Crochet Tutorials: Holding the hook & yarn

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook.   HOLDING THE HOOK Try these methods and see which works best. Pencil method Hold the hook like a pencil, in your right hand (if you’re right-handed), about 3-5cm… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Treble Crochet

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook. TREBLE CROCHET (tr) US term: double crochet One of the most popular stitches in crochet, this simple stitch is twice as high as a double crochet stitch.   1. To… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Making a Slipknot

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook. MAKING A SLIPKNOT Try these methods and see which works best. 1. Hold the tail of the ball of yarn in your left hand and drape the yarn clockwise… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Chain Stitch & Counting Chains

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook. CHAIN STITCH Use this stitch to make your foundation chain. 1. Hold the hook in your right hand, and both the yarn end and the working yarn in your… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Double Crochet

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook. DOUBLE CROCHET (dc) One of the key stitches in crochet, doubles are simple, compact stitches that form a dense fabric.   1. To make a double crochet stitch, insert the… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Slip Stitch

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook.   SLIP STITCH (ss) This stitch has no height – often used to join rounds.   1. The slip stitch is used to join a length of chain into the… Continue reading

Tunisian crochet: the expert guide

Tunisian crochet - finishing, step 2

Tunisian crochet combines the best of knitting and crochet – it’s got a hook like crochet, but it also keeps several stitches on the hook, like knitting. You can achieve many different stitches and effects, and even combine it with regular crochet. To make room for all those stitches, most Tunisian crochet is done with… Continue reading

How to make a magic loop

Also known as a Drawstring Ring or Magic Ring, the Magic Loop is popular when working amigurumi. Work as follows: Step 1 To start a Magic Loop, don’t make a slipknot. Instead, make a loop with the yarn, leaving a tail around 10cm long. Make sure the tail end is on the bottom. Step 2… Continue reading

How to hold the hook

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

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