Knitting & Crocheting All-in-One For Dummies
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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, you need your finished knit, some contrasting yarn, and a crochet hook.

Figure out a rough idea of the designs you want to add and where.

Surface crochet is pretty easy to redo, so feel free to experiment with the technique, adding flowers, geometric motifs, or abstract designs as the spirit moves you.

Insert your crochet hook through a purl bump or the ladder rung between columns of stitches.

Grab the contrasting yarn with the hook and pull it through, forming your first loop or crochet chain. Take care to keep your stitches loose enough that you don’t cause the finished piece to pucker. Try a larger hook or work 1 chain stitch between stitches if you have trouble keeping your stitches loose.

Stick the hook under the next purl bump or ladder rung.

Stick the hook under the next purl bump or ladder rung.

Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the loop on the hook.

Continue in this way until your design is done.

Continue in this way until your design is done.

You can move up, down, sideways, or diagonally.

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Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet. Susan Brittain is a knitwear pattern designer and writer. Karen Manthey edits crochet diagrams for numerous books, magazines, yarn companies, and designers. Manthey was an editor at All American Crafts for 20 years.

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