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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…

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…

Crochet Interview with Erna from Eyes of a Child Blog

I am happy to bring you an interview today with Erna who blogs at Eyes of a Child, a beautiful blog inspired by the creativity and curiosity of how children see the world. She is a crafter who loves to crochet and has seen the benefits of the craft. She is also a photographer who shares beautiful images of her work. In this interview, we learn about her history with the craft and get a few photo tips for crafters.