Beginner Crochet


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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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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Help! How do I read a crochet pattern?

If you are just learning to crochet, one of the hurdles you must overcome is learning how to read crochet patterns. While you don’t have to learn everything all at once, there are a few important elements of a pattern to know so that you can pick up any of the patterns in this issue and feel comfortable enough to attempt them if one strikes your fancy.

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How to Care for Wool

After hours invested in creating a crocheted garment, it’s easy to pretend that there’s no longer a need to lavish attention on it. Off the hook, out of mind, right? Well, if you want your garment to last for years and years, a little extra TLC for your hand-crocheted items goes a long way. Taking care of a hand-crocheted garment isn’t difficult, but it does require some additional knowledge. I will be focusing on the care of garments made from wool and other animal fibers, though these tips are also applicable to items made from acrylic or other synthetic yarns.

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How to: Half Double Crochet (hdc)

How do you do a half double crochet stitch? Learn by following the illustrated tutorial below! Half double crochet (hdc) is an easy stitch to learn and it’s only slightly more involved than the single crochet stitch. The resulting stitch pattern is a little looser and taller than the single crochet, and it uses a little more yarn.

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Crochet Life Hacks

If you always have your hooks on hand, try these six crochet hacks for everyday uses. From rescuing jewelry to fixing your clothes, crochet hooks are not for just yarn anymore! You don’t need to use your brand new hooks for these tricks, either – old hooks or previously loved ones from a thrift store work as well.

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UK to US Crochet Terms: Exploring Our Differences

Rather upsettingly I hadn’t known that there were different types of crochet terminology. Being British my mum and Nana had taught me what they knew, which was UK terms, and now I was entering an eye-opening realm of familiar-named stitches meaning one thing to me and something entirely different to others!

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Triple Crochet Stitch

Triple Crochet, also known as Treble Crochet, is an extremely long stitch which makes for an open, lacy fabric that’s perfect for shawls and summer tops. The stitch takes a bit longer to do, but it covers a lot of ground quickly.

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How to: Single Crochet (sc)

single crochet step one

Perhaps the most fundamental stitch in crocheting, the single crochet (sc) is an incredibly important skill to learn to begin crocheting anything. This tutorial will take you step-by-step to introduce you to the stitch so you can begin your crocheting adventure or simply refresh in preparation of a new project!

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