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.Read More
Check out our free articles about different crochet techniques that will help you achieve professional looking results with your crochet endeavors. From basic to advanced techniques to finishing techniques like wet blocking your projects and different ways to add borders to your pieces, these are the crochet techniques you’ll want to learn right away.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Curious about crocheting with wire? It’s just as easy as working with yarn, but there are a few key differences to consider. This article will cover strategies, tools, and resources you’ll need to get started on your own wire crochet projects.
Selecting the Right Wire
Wire used for crochet must be thin and pliable yet strong enoughRead More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
To complete the fabulous Pineapple Tunisian Pillow, you’ll need to master the 6-stitch right and left cables. This technique, demonstrated in the photos below, will achieve the most stunning “knit” like cables!Read More
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.Read More
There are many ways in which crochet is different than knitting. For instance, crochet stitches can be short, tall or textured, and they can wrap around and go in many different directions. The look of crochet stitches are noticeable different from knitting stitches, but there is one traditional knitting technique that can be made inRead More