Crochet for Beginners: Cozy Weekend Throw | Jen Dwyer | Skillshare

Crochet for Beginners: Cozy Weekend Throw

Jen Dwyer, Crafter and owner of Teal & Finch

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8 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. (1) Intro

      1:09
    • 2. (2) Tools and Materials

      2:24
    • 3. (3) Getting Started

      2:09
    • 4. (4) Treble Crochet

      6:18
    • 5. (5) Adding new skein

      3:54
    • 6. (6) Finishing Off

      3:13
    • 7. (7) Tassels

      3:07
    • 8. (8) Closing

      1:05

About This Class

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Discover how to add texture and warmth to your home decor or make a cherished gift for someone you love.  In this 20 minute class, you'll learn everything you need to create this modern blanket in any size from baby to bedspread.  Jen Dwyer of TealandFinch.com will take you step by step through the process, sharing tips that she has learned throughout her 25 years of crochet experience.  This class is perfect for anyone who wants to make a gift for themselves or someone else. No prior crochet experience is required.  By the end of this video, you'll have all the information you need to make your own stunning textured blanket.

Transcripts

1. (1) Intro: Hi, I'm Jenny from Filling Bitch. And today I'm here to show you how to make this cozy texture throat. I use super bulky yarn for this project. So it's great for a beginner if you are new to Cochet, and you just want to try it out and see how you like it. This is a great project to get started because we are using super bulky arm, and it goes by really fast when you do a project with Super Bowl Kion. So I'm going to let you know all the tools that she'll need and give you some tips along the way. I've been coaching my whole life, and so it's really fun for me to share this with you today. There is also a free PdF that comes with the course that gives you all the instructions that you need and even different have dimensions work out different sizes if you want to make a different sites blanket. So grab yourself a cup of coffee and a comfy spot by the fire, and we will get started 2. (2) Tools and Materials: All right, so let's get started. So here are some materials you need. We have our scissors, tapestry needle or your needle sighs end crush a hook, a ruler, our pdf and then two different types of yarn. This is a super bulky yarn, and on the back, you'll see says it has 44 yards in each game. In the other yarn here, the Lion brands Willie's Think it quick. This is the fishermen color. It has 106 yards per skane, so you'll just go over to your pdf and it says approximate yards needed of Super Bowl Kiaran. That could be any Super Bowl Kiaran you want, so you'll notice the's both have a six. It'll say super bulky and then six. So that's what you're looking for. And then let's say I wanted to make the baby stroller blanket. It says 396 yards. So that's almost 400 yards. So if this is about 100 yards in this game, you would need four of these for a baby stroller blanket. 400 yards, you would need about nine of these 44 yards per skein, so maybe just get 10 just to be on the safe side. So whichever yard you're using, just check out your chart, and it will tell you the number of yards that you need to buy for that particular blanket. So I really want to hear if you make a king size because that would require 13,000 yards, which can be done, but that would be big. So anyway, go ahead and, uh, even just choose one skein of yarn and to try it out and follow along with the videos and then you can see if you like it. And if you want to buy more that way, you're not committing to buying. All of them are right up, friend. Just by one, and see how you like it. Just make sure when you do decide to buy that you get plenty of yarn so that you don't run out in the middle or towards the end or whatever, cause then that can be kind of a bummer to go and get more yard. And sometimes they're all out or it's a different dialogue or whatever. So all right, so grab one skein of yarn and then, uh, we'll get started in the next video 3. (3) Getting Started: All right, so let's get started. So here we have our yarn and our hook. Make sure you have your ruler or yardstick, close fight, and we're just going to open it up. And by the end, this ticking right in there. Just pull that out. Like to keep my yarn on the left or right handed Chris share. So you are going to start by tying a little slip? Not so. Take your two fingers, wrap the yarn around like, so make a little loop and then you're going to pull it, take your hook and put it in. I'll show it one more time in case you need it. Wraparound. We're a little loop and pull it. Okay, so now to chain this is the foundation of our blanket. So we're going to yarn over, Pull through, you're in over, pull through yarn over, pull through. And just keep going like that until you've reached the link that you want. So I've just found that the blanket will stretch about 2 to 4 inches longer than your original chain. If you're not too concerned about science, don't worry about it. But I am just going to change to about 33 to 36 inches. So now I have changed most of my chain, and I'm just going to measure it real quick. So we have 12 inches. 24 a little past 36 says pulse about There you go. So then you have your foundation, Shane, done. And in the next video, I will show you how to do the trouble, Cochet. 4. (4) Treble Crochet: All right. So for the trouble, Cochet, we are going to wrap our yard over twice. Count down when? 234 and insert your hook into the fourth chain from look. Show you one more time. So 1234 Insert it right there you are in over. You are in over. Pull through to you're in over. Pull through to and you're in over. Pull through to All right. So I will show you that again. You're going to wrap it around twice and insert it into the next stitch there, Pull it, pollute you're in over, pull through two chains. You're in over a pull through to and you are in over. Pull through to so you get to do that three times. So this keep on showing you here. You can follow along as I go and this is it. This is the main stitch for your whole whoops. Has a double core say I did there. We're doing triples. Make sure you wrap it twice. So this is the only stitch that we're doing for the rest of this blanket. Really? Like this stitch? It's kind of fun. She got to keep pulling through insert becomes very relaxing kind of meditative when you crush a so I like the idea of this blanket just the weekend throat. Spend a cozy winter weekend. Appreciate a blanket. Sounds perfect to me. Get some coffee or hot cocoa, this new book on tape and, uh, just keep going. So another little tip I wanted to share with you was, if you have a problem with your yarn rolling all over the place every time you pull it, put it in a deep bag, even just like a paper bag is what I've used. Just toss it in there, and then every time you pull it, it will just stay in the bag, and it is much nicer. Helps things to go a little bit more smoothly as you're crushing. And if you are just getting started and your stitches are kind of loopy or uneven or some of them are bigger than the other ones. Just don't even worry about it, because that is what is adding to the charm and originality of your piece. And it's OK if it's not perfect, Um, and even if you're giving it someone as a gift, they're gonna love it. because you made it and you spent time on it. And if you're keeping it for yourself, it will just be fun to look back over the months or years or whatever and just see how much better you've gotten and how you've changed. And that when you did in the very beginning, is is just a special as the ones you do when you're more, you know, more practiced, and things are looking a little more even. Okay, so now it's a couple of stitches here. And I wanted to show you what to do with the end of your row. Okay, so at the end of your row, you are going to change for just like we did at the very beginning. You're in over pulls through four times. We'll do this at the end of each row. This is just getting us up to the next row. So now this little chain counts as your first triple Cochet in this row. So when I first started, Christian and I always had a hard time knowing Where do I insert my hook for the next stitch? Well, one way that it helps me remember is that you don't want to insert it right here because this counts as your first stitch. So you would basically be adding an increase if you did that, and then your edge would become uneven and slanted, which always happen to me. What I I was in like high school and was Kush aid. And I never understood why my edges were sent it. Well, it's because you have to insert it in the second, so you will know you did it right If when you're done with your your Stitch Nation lineup So there's thes two and then right underneath are those two. So then you'll know you're on the right track. They're just They should just be stacked right on top of each other like that. And I want for this blanket. It gives it a really nice texture if you only insert it into the first stitch. So normally, when you crush a, you would insert it in the hole and you have these two little loops right there for this blanket. I find it's really nice toe only. Insert it through the front because it's gonna give a really unique and modern texture to the back it creates. Show it to you. It creates this nice little ridge right there, and it's just kind of a more modern technique. So if you that doesn't matter to you, just go ahead and insert it all the way through the stitch. But I think you'll really like it if you just try it and see the nice little detail that that gives. Okay, so keep on going until you run out of your first skein of yarn in the next video, I'll show you what to do when you run out of garden. 5. (5) Adding new skein: So here we are. I have run out of yarn here, and I have a new skein that I want to join in. Okay, so my next step here would be to pull through the very last, um, loop here, So don't do that. Leave this little tail and just grab it. Leave a little tail on this one, too. Put it over your hook, holds it underneath and just pull that through, and then just be kind of gentle with ease as you get going. Um, so they don't get pulled out. You can even pull them from the back a little bit to make sure they're snuck and then just keep right on going, wrap it over twice and carry on. You might. The first couple stitches. You might just have tow tug on him from behind to adjust it. And that way, you just keep right on ongoing. Okay. The other thing I wanted to show you was what if you're you know, don't at this point or any other point and you run out of yarn. What I would do is just go back to that point that I showed you before. Go back to this because it makes it a lot easier if you just joined them all the same way at the top of your stitch. So this will be a little bit longer. Could have gone a little tiny bit more, but it just makes a lot more consistent and easier if you just always join it about a at the top of your stitch. Okay. The other thing I wanted to show you was what to dio If you are at the end of your row and either you run out of yarn on the chain for at the end, or what if you want to do some different colors so as I don't think I showed you this before. Here's my chain for from that previous road that we change. You're going to insert your hook right there at the top of the loop in that chain for because that way you'll have the same situation where you want it. Toe lineup one for one. So these stitches are stacked on top of the previous row, and then the next stitches stacked right on top because this counts as a trouble, Cochet. So just want to show you that because that was part of what always confused me when I was first getting started. So if you were joining a new color, this is where you would do it. So I'm gonna cut this again just to pretend okay? And let's say I wanted to join cement so all I would dio is just lame. I meant across the hook. I'm holding it with my pinky. Just make sure doesn't fall out. And then I just change for pull the that tight So one to three for and now you're good to go with your new color. Just keep right on stitching. So this could be really pretty. You could get really creative with all different colors and just make something really unique. If you don't want to make your blanket just one color, do some different colors to be super fun. Okay, so keep on going and I will meet you when you get to the very end of your blanket and I'm going to show you how to weave in the ends and finish off 6. (6) Finishing Off: all right. Well, here I am. I'm almost done with this blank ISS been coming along. And I hope your blanket is coming along really well. And I hope if you haven't yet in the project section of this video, click on projects and you there's a space where you'll be able to share. And I would love it if you shared what you're and you're using and what color what brand. That way we can all get ideas from each other, maybe discover something that we didn't know. And then, of course, share some pictures. Some works in progress of your blanket, even if it's just your chain row or your first couple rows so we can see how you're doing. And then, of course, if you have any questions, if there's something I missed along the way, just go ahead and write your question, and I will check it and be answering your question as quickly as I can. All right, so we've gotten to the very end, and now we're going to cut our yard and just pull it through. You're good. So all you want to do now is take your tapestry too, you know, and I find it's helpful to twist the tip and pinch it between your fingers and poke it through. And then you're just going to weave in your ends how ever you want through and several inches of yarn, especially on a blanket, where it's just going to get a lot of pulling and tugging. I kind of like to be pretty thorough and how a we've everything in. So I'm just gonna following shoving it in following the stitches, pull it, try not to snag. I'm just don't pull it too tight. You wanted to lay kind of flat. And then I find it's really just extra secure and helpful to go back in the same direction and stick it back through. That just kind of helps it not to pop out. So you don't have these little This is of yarn popping out all over. Then you have that little things sticking out. Just kind of push it over and it disappears. So then just go on your blanket and find all your other little ends and start weaving them in. All right, so once you have all your ends weaved in, come come on back, and I will show you how to make the tassels and attach those to your blanket. 7. (7) Tassels: Okay, so here we are. Welcome back. No, in your pdf, I have a little tassel cheat sheet for you If you and I want something to fall along with it says lay 48 inch long loops. So when I did mine, I just This does not by any means need to be precise. Um, just try to make it so you're loops are even. So here's here's to three and for okay and go ahead and cut that us. So just to show you here, nice and flat, you'll have your four loops. So when I stayed away for loops, I just mean count 1234 So they'll actually be about eight strands of yarn here. It doesn't need to be precise. Is the ends that being one or two more or less than that? That's completely fine. So take the end and a corner of your blanket and you're just going Teoh, insert it into a corner and fold it in half. Take one of your something a little bit longer than a scrap. Um, right now, the piece I have here is about 12 inches or so. Now, this is going to get wrapped around for your test all so I just You could do this however you want. I tend to do it this way. So you're just pulling it tight each time. Pull it tight each time you wind it around and then just tie it in double. Not so It's nice and tight, and you can either tuck that again. If it is flopping like that. I just like to take my needle and stick it under, so everything's lane the state direction. If you want your tassels to be longer instead of laying eight inch long loops, you could do 12 especially for a throw. You might want it longer. This is a baby blanket, so I don't make it too long. So then, um, if this father's you with uneven, then you could always just work on it a little bit more to get even. No. Okay. And then on the ends. Okay. So once you have your ends, even here, go ahead and work on the other three tassels, your other three corners and you will be done and I'll see you in the last video 8. (8) Closing: Okay, Well, I just want to say thank you for joining us today. And if you have any questions at all, please just don't hesitate to put it in the comments below, and I will be checking, so I really want to make sure as you get started. If you run into any hang ups or any trouble, just go ahead and ask me. And I will try to answer as quickly as possible is you could get back on track with your blanket and please let us know what type of yarn are using in the project section. What color, what brand? That way we can all learn from each other and good ideas and then post some pictures of your blanket progress so we can see how it's going and then another picture when you're all done. And so if you enjoy the class today, please be sure to leave me feedback below. And, as always, go ahead and ask any questions that you have, and I will be sure to get back to you, and I hope you enjoy your blanket