Therapeutic Crochet

Granny scarf blanket

Did you catch our Crochet as Therapy feature inside issue 42? Our experts Betsan Corkhill from Stitchlinks and Crochet Concupiscence blogger Kathryn Vercillo believe there are many amazing health benefits connected with crochet. Accomplishing something with your craft skills is so rewarding. “When you’re successful at a task that requires a little effort, the reward… Continue reading

Hooky Highlights from CHSI Stitches

Crochet amigurumi owl

At the end of February, team Simply Crochet hit the road and headed to Birmingham’s NEC for the annual Craft Hobby + Stitches International show. It’s a trade show – and the press get a sneaky peek at all the new products, too! We caught up with some of our yarny favourites and found out what’s… Continue reading

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: Making a Slipknot

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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… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Chain Stitch & Counting Chains

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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… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Double Crochet

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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… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Slip Stitch

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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

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