How to hold the hook

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What do I do with the hook? Crochet fabric is made from a combination of chains and basic stitches. To learn how to crochet, choose a smooth woollen yarn (aran weight is ideal) and a 5 or 6mm hook, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing. If this feels too bulky, try a 4mm… Continue reading

Left-handed workshop: how to hold the hook

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Crochet fabric is made from a combination of chains and basic stitches. To learn how to crochet, choose a smooth woolen yarn (aran weight is ideal) and a 5 or 6mm hook, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing. If this feels too bulky try a 4mm hook and double knitting yarn. There is… Continue reading

How do I hold the yarn?

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To create projects you can be proud of, it’s important to be able to crochet with an even and consistent tension. The yarn needs to be able to unwind easily from the ball while you’re working with it. At the same time, the yarn needs to have enough tension for the hook to be able… Continue reading

Controlling the yarn on the hook

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However you hold the hook and yarn, you need to control the loop on the hook. While you’re crocheting, you will need to control the crochet loop with the same hand as the one that’s holding the yarn. When making your first chain stitches (as shown left), hold the tail end of the yarn firmly… Continue reading

Making a slip knot

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IF YOUR RIGHT-HANDED… Step 1 Crocheting is just a series of loops worked into other loops. To start crocheting, you need to make an initial loop. The first loop you make on the hook is called a slip knot. You’ll probably have made one of these before, but perhaps not like this. Hold the tail… Continue reading

How to make a foundation chain

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Chain stitch is abbreviated as ‘ch’ in patterns. Step 1 Make a slip knot, as shown on page 71, and hold the yarn as shown on page 70. Step 2 Catch the ball end of the yarn with the hook, so that the yarn wraps anticlockwise around it. This movement is called ‘yarn round hook’,… Continue reading

Left-handed workshop: how to make a foundation chain

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Chain stitch is abbreviated as ‘ch’ in patterns and is the foundation of a lot of projects. Make a slip knot. Catch the ball end of the yarn with the hook, so that the yarn wraps anticlockwise around it. This movement is called ‘yarn round hook’, which you’ll see abbreviated as ‘yrh’. You’ll do a… Continue reading

How to count your stitches

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Knowing the anatomy of a crochet chain is the first stage in following any pattern. The first images shows the front of a chain – you’ll see that it looks like a plait. Have your chain this way round to count the stitches. The back of a chain has a row of bumps. As you can see… Continue reading

How to: slip stitch

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This stitch has no height – often used to join rounds 1 You can make a slip stitch in any chain or stitch, to join this stitch to the working loop on the hook. To make a slip stitch, simply insert the hook into the stitch instructed, from front to back. 2 Catch the ball… Continue reading

Step-by-step: loop stitch

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Loop stitch gets its name from the long loops it leaves behind. Getting the loop stitches’ loops all the same length takes some practice, but when you get the hang of it, the loop stitch is a fun and effective way to finish blankets, cushions and more. Step 1: Working from the Wrong Side, wrap… Continue reading