Finishing Techniques


How do I wet block my crochet projects?

Hi Carol,

I used to never block my finished crochet projects. I didn’t understand the point of it. I would finish a project and be so excited, and impatient, to wear or send off to its intended recipient. But after many years of crocheting I’ve come to learn the noticeable transformation blocking makes on the final

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Russian Joining: A How To

The Russian Join is a great method for splicing together yarn. You can use it in the middle of a project to join in new yarn without weaving in ends later, or you can use it to organize your smaller bits of stash yarn to create a “magic yarn ball.” It’s a fairly straightforward process, but it can be a bit tricky to hold and navigate with a tapestry needle. Follow along with the photos below for a step-by-step tutorial on this joining method.

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Zippers 101: Sewing Zippers onto Crochet

Putting a zipper into crocheted fabric is always a little tricky. In my “Ring Around the Posies Skirt” design I used an invisible zipper for the closure at the center back waist. I chose an invisible zipper because it doesn’t show as much in the finished project. It is also less likely to snag the fabric when being opened and closed.

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How to Line a Crochet Bag

This quick tutorial on how to create a bag lining will, I hope, speak your language. If you’ve ever constructed a crocheted garment and seamed it with a backstitch or a whip stitch or put together a motif-based blanket, you’ve already got most of the bag lining basics in your crafty techniques toolbox.

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