Understanding Crochet Patterns

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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 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 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…]

How to Sew Beads Onto Crochet

In bead crochet, you can sew beads onto completed crochet work or crochet the beads right into the fabric. Sewing beads after you complete your crochet design works well when using larger beads or making [more…]

How to Embroider On Crochet

Embroidering on crocheted fabric creates additional dimension and expression. You can transfer almost any embroidery design onto crocheted fabric. Crewel [more…]

How to Block Crochet or Knitting with Spray Starch

Use spray starch to block crocheted items for a light- to medium-crisp blocking finish. You can use spray starch to block almost anything, but is especially useful for blocking snowflakes, doilies, and [more…]

How to Block Crochet or Knitting with Liquid Starch

Using liquid starch to block your crochet or knitting allows for varying levels of crispness. Before you block with liquid starch (or commercial fabric stiffener), read the manufacturer’s directions for [more…]

How to Crochet a Gauge Swatch

Crochet a gauge swatch to keep stitches consistent and the size of your design on track. When you work crochet the gauge swatch, work the stitches according to the instructions in the pattern. Crochet [more…]

How to Knit a Small Fair Isle Motif

A small Fair Isle motif can be used as a simple knit border or as an allover pattern. This small Fair Isle motif pattern works well as an accent in all kinds of knitting projects. [more…]

How to Add Surface Crochet to Knitting

Surface crochet is a great way to add colorful details to a finished knitted piece. Surface crochet is a fun technique to experiment with and can be used on top of any stitch pattern. To try surface crochet [more…]

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 — [more…]

How to Work Front-Post Double-Crochet Stitches

Front post stitches are raised crochet stitches on the surface of the fabric facing you. You can create a front-post double-crochet (abbreviated FP dc) stitch with these steps and some practice. [more…]

How to Work Back-Post Double-Crochet Stitches

Back post stitches appear to recede on the side of the crocheted fabric that's facing you. You can create a back-post double-crochet (abbreviated BP dc [more…]

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…]

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