Many, many projects!!

I know, I know I’ve been lax again in updating… but I have an excuse!! A good one I promise!! I even have a picture!

I’ve mentioned in my videos that I’ve been working on the hyperbolic reef at my local art gallery with a bunch of other crochet and knitters and there are some really amazing and talented ppl!! We’ve got a lot of sitting pieces but we need a few hanging pieces so I’ve been trying to come up with something… which has been…. lets say fun ­čÖé

I’m currently working on 2 pieces at the moment both with mixed media – one is with cassette tapes and yarn and the other is with plarn (plastic bag yarn) cassette tapes and possibly yarn. the other is shaped like a really odd shaped witch or wizards hat bent, leaning to the side and 60cm (2ft) tall.

Coral piece, with Christmas card collage in background.
Coral piece, with Christmas card collage in background.

And another piece that is worked in 3 pieces. The main stem is a cardboard roll wrapped with the fury yarn (can’t remember name or brand of yarn).

3 piece standing coral.
3 piece standing coral.

I’m currently working on a hanging piece that kind of reminds me of a jelly fish and a sort of odd shaped hollow tube (kind of like a hollow log). I don’t have any photos of those at the moment but will take some shortly when I’ve got some more structure to them and more of an idea of what I want them to look like.



Since I meant to post this 2 days ago but got side tracked by trying to finish my coral thingy I’ll finish the post here even though it feels only half finished… I can always add updates soon.


ALSO

I have found some really awesome free patterns that I am able to share with you – they are in the public domain, that will be another video and post though, so I will give you the link then. The patterns are in US terms though so I will have a link to the pdf of translated to AUST/UK/EU terms. When I put up the patterns – I’ve been looking at making some Snoods – really cool vintage hair holder upperas, sort of a beanie/hairnet but cooler and prettier. It’s the end of summer where I am so I’m surprised I haven’t made any before now.

Check them out on google for a better look and idea. ­čÖé

I’m going to leave my post half finished here and sing off with my usual –

Up, up and CROCHET!!

Stay well everyone ­čÖé

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The Half Treble Crochet with Increases and Decreases

While I’ve got a little spare time… (spare time – whats that? you say) I’ll actually do a post on the Half Treble crochet (HTrc)

I said in the video that the HTrc is a great stitch to have in your stitch library and it really is! If your working on a beanie it works up really quick. The HTrc not only works up quick but it also has a little stretch in the fabric that is still warm but is still breathable for a summer slouchy beanie. I use the HTrc for simple winter headbands alot – it also makes a great band on a loose beanie/hat to keep long hair out of the way.

No pictures of the HTrc in projects atm – except in the video (I forget to take pic of projects before I give them away)

I’ll put in the youtube link again ┬áand also another pictorial below that.

Youtube –┬áhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doybb2HKYSg

Here are some links to some of my other places –

Google+ – Crochet connections – https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110985596557714123071/110985596557714123071/about┬á(there are some really cool crochet communities)

Instagramhttp://instagram.com/crochet_connections

Ravelryhttp://www.ravelry.com/people/CrochetConnection┬á(I don’t currently have anything up atm – I’m still waiting for patterns to be edited)

Onto the Pictorial-

Making a Half Treble crochet (abbreviated HTrc)
The half treble crochet comes halfway between a Double crochet and a Treble crochet in height.

Pictures are above the written instructions.

Make a foundation chain one chain more than the number of half double crochet stitches called for. Skip first 2 chain stitches (will count as the turning chain). Yarn over hook once, insert hook from front to back in the center of the third chain from the hook.

Yarn over, draw the yarn through the chain (3 loops on hook).

Yarn over, draw through 3 loops on hook (one half double crochet complete).

Yarn over, insert hook in the center of next chain, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook. Repeat across to end of foundation chain.

To begin the second row, turn your work. Chain two for the turning chain.

Skip the first half treble crochet below the turning chain. Yarn over, insert hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the next half treble crochet in the row below, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook (first half treble crochet complete). Repeat this step in each half treble crochet across and in the top of the turning chain at the end of the row.

DISCLAIMER – ** These instructions have been edited from US terms from the Lion Brand Learning Center webpage **

I did have all the stitches explained as above in Aust/UK./Eu terms but somehow lost the file

I hope to be filming the Treble crochet stitch video soon, am trying to find a few of my previous projects as examples for the video… think I’ve given most of them away ­čÖé

So until the next video …

Up, up, and CROCHET!!

Stay well everyone.

Just a quick update.

I just managed to upload the how to Half Treble Crochet with increase and decrease video

This is the youtube link –

http://youtu.be/doybb2HKYSg

I hope to start work on the Treble crochet video soon – I also hope to start on individual videos for the increase and decrease videos as well as individual stitches so the videos don’t run so long. We will just have to see.

Ok thats me signing off for now got a few stressful things going on atm so …

Up, up, up and CROCHET!

Stay well everyone.

The Double crochet stitch

I finally uploaded my video to youtube on the Double crochet stitch the other day and have been a little slack in updating …

When I want to learn a new stitch I try to learn all I can in one go then go back over everything so that’s what I’ve tried to do in my video, in the description box you can look to see where the times for the certain stitches are – I put in how to do the Dc – (Double crochet) into your beginning chain, how to turn your chain, working back along your first row then finding and working in your last stitch. I then show you how to do a Dc inc (Double crochet increase) and and Dc dec (Double crochet decrease). As we move through the video we will I show you how to increase and decrease in more pointed shapes my example being the letter N on the beanie in the intro of the video.

The letter N used as an example on pointed increase and decrease with double crochet
The Nixon Beanie – The letter N used as an example on pointed increase and decrease with double crochet

So here is the link for the video –┬áhttp://youtu.be/7WBG2OY9bZA

I’m going to put in the written instructions on how to make the Dc stitch – just the stitch, not the turning, increases or decreases – that’s just beyond my descriptive skills. lol

I actually found written instructions online so that was easier.

The Double crochet – (starting from a chain)

Single Crochet Step 1

Make a foundation chain one chain more than the number of double crochet stitches called for.

Insert hook from front to back in the center of the second chain from the hook (2 loops on hook).

Single Crochet Step 2

Wrap the yarn, from back to front, around the hook (this is called yarn over and is abbreviated yo), draw the yarn through the chain (2 loops on hook).

Yarn over once again. Draw through 2 loops on hook (one double crochet complete).

Single Crochet Step 3

Insert hook in the center of next chain, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook.

Single Crochet

Repeat across to end of foundation chain. To begin the second row, turn your work. Chain one for the turning chain (does not count as a stitch). Insert hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first double crochet in the row below, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook (first double crochet complete). Repeat this step in each double crochet across.

These instructions are from the lion brand website but were in Us terms and I had to change the terms so I may have missed something, so sorry about that if I have.

If I’ve missed anything I’ll leave it in the reply/comments below – my brain hasn’t exactly been operating at optimal performance recently.

Once again, until next time

Up, up and CROCHET!!

Viedos, uploads and slackness

Okay so the last few days haven’t exactly been great ones for me technology wise – every time I’d try and film the next learn to/ how to video the fire alarm in the building next door would go off, or a car alarm in the caravan park near by then my camera battery …

And to top it off when my battery started playing up it wasn’t saving my videos properly so they wouldn’t play on the computer OR the camera – Whats up with that!!

So I decided each time that I could have done that part a little better and blabbed a little too much there ect so I managed to cut back all that and learn for the next video. The last time I filmed I though “I got it!!” then loaded it up on the computer and all the videos worked YAY!!

So I started on the editing got about halfway through the 2nd video and my computer shuts down! And you guessed it I lost EVERYTHING! So this is like over 4 days and I was about ready to give up. I just turned on my computer reloaded the files into the editing program then went and had a nap!!

So I came back a few hours later and set to it and am just finishing up doing the subtitles! got a few bits and pieces to cut out then the huge amount of hours it takes to save and upload to youtube.

So I’m guessing another 2 or so days before I manage to get the video up then I’m going to start writing up the pattern for Initialed beanie in the video – I haven’t forgotten about the granny square bag its just a bit of a task for me to write up and I’ll have to get a friend to proof it for me *sighs* making a mountain out of a smallish molehill…

You can check out the pic of the Beanie in the video in my Instagram pictures its the blue one with the ‘N’ ┬á­čÖé

Its worked mostly in Half Treble Crochet with some Double Crochet and a small half puff stitch. Which I will explain in a later post.

I haven’t figured out how to post attachments to this site – or if I can so after I’ve written up the pattern I’ll add the the Ravely link where you will be able to download it for free. I’m calling it The Nixon Beanie.

And thats about it ­čÖé

Once again I’m sticking with my usual parting

Up, up and CROCHET!!

Introduction & learning to crochet video is UP!!

Wooooooohhhhhhhhoooooooooo

My first official video is up!

I’m aware that there are videos that have a more professional feel to them but I think I get my point across …

That and I remember from when I was learning that I had to watch videos a hundred times over to get the drift of the videos.

So I may be a bit long-winded in the beginning but I’m learning to cut down on the chattering ­čśÇ

So the not very long-awaited link is……

http://youtu.be/OdIPReMOihM

I’m a bit nervous about posting the video as I’ve only made a few videos for friends so I hope I will get some nice comments and if there is criticism that its constructive in a nice positive way.

Well I hope everyone had a good day so its time for me to say …

Up, Up and CROCHET!!

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Intro to Crochet

Well I just finished filming a video on an intro to crochet with some history – not much history ­čÖé some info on a good yarn to start with, matching your hook, the basic stitches and how to do the slip knot and chain to being your crochet project!

I’m loading the video on the computer at the moment but I didn’t realize just how much I talk! It was a case of Oh my goodness… I guess I’m going to have fun editing out useless info ­čÖé

Well it looks like the video has finished loading so I better get to it!!

I’ll let you all know when the video is posted!

Constructive criticism is welcome to help me improve my teaching skills! Please be nice about it though.

I’m still sticking with my not very witty parting line –

Up, up and CROCHET!!