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 ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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

Up, up and CROCHET!!

Stay well everyone ūüôā

The Treble Crochet!!

Wooohoooo I finally got the Treble Crochet video up!!

It‚Äôs been a stressful week! So stressful that I didn’t even have the energy to make it to my Crochet get-to-gether with some friends I’ve made while working on our local Hyperbolic reef project for our local art gallery!! Now THAT’S saying something!!

I have a lot to get into this post so I won‚Äôt blather on any more … (do I ever stop blathering??)

So in this video I cover how to make the Treble crochet stitch (Trc/TRC) how to increase and decrease as well as examples of how to use these stitches.

Youtubehttp://youtu.be/XhImT0g_OAQ

In this video I show you examples of increases – as we’ve already learned that an increase is just 2 stitches or more in the same space. I show you an example of a Chevron pattern – such a great pattern and can be used with almost any stitch

A basic chevron stitch pattern with chart and swatch.
A basic chevron stitch pattern with chart and swatch.

The next example is the yellow Flower – I call it the wrap rose but you can find variations of this all over YouTube and the internet from yarn brands websites to personal blogs … I remember seeing my Nanna making many things (including this flower) that I see all over the internet these days and its tricky because I think my Nanna used to make that, then I see a blog with someone saying ‘this is my design’ ¬†which I have no doubt they created it… just 20 or so years after my Nanna was making it or I’ll sit and work on making an object and think there got it!! Then see an almost exactly the same pattern and think well I can’t post it cos it‚Äôs almost copy write infringement…

Any who the wrap rose as I call it is really simple this is the pattern for a small flower and you can increase the starting ch by 4 to add 1 additional petal. I’ve made these flowers with 30 and 40 petals.The turn out large and flat, good for brooches and large hair accessories.

The Wrap Rose

The Wrap Rose, a collage of pictures.
The Wrap Rose, a collage of pictures.

Foundation ch in multiples of 4 plus 1 so for each petal you want chain 4 chain stitches then at the end chain 1 extra chain stitch. You can work the standard wrap rose or my version, the only difference is in the 1st row, and my version is in blue, for this example we are going to make a chain of 29 for 7 petals Р7 x 4 = 28, 28 + 1 =29

Row 1 make 1 Dc in the 2nd ch from your hook and every ch to the end of your foundation Ch. turn your work

Alt row 1 –¬†Divide you chain in approx. 3 parts in the first 3rd work Dc’s in the 2nd part work HTrc’s and in the last part work Trc’s (should work out to be 10Trc, 9HTrc , 9dc or in reverse.)

Row 2¬†Ch1 (counts as 1st Dc) Sk1 stitch, into the next stitch (3rd st from the end of row) work an increase of 5Trc’s into the st, Sk1 stitch. * 1Dc in next st, sk1, 5Trc Inc, sk1. Repeat from *across to end of row.

Now you just how to roll/fold your flower (as seen in video). If you chain too many in the beginning chain you can use that when you roll your flower so it looks like a little bud or just fold it down and hide it.

When you fold up your flower you will notice that you have a right side and wrong side (See picture below) try rolling your flower on the opposite sides for different looks.

Right side up top, wrong side on bottom with crochet hook.
Right side up top, wrong side on bottom with crochet hook.

Make sure you leave a decent tail length to use to sew the base of the flower together so it doesn’t un-ravel.

The next example that is shown and more info is give at the end of the video is the crochet baby cardigan. It‚Äôs called the¬†Crochet Baby Set, No. 106¬†yep that’s what it‚Äôs called. I called it the ripple/chevron cardigan. The web site is¬†http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/¬†There are some really cool patterns (and they have all passed into the public domain) the only thing is they are in US terms so if you want one of the patterns let me know and I‚Äôll have go at translating it if you give me enough warning time. I already have the Ripple cardi translated to Au/Uk/Eu terms leave me a comment or email me at¬†crochetconnections@gmail.com¬†with Ripple baby cardigan in the subject line please also know that I will send you the file in a pdf format unless you request otherwise. Please give me a few days to reply to emails.

Here is a collage of 3 examples of the same chevron/ripple baby cardi (crochet baby set number 106)

Crochet baby set 106,  Cream and Pink, Cream and blue.
Crochet baby set 106,
Cream and Pink, Cream and blue.
Crochet baby set 106, Purple, Bright/fluro pink, Lime green, Bright light blue. Reversible due to how pattern works up.
Crochet baby set 106,
Purple, Bright/fluro pink, Lime green, Bright light blue. Reversible due to how pattern works up.

Chevron

Ok moving on to the chevron pattern/stitch

It’s not really a stitch – it’s a pattern but I call it a stitch or a stitch pattern but here’s a ¬†couple of pictures.

Chevron-ripple collage
On the left a chevron Ripple and on the right chevron waves.
A very cool example of how to use the chevron pattern.
A very cool example of how to use the chevron pattern.

This post is meant to be about the Treble crochet… so far not so much… well I’m going to out in the pictorial on how to do the Treble now

Making a Treble crochet (abbreviated Trc) 

(Pictures are above the instructions)

The treble crochet is about twice the height of a double crochet. It is a very popular stitch producing a looser fabric than double crochet. Make foundation chain 2 chains more than the number of double crochet stitches called for. Skip first 3 chain stitches (will count as the turning chain).

Yarn over hook once, insert hook from front to back in the center of the fourth chain from the hook.

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

Yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook (2 loops remain on hook).

Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (one treble crochet complete).

Yarn over, insert hook in the center of next chain, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook. Repeat across to end of foundation chain.

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

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

** DISCLAIMER ** Рthis is edited from US terms to Aust/UK/EU terms from  the lion brand learning center web page.

Ok so I think I’ve covered just about every thing… I hope I got it all. Please excuse any spelling and grammar mistakes – I have run it through spelling and grammar check but its not always accurate ūüôā

Until next time

Up, up and CROCHET!!

Stay safe everyone ūüôā

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 ¬†and also another pictorial below that.

Youtube –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doybb2HKYSg

Here are some links to some of my other places –

Google+ РCrochet connections Рhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110985596557714123071/110985596557714123071/about (there are some really cool crochet communities)

Instagramhttp://instagram.com/crochet_connections

Ravelryhttp://www.ravelry.com/people/CrochetConnection¬†(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 ūüôā

So until the next video …

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 –¬†http://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!!

Welcome to Crochet Connections

Welcome

This is the blog that will run along side the youtube account for Crochet Connections so if you have any detailed questions this is the place to ask!

My aim is to provide easy to follow videos with simple instructions using Eu/Au crochet terms as I’ve noticed that there are alot of blog on the internet that cater to US terms but not so much Eu/Au.

I hope to be bale to find new and interesting patterns to make videos and pictorial tutorials on.

I have a talent for crochet – not so much for words … I try to explain things as I would physically do them – sounds silly me saying it but if you have ever tried to read a crochet pattern and given up because it simply wasn’t clear enough? That’s where I come in and try and simplify it.

This will be a learning experience for both you and me as I learn how to best use my video editing software and get the best out of my camera.

So stick with me and hopefully this wont be too much of a bumpy ride.