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Complete Guide to Crochet Hooks for the Beginner

It is easy and affordable to learn how to crochet. All you need is yarn, a crochet hook, and a little bit of instruction. That said, there are many different types of crochet hooks, and it can be confusing for a beginner to figure out which hook is the right hook to purchase. This guide offers insight into crochet hooks including size, materials, how to hold a crochet hook and more. What is a Crochet Hook? Let’s start with the very basics: what is a crochet hook? A crochet hook is a simple tool that consists of a pencil-shaped “stick” with a hook at one end of it. There are variations in terms of the shape of the handle as well as the hook but at its very basic level, that’s what a crochet hook is. The crochet hook is used to “hook” one loop of yarn through another, without…

Everything You Want To Know About Crochet Doilies

Although many of the doilies that you see in stores today are made from paper or machine lace, there are still people who crochet doilies by hand. Crocheted doilies were especially popular in the early days of crochet. They were a common home decor item featured on tables all throughout the house. People still use doilies in this way today, and there are also many contemporary ways to display doilies. This article covers crochet doily history, including why it’s named a doily, as well as modern doily uses, alternatives and even doily art. History of Crochet Doilies When people first learned how to crochet, they used mercerized cotton thread and small hooks, much different from the bulkier yarns used today. Crochet doilies were one of the most common items that people made throughout the first century of the craft. Crochet doilies were primarily made using the basic crochet stitches, although later…

How to Crochet Bobble Stitch

The crochet bobble stitch is a stitch that can actually be worked in a number of different ways. What all of those methods have in common is that you work multiple stitches together into the same stitch, beginning each of them but not completing any of them until the very last step. The result is a set of stitches that are joined together at both the bottom and the top, creating a textured ball of a stitch called a “bobble”. What varies is the size of the stitch and how many stitches you work together to create the bobble. In this tutorial, you will learn how to crochet bobble worked with 5 double crochet stitches and then you’ll see how to work a variation of 3 double crochet stitches. (Examples of other variations on crochet bobbles would be 5 half double crochet stitches or 7 double crochet stitches.) How to…

How to Crochet Shell Stitch

The crochet shell stitch is created by working a number of crochet stitches together in one stitch, which causes them to fan out and create a shape that looks like a shell. This is an easy crochet stitch that you can learn after you learn the very basics of how to crochet. There are many, many different ways to crochet shell stitch. You can make the shell stitch in different heights, using half double crochet stitches or treble crochet stitches, for example. You can even make it with different heights in the same stitch; a common option is to work sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc all into one stitch. Another way to change up the crochet shell is to change the stitches that you use in between each shell. Once you have learned the basics of the crochet shell stitch, you can play with all of these different variations. But…

How to Crochet Popcorn Stitch

There are several different textured crochet stitches that look similar but each has its own unique way of being made. Bobbles, clusters, shells and popcorn stitches are all advanced beginner crochet stitches that you can learn after you have learned the basic crochet stitches. Many people find that it is a lot of fun to work the popcorn stitch. This stitch is created by working a number of stitches into the same stitch then joining the top of the last stitch in the set to the top of the first stitch in the set. This creates a ball of texture that pops off of the fabric and is called a “popcorn”. This crochet stitch can be worked in many variations by changing both the height of the stitches and the number of stitches in a group. We are going to look at how to crochet a common variation – the…

What is Amigurumi?

Amigurumi crochet bunny by Iradumi If you have spent any time in the world of crochet then there’s a good chance that you have heard the term “amigurumi”. Browsing through amigurumi crochet patterns, you might get a sense of what this niche of the craft is, but you may not know for sure. That is because some people have a really strict definition of amigurumi and others use it more broadly. Basically, though, amigurumi is when you make a small stuffed crochet item, typically worked only in single crochet stitches. Amigurumi Crochet Dolls The most common type of amigurumi is crochet dolls. These are small dolls that are made using single crochet stitches, typically worked in spirals (rather than joined in the round) and made using lightweight or worsted weight yarn with relatively small crochet hooks. The idea is that you create a tightly joined spiral with no gaps because…

Box Stitch Crochet (book review)

The corner-to-corner crochet stitch has been trending recently but it isn’t a new stitch. Like with most things in crochet, it has been around for a long, long time, although it was previously known better as “box stitch”. In fact, in the introduction to Box Stitch Crochet, author Corinne Freeman shares, “My interest in the box stitch started many years ago when, at a family gathering, my cousin learned this stitch from our grandmother who was blind.” Both in the past and more recently this stitch (also called C2C) has been used specifically to work from one corner of a square blanket to another. Although a few designers have used the stitch more creatively, it hasn’t been common to see crochet accessories based on box stitch. Corinne Freeman has done just that with her crochet book – Box Stitch Crochet: Use the Corner-to-Corner Stitch in New Ways to Make 20…