in and they arrived full of zeal and a great sense of duty to enliven this pretty pineapple patterned vest……:-))!!

Material Used:

Red Rose cotton #10 – 100gms

Hook size 1.5mm

Beads: Japanese tube beads – 64 nos for each motif….to be threaded in before you start crocheting. So 1280 in all .

1 Black Crystal Beads for the centre of each motif. So 20 in all.

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Pattern:

The measurements I used were to fit Shoulders – 36 centimetre; waist – 23 centimetre and the total length  – 50 centimetre.

I had downloaded this pattern a long time ago…..but now have lost the link…..I suggest that you try livenetinternet.

Here is the pattern.

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I made 20 squares.

Decide on where you would like the beads to be. I like things to be understated….esp garments and accessories. So as I mentioned earlier, I used only 64 Japanese cylindrical beads for each square motif and one black crystal bead in the centre of the motif.

The order in which to thread in the beads

First thread in 64 tube beads and then 1 black crystal…so that when you make that first ring you can loop that crystal bead into the centre of the motif first.

 

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When you reach the last row of the second motif …hook in that row while joining it to the first motif. Thus if you need 3rows and 4 columns of motifs for the back…..Keep adding on newer motifs to the already hooked one by using the final row of the motif being worked on as the joining agent.

 

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After joining the motifs, crochet in a border of double crochets all around each of the front pieces and the back portion. This helps define ur work as well as to help it lie down without the edges curling up.

 

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The 2 pics below show the 2 front and 1 back portions of the vest.

 

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Then join the pieces with either  whipping stitch or single crochet stitches.

Once the 3 pieces are joined…..crochet in a border on the free edges….comprising of the edge each of the 2 front pieces along with nape (back) and the bottom edge of all 3 pieces.

The Edging

After working in the dc border slip stitch and finish.

Then Chain 1 up and a sc in the same stitch; *15 chain skip 12 dcs, sc*( Repeat**  until a looped border is made )…Slip stitch.

Then , Chian 1 up, sc in same stitch, *sc into the 15 chain loop, 3 chain picot, sc*(repeat ** in the same loop 4 more times. Repeat this on all the loops. The below picture gives you an idea of how the border is to be done.

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This is a lovely vest…especially if you add beads to it….Those lovely subtle Japanese beads  adds to the look of the vest….A nice finish …for a very special, night out .

 

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Filet Crochet – How to and Patterns

FILET CROCHET

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Filet in French simply means ‘net or a mesh”. So filet crochet is Crochet patterns made in a net or a grid. It  uses just 3 basic stitches like the chain stitch, the double crochet and the single crochet.

Used in as many permutations and combinations as possible, this is reminiscent of cross stitch in that, you can use a graph to create your own designs and patterns.

Here are a few examples of Filet Crochet……..

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Adding Colours to Filet Crochet adds a whole new dimension to your work.

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Here are the symbols of the stitches used in Filet Crochet.

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How to Filet Crochet

Pls note that in this video the demonstrator uses the term treble for double crochet….In UK ……dc is termed as treble….but the stitch used is dc.

This is how a filet crochet grid will look like…when you fill in the grid with dc’s….it is called a block.

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A Photo tutorial on how to create a multitude of patterns using the grid, block and filet bar….

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How to crochet a Filet Bar

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How to read a filet crochet chart

To do filet crochet effectively, you should know how to read a filet crochet chart…the link below has a very effective and detailed description. It also has a whole page full of filet crochet patterns especially for beginners.

http://stylish-crochet.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-read-filet-crochet-chart.html

Important Tips to keep in mind while doing Filet Crochet

1. Filet crochet is best done in mercerised cotton…for e.g…#3,#5, #20, #30,#40 to #100. The patterns made with this kind of crochet is seen better when you use thin thread. Thick yarn usually blurs the overall effect.

2. While  hooking a grid with blocks, remember that the dcs always sit on the dcs of the previous row in a block, but is  always hooked over the chain of the grid space. This gives your work a neat appearance because it covers the chain of the previous row.

3. How to Calculate…How many chains you will need for the foundation row.

Number of squares across the filet crochet chart multiplied by 3, to that add 3 chains more if you are starting with a block and add 5 chains more if you are starting with a space.

# of sqs in chart x 3 + 3 = If you are beginning the grid with a block

# of sqs in chart x 3 + 5 = If you are beginning the grid with a space.

How to create a graph for filet crochet

To create patterns of your own…you can use the link tutorial which can turn almost any photograph into a filet crochet grid for you.

http://theindigophial.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-create-filet-crochet-pattern.html

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FILET CROCHET GRAPHS for Beginners

The net has a vast number of filet crochet charts…I have just used a few here…check Pinterest for a feast of patterns.

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TrebleClef                   NoteEighth                NoteDouble

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More Filet Crochet Pattern Links

Filet Crochet Sayings:

http://www.yarnyokel.com/free_filet_crochet_patterns.html

Filet Crochet Blouse:

I will be adding the link to increase and decrease in filet crochet next week…so do check in here for an update.

As you can see Filet Crochet is as sweet and easy as Apple Pie is to the taste buds…..:-D!!!

 Take your time Learning and More importantly …Enjoy the journey….Loads of Love…..

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How to Read A Crochet Pattern -1

How to read a Crochet Pattern – 1

(Diagram & Written)

One of the most important tools to learning crochet after learning the stitches is to know the symbols and abbreviations representing each stitch.  In lesson 1, where we learnt, the chain stitch…..I had given you a chart showing the symbol of each stitch that we learnt, and in every lesson following, I have shown you the abbreviation of each stitch…I am sharing that here again.

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Crochet Abbreviations:  These are used in written patterns. Almost all vintage patterns are written and it is impt to know these abbreviations if you wish to do some beautiful heritage work. Here is a table of abbreviations:

 

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Annie’s catalog has a very detailed description of how to read a written pattern….here is the link:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/crochet/learntoread.html

How to work this pattern out: This is the diagramtic pattern for a granny square:

 

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As you can see the stitches used here are:

Chain(ch) Double crochet (dc) and slip stitch(ss)

This is how you work this pattern out.

I suggest that  you take a print of the symbol  and abbreviation chart. Holding these charts just next to the diagram…..recognise the symbols shown in the diagram, so reading this particular diagram would be as follows…..

Row 1: Basic knot; chain 4 ; Slip stitch in first stitch a ring is created.(lesson 1)

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Row 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the ring;  *2ch 3dc*(3); 2ch; ss. (*2ch, 3dc*(2)………this means you make 2 chains  and 3dc 2 more times, that is 3 times in all)

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Row 3: Hook in 3 more ss.  3 chains in first chain after dc of previous row. 2dc in 2 chain,loop; 2ch; 3dc in 2ch loop.

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1 ch.; *3dc in 2 ch loop 2 ch 3dc in same 2ch loop 1ch* (2); ss   Hook in 3 more ss in the next 2dc and first ch of the previous row.

Chain 3 from the ss in the first ch of the previous row. 2dc in 2 chain loop; 2ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop. *3dc in 2ch loop; 2 ch; 3dc in the same chain loop;  1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop* (2).  

 

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There……. now, your Granny square is ready.

Use the abbreviation chart to understand the abbr. that I have used here.

Keep searching through  the internet for patterns with diagrams and written patterns and practice them with the skills you have gained here…..soon you will be able to read crochet with ease….and then who dares to stop you?…:-D!!!!

Basic Crochet Lessons- 2 – sc,hdc,dc

Basic Crochet Lessons – 2

Single Crochet(sc); Half Double Crochet(hdc); Double Crochet(dc)

In my last post,  we did the first three stitches that is the Basic Knot, Chain and slip stitch.

Here is the link to our first lesson,

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/beginners-guide-to-basic-knot-ch-and-ss-1/

So now we move on to the next three stitches…..Single Crochet(sc); Half Double Crochet(hdc); Double Crochet(dc)

How to make a Single Crochet(sc):

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1. Hook a string of chain stitches. This is your foundation row. It is on this you will crochet ur single crochet stitches(sc).

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2. Push the hook into the second chain from the hook.  You now have 2 loops on the hook

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3. Yarn Over(yo)

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4. Pull the yarn through both the loops…to get just one loop on the hook.

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How to make a single crochet video tutorial

 Voila…Single Crochet(sc)

And to practice your single crochet, check out this link…..patterns using sc.

http://crochet.about.com/od/freecrochetpatterns/tp/single-crochet-patterns.htm

How to Make a Half Double Crochet(hdc):

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1. Make a string of chain stitches as you did for the sc.

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2.Yarn Over(yo)

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3. Push the hook into the 3rd chain from hook.

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4.Yarn Over(yo)

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5. Pull the Yarn through all the 3 loops.

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6. There you have it half double crochet.

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Patterns using Half Double Crochet…..

A Wash Cloth

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L30182.html?noImages=

A Draw String Bag

http://www.moms-crochet.com/crochet-purse.html

A Beanie

http://www.oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/02/free-half-double-crochet-beanie-hat.html?utm_source=Last+Week+at+Oombawka+Design&utm_campaign=bd2fa30481-Newsletter8_4_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65193f3862-bd2fa30481-84074413

How to Make Double Crochet(dc):

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1. Make a string of chain stitches to form a foundation row. Yarn Over(yo).

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2. Now you have 2 loops on the hook. Push the hook into the 4th chain from hook.Now you have 3 loops on the hook. 

Yarn Over(yo)

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5. Pull the yarn through 2 loops….Again….now you  have 2 loops on the hook.

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6. Yarn Over(yo)

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7. Pull the yarn through both the loops and u r now left with just one loop on the hook.

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Abracadabra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Double Crochet is all done.

Practice Patterns for Double Crochet

A Scarf

Dish Cloth

http://bubblegirlknitandcrochet.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/dishcloth-pattern/

Beanie

http://www.oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/04/simple-double-crochet-hat.html

There we are….three more stitches done. Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did….See all of you when I come back with the 3rd schedule of the series Basic Crochet Lessons.

Let Peace and Love Prevail….but that does’t mean you have to roll over and let others trample all over you….;-))