Thursday, 11 September 2014

How to crochet the basic stitches and make hearts with Little Hearts Matter

This Autumn, we have teamed up with Little Hearts Matter, a charity that helps support families affected by congenital heart conditions, as this October they invite everyone to help them raise awareness and much needed funds by making, baking and of course crocheting handmade hearts!

To find out how you can get involved, you can visit their website here: http://www.lhm.org.uk

So today I am going to show those who are new to crochet, how to crochet! and not only that, I will be sharing some heart crochet patterns for you to try your new skills on.

Crocheting is a wonderful skill to learn, especially if you have always wanted to be able to knit but you found that keeping all those stitches under control was just too fiddly and time consuming. Well, crochet is a wonderful alternative as you only have to work with one stitch at a time and projects work up really quickly.

So let’s get started…

When learning to crochet many people try to teach you how to hold the yarn and your hook in a certain way but it is not important how you hold the hook or yarn, you just need to do what is comfortable for you. The only thing you need to get used to is holding the tension in your yarn but you will find this comes naturally as you get used to crocheting.

1. Slip Knot

The first thing to learn in crochet is the slip knot, which comes at the beginning of every crochet project. To work a slip knot, simply wrap the yarn around a couple of fingers once and end them over-lapping on top of your fingers, now take your hook and put your hook underneath the first loop of yarn and then grab the second loop with your hook, pull the yarn underneath the first loop and then let go and pull your tail end of your yarn to tighten the slip knot onto your hook.

Slip Knot Video Tutorial


2. Chain Stitch




The next step is to create some length to your project whether you are working in the round or in rows. The basic beginning stitch is the simple Chain Stitch known in abbreviation as ‘ch’. To work a chain stitch, just wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through the loop on your hook. This completes one chain stitch. Just repeat this until you have the desired amount of chain stitches you require for the pattern.

After you have finished chaining you will either ‘Slip Stitch’ into your first chain to form a loop when working in the round or you will crochet back into your chains when working in rows. For our simple heart pattern you need to crochet 4 chain stitches then slip stitch into your first chain to form a loop, so let’s show you the Slip Stitch next.

Chain Stitch Video Tutorial


3. Slip Stitch





To crochet the Slip Stitch, known as ‘ss’ or ‘sl st’ in abbreviations, simply put your hook into the second chain from your hook if working your first row (we don’t count the loop on the hook as a stitch) and wrap the yarn around your hook, pull the yarn through the chain and the loop on your hook. This completes one Slip Stitch.

It doesn't matter how you put your hook through the chain. Some people prefer to put it under one loop of yarn, some people prefer to put it under two loops and some people prefer to put it through the back ‘bar’ (not seen in our illustrations). It is about what works best for you. I prefer to put it under one loop as seen in the illustration.

For the simple heart pattern you need to slip stitch into your first chain to form a loop, joined at the beginning and at the end as seen in the last illustration above. In the middle is a hole as expected. It is into this hole you need to work the stitches to make the heart pattern but I will show the next stitch size up from the slip stitch first.

Slip Stitch Video Tutorial


4. Single Crochet





The next stitch up from the Slip Stitch is the Single Crochet stitch (sc). This is in US terminology, which is the most popular terminology for crochet on the internet. In UK terminology, if you are buying patterns in UK shops for example, the Single Crochet is known as the Double Crochet (dc) but be warned! There is also a double crochet stitch in US terminology, so make sure you know what terminology your pattern is in before starting your project. Our simple heart pattern below and all our patterns are in US terminology unless otherwise stated.

To make the Single Crochet stitch, you put your hook into the second chain from hook if working your first row (or in our case the hole we have created with our chained loops). Then wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through, you now have two loops on your hook. Now wrap the yarn around your hook again and pull through both loops to complete a Single Crochet stitch.

Single Crochet Video Tutorial


5. Half Double Crochet





The next stitch size up is the Half Double Crochet (hdc). In UK terminology this stitch is known as the Half Treble Crochet (htr). To work the Half Double Crochet stitch wrap the yarn around your hook before working the stitch, this gives you two loops on your hook. Put your hook into the third chain from hook if working your first row then wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through, this gives you three loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook again and pull through all three loops on your hook to complete a Half Double Crochet stitch.

Half Double Crochet Tutorial


6. Double Crochet





The next stitch size up is the Double Crochet (dc). In UK terminology this stitch is known as a Treble Crochet (tr). To work the Double Crochet stitch wrap the yarn around your hook before working the stitch, this gives you two loops on your hook. Put your hook into the fourth chain from hook if working your first row then wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through, this gives you three loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through the first two loops, you now have two loops on your hook, wrap the yarn around your hook again and pull through both remaining loops to complete a Double Crochet stitch.

Double Crochet Tutorial


7. Treble Crochet





The next stitch size up is the Treble Crochet (tr). In UK terminology this stitch is known as a Double Treble Crochet (dtr). To work the Treble Crochet stitch wrap the yarn around your hook twice before working the stitch, this gives you three loops on your hook. Put your hook into the fifth chain from hook if working your first row then wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through, this gives you four loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through the first two loops; you now have three loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook again and pull through the next two loops, you now have two loops remaining on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook again and pull through both remaining loops to complete a Treble Crochet stitch.

Treble Crochet Tutorial


8. Heart Pattern

So once you are happy practicing these stitches then let’s move on to our Simple Heart crochet pattern which uses all these stitches except the half double crochet. Like I said before, to start the heart you need to crochet 4 chains and slip stitch into your first chain to form a loop, and then work the relevant stitches into the centre of that loop.



Stitch Abbreviation Guide

ch = chain
sl St = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet

Pattern is in US terminology.

Step 1
Ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop

Step 2
Crochet 5sc into loop, sl st in 1st sc to join round - (5)

Step 3
Ch3 (count as st), 1dc in same st as chs (the one you sl st into earlier), 2dc in next st, [4tr, 1sl st] in next st, 4tr in next st, 2dc in next st, 1dc in 'fake' last st (I say fake because this stitch is not actually a stitch, you would normally just sl st into the top of your chains to join the round but I want you to add an extra dc here), now sl st in top of 3ch to join - (16) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Tip* When crocheting a stitch it helps to twist the hook downwards to get through the loops and then twist back up when through.

So simple yet so cute! I hope you like it too. Why not make lots of heart and use them as confetti on a table for a romantic meal, or perhaps make them into earrings, or just make them for fun. Whatever you decide to do I hope you enjoy your crocheting journey, and remember! it doesn’t have to be perfect first time, everything comes with practice. If you’re feeling confident in your stitches then you may like to check out some of our other heart crochet patterns here as well.

Crochet Bunting Video Tutorial


Crocheted Padded Heart
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/crochet-love-heart-free-pattern.html

Crochet Heart Bracelet
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/quick-and-simple-crochet-heart-bracelet.html

For more FREE crochet patterns and tutorials you can visit our website at www.happyberry.co.uk or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Why not share your projects with us on Twitter at @HappyBerryUK and use the hashtag #handmadehearts

For more information about how you can get involved in Handmade Hearts October at Little Hearts Matter email info@lhm.org.uk

Sunday, 3 August 2014

How To Crochet Cowboy Baby Boots - Yarn Scrap Friday

I have actually been asked quite a few times already for this written pattern, even to purchase it but no-one pays for my Yarn Scrap Friday patterns as my reward is the love of sharing my creations! (^-^)

So as some of you have noticed I've been trying to get on top of my written patterns for my Yarn Scrap crochet video tutorials over the last few days so I can get this written pattern to you guys sooner rather than later. So at last I share the written crochet pattern for my Little Cowboy/Girl Baby Boots.

You can watch the video tutorial here:



All you need is;

- Chunky/Bulky weight yarn (yarn weight 5)
- 5.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle and scissors

Please note* I cannot give advice, without much work involved, for different sizes or what to do if you use a different hook or yarn weight, thank you.

For ages 0-6 months to fit up to 10cm

Boot (make twice)

Row 1
Ch11, 2hdc in 2nd st from hook, 1hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc in last st - (12)

Row 2
Work back into the same chains again with 2hdc in 1st ch, 1hdc in next 8 chs, 2hdc in last ch - (24 total sts from rows 1 and 2)

Round 3 (you are now working in the round)
1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 4 sts, 1hdc in next 5 sts, 3hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 3hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 5 sts, 1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in last st - (30)

Round 4
1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 10 sts, 1hdc in next st, 3hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 3hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next 10 sts, 2sc in last st - (36) sl st in next 2 sts

Round 5
Ch2 (count as st), in front loops only crochet 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join - (36)

Round 6
Ch2, 1dc in next 10 sts, dc2tog twice, tr2tog four times, dc2tog twice, 1dc in next 9 sts, sl st in top of ch2 to join - (28)

Round 7
Ch2, 1dc in next 9 sts, dc2tog twice, tr3tog, dc2tog twice, 1dc in next 7 sts, sl st in top of ch2 to join - (22)

Round 8
Ch2, 1dc in next 9 sts, dc2tog twice, 1dc in next 8 sts, sl st in top of ch2 to join - (20)

Rounds 9 - 10
Ch2, 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join - (20)

Round 11
Ch1, TURN, 1sc in next st, [1hdc, 1dc] in next st, 2dc in next 2 sts, [1dc, 1hdc] in next st, 1sc in next st, sl st in next 4 sts, 1sc in next st, [1hdc, 1dc] in next st, 2dc in next 2 sts, [1dc, 1hdc] in next st, 1sc in next st, sl st in next 3 sts, sl st in ch1 to join - (28) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Star (make twice)

Round 1
Using the same thickness of yarn as your boot, crochet 5sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

Alternatively you can ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, crochet 5sc into loop, sl st in 1st sc to join

Round 2
*Ch2, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, sl st in next st on main circle* repeat from * to * until end and you have 5 points, fasten off and use remaining yarn to sew onto boot.

And now you're done! Any questions or for more free patterns join on my various social media channels.

    

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