Crochet uses one hook and yarn held in the left hand to make a fabric using a series of loops. Generally faster to make than knitting, crochet fabric has a stiffer, more structural feel. It also uses more yarn. Crochet projects use patterns and charts just like knitting. KnitFreedom has a small selection of crochet tutorials.

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Crochet is a fast, fun hobby that is just as addictive as knitting, but learning the abbreviations and understanding how crochet works is tough on your own. We teach you how to crochet for beginners so you can get started with any crochet project.


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Blog Post: How To Crochet A Scalloped Edge or Border

By Liat Gat – Founder / Crochet, Decorative, Finishing / July 8, 2011 / 6 Comments

Use a crochet hook to create a scalloped border on your knitted projects. Even if you’ve never crocheted before, you will be able to create this easy decorative finish just by grabbing a crochet hook and following the video.

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Crochet Abbreviations

SL ST – Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
SC – Single crochet
DC – Double crochet
HDC – Half-Double Crochet

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Add Fringe to a Scarf Using a Crochet Hook

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Crochet Bind-Off

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This is a medium-fast, medium difficulty bind-off that matches the Chain Cast-On.

Chain (Crochet) Cast-On

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The special thing about the chain cast-on is that it’s the only cast-on that exactly matches the Standard Bind-Off, so you can use it to create perfectly matching cast-on and bind-off edges.

However, because it creates a rather obvious edge, this wouldn’t be a great choice for adding stitches in the middle of a project.

Crochet Provisional Cast-On

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The crochet provisional cast-on is very convenient because it’s so easy to remove.

It works the same way as the Chain Cast-On, only you’ll be using a piece of waste yarn to cast on the first row . After you cast on, work the stitches in your working yarn according to your pattern.

When it’s time to remove the cast-on, simply pull the tail – the chain will unravel easily.

To do a provisional cast-on for ribbing, work the first row after the cast-on in all knits or all purls. Then start the ribbing. This ensures the chain of provisional yarn unravels easily.

Recommended Notion: Crochet Hooks by WooCrafts

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Crochet hooks are useful to knitters for many tasks – adding fringe to a scarf, picking up dropped stitches, and adding crochet borders and embellishments. Any crochet hook with a soft handle will do.

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Recommended Book: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting by Barbara Breiter and Gail Diven

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This is the book I used when I learned how to knit. It’s got tons of illustrations, straightforward explanations, and best practices for knitting correctly and understanding what you’re doing. A great starter text.

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Recommended Book: Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet – The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller

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This is a fabulous book for learning to crochet. Very clear diagrams and illustrations are accompanied by punchy, light-hearted text. I felt very clear and secure starting to crochet after working through this book, even through crochet is a lot different than knitting in some respects!

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