Free pattern! Crochet collar pattern to download

Crochet collar

We love being able to embellish plainer clothes and imbue them with personality. This pretty collar is a free pattern for you, designed by Kirstie McLeod, and it’s a lovely example of a little project that will make an enormous difference. Pretty up any blouse, top or T-shirt with a plain neckline with this lacy collar…. 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

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

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

Spook-tacular free patterns

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Some of our favourite free patterns from around the web inspired by Halloween… 1. Shark beanie Sarah at Repeat Crafter 2. Kitten ears Hook-de-loop 3. Eyeball Crochet Ninja 4. Amigurumi bat Karissa Cole 5. The black widow spider Lutter Idyl 6. Bat bow-tie and simple mask both Good Knits

Free pattern: e-reader case to download now

Free pattern: e-reader case

This free pattern for an e-reader case is great for newbie crocheters, as it uses just chains, double crochet and half trebles. It’ll make a great Christmas gift too, so even if you’ve been hooking for years you can whip up several in different styles as handmade gifts. Half treble stitches form solid front, back and flap… Continue reading

Grab your hooks we’re all off to Crochet Camp this summer

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Looking to learn to crochet this summer? We suggest you head to Kat Goldin’s online crochet camp for four weeks of cute projects, talking technique, interviews, and general crochet geekery. For four weeks, author, photographer, and Simply Crochet contributor Kat Goldin will be hosting camp crochet on her blog Slugs on the Refrigerator it’s a great… Continue reading

UK and US crochet conversion chart

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For those of you who  prefer working with charts, here’s a basic key in both UK and US terms: We post a lot of free patterns on the Simply Crochet blog, most use UK terms but some use US terms too. This simple chart can help you translate our patterns and others on the web… Continue reading