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How to Crochet a Potholder with Afghan Stitch

Use basic Afghan stitch to crochet a potholder or trivet. With this project, you crochet a potholder in any two contrasting colors. You first work front and back panels, add a border, and then join the [more…]

How to Filet Crochet Spaces

Use the filet crochet technique to create open spaces in your crochetwork. In filet crochet, the open spaces form the background, while filled blocks create the design. The spaces begin with a foundation [more…]

How to Filet Crochet Blocks

Use the filet crochet technique to create filled blocks in crochetwork. In filet crochet, filled blocks create design while open spaces form the background. Blocks consist of 3 double crochet stitches [more…]

Increase One Space at the Beginning of a Row in Filet Crochet

Increase spaces and blocks to make filet crochet interesting. To increase one space at the beginning of a row of filet crochet, you must chain enough stitches to make up a space. If you increase at the [more…]

Increase Multiple Spaces at the Beginning of a Row in Filet Crochet

Increase spaces and blocks to make filet crochet interesting. To increase more than one space at the beginning of a filet crochet row, you just have to know how many increase chain stitches to make for [more…]

Increase Blocks at the Beginning of a Row in Filet Crochet

To increase one block at the beginning of a row in filet crochet, you create two double crochet stitches for the top of the increase block. To increase additional blocks, you follow the same steps as for [more…]

Increase One or More Spaces at the End of a Row in Filet Crochet

When you need to increase a space at the end of a filet crochet row, you start the increase at the top of the last double crochet in the row just prior to the increase. [more…]

Increase Blocks at the End of a Row in Filet Crochet

Increasing a block at the end of a filet crochet row is tricky but still relatively simple. When you increase blocks at the end of a row, make sure that you don’t tighten up too much on your stitches. [more…]

How to Decrease Blocks or Spaces in Filet Crochet

The method for decreasing both spaces and blocks in filet crochet is the same. To decrease one space or block at the beginning of a row, you simply slip stitch across to where you want to begin the first [more…]

How to Filet Crochet a Lacet

A lacet, sometimes called a fancy stitch, is a type of filet crochet stitch that looks like a V. To filet crochet a lacet, you work it across five stitches or the width of two spaces. [more…]

How to Filet Crochet a Bar

Filet crochet bars (or double spaces) are long spaces that cross over the two blocks or spaces or the one lacet, below the bar. Combine bars and lacets to create an elegant, lacy fabric. [more…]

How to Join Crochet Seams with Whipstitch

The whipstitch is best for joining crocheted rows made of the shorter stitches, such as single crochet. You join the crochet pieces by whipstitching the row-ends together [more…]

How to Join Crochet Seams with Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is great for joining crocheted pieces that have longer stitches, such as triple crochet and taller. Joining seams with blanket stitch adds some stability to the backside of the seam [more…]

How to Crochet a Vest with a Floral Motif

Make this beautiful crochet vest with a floral motif that looks like a crocheted daisy garden. Or, crochet the vest in various colors for a "wild flower [more…]

How to Crochet a Motif Afghan

You make this beautifully soft and textured crochet afghan by joining motifs together with a single crochet seam. This crocheted afghan is a wonderful project that you’ll wrap yourself up in for years [more…]

How to Border with Single Crochet Ribbing

Single crochet ribbing is a long strip of very short vertical single crochet rows. Because these rib rows will lay perpendicular to the rows in the body of the finished sweater, you normally make the ribbing [more…]

How to Crochet Post-Stitch Ribbing

Post stitch ribbing (typically double crochet stitches worked around the posts of previous stitches) isn’t as elastic as single crochet ribbing, but post stitch ribbing creates a more rounded style of [more…]

How to Crochet Spikes

Long stitches produce a spike on both sides of the fabric, so they’re well suited for a design that’s reversible. Long stitches (or spikes) are usually single crochet stitches that you work into either [more…]

How to Crochet a Rib Turtleneck Collar

A single-crochet rib turtleneck collar will keep you cozily warm in winter. Crochet collars come in many designs, but this single-crochet rib turtleneck collar is a simple one to begin with. [more…]

How to Crochet a Flared Collar

You can make a crocheted traditional flared collar, which features pointed ends like a standard shirt collar. This crocheted flared collar is typically used on cardigans, pullovers with crew necks, or [more…]

How to Crochet Buttonholes into Plackets

Crocheting buttonholes into front plackets is easy. To crochet a buttonhole into a placket, you just skip enough stitches in the designated row of the placket to accommodate the size of the button. [more…]

How to Crochet a Buttonhole

Crocheting buttonholes is easy. Crochet buttonholes right into the body of the garment if your design doesn’t have front plackets. When you crochet a buttonhole into a sweater, you use single crochet and [more…]

How to Crochet Button Loops

Crocheted button loops are nice alternatives to buttonholes. You can use crocheted button loops in a lightweight garment where you don’t need a tight closure to the front or as a simple one-button closure [more…]

How to Add Fringe to Crochet

Fringe is a popular crochet embellishment for scarves, afghans, and shawls. Crocheted pieces sometimes have unsightly end rows, and fringe is a great way to hide them for a nice finishing touch. Fringe [more…]

How to Add Tassels to Crochet

Tassels usually embellish crocheted pieces like shawls, hats, and ties. Rather than working tassels directly into a crochet stitch (as with fringe), you make tassels separately and then attach them to [more…]

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