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

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

Spook-tacular free patterns

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

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

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

Free pattern: Beautiful blooms

Learn to make Jennifer May’s pretty crochet flower the perfect accessory to help reinvent your summer wardrobe. BASIC FLOWER PATTERN For a large flower, follow the complete pattern from rounds 1-4. For a medium flower, follow rounds 1-3 only. Foundation round Ch6, ss to first ch to join into ring. Round 1 Ch1 (does not… Continue reading

Beginner’s guide: Half treble crochet

A handy stitch that’s between double and treble crochet in size, and that looks slightly looser than double crochet.

What is…freeform crochet?

Tap into your inner artist with freeform crochet. It’s a technique where there’s no right or wrong. When you see examples of freeform crochet, you’ll notice a relaxed, free-flowing quality. This is because the technique doesn’t use regular or repeating motifs. In fact, pieces are created as you go along and never involve following a… Continue reading