Basic Techniques


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 Make a Magic Ring

Magic Ring, Magic Circle, Magic Loop — you might see these at the beginning of a lot of crochet patterns! All meaning the same thing, this is a crochet technique that will help you get started crocheting the pattern with ease.

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How to: Make a Foundation Chain

A foundation chain is an essential part to any crocheting project. This stitch can also be called a starting chain as it is used for the beginning row of whatever project you’re working on. Learning a foundation chain is a great way to improve your crocheting skills so this tutorial is perfect for anyone working on their skill set.

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Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc) Photo Tutorial

So you were reading through a pattern and you saw the foundation half double crochet stitch. Don’t freak out. Work through the stitch with our simple photo tutorial. This technique is a great one to learn. Any foundation stitch works by crocheting the chain and first row simultaneously! Save some time on your next project!

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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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