Crocheting box set the complete guide on learning how to crochet from beginner to expert

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1. BoxSet:TheCompleteGuideonLearningHowtoCrochetfrom BeginnertoExpert 2. Book1 CrochetforBeginners 3. TheCompleteGuideontheBasicsofCrochet Helloandthankyouforpurchasingthisbookonbeginningcrochet.Togetherwewilllearnthebasic stitchesandtechniquesusedintheartofcrochet.Wellalsolearnaboutthehooksandequipmentyou needtostartoutandallaboutyarnanditsvarioususes.Nextwellpickuphookandyarnandget startedonsomebasicprojects.Mygoalforthisbookistosparkaloveofcrochetinyouandhelpyou getstartedonthispopularandtimelessfiberart.Evenifyouvenevercrochetedbefore,onceyouve completedtheprojectsinthisbookyoullbeabletoreadandworkbasicandbeginningpatterns.Iwill alsosharesomegreatcrochetresourcestohelpyouexpandyournewfoundskills.Soareyoureadyto getstarted?Wellthen,letsbegin! 4. Contents ChapterOneTheRightEquipment ChapterTwoKnowYourYarn ChapterThreeBasicTerminology ChapterFourReadingPatterns ChapterFiveBasicCrochetStitches ChapterSixBasicCrochetTechniques CrochetResources VideoLinks PatternLinks ImageAttributions Ahashare.com 5. ChapterOneTheRightEquipment Beforewebeginyoullneedsomebasicequipment.Thisincludescrochethooks,shears,stitchmarkers, arowcounter,andabagortotetostoreyouryarn,worksinprogress,andequipment.Youdontneedto spendafortuneongoodqualityequipment.Anicesetofaluminumcrochethooks,agoodpairof shears,andsomesimplestitchmarkersareallyoureallyneedtogetstarted.Inthischapterwellcover thebasicequipmentyoullneedandtheproperwaytouseit. CrochetHooks Crochethookscomeinvarioussizesfromverysmallalmostneedlelikehooksusedwiththreadtohuge hooksusedtocreaterugs.ForthebeginnerIrecommendpurchasingagoodqualityhooksetwithsized fromUSEtoUSK.Thesewillbethesizesusedformostpatternsforallskilllevels.Youcanfind hookswithcomfortgripsifyouhaveproblemswitharthritisorholdingahook.Youcanalsomakeyour owngripswithclay.Someoftheothermaterialsusedforhooksincludesteel,bamboo,variouswoods, andplastic.Agoodqualitysetofaluminumhooksareperfectforthebeginner,andwillserveyoufor manyyears. 6. Acrochethookisprettystraightforward.Mosthookshaveanindentationinthehandlecalledthegrip orpadthatyouusetogripthehook.Therearetwobasictypesoflipsandthreadguides.Boyehooks haveamoreroundedthreadguidewhileBateshooksaremoreangular.Whichtypeofhookyouuseis purelypersonalpreference.Iveusedbothtypesandreallycanttellmuchdifferenceinthem.Butsome diehardfansswearbytheirfavoritebrand,socheckthemoutandseewhichonesyouprefer. AsyouadvanceinyourskillsyoumaywanttotryoutTunisiancrochet.Thistypeofcrochetusesa longhooktoholdthestitches.Itlooksverysimilartoalongknittingneedlewithacrochethookonone end.YoucanalsofindTunisiancrochethookswithalongpieceofplasticormetalusedtoholdmany stitches.Theselooksimilartocircularknittingneedleswithahookononeend.CircularTunisian crochethooksareusedforverylargeprojectssuchasakindsizeafghan.Youcanalsofinddouble endedcrochethooks.TheseareusedformoreadvancetechniquessimilartoTunisiancrochet. CrochetHookSizes Crochethookscomeinmanysizes.AsImentionedbeforesteelhookswithverysmallhooksizesare usedfordelicatethreadandlacework.Steelhooksaresizeddifferentlythanotherhooks.Whenusing steelhooksyoumustrememberthatthehigherthenumberthesmallerthehook,forexamplethelargest hooksizeis00whilethesmallestissize14. MostpatternsusecrochethooksizesfromUSE/4(3.5mm)toUSK/10.5(6.5mm).Patternsuseboth thelettersizeandthemillimetersize.UsethishandychartfromtheCraftYarnCounciltorefertothe varioushooksizes.ThischartisalsoahandyreferenceifyoufindpatternsnotwritteninUS terminology. 7. HowtoHoldaCrochetHook Therearetwocampsofthoughtwhenitcomestoholdingacrochethook.Oneisthepencilholdand oneistheknifehold.Asthenamesimplyifyouuseapencilholdyoullholdyourhooklikeapencil.If youuseaknifeholdyouwillholdyourhooklikeyouwouldatableknife.Bothtechniquesarecorrect, andbothtechniquesproducetheexactsamestitches.Whichholdyouuseisuptoyou.Trythemboth outandseewhichonefeelsbesttoyou.PersonallyIvealwaysheldmyhooklikeapencil.Thatishow 8. mymotherandgrandmothertaughtme.ButMikeyfromTheCrochetCrowdusestheknifeholdinall ofhisvideotutorials,butwebothendupwiththesamefinishedproduct.Sodontletanyonetellyou thatyouholdyourhookwrong.Eitherwayisfine;justdowhatfeelsnaturaltoyou. Inthisimageyoucanseethehookisheldlikeaknife. 9. Thisimageshowsthehookheldlikeapencil. StitchMarkers Stitchmarkersareusedtomarkthebeginningofapatternrepeat,thebeginningofaroundwhen crochetingintheround,andcolorchanges.Therearemanydifferenttypesandstylesofstitchmarkers youcanfindfromsimpleplasticclipononestoornatebeadedones.Youmightevenwanttotryyour handatmakingyourownstitchmarkerswithsafetypinsandbeads.Iveevenusedabobbypinina pinch,oracontrastingpieceofyarnasastitchmarker.Justbesuretousestitchmarkersthatare removablesothatyoudontcrochetthemintoyourwork. OtherEquipmentforBeginners Youwillneedapairofscissor(shears)whichyouonlyuseforcuttingyarn,thread,andfabric.Let everyoneinyourfamilyknowtheseshearsarehands-offandonlyforyourcrochetwork.Thiskeeps themniceandsharp.Cuttingpaperwilldullshearsandwhenyougotousethemyoullnoticeabig differenceinhowtheycut. 10. Arowcounterisanotherhandylittletooltohave.Youuseittokeeptrackofwhichrowyouareonin yourpattern.Manypatternshaverowrepeatstoachievetheproperlook.Youcanfindrowcountersin manydifferentstyles.Youcanevenuseapieceofpaperandapenciltokeeptrackofyourrowsby writingdowntherownumbersorusinghashmarks. Youwillalsowanttopurchaseabagortotetostoreyourcrochetsupplies.Thiswillkeepyourprojects awayfromcuriouslittlehandsorpaws.IhavecatsandIhavetokeepmyyarn,supplies,andworksin progressinacoveredtote.MycatslovetoexploreboxesandbagssoIneededsomethingwithalocking toptokeepthemoutofeverything.Asyouexpandyouryarnstashandskillsyoumaywanttogetsome sturdyshelvingtoorganizeyourcrochetsupplies.Idreamofturningmyguestroomintoacraftroom andImalwaysonPinterestlookingatthemanyideas.Agirlcandreamright? Thisisahandyidea! 11. ChapterTwoKnowYourYarn Ihaveaconfession:Iloveyarn.YesthereIsaidit!Onceyoudiscoverallofthedifferenttextures, materials,andcolorsoutthereintheworldofyarnImsureyoullbeayarnaddict,too.Whenyouare startingoutinvestingoodqualityyarn,butdontbreakthebank.Whilehandspun,handdyedartisan yarnisatreasureandadreamtoworkwith,savethistypeofyarnforlaterwhenyouremoreconfident inyourskills.Theresplentyofgoodqualitymediumpricedyarntobehadinawidevarietyofcolors andtextures. Inthischapterwellgooverthedifferenttypesoffiberusedtomakeyarnandhowtoreadayarnlabel. YarnFibers Yarnismadefromthreebasictypesoffibers;animal,plant,andsynthetic.Eachonehasitsbestuseand eachonehasitsownpropertiesforcaringandworkingwithit.Mostyarnfiberarrivestothefactoryin bales.Thesebalesarecombedandwashedandthenspunintoyarnthroughvariousmethods.Mostyarn fibersarriveattheyarnmanufacturingfacilityalreadydyed.Handdyedyarnisexpensive,butitis uniqueandnottwoballsareexactlyalike. AnimalFibers 12. Alpacasusedforyarnfibers Wool,mohair,alpaca,mohair,angora,andsilkareexamplesofthevariousanimalfiberstoproduce yarn.Woolisaverypopularchoiceandcreatesasoftfabricwhichhasalotofwarmthandhasalotof give.Woolcomesfromsheepandisfoundinmanydifferentcolorsandweights. Alpacayarnisfromtheanimalofthesamenameandhasabitofsheentoit.Itisalsoverywarmand softtothetouch.Alpacayarnisanicealternativetowoolandthefabrichasanicedrapetoit. Goatsproducethefibersusedformohairyarn.Softmohairyarnisfromyounggoatswhilecoarser mohaircomesfromoldergoats.Mohairyarncanbedyedwithveryvividcolorsandholdsthesecolors verywell. Cashmereyarnisproducedfromthefurfromtheunderbellyofaspecificbreedofgoat.Angorayarn comesfromtheAngorarabbit.Bothtypesofyarnareveryluxuriousandsoft.Bothtypesofyarnalso haveabeautifuldrape.Theseyarnsarequiteexpensiveandarealtreattouse. Silkfiberscomefromthesilkwormandarenormallyblendedwithotherfiberstogivetheyarnstrength, shine,andtexture.Silkisaveryprettyadditiontoyarnandyoucanfindsomeverybeautiful PlantFibers Yarnmadewithplantfibersisverystrongandholdscolorwell.Plantfiberyarnscanbeabitstiffto workwithuntilyougetusedtothem,buttheyareperfectformakingkitchenandbathitemsaswellas summergarments. 13. Flaxfield Cottonfibersareusedtocreateaverydurableandsturdymaterial.Itcomesinmanydifferentweights andcanbeusedfordelicatecottonthreadusedinlaceworkanddoiliestobulkyweightyarnusedfor matsandrugs. Bambooisalsousedtomakeaverysturdyyarnwhichhasmoresheenthancotton.Fabriccrocheted withbamboothreadhasaveryprettystitchdefinitionandanicedrape. Flaxfibersareusedtocreatelinenyarn.Linenisanexcellentchoiceforsummergarmentsbecauseit wicksawaymoistureandthefabricbreathes.Itisverydurableandcomesinmanyshades. Hempfibersareusedtocreateanothersturdyplantbasedyarn.Hempyarncanbeusedinanyproject whichcallsforcottonorbamboo.Itcomesinawidevarietyofcolorsandtextures. SyntheticFibers Oneofthemostpopulartypesofyarnisacrylic.Acrylicyarnisproducedfromsyntheticpetroleum basedfibers.Itcanbedyedintomanydifferentcolors,isdurable,andveryeasytoworkwith.Thereare manydifferenttypesofacrylicyarnrangingfromthinfingerlingyarntobigchunkybulkyyarn.Acrylic yarnalsocomesinmanytextures.Itiseasytoworkwithandhassomegive,makingittheperfect choiceforthebeginner. Youcanfindacrylicyarnwithsequins,beads,andothertypesofembellishments.Eyelashyarnisafun acrylictoworkwith.Ithaslittlefiberswhichresembleeyelashesandisusedwithothertypesofyarnto createveryprettyembellishmentsonmanyprojects.Funfurisanotherfunacrylicyarn.Youcancreate 14. fauxfurpieceseasilywiththistypeofsyntheticyarn. VariegatedAcrylicYarn Othertypesofsyntheticyarnincludenylon,polyester,andmicrofiber.Thesefibersarenormally blendedwithothertypesofyarntoaddelasticity,sheen,andtexture. YarnWeights Yarncomesindifferentweightsfromfingerlingusedforlaceworkandbabyitemstosuperbulky.Yarn manufacturersuseastandardizedsystemforyarnweight.TheCraftYarnCouncilhasahandychart whichshowsthedifferentyarnweightsandwhattheyareusedfor.Youcangotothesiteanddownload aPDFfilesoyoucanprintitoutanduseitasareferencewhenyoushopforyarn. StandardYarnWeightSystem Categoriesofyarn,gaugeranges,andrecommendedneedleandhooksizes 15. YarnLabelInformation Theyarnlabelistheplacetofindalloftheinformationyouneedtoselectthecorrectyarnforyour projects.Onayarnlabelyouwillfindthefibercontent,weight,dyelotnumber(mostyarnsdonothave dyelots,butsomestillusethem),care,gauge,andrecommendedhooksize.Understandingthe informationonayarnlabelisessentialforabeginner.Inthischapterwellcovertheinformationfound onyarnlabelssothatyoucanmakethebestchoicewhenshoppingforyarn. Mostmajoryarnmanufacturersuseasetofstandardizedyarncaresymbols.Artisanandprivatelabel yarnsmaynotusethesesymbols,butmostbrandssuchasRedHeart,LionBrand,Caron,Paton,andI LoveThisYarnusethesestandardizedsymbols.YoucanfindthecompletelistontheLionBrandsite whereyoucanprintthemoutforeasyreference. 16. Inthefollowingexamplewecanseethatthisyarncanbemachinewashedinwaternohotterthan104 degree,anditcanbemachinedried.Theyarnisamediumweightyarnandthemanufacturer recommendsusingaUSI/9crochethooktoobtainagaugeof14stitchesand16rowsinafourbyfour squareoffabric. 17. Oneofthemostimportantpiecesofinformationyoucanfindonayarnlabelisthegauge.Gaugerefers totheamountofstitchesacrossarowandhowmanyrowsittakestocreateafourbyfourinchswatch. Almosteverypatternyoucomeacrossstatesthegauge.Beforeyoustartapatternyoushouldusethe recommendedhooksizeandcrochetupafourbyfourinchsquareandcomparetheamountofstitches inarowandhowmanyrowsyouendupwithtothestatedgaugeforthepattern.Ifyourgaugeislarger youwilleitherhavetotightenupyourtensionoruseasmallerhook.Ontheotherhandifyourgaugeis lessthanthepatterneitherloosenupyourtensionorusealargerhook. Dontskipmakingagaugeswatchwhenyourestartingout.AsanexperiencedcrocheterIstillmake gaugeswatches.Believemetheywillsaveyoutimeandheadaches,somakeitahabitofusingthem. Skeins,Balls,andHanks Mostoftheyarnyouwillfindinretailstorescomesinskeins.Skeinsareeasytouseandyounormally dontneedtorolltheyarnupinballs.Makesureyoupulltheyarnfromthecentertokeeptheyarnfrom tangling. Iftheyarncomesinaballyoucanuseitjustasitiswithoutrerollingit.Placetheyarnballinasmall bowltokeepiffromrollingawaywhileyoureworkingwithit. Manyanimalfiberyarnsandhandspunyarnscomeinhanks.Youcannotworkfromahank,donteven try!Whatyoullendupwithisatangledmess.Hanksmustberolledintoballsorcakes.Youcanfind manualandelectricyarnwinderswhichwillsaveyoutimeandheadaches.Swiftsarealsousedwith winderstoholdtheyarnwhileitisbeingwound.Expandtheswifttoholdthehankofyarn,threadthe winderandthenslowlywindtheyarnintoaballorcake. 18. YarnTips Nowthatwevecoveredthebasicinformationyouneedtoknowaboutyarn,Iwanttosharesometips withyouthatIvelearnedovertheyears. Readtheyarnlabelandunderstandtheinformationcontainedonit.Ayarnlabelisyourbestsourcefor knowingtheweight,fibercontent,recommendedhook,careinstructions,andgauge. Iftheyarnyouchoosehasadyelotnumberpurchasemoreofthesamedyelotthanyouneed.Notall yarnshavedyelotstoday,butiftheydoitisagoodpracticetohavemoreyarnthanyouneedsothat youdontrunoutandthecolorchangeswhenyouaddnewyarn. Youcansubstituteyarnbrandsaslongastheyarethesameweightandfibercontent.Forexampleifthe patterncallsforVannasChoicebutyouonlyhaveRedHeartjustmakesuretheyarnsarethesame weights.Thiswillensureyourprojectcomesoutasyouexpectitto. Savetheexpensiveyarnsforlater.Ifyouseeyarnyoumusthave,toaheadandpurchaseitandsaveit forlater.Fornowsticktomid-rangeyarnsthatareeasytoworkwithandeasytocarefor. Trynottosmokearoundyouryarnstashorwhileyourecrocheting.Yarnpicksupodorsveryeasily andifyouremakingagiftyoudontwantyourprojecttosmelllikecigarettesmoke.Ifyoureceive yarnasagiftandithasanodoryoucanplaceitinapillowcase,knotthepillowcaseandwashanddry itonthegentlecycle.Thisusuallyremovesodorsfromyarnandkeepstheyarnballsandskeinsintact. 19. ChapterThreeBasicTerminology Crochetlikeanyothercraftorartformhasitsownlanguage.Patternsuseabbreviationstomakethe patternseasiertoreadandunderstand.Inthischapterwellgooverthebasicterminologyyoullneedto understandthewonderfulworldofcrochet.Asyoubecomemorefamiliarwithcrochetandareinvolved ingroupsonFacebookandothersocialmediasitesyoulllearnnewterminology,butfornowletsgo overthebasictermsandmeanings.(AllofthetermsinthisbookareinUSform.) StitchAbbreviations Chainch Doublecrochetdc Halfdoublecrochethdc Singlecrochetsc Skipstitchskorskst Slipstitchslst Stitchst Trebleortriplecrochettrortrb SpecialStitchAbbreviations Backloop-bl Backpostbp Backpostdoublecrochetbpdc Backpostsinglecrochetbpsc Doublecrochettwostitchestogetherdc2tog Frontloopfl Frontpostfp Frontpostdoublecrochetfpdc Frontpostsinglecrochetfpsc Singlecrochettwostitchestogethersc2tog GeneralTermsFoundinPatterns Approximatelyapp Betweenbet Chainspacechsp Continuecont ContrastingColorCC Decreasedec Follow/following/followsfoll Gramg Inch Increaseinc MainColorMC 20. Millimeter-mm Previousprev Repeatrep RightSideRS Roundrnd Space-sp Turningchaintch WrongSideWS Yarnoveryo Yarnoverhookyoh PatternRepeats []Workinstructionsinthebracketstheappropriatenumberoftimescalledforbyyourpattern ()Workinstructionsinparenthesistheappropriatenumberoftimescalledforbyyourpattern *Denotesthebeginningofapatternrepeat. **Worktheinstructionsbetweentheasterisksasapatternrepeatasmanytimesascalledforbyyour pattern. DecreaseandIncrease Whenyousee2toginapatternthisisalsoknownasadecrease.Youwillbeworkingtwostitches together.Ifthepatterncallsforanincreasetwostitchesareworkedinoncespace.(Wellgooverhowto dothesetechniquesinalaterchapter.)YoucanfindamasterlistofcrochettermsattheCraftYarn Councilwebsite. CrochetSlang Likeallhobbiesandartformscrochetalsohasitsownsetofslangterms.Youllseetheseonsocial mediasitesandhearthemwhencrochetersarediscussingtheircraft. CALCrochetalong;aneventwhereeveryoneworksonthesameproject,usuallyheldonline DesignElementanothertermformistake FOTHFreshoffthehook FrogorFroggingtoripoutstitches(ripitripitlikeafrog) Hookeratermofendearmentothercrochetenthusiastsuseforeachother HOTHHotoffthehook LYSLocalyarnstore ProjectofDoomtheprojectthatisdrivingyoucrazybutyouhavetofinishit ScrumbleAformoffreeformcrochetinwhichyouusedifferenttypesofyarnandothermedia StashYouryarncollection UFOUnfinishedobject WIMWorkinmind WIPWorksinprogress YarnBarfThistermreferstothewadofyarnthatcomesoutinoneclumpwhenyoupulltheendfrom askeinorballofyarn.Itisusuallyatangledmessandaverycommonoccurrence. 21. YarnBombAdecorativeworkofcrochetusedtodecorateapublicpieceofproperty,usuallydoneto coverupaneyesore. YarnCakeWhenyouuseaballwinderyouendupwithballsofyarnwhichresemblesmallcakes. 22. ChapterFourReadingPatterns Nowthatwevecoveredthebasicterminologyusedincrochetitstimetomoveontoreadingand understandingpatterns.Thisisanessentialskillallbeginnersneedtomaster.Ifyoucanreadand understandpatternsyouopenupawholenewworldofcreativepossibilities.Inthischapterwellgo overabasicpatternstepbysteptohelpyouunderstandhowtoreadandworkit. Beforeyoubegintoworkapatternlookattheentirepattern;checkthetypeofyarnyouneed,the quantityoftheyarn,thehooksize,andthegauge.Lookforanyspecialstitchesorinstructionsneeded forthepattern.Nextreadthroughtheactualpatterntomakesureyouunderstandthestitchesandhow theyallworktogether.Thiswillkeepyoufromhavinganysurprisesorgettingstuckbecauseyoudont knowhowtoworkastitch.Ifyoufindanystitchesyoureunfamiliarwithlookthemupatoneofthe resourcelinksinthebackofthisbooktofindavideoorwritteninstructionsguidingyouthroughthe stitch. WelluseRedHeartsButtonedUpCuffsdesignedbyLoreneEppolitetolearnhowtoreadapattern. Cuffsandwristwarmersareverypopularrightnowandagreatprojectforthebeginner. 23. Firstcheckfortheskilllevelonthepattern;thispatternisratedforbeginnerssoitsperfecttostart with.Nextchecktheyarnandthequantityyoullneed.ForthispatternyouwillneedoneballofRed HeartReflectiveinPink.Youcanusethisyarnoryoucansubstituteitforanymediumweightworsted yarn.YouwillalsoneedasizeUSJ/10(6mm)crochethook,ayarnneedle,andfourinchbuttons alongwithaneedleandthreadtosewonthebuttons.Youwillusetheyarnneedletoworkintheends ofyouryarn(wellcoverhowtodothisinafuturechapter). Thenextimportantpieceofinformationisthegauge.Ifyoutaketheyarncalledforandthehookthe patternspecifiesandcrochetsinglecrochetstitchestomakethreerowswith15stitchesyourswatch 24. shouldmeasure1incheshighandfiveincheswide.Ifitdoesntyoumayneedtogoupordowna hooksizeoradjustyourtensiontogetthecorrectgauge.Gaugeisimportantbecausethepattern designerusedittogetthepatternssize. Thespecialinstructionsforthispatternstatethatthedirectionsarewrittenforsmallwithmediumand largeinparentheses.Soifyouneedtomakealargersizeyouwouldfollowthedirectionsinsidethe parenthesesandignoretheotherdirections. Thepatternalsogivesyouthefinisheddimensionsforeachsize. Attheendofthepatternyouwillalsofindanyabbreviationsyouneedtoknowtoworkthepattern. 25. Nowwegettothemeatofthepattern;howtoworkit.Youseethatyouwillbemakingtwocuffsand youstartbychaining24(wellusethesmallsizeforourillustration). Row1startswithahalfdoublecrochetinthethirdchainfromthehook.Thefirstthreechainstitches countasthefirsthalfdoublecrochet.Thisisacommondirectioninmostpatterns.Thefirsttwoorthree chainstitchescountasthefirststitchunlessotherwisespecified.Nowworkahalfdoublecrochetinto eachchainstitchuntiltheend.Ifyoucountyourstitchesyouwillhave23halfdoublecrochetstitches countingthefirstthreechainstitchesasthefirsthalfdoublecrochet.Turnyourworkandyouareready tostartRow2. Row2beginswithachaintwo.NoticethatthisdoesNOTCOUNTasthefirststitchfromnowon.Half doublecrochetintothefirststitch.(Thisisthefirsthalfdoublecrochetofthepreviousrow.)Chainone, skipthenextstitchandworkahalfdoublecrochetintheremainingstitches.Youshouldnowhave22 halfdoublecrochetandonechainstitch.Turnyourwork. Row3startswithchaintwo.Workahalfdoublecrochetintoeachstitchandintothechainonespace across.Youwillhave23stitchesinthisrow.Turnyourwork. Rows4and5arerepeatsofrows2and3.Onceyouworkrows2andthreeagainleaveaboutasixinch tailandcutyouryarn. Onceyouhavebothcuffscrocheteditistimetofinishthem.Thechainonespacesserveasbutton 26. holes.Linethemupwiththeoppositeendsofthecuffsandsewontwobuttonsontoeachcuff.Threada tapestryneedlewiththetailsyouleftandweavetheminandoutofthestitchesgoingbackandforthto securethem. Nowyou havetwoprettywristcuffstowearorgiveasagift. TipsforReadingPatterns Iwantyoutobecomfortablereadingpatternssoherearesometipsforreadingandunderstanding patterns. Lookovertheentirepatternbeforeyoustarttoworkit. Checkanyspecialinstructionsorstitchesyouneedtoknowbeforeyoustart. Besureyouhaveenoughyarnbeforeyoubegin.Youdontwanttogetalmostdoneonlytofindthat youhaventpurchasedenoughyarn.Itsbettertopurchasetoomuchyarnthannotenough. Gatherupallthesuppliesyoullneedtobesureyouhavethecorrecthookandalloftheaccessoriesyou willneed. Takeyourtimeandrelax! 27. ChapterFiveBasicCrochetStitches Nowthatwevecoveredtheequipmentyoullneed,learnedallaboutyarn,andhowtoreadapattern itstimetostarttolearnbasiccrochetstitches.Allstitchpatternsareacombinationofthebasicstitches whichincludesinglecrochet,doublecrochet,halfdoublecrochet,andtreble(triple)crochetstitches.It ishowyoucombinethisstitcheswhichdeterminesthewaythestitchpatternworksup. ChainStitchandFoundationChains Justabouteverynewpieceofcrochetstartswithafoundationofchainstitches.Firstmakeaslipknot andplaceitonyourhook. 28. Taketheyarnandplaceitoverthehookanddrawitthroughtheslipknot.Thisisyourfirstchainstitch. Puttheyarnoverthehookanddrawitthroughthischainstitch.Nowyouhavetwochainstitches.You 29. dontcounttheknotfromtheslipknow,andyoudontcountthelooponyourhookwhenyouare countingstitches.Yourpatternwilltellyouhowmanychainstitchesyouneedtomake. SingleCrochet Onceyouhaveyourfoundationchaincrochetedyoucannowbuilduponitwithotherstitches.You dontworkintotheloopwhichisonthehook,andyoudontworkintotheveryfirstchainstitch.Insert thehookintothesecondchainfromthehook.Placetheyarnoverthehookanddrawitthroughthe stitch.Younowhavetwoloopsonyourhook.Yarnoveranddrawitthroughbothloops.Thisisasingle crochetstitch. Insertthehookintothenextstitchandyarnover,pulltheyarnthroughthestitch,yarnoverandthen pullthroughbothloopsonthehook.Thisisthesecondsinglecrochet.Continuetodothisprocess acrosstheroworasmanytimesasthepatterncallsfor. 30. DoubleCrochet Thedoublecrochetstitchisoneofthemostpopularstitchesyoucanlearn.Itisthebaseforpuff stitches,clusters,shells,andmanyotherstitches.Beforeyouinsertthehookintothenextstitchplace theyarnoverthehook,insertthehookintothenextstitch,yarnoverandpulltheyarnthroughthe stitch.Younowhavethreeloopsonyourhook.Yarnoverandpullitthroughthefirsttwoloops,yarn overandpullitthroughthelasttwoloops.Thisisadoublecrochetstitch.Youwillnoticeitistallerthan asinglecrochetanditproducesalooserfabricthansinglecrochet. 31. HalfDoubleCrochet Thehalfdoublecrochetstitchisusedalotforhatsandafghans.Itisnotquiteastallasadouble crochet.Yarnoverthehookandinsertthehookintothenextstitch.Yarnoverandpullitthroughthe stitch.Youwillnowhavethreeloopsonyourhook.Yarnoverandpulltheyarnthroughallthreeloops onthehook.Thisisahalfdoublecrochetstitch. Thefirstimageshowsworkingahalfdoublecrochetonafoundationchain.Skipthefirsttwochains andinsertthehookintothethirdchainfromthehook.Thesecondimageshowsworkingahalfdouble crochetatthebeginningofanewrow. 32. TrebleCrochet Youwillseethetermstrebleandtriplecrochetusedinterchangeablyinpatterns.Bothtermsmeanthe samestitch.Atreblecrochetissimilartoadoublecrochet,butitismuchtallerandyouyarnovertwice beforeyouinsertthehookintothenextstitch. Yarnovertwiceandinsertthehookintothenextstitch.Yarnoverandpullthroughthestitch.Youwill nowhavefourloopsonthehook.Yarnoverandpullthroughthefirsttwoloops,yarnoverandpull throughtwoloops,andfinallyyarnoveroncemoreandpullthroughalloftheremainingloopsonthe hook.Thisisatreblecrochetstitch. 33. BackLoopCrochetStitches Backloopstitchescreateaprettyridgealongthebaseofthestitch.Ifyoulookatacrochetstitchyou willseethetoptwoloopsformaV.TocrochetabackloopstitchsimplyinsertthehookONLYintothe backloopinsteadofthroughbothloopsoftheV.Workthestitchasnormal. 34. FrontLoopCrochetStitches Frontloopsstitchesareusedtocontinuetheridgeonthewrongsideofthefabric.Theridgewillshow upontherightsideofthefabric.InsertthehookintoONLYthefrontloopoftheVofthenextstitch. Frontandbackloopstitcheswillbeabitlooserthannormalstitches,buttheyarejustassturdy. 35. ShellStitch Shellstitchesmakeaveryprettyedgingforlotsofprojects.Yourpatternwilltellyouhowmanydouble crochetstitchestouseforashell.Normallyitisatleastthree,usuallyuptofiveorsix.Toworkshell stitchessimplyworkthecorrectnumberofstitchesintoonestitch.Thiswillformaprettyshell.For exampleworkadoublecrochetintothenextstitch.Nowinsteadofmovingtothenextstitch,work anotherdoublecrochetintothesamestitch.Continueworkingdoublecrochetstitchesintothesame stitchforasmanytimesasyourpatterncallsfor. 36. PuffStitch Thepuffstitchaddsalotoftextureandaprettyeffecttocrochet.Itissimilartotheshellstitch,butyou waittopullthelastyarnoveruntilyouhaveallofthestitchesworked.Yarnoverandinsertthehook intothenextstitch.Yarnoverandpullthrough,younowhavethreeloopsonthehook.Yarnoverand pullthroughthefirsttwoloops.YarnoverandinsertthehookintotheSAMEstitch,yarnoverandpull throughthestitch,yarnoverandpullthroughthefirsttwoloops.Nowyouhavethreeloopsonthe hook.Yarnoverandinsertthehook,yarnoverandpullthrough,yarnoverandpullthroughthefirsttwo loopsonthehook.Younowhavefourloopsonthehook.Yarnoverandpullthroughallfourloopsat once.Youwillalwayshaveonemorelooponthehookthanyouhavepuffstitches. 37. PopcornStitch Thepopcornstitchisacutestitchthataddspuffsoftexturetocrochetfabric.Itisworkedinthesame mannerasthepuffstitch,butyoudonotpulltheyarnthroughtheloopsonthehookuntiltheveryend. Yarnoverandinsertthehookintothenextstitch,yarnoverandpullthrough,yarnoverandinsertthe hookintotheSAMEstitch,yarnoverandpullthrough,yarnoverandinsertthehookintotheSAME stitch,yarnoverandpullthrough.Youwillnowhavesevenloopsonthehook.Yarnoverandpull throughallsevenloops,chainonetolockthestitch. VStitch TheVstitchisaveryversatilestitchusedinalotofprojects.TocrochetaVstitchworkadouble crochetstitchinthenextstitch,chainone,andthenworkanotherdoublecrochetintotheSAMEstitch. Skipthenextstitchandrepeat. 38. ChapterSixBasicCrochetTechniques Inthischapterwelllearnthebasiccrochettechniquesyouneedtolearnasabeginner.Thetechniques wellcoverarecrochetingintheround,changingcolorsatthebeginningoftherowandinthemiddleof arow,howtojoinyarnwhenyourunoutoryouryarnbreaks,andmorecrochettechniquesyoucanuse tomakeyourprojectsworkupeasilyandmakeyourlifemucheasier. CrochetingintheRound Youwillusethistechniqueforlotsofprojectsuchashat.Afteryouhavemadeyourfoundationchain insertthehookintothefirstchain,yarnoveranddrawtheyarnthroughthechainandthelooponyour hook.Thisisknownasjoining.Iwouldhighlyrecommendyouattachastitchmarkertothejoining chain.Younowhaveacircleofstitches.Onceyoustarttogoaroundyourprojectitwillbecomevery hardtotellwheretheroundbegins. Asyoucrochetintheroundyoullnoticeyourseamismovinginadiagonaldirection.Thisisnormal andjustthewaythepatternsworkup.Thisisparticularlytrueifyouhavedecreasedorincreasedduring thepattern.Whilecountingyourstitchesisalwaysimportant,whenyoucrochetintheroundcounting yourstitchesisessentialsothatyourprojectturnsoutcorrectly. MagicRing Whenyouuseafoundationchainandjoinitwithaslipstitchyouendupwithatinyholeinthecenter ofyourround.Whileinmostprojectsthisisperfectlyacceptable,therearesometimeswhenyouwant thecircletobeclosed.Thisiswhereknowinghowtodoamagicringcomesinhandy. NowIwilladmitlearningthistechniquetakessomepractice.Ihadtowatchavideoseveraltimes 39. beforeitfinallyclickedandIcannowdoitwithouthavingtolookitup.(Youcanfindthelinktothe videointheResourceschapter.) Taketheyarnandlayitonthepalmofyourhandanddrapeitoveryourindexfinger.Wraptheyarn aroundyourindexandmiddlefingerandholdtheendconnectedtotheskeinwithyourlittlefinger. Insertthehookunderthelooponyourindexfingerandgrabtheyarn.Drawitthroughtheloopandthen grabtheyarnagainanddrawitthroughthelooponyourhook.Continuetocrochetthebeginning stitchesofthefirstroundaroundtheloop.Whenyouvecompletedthestitchesgrabtheloosetailof yarnandgentlydrawitupuntilthestitchesmeet.Youcanthenjointhestitchesandyouwillhavea solidcircleofstitchestoworkwith. 40. ChangingColors Usingdifferentcolorsisoneofthefunthingsaboutcrochet.Forthebeginnerchangingcolorsmay seemlikeadauntingtask,butitisveryeasy.Ifyouhavereachedtheendofarowandwanttochange colorssimplyworkthelaststitchuntilyouhavetwoloopsonyourhook.Pickupthenewcolorand drawitthroughthetwoloops.Turnyourworkanddothechainstitchesforfirststitchofthenextrow andgentlypulltheoldcolorandthenewcolorsnug.Leaveasixinchtailoftheoldcolorsoyoucan weaveitin. Ifyouneedtochangecolorsinmid-rowyoucanusetheexactsametechnique.Workthelaststitchof theoldcoloruntilyouhavetwoloopsonyourhook,grabthenewcolorandpullitthrough.Workafew ofthenextstitchesandthenpullthecolorssnug.Dontpullthemtootightlyoryouwillpuckeryour fabric.Leaveasixinchtailtoweaveinlater. 41. Thereareafewtricksyoucanusetotakecareofthosepeskytailssothatyoudonthaveabunchof themtoweaveinattheend.Youcancapturethetailsoftheyarnunderthenewstitches.Todothis makesureyourhookgoesunderboththenewcolorandtheoldcolorstailsandcapturethemintoyour stitchesuntilyoureachtheendofthetails.Anothertechniqueistotakethetailsandweavetheminand outofthestitchesofthepreviousrowandthencrochetmakingsureyouplacethehookunderthetails. Thisisaverygoodwaytosecureyourtailsandavoidhavingtoweaveinabunchofthemwhenyoure done. WeavinginTails Thisisajobveryfewliketodo,butyoumustdoittosecurethetailsofyouryarn.ThebestmethodI havefoundittouseatapestryoryarnneedleandsewthetailsintoyourstitches.Inserttheneedleunder theloopsofyourstitchesandreversethedirectionaboutthreetimes.Thisreallysecurestheendsofthe yarnandtheywontworktheirwayoutofthefabric. HowtoJoinYarn Sometimeswhenyourecrochetingalongyourunoutofyarn.Sonowwhatdoyoudo?Inthissection wellcovertwodifferentmethodstoaseamlessjoinsothatyoucankeeponcrochetingwithouthaving tofrogyourworkbacktothebeginningofarow. SpitSplicing Thefirstmethodcanonlybeusedforanimalfiberyarnssuchaswool,alpaca,cashmere,andother typesofanimalfibers.Donottrytousethismethodonplantandsyntheticyarnsbecausetheydonot naturallyfeltup.Andyesyouwillusespit.Yourspitcontainsenzymeswhichhelpbreakdowntheyarn fibersandwhenpairedwiththeheatcausedbythefrictionofrubbingyourpalmstogethertheyarn naturallyfeltsandjoinsitself. Firstfraytheendsoftheoldandnewyarn.Nowlickthepalmsofyourhandsandplacetheyarnsinon handwiththeendsoverlapping.Rubyourpalmstogethervigorouslyuntiltheyarnsbecomeonestrand. Youmayhavetorubafewtimestogetthesplicetohold.Nowyouvegotonecontinuousstrandof yarnandyoucankeepcrocheting. 42. RussianJoin TheRussianjoinmethodcanbeusedwithanytypeofyarnfiber.Youwillneedatapestryneedleto performthismethodofjoiningyarn.Threadtheneedlewithoneofthestrandsofyarnandsewtheyarn backuponitselfforafewinches.Switchtotheotherpieceofyarnandthreadtheneedle.Bringthe needleupthroughtheloopcreatedbysewingthefirstyarnbackuponitselfandsewthesecondpieceof yarnbackuponitself.Holdtheendsofbothyarnsinoppositehandsandgentlypulluntiltheyarnjoins inthemiddle.Youmayhavetotrimthefrayedendsoncetheyarnisjoined. Bothofthesemethodscreateverystrongjoinsandarealmostundetectableinyourcrochetedfabric.If youreusingabulkyyarnyoumaynoticeabitofextraweightwheretheyarnisjoined,butnotenough todetractfromyourfinishedwork. 43. ChapterEightBeginnerPatterns Nowthatwevecoveredtheequipmentyouneed,wevelearnedaboutyarn,learnedbasicstitchesand techniques,itsnowtimetoputhooktoyarnandcreatesomebeginnerprojects.Youcanfindallof thesepatternsforfreeonlineandwherepossibleIvegiventheoriginaldesignerscredit.Thepatterns Ivechosenforthisbookaremeanttohelpyougainconfidenceandskill.Takeyourtime,readthrough thepatternsfirst,andhavefun.Ifyouhavetoripoutyourstitchesandstartover,dontsweatit.Weall dothatnomatterhowlongwevebeencrochetingorhowadvancedwemaybeinthecraft.Allimages canbefoundatthelinkinthePatternLinksectioninthebackofthisbook. ClassicChunkyCowl CowlsarealltheragerightnowandthiseasypatternfromRedHeartdesignedbyLauraBainworksup quicklyandeasily.Youcouldcrochetthispatterninseveraldifferentcolorsanduseavariegatedyarnto getadifferentlook.BesuretocheckoutthelinkforthevideointhePatternLinkssectionofthisbook. YouwillneedtwoballsofRedHeartGrandeinFoggy,asizeQ(16mm)crochethook,andatapestry needleforweavingintheends.Thiscowlwillmeasureabout8inchesby34incheswhencompleted. Gaugeforthisprojectis6stitchesand3rowsequals4inches. Chain12 Row1(rightside):DoubleCrochetinthirdchainfromhook(beginningchaindonotcountasfirst DoubleCrochet)andineachchainacross,turn10DoubleCrochet. Row2:Chain2(doesnotcountasDoubleCrochethereandthroughout),DoubleCrochetineach DoubleCrochetacross,turn. RepeatRow2untilpiecemeasures33inchesordesiredlength. JoiningRow:Withwrongsideoffirstandlastrowheldtogetherandworkingthroughboththicknesses, chain1,singlecrochetineachDoubleCrochet10sc. Fastenoff. FINISHING Weaveinends. 44. SingleSquareCoasters Howcutearethese?TheseGrannySquarecoasterscanbemadeinavarietyofcolorsandwouldmakea reallycutestockingstufferorgiftforanewbride.Thisisagreatprojecttouseupyourstashandcreate somefunhomedcor. 45. TocrochetthecoasterspicturedyouwillneedoneballeachofRedHeartGumdropinCherry(Color A),Turquoise(ColorB),andLilac(ColorC).YouwillalsoneedasizeG/6(4.25mm)crochethook andatapestryneedletoweaveinyourends.Eachsquarewillbefourinchessquarewhencompleted. ColorSequence: ColorSequence CoasterOne:AllfourroundsareworkedinColorB CoasterTwo:Rounds1and2areworkedinColorA,Rounds3and4areworkedinColorB CoasterThree:Rounds1and2areworkedinColorA,Rounds3and4areworkedinColorC YouwillbeworkingintheroundwhencreatingtheGrannySquares.Eachcornerwillhavetwosetsof threedoublecrochetclustersandeachclusterisworkedinthechainthreespaceofthepreviousround. Whenthepatterncallsforyoutojoinanewcolormakeaslipknotandplaceitonyourhook.Insertthe hookintotheappropriatestitch,yarnoverandpulltheyarnthroughthestitchandtheloopsonyour hook.Thisdoesnotcountasastitchinthepattern. 46. Begineachsquarewithachain4;slipstitchinfirstchaintoformaring. Round1(rightside):Chain3(countsasdchereandthroughout),2doublecrochetinring,*chain3,3 doublecrochetinring;repeatfrom*twice,chain3;joinwithaslipstitchintopofbeginningchain-3 12doublecrochet;4chain-3spaces.Fastenoff. Round2:Slipstitchinnext2doublecrochetandchain-3space,chain3,(2doublecrochet,chain3,3 doublecrochet)insamechain-3space,*(3doublecrochet,chain3,3doublecrochet)innextchain-3 space;repeatfrom*twice,joinwithaslipstitchintopofbeginningchain-3.Fastenoffifchanging color. Round3:Slipstitchinnext2doublecrochetandcornerchain-3spaceorjoinnextcolorwithslipstitch inanycornerchain-3space,chain3,(2doublecrochet,chain3,3doublecrochet)insamechain-3 space,*3doublecrochetbetweennexttwo3-doublecrochetgroups**,(3doublecrochet,chain3,3 doublecrochet)innextcornerchain-3space;repeatfrom*around,endinglastrepeatat**;joinwitha slipstitchintopofbeginningchain-3. Round4:Slipstitchinnext2doublecrochetandchain-3space,chain3,(2doublecrochet,chain3,3 doublecrochet)insamechain-3space, *[3doublecrochetbetweennexttwo3-doublecrochetgroups]twice**,(3doublecrochet,chain3,3 doublecrochet)innextcornerchain-3space;repeatfrom*around,endinglastrepeatat**;joinwitha slipstitchintopofbeginningchain-3. Fastenoff.Weaveinends. FruitPlatterScarf Thisprettyscarfpatternsletsyoupracticeyourcolorchangingskills.Remembertoworkthelaststitch intherowuntilyouhavetwoloopsonyourhookandthendrawthenewcolorthroughthetwoloops andsnugupyouryarn.Turnyourworkandcontinuethepatterninthenewcolor. 47. TocrochetthescarfshownintheimageyouwillneedoneskeineachofVannasChoicebyLionBrand inAqua(ColorA),KellyGreen(ColorB),Fern(ColorC),RadiantYellow(ColorD),Raspberry(Color E),andCheeryCherry(ColorF).CheeryCherryisVannasChoiceBabyYarn.Youwillalsoneedasize J/10(6mm)crochethookandatapestryneedletoweaveinyourends. WithColorA,chain22. Row1:Halfdoublecrochetinthirdchainfromhook(beginning2chaindoesnotcountasastitch),half doublecrochetineachchainacrossattheendofRow1youwillhave20stitches. Row2:Chain2(doesnotcountasastitch),turn,halfdoublecrochetineachstitchacross. RepeatRow2untilpiecemeasuresabout10in.(25.5cm),changingtoBinlaststitch. ContinuetorepeatRow2working10in.(25.5cm)eachwithB,C,D,EandthenF,changingcolorin thelaststitchofeachblockofcolor. Fastenoff. 48. FINISHING Weaveinends. 49. BarefootSandals Thesearesocute!Imaginegoingtothebeachorthepoolandwearingyourveryownhandcrafted barefootsandal.Youcancrochettheseupinavarietyofcolorstomatchyourmoodandyouroutfit. Firstyoumaketheanklestrapandthenyoucreatethetriangleshapeofthesandalbyslipstitchinginto thecenterofthefirstchainthreespace.Thisnaturallydecreasestherowsuntilyouformapointatthe toes.Beforeyoucrochetthestartingchainslidethebuttonontotheyarnandslideitalongasyou crochet.Thisplacesitatthecorrectpointwhenyoucrochetthebuttonhole.Gaugeisnotimportant withthisproject. YouwillneedoneballofLionBrandMicrospunYarninLavenderandasizeG/6(4mm)crochethook andatapestryneedletoweaveintheends. Note:IfpieceistoolongforfootskipRow8byworkingslipstitchtocenterofsecondchainspaceon Row7,thenworkingworkRow9. Chain6,joinwithslipstitchtoformabuttonholeloop. Row1:Chain36,slidebuttondownandleaveatendofrow,singlecrochetinsecondchainfromhook andacrosstoloopforanklestrap,endoff-35stitches. Row2:Attachyarnwithsinglecrochetin11thstitchfromlaststitchofpreviousrow,singlecrochetin next14stitches-15stitches. Row3:Chain6(countsasdcandchain3space),[skip1stitch,dcinnextstitch,chain3]across-8dc and7chain-space. Row4:Slipstitchtocenteroffirstchain3space,chain6(countsasdcandchain3space),dcincenter ofnextchain3space,(chain3,dcinnextchain3space)across,leaveremainingstitchesunworked-7 dcand6chain-space. Row5:Repeatrow4-6dcand5chain-space. Row6:Repeatrow4-5dcand4chain-space. Row7:Repeatrow4-4dcand3chain-space. Row8:Slipstitchtocenterfirstchain3space,chain3(countsasdc),dcincenterofnextchain3space twice-3dc. Row9:Slipstitchinfirststitch,singlecrochetincenterdc. Row10:Turn,singlecrochetinsinglecrochet. Row11:Turn,singlecrochetinsinglecrochet,chain8,slipstitchintosamesinglecrochettofortoe 50. loop,endoff. Weaveinends 51. AfternoonWrap ThisreallyprettywrapisfromCaronYarnspirationsandwasdesignedbyKimRutledge.Thewrapis crochetedinafourrowpatternrepeat.Thisrowpatternisrepeatedeighttimestoachievethepretty wrappattern.Thewrapwillbeapproximately20incheswideand75incheslongwhencompleted. Youwillneedthefollowingquantitiesofyarn: CaronSimplySoft:2ballsofPlumPerfectforColorB,and1ballofOffWhiteforColorD CaronSimplySoftHeather:3ballsofGreyHeatherforColorA,and1ballofCharcoalHeatherfor ColorC YouwillalsoneedasizeI/8(5mm)crochethookandatapestryneedletoweaveintheends. Gaugeforthewrapisfourpatternrepeatsandeightrowsequalfourinches. STITCHPATTERN(multipleof3stitches+1;+1forfoundationchain) Row1(RS):(Singlecrochet,chain3,dc)in2ndchainfromhook,*skipnext2chain,(singlecrochet, chain3,doublecrochet)innextchain;repeatfrom*across,turn. Row2:Chain3(countsasfirstdoublecrochet),doublecrochetinfirststitch,(singlecrochet,chain3, 52. doublecrochet)ineachchain-3spaceacrosstolastchain-3space,singlecrochetinlastchain-3space, chain2,doublecrochetinlastsinglecrochet,turn. Row3:Chain1,singlecrochetinfirststitch,chain3,doublecrochetinnextchain-2space,*(single crochet,chain3,doublecrochet)innextchain-3space;repeatfrom*across,singlecrochetinlast doublecrochet(turningchain),turn. RepeatRows2and3forpattern. WRAP WithA,chain224. Rows13:WorkRows13ofPatternStitch75singlecrochetand74chain-2spaces. Continueworkinginpatternstitchchangingcolorsasfollows: 4morerowswithA,*1rowwithD,2rowswithA,2rowswithC,4rowswithB,1rowwithD,4rows withB,2rowswithC,2rowswithA,1rowwithD,7rowswithA;repeatfrom*oncemore. Fastenoff.Usingyarnneedle,weaveinallends. EasyPeasyPompomHat Ijusthadtoincludethiscutepattern.Thisistheperfecthatforanylittlegirlorboy.Thepatternshows ayoungboywearingabluethemedhat,butyoucaneasilyswitchupthecolorsforayounggirl.The patterniswritteninthesmallestsize(tofitbabyshead3/6(6/12-18/24)months).andhaslargersizesin parenthesis.Thehatisworkedasonepieceandthenyoufoldoverthepieceandsewupthesideandtop seamstoformthehat.Attachpompomoneachcornerandyouvegotacutelookforanychildinyour life. Gaugeforthehatis12singlecrochetand13rowsequalfourinches. Youwillneed1ballofCaronSimplyBabyOmbreyarninSailorBoyVariegatedandasizeJ/10(6 mm)crochethook.Youwillalsoneedatapestryneedletosewuptheseamsandweaveintheends. Chain47(56-61). 1strow:1singlecrochetinthesecondchainfromhook.1singlecrochetineachchaintoendofchain. Turn.46(55-60)singlecrochet. 2ndrow:Chain1.1singlecrochetineachsinglecrochettoendofrow.Turn. 3rdrow:Chain1.(1singlecrochet.2doublecrochet)infirstsinglecrochet.*Skipnext2single crochet.(1singlecrochet.2doublecrochet)innextsinglecrochet.Repfrom*tolast3singlecrochet. Skipnext2singlecrochet.1singlecrochetinlastsinglecrochet.Turn. 4throw:Chain1.(1singlecrochet.2doublecrochet)infirstsinglecrochet.*Skipnext2double crochet.(1singlecrochet.2doublecrochet)innextdoublecrochet.Repfrom*tolastsinglecrochet.1 singlecrochetinlastsinglecrochet.Turn. Replastrowforpatuntilworkfrombegmeasures6(7-8)inches.Fastenoff. 53. Foldpieceinhalf.Sewsideandtopseam. Pompom(make2). Wrapyarnaround3fingersapproximately50times.Removefromfingersandtietightlyincenter.Cut througheachsideofloops.Trimtoasmoothroundshape.Sew1pompomtoeachtopcornerofHat. Thankyousomuchforpurchasingthisbookonbasiccrochet.Itismyhopethatthisbookstartsalong andenjoyableloveaffairwithcrochet.Remembertorelaxandhavefun.Dontfeelthatyouhavetouse exactlythecolorsorthebrandofyarncalledforinpatterns,letyourowncreativityshinethrough.I haveincludedseveralvideolinkstohelpyoulearnthestitchesandtechniquesIincludedinthisbook. Youwillalsofindausefullistofcrochetresourcestohelpyouexplorethewonderfulworldofcrochet. Thanksagainandkeephooking! 54. CrochetResources CraftYarnCouncil Link:http://craftyarncouncil.com/hooks.html Thissiteisagreatresourceforthebeginner.Youwillfindtutorialsonstitches,explanationsaboutyarn andyarnlabels,andlotsofadviceandinformation. RedHeartTutorials Link:http://www.redheart.com/learn RedHeartisagreatsiteforlearninghowtocrochetandhowtoknit.Theyhavetonsofvideosand instructionsforyoutorefertosoyoucanlearnnewtechniquesandbrushuponyourskillswhenyou needto.AttheRedHeartsiteyouwillalsofindhundredsoffreepatternsandlinkstotheiryarns.You candownloadtheirpatternsandthenpurchasetheyarnrightofftheirsite. LionBrandLearningCenter Link:http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pg.cgi?page=learningCenter.html TheLionBrandYarncompanyhasagreatsiteforresourcesonlearninghowtocrochetandknit.They havehundredsoffreepatternsateveryskilllevel.Eachpatternliststhematerialsyouwillneedandyou candownloadthepatternsandorderyouryarnandmaterialsfromtheirsite. TheCrochetCrowd Link:http://thecrochetcrowd.com/ Thisisthesitethatgotmebackintocrochet.IloveMikeysvideosandblogs.Youcansignupfortheir freenewsletterandreceivefreepatternseachweek.Theyhavechallengesandcrochetalongsyoucan participatein.BesuretocheckouttheirvideochannelonYouTubeforthebestvideosoncrochet. NewStitchaDay Link:http://newstitchaday.com/ Asthenameimplieswhenyousignupfortheirfreenewsletteryoureceiveanewstitchadayinyour inbox.Johnnyisagreathostandmakesstitchesreallyeasytounderstand.Thesitehasavideo stitchionarywithcrochetandknitstitchesforyoutolearn.Ireallylikethissiteanduseitallofthetime tolearnnewstitchesandbrushupononesIhaventusedinawhile. 55. VideoLinks LearnHowtoCrochettheSingleCrochetStitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qELeHz5ar9Q LionBrandYarns HowtoSingleCrochet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOlQXn8JWWM&index=4&list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F TheCrochetCrowd LearnHowtoCrochettheDoubleCrochetStitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-E6GS84pk LionBrandYarns HowtoDoubleCrochet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGDxroGp0WY&index=6&list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F TheCrochetCrowd HowtoDoubleCrochet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGDxroGp0WY&index=6&list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F TheCrochetCrowd LearnHowtoCrochettheHalf-DoubleCrochetStitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GtfZMrgYxLc LionBrandYarns HowtoHalf-DoubleCrochet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0XxnXY9UzU&index=5&list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F TheCrochetCrowd LearnHowtoCrochettheTreble(Triple)CrochetStitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AkFtj5ZZWcs LionBrandYarns HowtoTrebleCrochet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5dMFUMGXk&index=7&list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F TheCrochetCrowd HowtoCrochetaShellStitch http://newstitchaday.com/shell-stitch/ NewStitchaDay HowtoCrochetthePuffStitch http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-puff-stitch/ 56. NewStitchaDay HowtoCrochetthePopcornStitch http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-popcorn-stitch/ NewStitchaDay HowtoCrochetintheRound http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-in-the-round/ NewStitchaDay LearnHowtoCrochetanIncrease https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q4agkabFD40 LionBrandYarns LearnHowtoCrochet2Together(Decrease) https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=LJGe6WGgYns&list=PLbHEcdQw1SaRv8mLiSEFF6vRZC7WErPOS LionBrandYarns HowtoCrochetMagicCircles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gehu8hL6xQ TheCrochetCrowd HowtoCrochet:ChangeColorsSeamlessly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF6OkNL5rY4 NewStitchaDay CrochetHowtoChangeColorsWithoutKnots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm-OCqPaIkY TheCrochetCrowd HowtoWeaveinEndsofYarn http://www.redheart.com/learn/videos/weaving-ends-crochet RedHeart SpitSplicing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uLiFOVmcUU VeryPinkKnits RussianJoin http://tutorials.knitpicks.com/wptutorials/how-to-knit-lace-lesson-2-part-3-of-3/ VeryPinkKnits 57. PatternLinks AllofthepatternsIhaveincludedinthisbookthatarenotminecanbefoundforfreeontheinternet.I havegivencredittotheoriginaldesignerswhereIcould,andtheattributionsfortheimagesIusein thisbookcanbefoundattheendofthisbook.Manythanksgoouttothewonderfuldesignersand teacherswhohavehelpaddtothewonderfulcontentinthisbooktheyhavesharedforfree. ButtonedUpCuffs http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/buttoned-cuffs RedHeart BasicChunkyCowl http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/classic-chunky-cowl VideoURL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWgLXPsmdww RedHeart SingleSquareCoasters http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/single-square-coasters RedHeart FruitPlatterScarf http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L40283.html LionBrand BarefootSandals http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cms-barefootSandal.html LionBrand AfternoonWrap http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/afternoon-wrap.html CaronYarnspirations EasyPeasyPompomHat http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/easy-peasy-pompom-hat.html CaronYarnspirations 58. ImageAttributions AllimagessharedfromFlickraresharedundertheCreativeCommonsLicense.Allimagesforpatterns canbefoundatthepatternlinkprovidedinthetext. Crochet https://www.flickr.com/photos/moonrat/5809243391 ImagesharedonFlickrbyNatalieWilson CrochetHooks https://www.flickr.com/photos/sewpixie/2665022547 ImagesharedonFlickrbySewPixie AnatomyofaCrochetHook http://www.lacebuttons.com/?page_id=670 ImagefromLaceButtonsblogbyNancyNehring StitchMarkers https://www.flickr.com/photos/madgeface/5179490666 ImagesharedonFlickrbyMadgeFace TunisianHookSet http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Caspian_Wood_Interchangeable_Crochet_SET_(3.5_3.75_4.0_4.5_5.0 ImagefromKnitPicks CrochetHookSizes http://craftyarncouncil.com/hooks.html ImagefromCraftYarnCouncil YarnStorage https://www.flickr.com/photos/motherawesome/5723361332 ImagesharedonFlickrbyMotherAwesome Alpacas https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyfire/4714788679 ImagesharedonFlickrbyPhilLong FlaxField https://www.flickr.com/photos/lhoon/5935246768 ImageshardonFlickrbyPeterVandenBossche AcrylicYarn https://www.flickr.com/photos/sagek/5188929273 ImagesharedonFlickrbySageK. 59. YarnWeights http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html ImagefromtheCraftYarnCouncil YarnCareSymbols http://www.lionbrand.com/yarnCare.html ImagefromLionBrandYarn YarnLabel www.craftyarncouncil.com/label.html ImagefromCraftYarnCouncil BallWinderandSwift https://www.flickr.com/photos/psychobabble/1042392163 ImagesharedonFlickrbyAmy SlipKnotImages http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/tip_crochet.html ImagesfromCraftYarnCouncil CrochetChainImage http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/tip_crochet.html ImagefromCraftYarnCouncil SingleCrochetImages http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/113.html?www=1&lbc=&language= ImagesfromLionBrandYarnTutorials DoubleCrochetImages http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/115.html ImagesfromLionBrandYarnTutorials Half-DoubleCrochetImages http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/114.html?www=1&lbc=&language= ImagesfromLionBrandYarnTutorials TrebleCrochetImages http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/116.html?www=1&lbc=&language=En ImagesfromLionBrandYarnTutorials FrontandBackLoopCrochet http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/crochet/crochet-in-the-front-or-back-loops-of-a-stitch ImagesfromStitchDivaBlog ShellStitch 60. http://newstitchaday.com/shell-stitch/ ImagefromNewStitchaDay PuffStitch http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-puff-stitch/ ImagefromNewStitchaDay PopcornStitch http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-popcorn-stitch/ ImagefromNewStitchaDay VStitch http://blog.redheart.com/how-to-crochet-classic-dc-v-stitch-plus-3-variations/ ImagefromRedHeartBlog JoiningaRound http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/how-to-crochet-in-the-round/ ImagefromCraftsyTutorialBlog MagicRingSteps http://www.instructables.com/id/Crochet-Magic-Ring-Adjustable-Ring/ ImagesfromInstructables.com ColorChange http://www.crochetguru.com/change-color-in-crochet.html ImagefromCrochetGuru SpitSplicing http://tutorials.knitpicks.com/wptutorials/how-to-knit-lace-lesson-2-part-3-of-3/ KnitPicksVideoTutorialstillfromHowtoKnitLaceLesson2(Part3of3)atthe2:20mark. 61. Book2 IntermediateCrochet ByDorothyWilks Helloandthankyouforpurchasingthisintermediatecrochetbook!Ifyouareabeginnerandwantto takeyourskillstothenextlevelthisisthebookforyou.Wewillexploretheexcitingrealmofmotifs andallofthedesignoptionstheyofferandcoverdifferentmethodsofjoiningmotifswhichareboth simpleanddecorative.Nextwellmoveontoedgingtechniquesandstitchestofinishoffyourprojects. OneofthemostpopulartechniquesisCorner2Corner.Iwilltakeyoustepbystepsothatyoucan masterthisfunandeasytechnique.Finallywelllearnoneofthemostpopulartechniqueswhichhas stoodthetestoftime;ripplecrochet.Ihaveprovidedlinkstoresourcesandvideostohelpyouhone yourskills.Soareyoureadytogetstarted?Wellthenletsbegin! 62. Contents WorkingwithMotifs JoiningMotifs EdgingTechniques Corner2CornerTechnique RippleandWaveTechnique ResourceLinks VideoLinks ImageAttributions 63. WorkingwithMotifs Motifsarefunwaystocreatemanyprojects.TheclassicGrannySquareafghanisoneexampleofusing motifs.Thebeautyofworkingwithmotifsisthegreatamountofcreativitytheygiveyou.Youcan choosetouseonedesignandcolorscheme,ormixitupandcreateaneclecticmixofstylesandcolors. GrannySquares WhenmostpeoplethinkofcrochetthefirstthingthatcomestotheirmindsistheGrannySquare.This timelessmotifhasstoodthetestofmanydecadesandremainsoneofthemostpopulartechniquestoday forgoodreason.YoucancreatewonderfullycreativeandcolorfulprojectsusingthehumbleGranny Square.GrannySquaresareeasytomasterandinthissectionIwillsharewithyousometipsonhowto createtheperfectGrannySquareeachandeverytime. Asyoucanseeinthisimagetheartistmixesmanycolorsandsizestocreateaveryinterestingand uniqueafghan.FeelfreetouseasmanyorasfewcolorsinyourGrannySquaresaswellasdifferent sizes. FirstitisimportanttounderstandtheconstructionoftheGrannySquare.Thesquaresarecrochetedin theround.Youhavethechoiceofalwayshavingtherightsidefacingyou,orturningyourworkforeach round.Ifyouleavetherightsidefacingyouyoursquarewillendupabitcrooked.Thisisperfectly okayandhowmostGrannySquaresendup.Butbyturningyourworkeachroundyouwillendupwith aperfectlysquaremotif.Thisisbecauseofthetensionandthewaythestitchesblendtogetherasyou work.Eitherwayisperfectlyacceptable,itjustdependsontheeffectyouwantyoursquarestohave. Tobeginyoumustcrochetastartingchainandjoinit.Thiscreatesthecenterofthesquareonwhichall 64. theotherstitchesareworkedoffof.NormallyGrannySquaresdontusemagicrings,butifyouwant thecentertobeclosedfeelfreetouseonetostartoff. Thefirstroundofshellsstartswithachain3.Eachtimeyoubeginanewroundyouwillchain3and theywillcountasthefirstdoublecrochetintheshell.Eachshellismadeof3doublecrochet.Sochain 3andwork2doublecrochet,chain3,work3doublecrochet,chain3,3doublecrochet,chain3,3 doublecrochet,chain3andjoininthe3rdchainofthestartingchain3.Thisisthefirstround.You shouldhavefourshellsseparatedbychain3spaces. Forthesecondroundofshellsbeginbychaining3andwork2doublecrochetintothechainthreespace ofthepreviousrow.Youwillhavetoeasethetwodoublecrochetstitchesintothisspaceandthechain threewillbeonthefarleftsideofthechainthreespace.(Thisiswhythesquareendsupabit cockeyed.)Ifyouturnyourworkyoucansimplychainthreeandthenwork2doublecrochetrightinto thechainthreespace.Chainthreeandcrochetthreemoredoublecrochetintothesamechainthree spaceyoujustdidthestartingchainandtwodoublecrochet.Thisformsthefirstcorner. Chainone,intothenextchainthreespaceworkthreedoublecrochet,chainthree,threedoublecrochet. Thiswillbeyoursecondcorner.Chainone.Intothenextchainthreespacerepeatthepreviousstitches, chainone,andthenrepeatthethreedoublecrochet,chainthree,threedoublecrochetcombination, chainoneandjoininthe3rdchainofthestartingchain.Nowyouhaveeightsetsofshells;foursets separatedbychainthree,andeachcornerisseparatedbyachainonespace. Forthethirdroundofshellsbeginbyachainthreeandtwodoublecrochetintothefirstchainone space.Chainone,crochetthefirstcornerwiththreedoublecrochet,chainthree,threedoublecrochet intothefirstchainthreespace.Chainoneandcrochetthreedoublecrochetintothenextchainonce space.Repeatthisprocessworkingashellintoeachchainoncespaceandtwoshellsateachcornerinto thechainthreespaces. Workaroundthesquareandmakeitaslargeasyouwant.Youcanchangecolorsateachroundand makeyoursquaresascolorfulorsimpleasyoudesire.Justrememberthateachcorneriscomprisedof threedoublecrochet,chainthree,threedoublecrochet.Eachsideshellclusterisseparatedbyachain oneanditisintothesechainspacesyouworktheshells. VariationsontheGrannySquare TherearesomanyvariationsoftheGrannySquarethatIcouldwriteanentirebookaboutthem.Inthis sectionwellcoversomeofthemostpopularvariationsusedtocreateverycreativeandbeautiful squares. Oneofmyfavoritesisthesunflowersquare.Thissquareusesclusterstitches.Tocrochetaclusterstitch insertthehookandyarnover,pullthroughandpullthroughthefirsttwoloopsonthehook.Dothis twice.Youshouldnowhave3loopsonthehook.Yarnoverandpullthroughallthreeloops,chainone tolockthestitch.Thepatternalsousesa3stitchclusterwhichiscrochetedinthesamemanner,butyou endupwith4loopsonthehook,yarnoverandpullthroughall4loopsandchainonetolockthestitch. 65. Ididaroundofblacksinglecrochetonthissquaretofinishitoff. Tobeginthissquareformamagicringandcrochettwoandthencrochet16doublecrochetintothe magicring.Youcanalsochainthreeandjointocreateacircle,butIlikethelookofthemagicring bettersinceitgivesanicetightcenter.Onceyouhaveyour16doublecrochetjoininthe2ndstarting chain. Chain2anddoublecrochetinthesamespace.Crocheta2doublecrochetclusterandchainone betweeneachdoublecrochetofthepreviousround.Whenyoureachtheendoftheroundslipstitchinto the2ndchainofthebeginningchain2tojoin. Withthesecondcolorjoinatanychainonespaceandchainthree.Crocheta2doublecrochetclusterin thesamespace,chain3andcrocheta3doublecrochetclusterinthesamespace.Chain2,3double crochetclusterinthenextchainonespace,chain2;repeattwomoretimes.Inthenextchainonespace worka3doublecrochetcluster,chain3,3doublecrochetcluster,chain2.Continuearoundthesquare untilyoureachtheendofthisround.Youwillhavefourcornersoftwoclustersseparatedbychain3, andthreesingleclustersoneachsideseparatedbychain2. Withthefirstcolorjoininanycornerandchain3,crocheta2doublecrochetcluster,chain3,3double crochetcluster,chain2.Crochetinthesamemannerasthepreviousroundbutyouwillhavethefour cornersandfour3doublecrochetclustersoneachsideofthesquare. Sotoreviewthepattern,startwithamagicsquare.Youwillthenhave17doublecrochetinthefirst round(thisincludesthechain2).Thesecondroundconsistsoffourcornersandthree3doublecrochet clustersoneachsidewithachain2spacebetweenthem.Thelastroundhasfourcorners,andfour3 66. doublecrochetclustersoneachsidewithachain2spacebetweenthem. GrannyRound AnotherpopularvariationontheGrannySquareistheGrannyRound.Youcanusetheseforlotsof projects.Makeasetandusethemascoasters,potholders,orkeepmakingtheroundlargerandlarger andcreateacircularafghan. Tobeginchainfourandjoininthe1stchaintoformaring.Chain3andcrochet11doublecrochetinto thering.Joininto3rdstartingchain.Forroundtwochainthreeandwork2doublecrochetintothesame space.Chain1,*skiponedoublecrochet,andwork3doublecrochetintonextdoublecrochet,chain one*,repeataroundandjoin.Youshouldnowhave18doublecrochetandsixchainonespaces. Roundthreestartsbyslipstitchingintothenextdoublecrochetwhichisthecenterofthethreedouble crochetgroup.Chain3andworktwodoublecrochetintothesamestitch,chain1,skipnextdouble crochet,work3doublecrochetintothenextchain1space,chain1.*Skipnextdoublecrochet,work3 doublecrochetintothenextdoublecrochet,chain1,skipnextdoublecrochet,3doublecrochetintothe nextchainonespace,chain1,repeatfrom*andjoin.Youshouldhave36doublecrochetplus12chain 1spaces. LotsofPossibilities 67. Hereisabeautifultablerunnermadeupoflaceymotifs.Withmotifsyoucanuseverylaceypatternsto createdelicategarments,tablerunners,accessoriesandmuchmore.Therearesomanyoptionswith motifsIcouldfillanentirebookaboutthem. Hereisacutepincushionmadewithmotifs. 68. PleasebesuretocheckoutthelinksIveprovidedintheResourcesectiontofindevenmoremotif patterns.Therearehundredsavailableforfreeonline.Onlyyourimaginationisthelimitwhenworking withmotifs. 69. JoiningMotifs Onceyouhaveyourmotifsmadeyoullneedtojointhem.Thereareseveralmethodsyoucanuseto joinyourmotifsfromsimplysewingthemtogethertousingaprettybraidedeffect.Youcanjoineach motifseparatelyorjoinarowofmotifsandthenjointherowstocreateyourproject. Sewing Sewingyourmotiftogetherisperhapstheeasiestmethod.Threadatapestryneedlewithagenerous amountofyarnandholdyourmotifswiththerightsidestogether.Lineupthecornersandwhipstitch themotifscatchingthetwoloopsofeachstitchoneachmotif.Thismethodgivesyouanicealmost invisiblejoin.Ifonemotifisabiglargerthantheotheronesimplyeasethestitchestogethersothatthe seamdoesnotpucker. SingleCrochet Ifyouchoosetojoinyourmotifswithsinglecrochetyouwillneedtodecideifyouwanttheseamon therightsideorthewrongside.InthefollowingimageyoucanseehowIusedasimplesinglecrochet joinandIhavetheseamontherightsidetomakeaprettyframeforthemotifs. Ifyouwanttheseamtobeontherightside,holdthemotifswiththewrongsidestogether.(Forthe seamtobeonthewrongside,holdtherightsidesofyourmotifstogetherwhileyoucrochet.)Lineup thecornersandjointheyarninthecenterofacorner.Singlecrochetandcatchtheloopsofbothmotif edgesineachstitch.Youcaneasilyaddthenexttwomotifsbycrochetinginacontinuousseamuntil youhavereachedtheendoftherow.Whenyoujointhenextroworcolumntoyourpieceandyouget toacornercatchthecornerstitchfromallfourmotifsinthecentercornerstitchtocreateanice90 degreeangleforeachcorner. JoinasYouGo 70. Thejoinasyougomethodisaveryusefultechniqueinwhichyoujoineachsquareasyoucrochet. Whenyouarefinishedyourafghanorblanketiscompletelyjoinedandallyouneedtodoisfinishit withanedgingifyousodesire. Finishyourfirstsquarecompletely.Inotherwordsdoalloftheroundsforthefirstsquare.Whenyou gettothelastroundofthenextsquarestartwithachainthreeasthefirstdoublecrochet,dotwomore doublecrochetandthengrabthefirstsquareandholdingthewrongsidestogetherchainonecatching thefirstsquareinthechainstitch.Thenworkthenextsetofthreedoublecrochet.Whenyoucometoa cornerchainoneandonthesecondchaincatchthecornerofthefirstsquareinthesecondchainstitch. Chainone,andcontinuewiththenextthreedoublecrochetclustertocompletethecorner.Crochetthe nextthreedoublecrochetcluster,chainone,andcontinuearoundthesecondsquaretocompletethe square.Asyoucompletemoresquaresyouwillcontinuetocrochetthelastroundcatchingtheadjoining squaresinthechainonespaces. FlatBraidJoin Aflatbraidjoincreatesabeautifulbraidedlookbetweenyoursquares.Itlooksverycomplicated,but whentakenstepbystepthistechniqueisactuallyquiteeasytoachieve.Thefirststepistocrocheta singlecrochetedgingaroundthesquares.Thiscreatesaniceevenbasefortheflatbraid.Youdonthave todothisstep,butIfinditismucheasierifyoutakethetimetodoit.Youcanusethismethodtojoin anytypeofmotifs,notjustGrannySquares. Jointheyarnyouwishtousefortheflatbraidinanycornerandchainthree,singlecrochetintothe samestitchyoujoinedtheyarnontoandchainthree.Skipastitchandsinglecrochet,chainthree,skipa stitchandchainthree.Dothisallofthewayaroundthesquareuntilyougettothefirstsinglecrochet, joinandbreaktheyarn. Nowitistimetoworkonthesecondsquare.Jointheyarninacornerandworkacrossonesideofthe squarejustlikeyoudidthefirstsquare.Whenyougettotheothercornerchainthree,removethehook 71. andpickupthefirstsquareholdingthewrongsidestogether.Insertthehookintothefirstsquares chainthreelooponthecorner,insertthehookintothethirdchain,pulltheloopthroughthechainthree space,andchaintwo.Thisjoinsthetwosquares.Skipastitchonthesecondsquareandsinglecrochet. Chainone,removethehookfromthechainoneloopandinsertitfromfronttobackthroughthenext chainthreespaceonthefirstsquare.Insertthehookbackintothechainoneloopanddrawitupthrough thechainthreespaceandchainone.Chaintwoandcontinuethisacrossthesideofthesquaretojointhe twosquarestogether. Usethismethodtojoinallofthesquarestogetherandwhenyouaredoneyouwillhaveadecorative flatbraidjoin.Justremembertoremovethehookfromthechainloopontheworkingsquareandinsert thehookfromfronttobackonthesquareyouarejoiningtoanddrawthechainloopthroughthechain threespace.Thenchainonetojointhesquares,chaintwo,skipastitchontheworkingsquareand singlecrochet.Thatisallthereistoit! Thesetechniquesarejustthebasicsonesyoucanuseforjoiningmotifs.Therearelotsofoptionsyou canuse.BesuretoexplorethevideosandlinksIveincludedattheendofthebookforevenmore inspiration. ColorWheelHotWaterBottleCover 72. PatternLink:http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/color-wheel-hot-water-bottle-cozy.html Youwillneedthefollowingyarnandsuppliestocratethiscuteproject: Thefinishedsizeforthewaterbottlecoverisabout8incheswideand11incheslongexcludingthe neckofthewaterbottle. Gaugeforthisprojectis20singlecrochetand24rowsequalfourinches. Patternguideforjoiningsquaresisasfollows. 73. Motif WithColor1,chain5.Joinwithslipstitchtoformring. 1stround:Chain2.(Yarnoveranddrawupaloop.Yarnoveranddrawthrough2loopsonhook)twice. Yarnoveranddrawthroughallloopsonhookbegclustermade.(Chain3.Cluster)7timesinring. Chain3.Joinwithslipstitchtotopofbegcluster.Fastenoff. 2ndround:JoinMAINCOLORwithslipstitchtoanychain-3sp.Chain3(countsasdoublecrochet). (2doublecrochet.chain3.3doublecrochet)insamespaceaslastslipstitch.*Chain1.3double crochetinnextchain-3space.Chain1.(3doublecrochet.chain3.3doublecrochet)innextchain-3 space.Repfrom*twicemore.Chain1.3doublecrochetin nextchain-1space.Chain1.Joinwithslipstitchtofirstdoublecrochet.Fastenoff. Make6MotifsusingAasColor1. Make6MotifsusingBasColor1. Make6MotifsusingCasColor1. Front Join12Motifswithslipstitchasshownindiagram(seepage2). Edging:1stround:JoinMAINCOLORwithslipstitchtoanychain-3cornerspace.Chain1.3single crochetinsameslipaslastslipstitch.Work1roundofsinglecrochetevenlyaround,having3single crochetineachcorner.Joinwithslipstitchtofirstsinglecrochet. 2ndand3rdrounds:Chain1.1singlecrochetineachsinglecrochetaround,having3singlecrochetin eachcornersinglecrochet.Joinwithslipstitchtofirstsinglecrochet.Fastenoffatendof3rdround. Back Top 74. Join6Motifswithslipstitchasshownindiagram(seepage2). Edging:1stround:JoinMAINCOLORwithslipstitchtobottomrightchain-3cornerspace.Chain1.3 singlecrochetinsamespaceaslastslipstitch.Work1roundofsinglecrochetevenlyaround,having3 singlecrochetineachcorner. Joinwithslipstitchtofirstsinglecrochet. 2ndand3rdrounds:Chain1.1singlecrochetineachsinglecrochetaround,having3singlecrochetin eachcornersinglecrochet.Joinwithslipstitchtofirstsinglecrochet.Turnatendofthirdround. Beginworkinginrowsalongbottomedge: 1strow:Chain1.1singlecrochetineachsinglecrochettoendofrow.Turn. 2ndto5throws:Chain1.1singlecrochetineachsinglecrochettoendofrow.Fastenoffatendof5th row. Bottom Note:Chain2atbeginningofrowdoesnotcountashalfdoublecrochet. WithB,chain44. 1strow:1halfdoublecrochetin3rdchainfromhook.1halfdoublecrochetineachchaintoendof chain.Turn.42halfdoublecrochet.2ndrow:Chain2.1halfdoublecrochetineachhalfdoublecrochet toendofrow.JoinAatendoflastrow.Turn. Repeatlastrowinfollowingsequence:2rowsA,2rowsC,2rowsB,untilworkfrombegmeasures approximately4[11.5cm],endingonaWSrow.JoinMAINCOLORatendoflastrow. Nextrow:WithMAINCOLOR,as2ndrow. Nextrow:Buttonholerow:Chain2.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext5halfdoublecrochet.Chain 3.Skipnext3halfdoublecrochet.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext6halfdoublecrochet.Chain3. Skipnext3halfdoublecrochet.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext8halfdoublecrochet.Chain3. Skipnext3halfdoublecrochet.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext6doublecrochet.Chain3.Skip next3halfdoublecrochet.1halfdoublecrochetineachoflast5halfdoublecrochet.Turn. Nextrow:Chain2.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext5halfdoublecrochet.3halfdoublecrochetin nextchain-3space.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext6halfdoublecrochet.3halfdoublecrochetin nextchain-3space.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext8halfdoublecrochet.3halfdoublecrochetin nextchain-3space.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext6halfdoublecrochet.3halfdoublecrochetin nextchain-3space.1halfdoublecrochetineachofnext5halfdoublecrochet.Turn. Nextrow:1halfdoublecrochetineachhalfdoublecrochettoendofrow.Fastenoff. Finishing Placemarkers2inchesinfromeithertopsideedgeofFrontpiece.AlignFrontwithBackTopwith WStog.JoinMAINCOLORwithslipstitchattoprightmarker.Workingthroughboththicknesses,join FrontandBacktogwithslipstitcharoundpiece,overlappingBackBottomoverBackTopby1inch, tooppositetopmarker,leavingtopbetweenmarkersopen. 75. Fastenoff. Sewonbuttonstocorrespondtobuttonholes. 76. EdgingTechniques Asyouadvanceinyourcrochetexpertiseyoullwanttolearnhowtoaddprettyedgingstoyour projects.Alovelyedgingcantakeaho-humprojecttoawowproject.InthischapterIllsharesometips onhowtoworkupanevenedging,howtoaddedgingstofabric,andexploresomeedgingstitches. EveningUptheEdgeofYourProject Oneoftheeasiestwaystoevenuptheedgesofyourprojectsistoworkaroworroundofsingleor doublecrochetasyourlastroworround.Thisgivesyouaniceevenbaseonwhichtoworkyouredging stitches.ForexamplethepopularCorner2Cornertechniquecreatesaprettyscarforafghan,butthe edgescanbeachallengetotryandcrochetontounlessyoueventheedgesoutwithasinglecrochet edgingfirst.Thisisbecauseyouhaveamixtureofsingleanddoublecrochetstitchesalongtheedges. Youmayhavetoeasethestitchesintoyourproject,butaslongasyouendupwithaniceevenedge youregoodtogo. YoucanseeonthisSunflowersquarethatIcrochetedIdidaroundofsinglecrochetinblack.Now whenIjointhesquaresIwillhaveaniceevenedgetoworkwith. AttachingEdgingtoFabric Mygrandmothercouldtakethreadandcrochetintricateandstunningedgingsonherdresserscarvesand pillowcasessheembroidered.Watchinghercrochettheseprettyedgingsisoneofthethingswhich formedmyloveofthecraft.Mostofherprojectshasedgingsmadeforcrochetwithsmallholesalready 77. inthem.Butifyouwanttoaddadecorativeedgingtoapieceoffabrictherearetwomainmethodsyou canuse. Thefirstmethodusesanawlorverysharpcrochethook.Takeyourfabricandlayitflat.Nowtakea rulerandmark3/8toinchincrementsacrosstheedge.Nowuseasharpawltogentlypokesmall holesintothefabric.Jointhethreadtothefarrightholeandworkthreeorfourchainstitchesuntilyou cometothenextholeandsinglecrochetintothehole.Workacrosstheedgeandwhenyouturnyour workyouwillhaveabaseontowhichyoucancrochettheedging. Thesecondmethodusesneedleandthread.Layyourfabricflatandmarkoutinchincrementswitha pencilorfabricpen.Nextthreadaneedlewitheithercrochetthreadorheavythreadandblanketstitch acrossthefabricusingthemarksasaguide.Theblanketstitchisveryeasy.Inserttheneedleintothe firstmark,pullthethreadthroughandinserttheneedleintothenextmark.Beforeyoupullthethread tightsliptheneedleunderthestitchyoujustmadeandpullthestitchtaut.Workacrosstheedgeand whenyoureachthelastmarkbindoffthethread. 78. Nextholdingthefabricwiththewrongsidefacingyoujointhecrochetthreadontothefirstlooponthe rightcreatedbytheblanketstitch.Singlecrochetacrosstheedgecrochetingthesamenumberof stitchesbetweeneachloop.Whenyouturnyourworkyouwillbereadytostarttheedgingstitches. EdgingStitches ShellorScallopEdging Oneoftheeasiestandmostversatileedgingstitchesistheshelledging(alsoknownasscallopedging). Youcanusethisedgingonpracticallyanycrochetprojecttogiveitafinishedlook.Jointheyarnatany cornerandchainthree.Crochetfourdoublecrochetstitchesintothesamestitchasthejoin.Skiptwo stitchesandworkfivedoublecrochetintothenextstitch.Atthenextcornerworktwoshellsand continueacrosstheedgeofyourprojectuntilyoureachthefirstshell,joinintothebottomofthefirst chainandbreaktheyarn. 79. BigandLittleScallopEdging Thisisaprettyvariationonthebasicshellstitch. Startingonthewrongsideworkonesinglecrochetintosecondchainfromhook,onesinglecrochetinto eachchaintoend,turn. Row2:5chain(countas1treble,1chain),work[1treble,1chain]twiceintofirstsinglecrochet,skip4 singlecrochet,1singlecrochetintonextsinglecrochet,*1chain,skip4singlecrochet,intonextsingle crochetwork[1treble,1chain]5times,skip4singlecrochet,1singlecrochetintonextsinglecrochet; repeatfrom*tolast5singlecrochet,1chain,work1trebleintolastsinglecrochet,1chain,intosame stitchaslasttreblework[1treble,1chain,1treble],turn. 80. Row3:1chain,1singlecrochetinto1stitchtreble,*2chain,intonextsinglecrochetwork[double treble,2chain]4times,skip2,1singlecrochetintonexttreble;repeatfrom*toendplacinglastsingle crochetintofourthof5chainatbegofpreviousrow,turn. Row4:1chain,1singlecrochetinto1stitchsinglecrochet,*4chain,skipnextspace,1Bobbleinto next2chainspace,[3chain,1Bobbleintonext2chainspace]twice,4chain,1singlecrochetintonext singlecrochet;repeatfrom*toend.Fastenoff. NeapolitanLaceEdge Thisverylovelyedgingwouldgiveyourprojectsaprettylaceyfinish. Workfromthenarrowend.Endwithrow6ofpattern,endoff.Thisiswhereaniceevensinglecrochet edgecomeinhandytogiveyouastablebaseonwhichtowork. Row1:[3doublecrochet,chain3,3doublecrochet]infifthchainfromhook(shellmade),turn. Row2:Chain3,shellinnextchain3spaceofpreviousshell,turn. Row3:chain3,shellinnextchain3spaceofpreviousshell,turn. Row4:chain5,shellinnextchain3spaceofpreviousshell,turn. Row5:chain3,shellinnextchain3spaceofpreviousshell,[chain2,1doublecrochet]6timesinnext chain5space,1singlecrochetinnextchain3space,turn. Row6:chain3,2doublecrochetinnextchain2space*[Slipstitch,chain3,2doublecrochet]ineach ofnext4chain2spaces,1singlecrochetinnextchain2space(beforeshell),chain3,shellinchain3 spaceofnextshell,turn. Row7:chain3,shellinnextchain3spaceofpreviousshell,turn. 81. Repeatrows4-7untilyouhavereachedyourdesiredlength. LaceNapkinEdging Usethisprettyedgingtoaddsomecharactertoplainnapkins,pillowcases,ortowels.Useafabricpen tomake1/8marksanduseanawltopokeholesinthefabricbeforeyoubegin. Edging:Jointhreadwithslipstitchat8thstitchmarktotherightofanycorner. 1stround:Chain1.1singlecrochetinsamespaceaslastslipstitch.1singlecrochetineachofnext6 stitchmarks.*3singlecrochetineachofnext2stitchmarks.1singlecrochetineachstitchmarkuntil laststitchmarkatnextcorner.Repeatfrom*twicemore.3singlecrochetineachofnext2stitch marks.1singlecrochetineachstitchmarktoendofround.Joinwithslipstitchtofirstsinglecrochet. 2ndround:Chain6.Missnext3singlecrochet.**1singlecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain3.Miss next3singlecrochet.1doublecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain2.1doublecrochetinnextsingle crochet.Chain3.1doublecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain2.1doublecrochetinnextsingle crochet.Chain3.Missnext3singlecrochet.*1singlecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain3.Missnext 3singlecrochet.(1doublecrochet.Chain3.1doublecrochet)innextsinglecrochet.Chain3.Miss next3singlecrochet.*Repeatfrom*to*acrossuntil5thsinglecrochetfromcorner.Repeatfrom** twicemore.1singlecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain3.Missnext3singlecrochet.1double crochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain2.1doublecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain3.1double crochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain2.1doublecrochetinnextsinglecrochet.Chain3.Missnext3 82. singlecrochet.Repeatfrom*to*acrossuntilbegchain6.Joinwithslipstitchto3rdchainofchain6. 3rdround:**Chain7.1singlecrochetinnextdoublecrochet.Chain5.1singlecrochetinnextdouble crochet.(Chain5.1singlecrochet.Chain6.1singlecrochet.Chain5.1singlecrochet)innextchain-3 sp.Chain5.1singlecrochetinnextdoublecrochet.*Chain7.Missnext:chain-3space,1single crochetandchain-3sp.1singlecrochetinnextdoublecrochet.(Chain5.1singlecrochet.Chain6.1 singlecrochet.Chain5.1singlecrochet)innextchain-3sp.Repeatfrom*acrossto2ndlastdouble crochetfromcorner.Repeatfrom**3timesmore.Joinwithslipstitchto3rdchainofbegchain7. Fastenoff. Thesearejustafewofthemostpopularedgingstitches.Pleasebesuretocheckoutthelinksinthe backofthebooktoexploreandfindevenmoreedgingstitchestotryout. 83. Corner2CornerTechnique TheCorner2Corner(C2C)patternhasbecomeoneofthemostlovedpatterns,andforgoodreason.It iseasytolearn,worksupquickly,andyoucanmakeawidevarietyofprojectsusingthistechnique.In thischapterwelllearnthebasicC2Cpattern,nowtomakeasquareandarectangle,andhowyoucan usethistechniquetocreateinterestingandcreativemotifsandpatterns. BasicC2CPattern Asthenameimplies,thepatternisworkedfromcornertocorner.Blocksareformedandconnectedin increasingdiagonalrows.Onceyoureachthewidthyouwantyouwillceasetoincreaseononesideto formarectangleorasquare.Whenyoureachthepointatwhichyouwanttostarttofinishuptheshape younolongerincreaserowsonbothsideandendupwithafinalsquare.Thiswillbecomecleareraswe workthepattern,butbelievemeitisveryeasytomaster.ThefollowingimageisfromthefreeC2C patternfoundonRedHeartssite. Thefirststepistochain6.Doublecrochetintothe4thchainfromthehook,anddoublecrochetintothe 2remainingchains.Thisisthefirstblock.Chain6,doublecrochetintothe4thchainfromthehookand doublecrochetintothe2remainingchainstitches.Thesecondblockisformed.Nowyouwanttofold thetwoblockslikethepagesofabook,soslipstichintothechain3loopofthefirstblock. Chain3andwork3doublecrochetintothechain3loopofthefirstblock.YourworkwillnowformaV 84. andyouwillhave3blocksmade.Thebeginningtailofyourfoundationchainwillbeonthevery bottomcorner.Useittokeeptrackofwhichdirectionyouregoing. Turnyourworkandchain6.Doublecrochetintothe4thchainfromthehook,anddoublecrochetinto the2remainingchains.Slipstitchintothechain3loopofthenextblockandchain3.Work3double crochetintothechain3loopoftheblock.Slipstitchintothenextchain3loopandchainthree.Work3 doublecrochetintothechainthreeloopandthenturnyourwork. Continuetochain6oneachsideofyourfabricuntilyoureachthedesiredwidthandhalfofthedesired length.Nowwellcoverhowtomakeasquareorarectangle. 85. SquareC2C Onceyouhaveyourfabricastallandwideasyouwantitinsteadofchaining6foranewrowyouwill slipstitchfourtimesuntilyoureachthechain3loopofthenextblock.Chainthreeandwork3double crochetintothechain3loop.Chain3andwork3doublecrochetsintoeachblockacrosstheproject. Whenyougettotheothersidechain3andwork3doublecrochetintothechain3loop.Onceyougetto theverylastblockinthecorneryouwillslipstitchovertothechain3loop,chain3,work3double crochetintothe3chainloop,slipstitchintothenextblockandthenbreaktheyarn. 86. RectangularC2C Ifyouaremakingascarfofanotherrectangularprojectworktheblocksuntilyougettothecorrect width.Nowinsteadofchaining6oneachsideyouwillslipstitchacrossthesideofyourworktothe chain3loopandstartthenextblockwithachain3.Ontheothersideofyourworkyouwillcontinueto startthenextrowwithachain6.Thiswillmakeyourprojectgetlonger,butnotwider.Whenyoureach thedesiredlengthslipstitchtothenextchain3loopacrossthetopofyourworkandchain3tostarta newblock.Donotchain3orchain6tostartnewblocks,butslipstitchacrossthetopofyourworkand thenchain3toformthetopofthenextblockuntilyoucompletethelastcornerblockandbreakyour yarn. 87. ChangingColors Changecolorsjustlikeanyotherproject.Onthelaststitchoftheblockintheoldcolorworkthelast doublecrochetuntilyouhave2loopsonyourhookandpullthenewcolorthrough.Whenyoucrochet thechainstitchespullthetwoyarnstaughtandcontinueon. HereistheRedHeartBabyDiamondsAfghanusingsquaresofcolor.Noticehowthecolorsare matcheddependingonhowyoujointhesquares.. 88. RippleandWaveTechnique Ripple,chevron,orwaveafghanshavestoodthetestoftime.Theycontinuetobeafavoriteamong crochetenthusiasts.Inthischapterwewilllearnthebasicripplepatternandafewvariations.Wewill alsogooverthemathneededtofigureouthowmanystitchesafoundationchainshouldbe.Youcanuse single,double,orhalfdoublecrochetstitchestoworkuparipplethroworafghan.Somepatternsuse shellandclusterstitchestoworkupveryprettyprojects.RecentlyImadetheRedHeartCloudyDay RippleThrowformysonsweddingpresent.Thispatternusedshellsandclusterstitchesandskipped stitchestoformthevalleys.Thepatternalsouseddoublecrochetstitchestoformsolidstripesbetween thevariegatedshellandclusterstitches.Itwasafunvariationonthebasicripplepattern.Hereisa pictureofthefinishedthrow. BasicsoftheRipplePattern Allripplepatternsareformedbypeaksandvalleys.Atthepeaksstitchesareincreased,andatthe valleysstitchesaredecreased.Stitchescanbedecreasedbyworkingtwoorthreestitchestogether,or youmayskipstitchestoformavalley. Mostripplepatternsareworkedinsetsofsinglestitches,increase,anddecreases.Forexamplethesolid colorstripesintheCloudDayRippleThrowwereworkedasfollows: Rows7-11:Withnextcolor,chain2,skipnextdoublecrochet,doublecrochetinnext4doublecrochet, *3doublecrochetinnextdoublecrochet,doublecrochetinnext6doublecrochet,skipnext2double crochet,doublecrochetinnext6doublecrochet;repeatfrom*8times,3doublecrochetinnextdouble crochet,doublecrochetinnext4doublecrochet,skipnextdoublecrochet,doublecrochetinlaststitch; turn. Startingfromtherepeatthethreedoublecrochetformthefirstpeak,sixdoublecrochetareworkedand thentwodoublecrochetareskippedtoformthefirstvalley,andsixdoublecrochetareworkedup towardthenextpeak.Thispatternisrepeatedeighttimesandthentherowisfinishedoffwiththe 89. specifiedstitches. Allofthepeaksandvalleys,nomatterwhichtypeofpatternyouuse,lineupasyouwork.Ifyoufind yourpeaksandvalleysarenotliningupthenyouhavemadeamistakeinyourstitchcount.Myfirst rippleafghanwaslikethat.IwasworkingawayandfoundthatsomehowIhadreversedthepatternand thepeakshadbecomevalleysandthevalleyshadbecomepeaks.YesIdidsomefroggingthatday FoundationChainMath Oneyouhavethebasicideadownpatforarippleafghanyoumaywanttomakeoneonyourown withoutapattern.Thefirstthingyouneedtodecideishowmanystitcheseachrepeatwillcontain.For examplesixstitchestowardthepeak,threestitchesinthepeak,sixstitchestowardthevalley,andtwo stitchesforthevalleyaddupto17stitches.Multiply17bythenumberofrepeatsyouwishtohaveand thenaddsevenforthebeginningoftherow,andninefortheendingoftherow. Soifyouwant8patternrepeatsyouwillneed136chainstitchesplus16forthebeginningandending oftherows.Thisaddsupto152chainstitches.(Rememberthisnumberincludesthestartingchainfor thefirststitch.)Aneasierwaytodothisistofindapatternyoulike,lookatthepatternrepeatsand decidewhichtypesofstitchesyouwanttouseandusethestartingchainnumberfromthepattern.If yourelikememathsometimesmakesyourheadhurtandwhyreinventthewheelifsomeoneelsehas alreadymadethecalculations. Youcanalsousetheripplepatterntocrochethats,scarves,wristwarmers,slippers,andhomedcor items.Itisnotlimitedtoafghansandthrows. 90. ResourceLinks Asyougrowinyourskillsyouwillfindsomegreatresourcesonlinetohelpyouconnectwithfellow crochetloversandtolearnnewtechniques.InthischapterIsharesomeofthebestresourcesIvefound whilewritingmybooksandinexploringtheinternetforhighqualityresources.Therearelotsmore sitesoutthereyoucanexplore,butIhopetheonesIveincludedgiveyouagoodsolidstartingpoint, andplacestorefertowhenyouneedinformation. CrochetNCrafts http://crochetncrafts.com/freecrochetpatterns.html Agreatsitefullofinstructions,videos,freepatterns,andpatternsyoucanpurchase.Therearepatterns forallsortsofprojectsonthissite,andlotsoftutorialsforyoutolearnnewstitchesandtechniques. TapestryCrochetBlog http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/blog/?cat=18 CarolVenturahasablogdedicatedtotheartofflattapestrycrochet.Youwillfindherworldwide adventuresfindingmaterialsandotherlovesofthisart,andlotsoftutorials,patterns,tips,andtricks. Youwillbeamazedatthebeautifulcreationsshecreates,andthestunningcreationstheartistsshe featuresonherblogcreatewiththistypeofcrochet. TheCrochetSpot http://www.crochetspot.com/ Thisisagreatblogfullofinstructions,illustrations(includinglefthandedinstructions),patterns,and informationaboutcrochetingforcharity.Rachelalsodesignspatternsyoucanpurchaseonhersite,and ifyousignupforPremiumPatternMembershipyoucandownloadallofhernewpatternseachmonth fornocharge. CrochetKittens http://crochetkitten.blogspot.com/ Thisisanothergreatblogtovisitfortutorials,patterns,andlotsofinformationabouttheartofcrochet. Findouthowtouseyourscrapstocrochetthingsforcatsinrescueshelters.TheCuddlesforKittens programonherbloggivesyouafreepatternforacuddlematandacuddlebedyoucandonatetoa localshelterforlonelykittieswaitingtobeadopted. NewStitchaDay http://newstitchaday.com/ Thissitehastonsofvideosandinstructiontolearnnewstitches.Signupfortheirfreenewsletterand gettutorialsdeliveredtoyourinboxeachdayoronceaweek.Thealsohostliveevents,contestsand giveaways,anddiscountsforyarnandsupplies.BesuretocheckouttheVideoStitchionarytolearn newstitchesandbrushuponoldfavorites. Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/account/login Ravelryisafreecrochetandknittingcommunity.Hereyoucanmeetotherhookersintheforums,share patterns,showoffyourworksinprogress,andshopforyarnandsupplies.

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