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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


In learning the art of crochet is to learn the basic beginning crochet stitches. The beginning stitches to learn include the chain stitch, the slip stitch, the double crochet stitch and the treble stitch. It is important to be confident and capable about forming these stitches, as the majority of simple easy crochet patterns include all essential that you learn at least one of these basic stitches. Nevertheless it will not be long before you find the need to have both in your crocheting skills.

To begin crocheting it is essential to start from the beginning setup position. This is achieved both looping the yarn around itself into a looped ring, then insert the hook and catch the yarn with your hook, and bring it back up through the looped ring and lastly by tightening the slip knot onto your hook. The next is to hold the crochet hook in your normal dominate hand in the style that suits you (either like a pen or as when holding a knife) while holding the yarn securely with your free hand just below the slip knot.

The chain stitch is the first crochet stitch used in all patterns; providing the foundation row or ring for either straight line or circular crochet. It is a very simple stitch abbreviated as ch in simple easy crochet patterns.

To work a series of chain stitches, wrap your yarn around your hook (two loops on hook) and then pull your hook through the first loop on its shaft. Now you have only one loop, and one chain stitch formed. Repeat this process for as many chain stitches are needed for your individual crochet pattern or project.

When crocheting in the round (circular garments like hats and doilies and squares are made this way) you need to join the chain stitches together with a slip stitch. A slip stitch is abbreviated to ss in simple easy crochet patterns. This is very simple. Just insert your hook into the middle of the first chain stitch crocheted, pick up the yarn and draw the hook back out again leaving two loops on the hook. Now just draw the hook through the first loop on the hook thus leaving only one loop on the hook and joining the work into a ring.

The double crochet stitch abbreviated to dc or in America the single crochet stitch is very similar to the of the slip stitch just described above. However, the hook is placed into the next stitch to be worked. This will vary depending on what project you are making. After inserting the hook into the appropriate position, pick up the yarn and draw the hook back out of the stitch, leaving two loops on the hook. Now wrap they an again around the hook making three loops on hook. Now wrap the yarn again around the hook making three loops on the hook. Finally draw the hook through all the loops to leave just the one loop on the hook, with one double crochet stitch worked.

The last basic crochet stitch we are going to deal with is the treble stitch, abbreviated to tr in crochet patterns and also known as the double crochet in America. This is the hardest of the basic crochet stitches and is the meat and vegetables of crochet, as many advanced stitches and techniques are based around this stitch. Consequently it is a good idea to be proficient at performing this crochet stitch.

To crochet a treble stitch, first wrap the yarn around the hook before inserting your hook into the stitch where you wish your treble to be located. Catch the yarn as before and draw the hook out of the stitch. At this point you will have three loops on your hook. Again wrap the yarn around your hook, making four loops on the hook. Now draw the hook through the second and third loops on the hook, leaving you with two loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook again making three loops and draw the hook through these remaining loops, leaving you with just one loop on the hook and one treble formed.

You now have the basic techniques to crocheting, as we have covered the basic crochet stitches. You will be amazed at how many patterns and projects are now at your disposal with just this limited amount of crocheting knowledge. Take some time and go look for yourself. And have fun while you are shopping for yarn, thread, supplies, tools and simple easy patterns!

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