Showing posts with label video tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video tutorial. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Stevie Bird Video Tutorial


One of my most popular patterns is my sweet little Stevie Bird. The original written pattern can be found here.



Isn't she cute?



I love her!

She is so quick to make and happily sits on a shelf being cute, or having a stack of pins shoved in her head!


I have just finished making a video tutorial showing you how to make her. And it's available now!

I have made the video two ways. You can choose to watch the tutorial all in one big hit with the complete video. It's just under 2 hours long.


For those of you who like to watch shorter vids because of internet speed or ADHD, I have also uploaded the tutorial in 3 separate videos: Part 1: The Body, Part 2: The head, back & tail and Part 3: the wings!




Just for fun, if you do watch the tutorials, I have popped in an occasional stop motion animation, so look out for those!

If you do make a sweet little Stevie Bird, I would LOVE to see your finished birdies! So feel free to post a photo on my Facie page, tag me on Instagram (@red.haired.amazona.crochets) or email me balibelibear@gmail.com

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

How to Invisible Decrease in Crochet


Have you ever come across this in a pattern: invdec?

It means "invisible decrease".  It's a clever way of decreasing in a row that's a little less noticeable than when you single crochet 2 together (also known as "sc2tog") to decrease.

I've whipped up a quick little video tutorial that shows you how to do this stitch.

I've also got a few photos below if you can't be stuffed watching the vid.



Step 1:

To start your invisible decrease, first insert your hook into the FRONT LOOP ONLY of the next stitch.  Now you'll have 2 loops on the hook.


Step 2:

Then also insert your hook into the FRONT LOOP ONLY of the NEXT stitch along.

The original loop, plus the 2 front loops on the hook as seen from the front.

The view from the top of the front loops from 2 stitches on the hook.

Step 3:

Yarn over.  Then pull through the 2 front loops leaving 2 loops left on the hook.

Yarn over....
Then pull through both of those 2 front loops.

Step 4:

Yarn over, then pull through the remaining loops. And you've done it!
Then yarn over again and pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook.
And you've done it!

If you did enjoy my tutorial or any others you've found on my little blog.  Many of my tutorials are free for everyone, however if you'd like to make a little donation, it would be gratefully received and contribute towards future free tutorials!


How to start with a Magic Ring for Crochet



Are you still starting to work in the round with a few chains in a loop?

Have you heard about this tricky magic ring thingo?

It's quick and easy.  Perhaps actually easier than the chains.  AND you can pull it tight so you don't have any little hole thingo in the middle!

Perfect when making amigurumi or beanies etc.

Wanna know how?


Here's a video I made!


Now if a video isn't your thing, here's a brief run down...

Step 1:

Loop your yarn around your index finger with the tail hanging over the back.

Then insert your hook and pull up a loop.

Then yarn over and make 1 chain. This secures the yarn ready to make your first single crochet (or double crochet depending on the pattern requirements ).

Step 2:
Make your first single crochet by slipping the hook into the loop, yarn over, back through the loop, then yarn over and pull through both loops.

Step 3:
Repeat step 2 as many times as the pattern requires.  Here i have completed 6 sc as commonly used in many amigurumi patterns.







Step 4: 
When you have the required number of stitches, gently pull the loop closed by pullibg the short end thats's still at the beginning but not tightly. Allow it to still be a little bit loose so you can easily work into the first stitch when you begin the 2nd round.


And here's the finished product!  

I usually complete my next round and then pull then starting short tail end tight at that point to secure the hole. 

If you did enjoy my tutorial or any others you've found on my little blog.  Many of my tutorials are free for everyone, however if you'd like to make a little donation, it would be gratefully received and contribute towards future free tutorials!


Friday, 1 May 2015

Russian Little Girls Cloche Hat : The Movie!!!

Yes folks, it's true!




Vicki from Off The Hook and I have been working furiously this week to pop our YouTube cherries to bring you a video tutorial for the Russian Little Girls Cloche Hat.

They're not big budget productions by any means and this is my first go at this sort of thing so I hope you'll be kind!


We had received a stack of requests for a video tutorial for this pattern so decided to bite the bullet.

Any helpful feedback will be much appreciated. 

We've had to deliver it in 3 parts due to the length and size of the video.
So without further ado, here are the links:

Part 1:




Part 2:





It's been such a wonderful experience collaborating with Vicki over in jolly old England!  We're great mates now.  We've even managed to have face to face chats on the Skype!  Don't you love the interwebs?! 

So grab yourself a cup of tea, a hook and some yarn and make a hat with us!

I hope you did enjoy my tutorial or any others you've found on my little blog.  Many of my tutorials are free for everyone, however if you'd like to make a little donation, it would be gratefully received and contribute towards future free tutorials!