How to Crochet…

The word crochet is derived from the French word crochet which means ‘small hook’. It is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. These are made of materials such as metal, wood or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshop.
Crocheted fabric is begun by placing a slip knot loop on the hook pulling another loop through the first loop and repeating this process to create a chain of suitable length. The chain is either turned and worked in rows, or joined to the beginning of the row with a slip stitch and worked in rounds. Rounds can also be created by working many stitches into a single loop. Stitches are made by pulling one or more loops through each loop of the chain. At any one time at the end of the stitch, there is only one loop left on the hook.

There are five main types of basic stitches.

  1. Slip Knot – crochet begins with a series of chain stitches. A slip knot is the first step to it.

Process:

  • Hold the yarn in a U-shape, leaving 6-8″ of yarn (tail) hanging from the end.
  • Twist your fingers to create a loop, making the yarn strands cross each other.
  • Insert your fingers into the loop and grab the yarn that leads back to your ball of yarn, creating another little loop
  • Pull the tail to tighten the knot – you should now have a cinched knot with a loop coming out of one end, and two strands of yarn (one of which is your tail) coming out from the other.
  • Slip the loop onto your crochet hook and pull both ends of the yarn to make the loop tighter.

Learn more by watching the video

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  1. Chain Stitch – Crochet usually begins with a series of chain stitches called a beginning or foundation chain.

Process:

  • Make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Hold your hook in your right hand.
  • Using your hook, pull yarn (from the skein of yarn) through your slip knot loop. You’ve just made one chain stitch.
  • Repeat step 2 to make as many chains depending on your design.

Learn more by watching the video

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  1. Single Crochet Stitch (British: Double Crochet) – The single crochet (SC) is the most fundamental of all stitches in crocheting. It is a process which involves creating a foundation chain and completing a series of yarn over.

Process:

  • Insert your hook into center of your next working chain. Grab yarn (known as a yarn over) and draw through the chain stitch and up onto the hook so that you have two loops on your hook.
  • Using your hook, grab yarn and draw it through both loops on your hook, leaving just one loop on your hook. You’ve made one single crochet stitch.
  • Repeat the steps as many times depending on your design.

Learn more by watching the video

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  1. Half Double Crochet Stitch (British: Half Treble Stitch) – This crochet stitch falls between a single crochet and a double crochet. Instead of working with two loops at a time you draw the yarn through three loops on the hook.

Process:

  • Yarn over, then insert your crochet hook into the center of your next working chain. Yarn over and draw through the chain stitch and up onto the hook so that you have three loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook, leaving just one loop. You’ve just made one half double crochet stitch.
  • Repeat the above steps depending on the desired design.

Learn more by watching the video

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  1. Double Crochet Stitch (British: Treble Stitch) – the double crochet (DC) is one of the most common stitches and is twice the height of single crochet.

Process:

  • Yarn over, then insert your crochet hook into the center of your next working chain. Yarn over and draw through the chain stitch and up onto the hook so that you have three loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your hook, leaving two loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over again and pull through both loops on your hook, leaving just one loop. You’ve just made one double crochet stitch.
  • Repeat steps 1-3 as many times depending on the pattern.

Learn more by watching the video

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  1. Triple Crochet Stitch/Treble (British: Double Treble) – Treble (TR) Creates longer openings between the stitches. It creates a loose fabric.

Process:

  • Yarn over twice and then insert your hook into the center of your next working chain. Yarn over and draw up a loop so that you have four loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your hook, leaving three loops on your crochet hook.
  • Yarn over again and pull the yarn through two loops, leaving two loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over for the last time and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook so that you only have one loop. You’ve just made one triple/treble crochet stitch.
  • Repeat steps 1-4 as many times depending on the pattern.

Learn more by watching the video

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The more advanced stitches include the Shell Stitch, V Stitch, Spike Stitch, Afghan Stitch, Butterfly Stitch, Popcorn Stitch, and Crocodile Stitch.

More posts on Fashion Crafts and Self-Grooming coming up…

Laters,

Adios! Zaa

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