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Foundation Half Double Crochet Basics

When working any in-the-round motif pattern, there are a few different ways to start off your motif, and there is no right or wrong way. Some people prefer to crochet a series of chain stitches and join them with a slip stitch to form a ring, and others prefer to use the magic ring method. Both are effective, depending on your own personal preference, but there’s still another way to start off a motif pattern and that’s by using a row of foundation stitches.

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How to: Double Crochet Decreases

Double Crochet Decreases, or DC2tog (double crochet two together) as it’s written in patterns, is a common technique used in sweater making where you need to shape your fabric in order to create a piece that flatters and fits your body. This technique might sound intimidating, but it’s easy to master. All you need to do is turn two crochet stitches into a single stitch! Watch to learn how easy that can be.

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I’m a left-handed knitter – how do I crochet from a pattern meant for righties?

While I am right-handed, I grew up in a household where everyone else was left-handed, and I witnessed their struggle every day. However, when it came time to learn how to crochet, this situation came to be useful!  I sat opposite my mother and mimicked her steps as if looking in a mirror and caught onto the process easily. It can be difficult to how to crochet left-handed for beginners. Lefties will hold the hook in their left hand and use their right hand to hold the yarn and maintain tension.

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Best Way to Weave in Ends

Finishing is something that most crocheters don’t take much time to think about, but it can really make or break a project.  One important aspect that every crochet project includes is loose ends.  There is nothing worse than spending hours on a project only to rush through the finishing and have ends sticking out.

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How to Crochet the Flower Puff Stitch

Just like clockwork, when Spring rolls around so does an array of beautiful flowers! The puff stitches in this design resemble whimsical little lilacs, making this stitch the perfect addition to your repertoire as you enjoy crocheting lightweight shawls and scarves during the warmer months! This in-depth tutorial is there to help every crochet newbie who would like to tackle the “Spring Lilac Headband” pattern.

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Tunisian Crochet: How to Carry Up Multiple Colors

Working with color when crafting is universally appealing – just look at the explosion of long color run yarns like Noro and other such brands. My painting experience is instructive in this area: colors come alive and reveal personality only in context with other colors. As on the painting canvas, so too in creating crochet fabric – there is is something infinitely satisfying about watching colors take form and reveal themselves in the context of a crochet project, especially in Tunisian crochet by carrying yarn.

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How to Finger Crochet

Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook

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How To Seam a Crochet Sweater

Making a sweater for the first time can be intimidating for some stitchers.  Sizing, pattern choices, and the extra finishing that sweaters sometimes require can be major barriers to creating the sweater of your dreams.

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