Controlling the yarn on the hook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diamond picot stitch chart

We couldn’t quite fit this chart into the mag, but we didn’t want you chart lovers to miss out! Use this chart to help you hook this gorgeous diamond bolster cushion inside issue 16!

Simply Crochet workshop: how to change colour in rows

The basic technique of changing colour in crochet is the same whether you’re working in rows or rounds, double or treble. You need to think ahead to where you want your colour change, then change yarn just before. Make a small swatch and then practise the technique by following this step-by-step guide. You can use… Continue reading

Twisted Headband – Issue 15

If you’re making the turban headband from issue 15, you’ll find a handy video showing how to twist your finished headband strap here.