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+ – Crochet connections – https://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 🙂

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!!

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 😀

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!!

😀

Intro to Crochet

Well I just finished filming a video on an intro to crochet with some history – not much history 🙂 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 🙂

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!!