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Saturday, September 8, 2012

How to: Triple Crochet

  The Triple crochet in height is the tallest of the 'basic' stitches you will learn. This tall stitch provides a lacy effect on its own; when combined with chain stitches, you can produce expansive openwork suitable for delicate wraps and summer attire.
  To begin, chain desired number of stitches. Add 4 chains to this. Yarn over from back to front twice.


 Insert the hook in the 5th chain from hook. These 4 chains make the height of the next stitch.


  Pull up a loop. (4 loops on hook)



  Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. (3 loops on hook)



  Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. (2 loops on hook)



  Yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops. (1 loop on hook)



  Continue to the end of the row.



  Turn your work. Chain 4, to meet the height of the next stitch.



  Yarn over twice, insert hook in next stitch. pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through last 2 loops.

 
 
 
 


   Continue to the last stitch, which is placed in the top of the chain 4 from the previous row, and will look like this:







  Practice!

Friday, September 7, 2012

How to: Half-double crochet

  Now for a shorter version of the double; The half-double crochet. Start with the desired number of chains. Add 2 chains to this.

Yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook. These 2 chains make the height of the next stitch.


Pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook)



  Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. (1 loop on hook)

 
 

  Continue to the end of the row.

 
Turn your work. Chain 2, making the height of the next stitch.

 
 Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch. Pull up a loop.




Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.



 

 
 Continue to the last stitch, which will be placed in the top of the chain 2 from the previous row, and will look like this:





Done!


How to: Double Crochet

  The double crochet (dc) stitch is between the single and triple crochet in height. This taller stitch produces a lacy effect while still providing structure and warmth for wearables. To start, chain the desired number of stitches.

  Yarn over.



  Insert hook in 4th chain from hook. These 3 chains make the height of the next double crochet.


  Pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook)



  Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. (2 loops on hook)



  Yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops. (1 loop on hook)



  Continue to the end of the row.



 Now turn your work. Chain 3, again making the height of the next stitch.



  Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops.


 
 
 
 

  Continue to the end of the row. The last stitch will be placed in the top chain 3 of the  previous row, and will look like this:



 

  Done!








 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How to: Single Crochet

  The single crochet stitch height is between the slip stitch and double crochet stitch. Start by chaining desired number of stitches. When beginning a row of single crochet, you will "skip" one chain, which makes up the height of the next single crochet.

  Insert the hook from front to back in the 2nd chain from the hook.

  Yarn over, pull up one loop. You should have two loops on your hook.
 


  Yarn over, pull through both loops on the hook. 1st stitch made.

 
Insert hook into next chain, pull up one loop. Yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. 2nd single crochet (sc) made.

 
Continue until the end of the row. The last stitch will look like this:
Insert hook
 
 
 Pull up one loop. (2 loops on hook)
 
Yarn over, Pull through both loops. (1 loop on hook, no more stitches left.)
 
 
  Okay, so now you've made one row of single crochet. Now what? Turn your work. Chain 1 to make the height of the next stitch.
 

 
Insert hook in next stitch.

 
Pull up one loop.

Yarn over, pull through both loops.

 
Continue as you did for the first row, and keep practicing!
 
 

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