Monday, July 18, 2016

Learn to Crochet These Pokemon Go Themed Gloves with Tampa Bay Crochet on Skillshare.

Tampa Bay Crochet on Skillshare


My latest gig:

 
I am very excited to announce that I have been offered an online teaching position at Skillshare.com.  Skillshare is an online education site that offers courses available in a variety of topics. I received an e-mail from a recruiter at the beginning of the month stating that they are trying to incorporate more arts and crafts courses into their online catalog. The recruiter said she had seen my work and was wondering if I would like to teach an online crochet course.  Of course, I jumped at the chance.

I have been taking two online courses offered for Skillshare teachers in preparation of filming my first class.  I have just recently finished my coursework and will be filming my class this coming week.  I am very excited about this opportunity.  I will also be offering my course, free of charge, to the first twenty people who register.  So, make sure to keep checking back for updates.

 

 About my first class:


My first course will an introduction to crocheting in the round. During this course we will be crocheting the Pokemon themed, fingerless gloves shown above.  With the recent release and success of Pokemon Go, I decided that a Pokemon themed project would be a great way to start off my crocheting coursework. This class will be suitable for beginners, as well as advanced crocheters.  The course is broken down into several small segments in which I will show you how to perform each stitch as you crochet the gloves along with me.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity.  Once my first course is complete, I hope that you will help me share my work with others who may be interested in learning to crochet.  I look forward filming many classes in the future.  

If you have a suggestion for a future class or a project you would like to see, please feel free to leave it in the comment section below. 

 As always, thank you for your support!  


 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Latest Crochet Creation: Harry Potter Themed Tissue Box and Hedwig the Owl Toilet Paper Roll Cozy

Latest Crochet Creation:  Harry Potter Themed Tissue Box and Hedwig Toilet Paper Roll Cozy


I am a self diagnosed Harry Potter addict.  Whenever I see a Harry Potter item, I can't help myself.  I own what should be an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter themed t-shirts, figurines...etc. 

While I was crocheting a Disney themed cozy set, I realized I had never crocheted a Harry Potter themed project.  I decided to make a Harry Potter tissue box cozy and who better to accompany him than Hedwig.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/462979913/harry-potter-and-hedwig-the-owl-themed?ref=shop_home_active_1

This Harry Potter tissue box and Hedwig the owl toilet paper roll cozy are now available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Purchase This Set

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern Release: Newborn Boutique Baby Flower Hat

Free Crochet Pattern Release:  Newborn Boutique Baby Flower Hat



By
Tampa Bay Crochet

Materials:
· DK weight yarn (For this pattern I used Bernat Softee Baby Yarn.)
· Size G crochet hook (4.25mm)
· White worsted weight yarn (flower accent).
· Optional: crochet thread or decorative button for the center of the flower.
· Yarn needle.




Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain stitch
Sc = Single crochet
Hdc = Half double crochet
Dc = Double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
FPHDC = front post double crochet
BPHDC = back post double crochet



Special stitches:
Double crochet criss cross:  Skip the next stitch and dc in the following stitch.  Cross over the front of your dc and crochet a dc in the stitch you just skipped.


Front post half double crochet (FPHDC):  Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second half double crochet of the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches. Complete the half double crochet as normal.


Back post half double crochet (BPHDC):  Yarn over and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second half double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches.  Complete the half double crochet as usual.



Pattern:
To begin, with your baby yarn and size G crochet hook, ch 2.
Round 1:  Nine sc stitches in the second ch from hook.  Sl st to the top of the first sc to join the round. (9 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, 2 hdc in next stitch and each stitch around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (18 sts).
Round 3:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, *1 hdc into the next stitch, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (27 sts)
Round 4:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, * 1 hdc into the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (36 sts)
Round 5:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, *1 hdc into the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (45 sts)
Round 6:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, *1 hdc into the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (54 sts)

 


 

Rounds 7-12 will be worked using the double crochet criss cross stitch.

Round 7-12:  Ch 3, Wrap the yarn around the hook once and insert the hook into the last hdc of the previous round, yarn over and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining loops (Your first double crochet criss cross has been made).  *Skip the next stitch and dc in the following stitch.  Cross over the front of your dc and crochet a dc in the stitch you just skipped*  Repeat this around.  Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3 to join the round. (27 dc criss crosses made).




Round 13: Ch 2, hdc in the next st and in each st around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round.
Round 14:  Ch 2, *FPHDC around the next stitch from the previous round, BPHDC in the following stitch from the previous round* Continue repeating the FPHDC and BPHDC.  Sl st to top of beginning ch 2 to complete the round.  Tie off yarn and sew in the tail.



Flower:

Layer 1:
This flower is crocheted in two, separate layers and then sewn together onto the hat.
Using size G crochet hook and white yarn ch 5 and sl st to form a ring..
Round 1: Ch 1, *sc and then ch 3* 5 times in the loop, join with sl st to beginning ch to join the round.
Round 2: Ch 1, *sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, s*) in each ch 3 space from previous round.  Join with sl st to beginning ch to join the round. Five petals made.  Tie off yarn leaving a 12” tail.



Layer 2:
Round 1:  Ch 3, 11 hdc into the 3rd ch from the hook. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3 to join the round. (12 hdc)
Round 2:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in following st and each st around. Sl st to top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round.  (24 hdc)
Round 3:  Ch 7 (counts as 1st sc + ch 6), skip two stitches as sc in the next stitch.  *Ch 6, skip two stitches and sc in the following st.* repeat from * to * around. Sl st to first ch to join the round. (8 chain spaces made).
Round 4:  Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch 6 space from the previous round. Sl st to beginning ch 1 to join the round.  Tie off and weave in loose end. 





Assembly:
Place the first flower layer on top of the second layer. Place both layers on the hat in your desired location.  Using the 12” tail from the first round, sew both layers of the flower onto the hat. 
*Optional Accent:  A decorative button or crochet button can be used in the center of the flower as an accent.  Be careful of buttons as they may cause a choking hazard.
To crochet a button:
Round 1: Take your size G crochet hook and crochet thread. Ch 3, 11 hdc into the third ch from
the hook.  Sl st to top of the beginning chain to join the round.
Round 2: Ch 1, sl st in next stitch and each stitch around.  Join with a sl st to top of the
beginning ch 1.  Tie off leaving a 6” tail.
Use the tail to sew the crochet button to the center of the flower.  Tie off yarn and weave in all
loose ends.






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