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.

Video Knitting Course: Beginner’s Guide to Crochet

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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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Crochet Border – Double-Crochet Shell – November 20, 2021

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Directions for this border can be found here: Hydrangea Baby Blanket


Fixing Mistakes on Crochet – November 20, 2021

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In case of a mistake, you’ll simply remove your hook from the loop, pull the yarn to remove the mistake, then start fresh once the mistake is removed.


Seaming With Crochet – November 18, 2021

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To seam two pieces of crochet, insert the hook into the first loop in each piece and draw up a loop. Use slip stitch or single crochet to seam up the pieces.


Weaving in Ends on Crochet – November 18, 2021

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To weave in your ends on crochet, use a tapestry needle to thread the tail through the loops of the stitches on the wrong side of your work. Work up one stitch, down the next, and up the next.


Decreasing on Crochet – November 18, 2021

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To decrease on crochet, work up to the last step of your stitch, then insert your hook in the next stitch and work up to the last step. Yarn over and pull loop through all remaining loops on hook.


Increasing on Crochet – November 18, 2021

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To increase on crochet, work two (or more) stitches into the space of one.


Coffee Cozy Crochet – November 17, 2021

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To crochet the coffee cozy,
Loosely ch 20. Join in round with sl st in first ch.
Ch 2 (turning chain), HDC in each ch – 20 HDC. On last yarnover of last HDC, use new color. Use new color to join with slip stitch in first HDC.
Continue for five more rounds changing color on the last yarnover of the last HDC of each round, sandwiching tail yarns in the first few HDCs of each round. End off. 6 rounds total of HDC.

Border:
Join yarn, ch 1. SC around both the top and bottom edge of cozy (working through the bottom loop of the initial base chain). End off. Cut sandwiched yarn tails. Weave in remaining tails with a tapestry needle.


Check Gauge – Crochet – November 17, 2021

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To check your stitch gauge in crochet, count the horizontal ridges. To check the row gauge, count the ridges and dents.


Crocheted Hat – November 17, 2021

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A flat crocheted circle

Link to the pattern: https://stixyarn.com/blogs/stix-blog/the-perfect-basic-crochet-hat-for-every-head


Granny Square – November 16, 2021

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To start crocheting a row with a new color, work every step of the last stitch in the original color. Then for the last yarnover, tension the new yarn and yarnover in the new color and pull it through to complete the stitch.


Make Stripes Crochet – November 16, 2021

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Work every step of the last stitch in the original color. Then for the last yarn over, tension the new yarn and yarnover in the new color and pull it through to complete the stitch.


Double Crochet – November 15, 2021

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Yarn over (2 loops on hook). Insert hook, yarn over, bring hook through (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through final 2 loops on hook (1 loop rem on hook).


Examine Single Crochet Row – November 15, 2021

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Take a close look at the fabric you’ve made. As you watch the video below, you’ll learn to recognize the single crochet stitch, count your stitches, understand why not each row looks the same, and learn how to find the front of your work.


Half-Double Crochet – November 15, 2021

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Yarn over (2 loops on hook).
Insert hook, yarn over, pull yarn through work (3 loops rem on hook).
Yarn over, pull yarn through all 3 sts (1 loop on hook).


Triple Crochet – November 15, 2021

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Yarn over twice (3 loops on hook). Insert hook, yarn over, bring hook through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through final 2 loops on hook (1 loop rem on hook).


Crocheted Flower – November 15, 2021

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MR (Magic Ring). Working in center of circle SC 11 stitches around, sl st to join in first SC st.
Petals: Working in same stitch: Ch 1, SC 1, HDC 1, DC 1, HDC 1, SC 1 – one petal completed
*Sl st in next SC of flower center, repeat petal instructions, repeat from * until five petals have been worked ending with a sl st.


Magic Ring – November 15, 2021

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Make a loop with the tail behind the working yarn. Pinch the tail and working yarn in the thumb and middle finger of your left hand. Insert the crochet hook into the ring and begin to crochet.


Sandwich Yarns – November 15, 2021

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To sandwich yarn tails, lay the tail over the top of the stitches to be crocheted. Insert your hook into the stitch as usual, keeping the tail over the stitches. Complete the rest of the stitch as usual.


Slip Stitch – November 15, 2021

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Insert hook, yarn over, pull yarn through work and through loop on hook (1 loop rem on hook).


Next SC Row – November 13, 2021

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To work another row of single crochet, watch the video below. You’ll create the all-important “turning chain” and learn how to crochet into a row of single crochet stitches. Good news: it’s easier than crocheting into the original chain!


Base Chain – November 13, 2021

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To chain, wrap yarn around crochet hook, pull yarn through loop on crochet hook.


Single Crochet (Class) – November 13, 2021

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To do a single crochet, insert hook, yo, pull yarn through work (2 loops on hook).
Yo, pull yarn through both loops on hook (1 loop on hook).



Blog Post: Crochet Hook Sizes and Yarn Weights

Crochet hook and malabrigo yarnBy Liat Gat – Founder / Crochet / November 4, 2021 / 46 Comments

The first thing you’ll need when starting to crochet is a hook. But how do you know what size hook to grab depending on the yarn you have at hand? Here is a clear chart with the information you need to visually choose a crochet hook for any weight of yarn.

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Blog Post: Recommended Crochet Hooks

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Crochet hooks can be made of plastic, resin, metal, or wood. They can be incredibly high-quality or mass-produced to deliver you the lowest price. Here are our recommendations for crochet hooks for every level and budget.

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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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Blog Post: Recommended Yarns for Crochet

Rowan Softyak DKBy Liat Gat – Founder / Crochet / November 17, 2021 / 6 Comments

Cotton yarns are a great choice for crochet, as they are structural, machine-washable, and great for warm weather. The following are my top recommendations for crochet yarns in a variety of weights, with links to buy. Happy shopping!

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Crochet Abbreviations

SL ST – Slip stitch
CH – Chain stitch
BLO – Back loop only
SC – Single crochet
DC – Double crochet
TR – Triple crochet
HDC – Half-double crochet


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Base Chain

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To chain, wrap yarn around crochet hook, pull yarn through loop on crochet hook.


Single Crochet (Class)

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To do a single crochet, insert hook, yo, pull yarn through work (2 loops on hook).
Yo, pull yarn through both loops on hook (1 loop on hook).


Next SC Row

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To work another row of single crochet, watch the video below. You’ll create the all-important “turning chain” and learn how to crochet into a row of single crochet stitches. Good news: it’s easier than crocheting into the original chain!


Examine Single Crochet Row

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Take a close look at the fabric you’ve made. As you watch the video below, you’ll learn to recognize the single crochet stitch, count your stitches, understand why not each row looks the same, and learn how to find the front of your work.


Half-Double Crochet

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Yarn over (2 loops on hook).
Insert hook, yarn over, pull yarn through work (3 loops rem on hook).
Yarn over, pull yarn through all 3 sts (1 loop on hook).


Double Crochet

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Yarn over (2 loops on hook). Insert hook, yarn over, bring hook through (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through final 2 loops on hook (1 loop rem on hook).


Triple Crochet

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Yarn over twice (3 loops on hook). Insert hook, yarn over, bring hook through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through final 2 loops on hook (1 loop rem on hook).


Slip Stitch

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Insert hook, yarn over, pull yarn through work and through loop on hook (1 loop rem on hook).


Make Stripes Crochet

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Work every step of the last stitch in the original color. Then for the last yarn over, tension the new yarn and yarnover in the new color and pull it through to complete the stitch.


Sandwich Yarns

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To sandwich yarn tails, lay the tail over the top of the stitches to be crocheted. Insert your hook into the stitch as usual, keeping the tail over the stitches. Complete the rest of the stitch as usual.


Magic Ring

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Make a loop with the tail behind the working yarn. Pinch the tail and working yarn in the thumb and middle finger of your left hand. Insert the crochet hook into the ring and begin to crochet.


Crocheted Flower

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MR (Magic Ring). Working in center of circle SC 11 stitches around, sl st to join in first SC st.
Petals: Working in same stitch: Ch 1, SC 1, HDC 1, DC 1, HDC 1, SC 1 – one petal completed
*Sl st in next SC of flower center, repeat petal instructions, repeat from * until five petals have been worked ending with a sl st.


Coffee Cozy Crochet

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To crochet the coffee cozy,
Loosely ch 20. Join in round with sl st in first ch.
Ch 2 (turning chain), HDC in each ch – 20 HDC. On last yarnover of last HDC, use new color. Use new color to join with slip stitch in first HDC.
Continue for five more rounds changing color on the last yarnover of the last HDC of each round, sandwiching tail yarns in the first few HDCs of each round. End off. 6 rounds total of HDC.

Border:
Join yarn, ch 1. SC around both the top and bottom edge of cozy (working through the bottom loop of the initial base chain). End off. Cut sandwiched yarn tails. Weave in remaining tails with a tapestry needle.


Granny Square

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To start crocheting a row with a new color, work every step of the last stitch in the original color. Then for the last yarnover, tension the new yarn and yarnover in the new color and pull it through to complete the stitch.


Check Gauge – Crochet

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To check your stitch gauge in crochet, count the horizontal ridges. To check the row gauge, count the ridges and dents.


Crocheted Hat

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A flat crocheted circle

Link to the pattern: https://stixyarn.com/blogs/stix-blog/the-perfect-basic-crochet-hat-for-every-head


Increasing on Crochet

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To increase on crochet, work two (or more) stitches into the space of one.


Decreasing on Crochet

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To decrease on crochet, work up to the last step of your stitch, then insert your hook in the next stitch and work up to the last step. Yarn over and pull loop through all remaining loops on hook.


Fixing Mistakes on Crochet

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In case of a mistake, you’ll simply remove your hook from the loop, pull the yarn to remove the mistake, then start fresh once the mistake is removed.


Seaming With Crochet

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To seam two pieces of crochet, insert the hook into the first loop in each piece and draw up a loop. Use slip stitch or single crochet to seam up the pieces.


Crochet Border – Double-Crochet Shell

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Weaving in Ends on Crochet

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To weave in your ends on crochet, use a tapestry needle to thread the tail through the loops of the stitches on the wrong side of your work. Work up one stitch, down the next, and up the next.


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.

Buy Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting online


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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