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How to Follow a Stitch Diagram in Crochet

Following a stitch diagram in crochet isn't that scary once you understand the symbols and abbreviations. When you read a crochet pattern, the stitch diagram shows only a few rows to avoid repetition and [more…]

How to Make a Double Crochet

The double crochet (abbreviated dc) is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet. A double-crochet fabric is fairly solid but not stiff and is great for sweaters [more…]

How to Make a Triple Crochet

The triple crochet (tr), also called a treble crochet, creates longer openings between the stitches. When you make triple crochet, it produces a very loose fabric. [more…]

How to Make a Double Triple Crochet

The double triple crochet (abbreviated dtr) creates a loose and holey fabric. Double triple crochet is commonly used in lacy designs, particularly doilies and other fine cotton crochet patterns. [more…]

How to Make a Half Double Crochet

The half double crochet (abbreviated hdc) is kind of an oddball stitch. The half double crochet falls in between a single crochet and a double crochet in height, but instead of working off two loops at [more…]

How to Join Yarn in Crochet

You join a new ball of yarn when you've crocheted to the end of your current yarn. Joining a new ball or skein of yarn correctly is as important to the appearance of your crochet work as the actual stitches [more…]

How to Increase Double Crochet at the Beginning of a Row

You can increase double-crochet stitches by adding a stitch at the beginning of the double-crocheted row. Increasing double crochet with this method creates a smooth, tapered edge to your piece. [more…]

How to Decrease Double Crochet

You can decrease a stitch (abbreviated dec), which is really just subtracting a stitch, in a double crochet row. You decrease stitches in double crochet in the same places that you increase stitches — [more…]

Decrease with Slip Stitches or by Stopping Before the Last Stitch

You can make a decrease in your crochet with slip stitches or by stopping before the last stitch — if you need to decrease at the beginning or end of a row of stitches. These two methods are simple ways [more…]

How to Crochet in the Round

To begin a crochet design that you work in rounds, you first create a center ring and then crochet the first round. After you complete the number of stitches needed for the first round, join the first [more…]

How to Increase with Single Crochet

Increasing one single crochet at the beginning of the row is the same as doing it in the middle or at the end of a row, because the turning chain in a single crochet row doesn’t count as a stitch. Wherever [more…]

How to Crochet Flowers

The three-dimensional crocheted flowers in this project are quick and easy to make and show off your crocheting skills. Crocheted flowers make great package toppers or, take off the tie and you can embellish [more…]

How to Crochet a Cloche Hat

The crochet pattern for this versatile cloche hat incorporates both single crochet and double crochet stitches. Making this cloche hat allows you to practice increasing and decreasing in rounds and to [more…]

How to Carry Yarn in Crochet

When crocheting with two or more colors, you often carry the yarn that you’re not working with at the moment. (You carry the yarn until you need it again.) Carrying the yarn means that you don't have to [more…]

How to Read a Color Chart in Crochet

Many crochet patterns use a color chart rather than written instructions to show designs with color changes. A color chart is a grid, with each square representing 1 stitch. [more…]

How to Decipher Size Information in Knitting Patterns

Most knitting garment patterns have some sort of small/medium/large sizing. In addition to that method of knit sizing, most patterns also give you the garment’s finished chest circumference. [more…]

How to Crochet a Puff Stitch

The crochet puff stitch (puff st) is aptly named because it gently puffs up into an oval shape. Puff stitching adds great texture to crocheted fabric. To crochet a puff stitch, you half-close several stitches [more…]

How to Crochet Popcorn Stitch

This popcorn crochet stitch really pops! The popcorn stitch (abbreviated pop or pc) is a nicely rounded, compact oval that stands out from the fabric. It takes a bit more time to make than other raised [more…]

How to Crochet the Basic Afghan Stitch

If a crochet pattern calls for the Afghan stitch, it’s usually referring to the basic Afghan stitch. Basic Afghan stitches are shaped like little squares with two horizontal strands of yarn and a vertical [more…]

How to Increase in Basic Afghan Stitch

You always make increases in the first half of a row of basic Afghan stitch. Making increases in your Afghan stitch's first row creates extra loops on your hook; then, you work off all the loops in the [more…]

How to Decrease in Basic Afghan Stitch

To make a decrease in basic Afghan stitch, you decrease in the first half of a row of basic Afghan stitch, subtracting loops from your hook; then, you work off all the loops in the second half as usual [more…]

How to Crochet the Tunisian Stockinette Stitch

Tunisian stockinette stitch (also known as knit stitch) is a common variation of basic Afghan stitch. Tunisian stockinette looks like rows of crocheted Vs nesting in the row below. As with any kind of [more…]

How to Crochet the Tunisian Purl Stitch

The crocheted Tunisian purl stitch (also known as purl stitch) is a common variation of basic Afghan stitch. Tunisian purl stitch looks like rows of rounded bumps. As with any kind of Afghan stitch, you [more…]

How to Change Colors in Afghan Stitch Crochet

Crocheting basic afghan stitch produces a gridlike pattern, so it’s excellent for creating colored designs. Most patterns that call for color changes in afghan stitch provide a chart to show where you [more…]

How to Cross-Stitch on Crocheted Afghan Stitch

The crochet Afghan stitch, especially basic Afghan stitch, is an ideal base for adding cross-stitch. Cross-stitch a delicate or elaborate color pattern on Afghan stitch instead of working color changes [more…]

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