Beginners class: how to double crochet

This easy crochet stitch is frequently used and forms a smooth, firm surface. It’s one of your crochet essentials! Skip 2 chain stitches and insert the hook under the top loop of the 3rd chain. Wind the yarn around the hook and pull it through the chain loop, leaving two loops on your crochet hook…. Continue reading

Beginners class: how to crochet in rows

Become an instant expert in one of the most essential crochet techniques! Step 1 The first row is made by working across the foundation chain from left to right. At the end of the chain or row, turn the work so that the yarn is behind the hook. Step 2 First make the turning chain… Continue reading

Tutorial: cross hatch pattern

Here’s a lacy stitch pattern you’ll love to crochet! Foundation chain in multiple of 7 sts plus 1. (Try 43 ch sts.) Foundation row Work 2 tr in 4th ch from hook, miss 3 ch, 1 dc next ch,*3 ch, 1 tr in each of the next 3 ch, miss next 3 ch, dc in next… Continue reading

Handmade holidays: sparkly hook DIY

Loving the sparkle in the shops? The party dresses, the jewellery…oh my! Well, now you can add a bit of sparkle to your crochet life too with these hook ideas from Twinkie Chan and the ladies at A Beautiful Mess. Like all the best DIY, it’s quick, simple, and even better, the hooks make the… Continue reading

Beginners class: how to make a slip knot

Here's a brief guide to a crochet essential you will need.

About 6in (15cm) from the end of the yarn, make a loop with the ball end on the top. Insert the hook through the loop and catch the yarn, pulling it through the loop. Pull both ends of the yarn to tighten the knot and slide it up the hook.

Beginners class: how to crochet

Step 1 Make a slipknot by folding working yarn in front of the tail end to form a circle then pass working yarn through circle from back to front to form a loop. Loop should slide freely. Hold hook like a pencil in RH and use middle finger to support hook underneath. Place slipknot on… Continue reading

Crochet Essentials Guide: How to make a Slip Knot

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 (The first loop on a hook) 1 Hold the tail of the ball of yarn in your left hand and drape the yarn clockwise over the… Continue reading