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How To Crochet: Chain Loop Fringe

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 3rd, 2011 by Robin Beers – 33 Comments
If you are tired of cutting yarn for fringe and love to make chains, this fringe is for you! Use it for a spring scarf or an afghan or even crocheted jewelry. The only thing you need to know is how to chain. Basically, this fringe is just loops of chains attached to the base of your work continuously.

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How to Crochet: Double Crochet with Beads

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 26th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 20 Comments
Now that you know how to add beads to your work and do a single crochet, I will teach you how to add beads to a double crochet stitch. For a quick refresher about how to add beads, click here. In this tutorial, I used larger beads made of wood. I found them at my local craft store. The technique is basically the same as in single crochet except that you will pull the bead to the front of your work and secure it there. Some ideas for you are to make a pocketbook with beads, or maybe a beaded plant hanger.  

The materials you need are crochet thread or yarn, beads and a needle. I am using larger beads here so I use a tapestry needle to string them onto my yarn.
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How To Crochet: Single Crochet with Beads

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 19th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 32 Comments
If you have ever wondered how to add beads to your crochet work, whether it is for jewelry or just to dress up a scarf, check out this tutorial. I will show you how to add beads with a single crochet stitch. Use this technique to create one of a kind jewelry with crochet thread. You can add beads to a lacy scarf for a feminine touch or even in fringe. Next week I will teach you how to do the double crochet stitch with beads.

The materials you need are crochet thread or yarn, beads and a needle. One of the challenges is getting the correct size needle to make sure that you can thread your crochet thread and then be able to get it through the bead itself. I use the regular needles that are a bit larger so that the thread will make it through the eye. If you are using regular worsted weight yarn, you will need a tapestry needle and then make sure that your beads have a larger hole. Another trick is to use regular thread to string your beads and then work this thread along with your yarn. The possibilities are as endless as the amount of different kinds of beads there are. Visit your local craft store and you will be amazed at the variety!
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How To Crochet: Blanket Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 12th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 307 Comments
This easy stitch is perfect for an afghan or blanket. It is just sets of 3 stitches, one single crochet and two doubles. Once you get into the hang of it, you can do it in your sleep! Use it for a baby blanket in a pretty pink or blue or for a regular afghan with bright colors! You can change colors after a few rows for a multicolored effect.

The photo above is a baby blanket I am working on for charity. I am using a J-hook for this with worsted yarn. Decide how wide you want your blanket to be and chain the proper number in multiples of 3. I chained 108 for this blanket and it is about 31 inches wide. For more blanket patterns using similar stitches, click here. Oh, and by the way, feel free to try this stitch on a scarf if you want! Experiment!
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How To Crochet: Chain Loop Mesh Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 7th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 48 Comments
This lacy stitch is a open crochet stitch made with loops of chains. It is very easy to crochet. You just need to know the single crochet stitch. Here is a refresher on that stitch, see the single crochet tutorial. Use this stitch to make an interesting scarf, a pretty table runner, or even a poncho. The photo at the right is a poncho that I made with this stitch using ribbon yarn. You can also use this stitch for a market bag using cotton yarn!

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How To Crochet: Broomstick Lace

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 30th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 43 Comments
The broomstick lace stitch is a very pretty stitch that is made using both a crochet hook and a knitting needle. The concept is to loop your crocheted stitches onto a larger knitting needle, and then to gather them up in groups for a lacy effect.

You can use a very large knitting needle for bigger loops and you can create different rows with different size stitches. The only stitch that you need to know is single crochet, can you believe it? For this tutorial, I used my favorite crochet thread in size 3 with a size C crochet hook and a size 17 knitting needle. The usual grouping of stitches is 4 to 6.  Your initial chain will vary in length depending on how many groups of stitches you want to make. In this example, I am going to make 4 groups of 5 stitches so I will chain 20. 
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How To Crochet: Loop Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 26th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 11 Comments
The loop stitch also called the fur stitch or the boucle stitch is a really fun stitch once you get the hang of it. You can make loops of any size on just one side of your work or both sides if you wish. Use it to make loopy pillows, scarves, hats or rugs. The possibilities are endless!

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How to Crochet: Offset Fish Net Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 17th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 11 Comments
This lacy stitch is a open crochet stitch like a fish net with slanted rows. It looks more complicated than it really is – simply rows of triple crochet (also known as treble crochet). For a refresher on that stitch, see the triple crochet tutorial. Use this stitch to make an interesting scarf or a pretty table runner. I use cotton yarn in a light weight (3) in this tutorial, but you can use worsted weight yarn or any weight in between if you like. With these fancy stitches, the thinner yarn shows up the most detail.

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How To Crochet: Crown Picot Edging

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 12th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 15 Comments

This is a variation on a picot edge that looks like little crowns, thus the name, “crown picot”. It is basically 3 picots together to form a crown. The 2 outer ones are smaller and the middle one is larger. For more information on picot stitches, check out the picot stitches tutorial. You can use this stitch to edge a doily or a blanket.

Start with a row of single crochet. In this tutorial, I am using crochet thread size 3 with a D crochet hook.
Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo for a left-handed view.
 

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How to Crochet: Block Edging

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 5th, 2011 by Robin Beers – 33 Comments
This pretty edging is called block edging because the stitches look like little blocks. Use this as a decorative edge on doilies or cuffs or even crocheted jewelry. It is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. It uses the Triple crochet (tr), also known as treble crochet. For a refresher on this stitch, see How to Crochet: Treble Crochet

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