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How to Knit Horizontal Picked-Up Bands: Section Method

Horizontally knit bands are usually made by picking up stitches along the center front edge, creating a horizontal band by knitting at a right angle to the sweater body for an inch or so. If your pattern [more…]

How to Knit a Horizontal Buttonhole

The technique for a knitting horizontal buttonhole creates a durable, attractive buttonhole. Try your hand at knitting this 4-stitch horizontal buttonhole, which takes 2 rows to complete. [more…]

How to Knit a Round Buttonhole

The round buttonhole, also called an eyelet buttonhole, doesn’t look like a sewn buttonhole — it’s round, not slit-like. But knitting a round buttonhole is easy to remember, simple to execute, and adjusts [more…]

How to Sew Buttons onto Knitted Fabric

Cardigan instructions simply tell you to sew on your buttons opposite the buttonholes. But a couple of refinements can help your buttons stay snuggly in their holes and keep your bands lined up neatly: [more…]

How to Knit Booties

Knitted booties look complex, but these are anything but. The ribbon trim on these knitted booties pull together the edges to create the tops and close across baby's feet. [more…]

How to Knit Moss Stitch

Moss stitch is an elongated version of seed stitch. Instead of alternating the pattern every row (as you do for seed stitch), for moss stitch, you work 2 rows of the same sequence of knits and purls before [more…]

How to Knit Basketweave Stitch

Like many stitches, the basketweave stitch looks complicated but is actually very easy to create. Basketweave stitch got its name for obvious reasons, as you can see. [more…]

How to Knit Ripple Stitch

When you knit ripple stitch, the purl stitches make wavy lines like zigzags. Ripple stitch is popular in afghans and scarves because it knits up quickly. Whether you choose a solid color, team colors, [more…]

How to Knit Diamond Brocade

Knitted brocade is characterized by an allover pattern of slightly raised stitches. This swatch of knitted diamond brocade is a good example of true brocade — as you can see with the raised diamond pattern [more…]

How to Knit Chevron

You can knit chevron patterns, like knitted arrows, when you stack increases on top of increases and decreases on top of decreases. The chevron shape comes from the stitches slanting away from the column [more…]

How to Knit Diagonal Ribbing

Knitted diagonal ribbing looks like stair steps. The diagonal ribbing in this fabric slants diagonally in one direction when viewed from one side and slants in the other direction when viewed from the [more…]

Anatomy of a Crochet Hook

Even though you may think a crochet hook is nothing more than a straight stick with a hook on one end, crochet hooks actually have five distinct and necessary parts. Each part of the hook performs a specific [more…]

How to Hold a Crochet Hook

Even though you crochet with only one hook, both hands are busy the whole time. Your dominant hand holds the crochet hook, and your other hand holds the yarn. [more…]

How to Start the Yarn on a Crochet Hook

Knowing how to start the yarn on a crochet hook is your first step to crocheting. To start the yarn on a crochet hook, you first wrap the yarn around your yarn hand and then create a slip knot on your [more…]

How to Yarn Over in Crochet

Wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook, called a yarn over (abbreviated yo), is the most basic step to every stitch in crocheting. Yarn overs can be used before or after you insert the hook into the [more…]

How to Crochet the Chain Stitch

The chain stitch (abbreviated ch) is the basis for all crochet. Almost every crochet pattern begins with a chain stitch. If you’re working in rows, your first row is a series of chain stitches, which is [more…]

How to Crochet the Slip Stitch

The slip stitch (abbreviated sl st) is the flattest (or smallest) of all the crochet stitches. Although you can use the slip stitch to crochet a fabric, the slip stitch is really more of a utility stitch [more…]

How to Make a Single Crochet

The single crochet (abbreviated sc) is the most fundamental of all stitches. The compact single crochet stitch creates a tight, dense fabric. You use this stitch over and over again, alone or in combination [more…]

How to Crochet the V-Stitch and Shell Stitch

The crocheted V-stitch (abbreviated V-st) is so called because it resembles, well, a V. Shell stitch (abbreviated shell) is versatile; you can find shell stitch just about anywhere. [more…]

How to Turn Crochet Work

To turn crochet work around so that you can start a new row of stitches, keep the last loop on your crochet hook and simply take the completed work, which should be positioned under your hook hand, and [more…]

How to Crochet a Row

Going back and forth may not get you places in real life, but it sure does when you’re crocheting in rows. When you crochet rows, you need to turn your work, make your turning chain, and start back across [more…]

How to Fasten Off Yarn in Crochet

When you get to the end of your crochet design and you’ll need to fasten off the yarn. Fastening off crochet is a fancy way to say “cut the yarn and secure it.” You also need to fasten off one color to [more…]

How to Crochet Placemats

This crocheted placemat pattern lets you practice your newfound crocheting skills while at the same time creating a colorful set of placemats. These crocheted placemats are a great way to add some happy [more…]

How to Read Crochet Abbreviations

Most crochet stitches appear as abbreviations to save space on the written instructions. For example, you’ll see the abbreviation dc instead of double crochet [more…]

How to Read Crochet Symbols

Crochet instructions use symbols, such as parentheses, brackets, and bullets, to represent certain actions. After you decipher these crochet symbols, you'll be able to read a crochet pattern like a pro [more…]

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