Beginner Crochet


How To Keep Crochet Edges Straight

Crocheting straight edges is one of the things most beginner crocheters struggle with, but thankfully there are many tips and tricks out there to help you achieve that nice straight edge. But why are straight edges on your crochet projects an important feature? It all comes down to the final presentation. Having straight edges on your piece will really make a difference in how it fits and looks, so it’s an important skill to master for the best results.  

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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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How to Read a Yarn Label

We know it’s tempting to rip off your yarn labels so you can start crocheting right away, but before you toss them you might want to think twice: there’s actually a wealth of information to be found on those little labels! But like with most things, the more information included, the more overwhelming it can seem — but don’t worry. We’re going to break down all the common symbols and information so you won’t feel so lost. Once you’re armed with the proper knowledge, you’ll confidently be able to read every yarn label in your stash.  So let’s get started by breaking down the label and everything it has to offer.

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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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Tips for Crocheting Lace & Working with Lace Yarn

Are you one of many crocheters who is hesitant to work with thinner yarns, like lace and sock yarns or crochet cotton thread? You’re not alone. If you’ve never crocheted lace before, it can be be very daunting. But you shouldn’t give up! With just a few simple trips and tricks, you’ll learn how to

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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 Read Crochet Patterns

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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