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Stitches

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 with other stitches. [more…]

Stitches

How to Decrease Single Crochet

You can decrease a stitch (abbreviated dec), which is really just subtracting a stitch, in a single crochet row. You decrease stitches in single crochet in the same places that you increase stitches — at the ends of the row or somewhere in the middle. [more…]

Stitches

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 not surprisingly called a foundation chain. [more…]

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How to Crochet a Smart Scarf

This crocheted smart scarf is textured and bold. The smart scarf gets its tongue-in-cheek name because the pattern looks complicated but no one will believe how simple it is to make! Crocheted with loosely [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

Projects

How to Crochet a Newsboy Cap

Crochet a newsboy cap, and you'll be as stylish as Hollywood and music stars. This crocheted newsboy cap allows you to use crocheting techniques to shape the hat and its brim. The yarn used in this project [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

Projects

How to Crochet Coasters with a Geometric Design

These crocheted geometric coasters use bold colors and strong geometric shapes to help you serve drinks in style. No more boring, round coasters to protect your tabletop! [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

Stitches

Common International Crochet Symbols and Crochet Stitch Abbreviations

Check out the following quick reference guide to the International Crochet Symbols and the abbreviations (in parentheses) for common crochet stitches. [more…]

Understanding Patterns

Abbreviations for Common Crochet Terms

So they stay free of clutter, crochet patterns feature a lot of abbreviations for common crochet terms. Here’s a sampling of typical crochet abbreviations you might find on a pattern: [more…]