Tutorials and Help

How to Arm Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on June 16th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

A couple weeks ago I discussed how to hand crochet without a crochet hook, now let’s talk about arm crocheting! Both methods of crochet are done without a crochet hook. In arm crocheting, the loops which you would usually put on a crochet hook, are placed on your arm/wrist instead. You can still crochet using the same crochet stitches and patterns, but you are supersizing it by using your arm as a giant crochet hook.

Here is a YouTube video by Vickie Howell from Yarnspirations that demonstrates arm crocheting single crochet stitches to create a bulky cowl. Even if you aren’t interested in making a cowl, you can use this video as an example to get you started with the arm crocheting technique. Once you understand the technique, the projects you can make are only limited by your imagination!

Note: Vickie mentions crocheting in the front loops only, which I think is a great idea for such a bulky project. By crocheting in only one loop, it will give the project texture and also thin out the fabric.

Be sure to check out more videos on the Yarnspiration YouTube Channel.

Have you tried arm crocheting? What will you make with this technique?

How to Hand Crochet A Blanket

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns, Tutorials and Help on June 3rd, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

If you haven’t heard of hand crocheting, you’re in for a fun surprise! You can crochet an entire project without a crochet hook, simply using your fingers and hands. Grab your yarn and get your hands ready to try out something new!

Before starting, I recommend having a basic knowledge of how to crochet. You can learn to crochet as you go, but the basics of how to chain, and make single crochets will give you a head start with hand crocheting.

Although you do not need a crochet hook for this project, you will need yarn. Use a super bulky weight yarn, and/or multiple strands of yarn held together to create a thick yarn. Your hands will act as a giant crochet hook so you need a yarn that will be proportional to your big hook size. The exact weight of yarn isn’t too important. Feel fee to practice the technique and then adjust the yarn weight and tension to suit your project.
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Substituting Light Weight Yarn for Bulky Weight Yarn in Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 21st, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 4 Comments

I LOVE the look of bulky yarn and I LOVE working with it as it makes projects work up fairly quickly. But have you ever encountered a crochet pattern that calls for bulky weight yarn, and you only have medium or light weight yarn on hand? One solution is to crochet with more than one strand of yarn held together to achieve the thickness required for the bulky yarn. The double stranded crochet technique is easy to do, but requires you to have multiple skeins or balls of yarn to pull from.

Here is a hack that I came across, shared from Briana K. This one skein is used to make a bulky weight yarn, crocheting with three strands of yarn together without having to cut the yarn or separate it into multiple balls. It’s too hard to describe in words, so check out the video below!

P.S. I’m a huge Briana K fan! Some of my other favorite hacks are Finishing Off Crochet Round with Seamless Join and Avoiding Twists In Long Crochet Chains. You can also see a lot more of her videos on YouTube.

What do you think of this hack? Will you try it in an upcoming crochet project?

Alternative to the Magic Adjustable Ring

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 22nd, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 12 Comments

The magic adjustable ring and the adjustable double ring are popular methods for starting a project in the round without having a large hole in the center of the work. However, I know a lot of folks who aren’t fans of those techniques, or have trouble working the adjustable rings, and prefer to crochet the traditional way by starting with chain stitches. In this post I’ll show you a very simple technique that I often use to achieve a closed circle when starting a project in the round with chains.
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Tutorials for Crocheting in the Round

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 15th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Crocheting can be done in rows and also in rounds. In this post, I rounded up a bunch of tutorials and special techniques for crocheting in the round. If you’ve never crocheted in the round before, start with the first few tutorials. If you’re an experienced crocheter, feel free to skip towards the middle and end of the list to see special techniques.
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How to Crochet… Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on December 27th, 2016 by Candace – 4 Comments

Right now, this topic is near and dear to my heart. You’ve probably been there, too, or maybe you are now. Maybe life got in the way, and once it settled down enough for you to crochet, you just couldn’t. Or maybe you crocheted too much (gift-making overload, perhaps) and are just a bit fatigued. Either way, you come to a point where, even if you have a WIP, you just can’t crochet. So how do you get back to it? Well, there’s no one true method, but here are some things to try.
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How to Crochet: Magic Adjustable Ring with Tunisian Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on November 1st, 2016 by Candace – Be the first to comment

I recently set my sights on trying to crochet flat objects in the round using the Magic Adjustable Ring and my Tunisian in the round technique. Guess what. It wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be. But when have you ever known me to not enjoy a challenge? Trial and error and reading my crochet paid off, and now you can learn, too! You just need yarn and a hook with a cable.

Left handed? If you hover over the photos, you can see another view.

Start off by readying your ring as usual.

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How to Count Crochet Stitches

Posted in Tutorials and Help on October 20th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

If you’re a beginner crocheter, it may be difficult to count your crochet stitches. The ability to count your stitches is extremely important if you want your project to turn out as intended. Counting stitches is a skill often learned with experience. The more you crochet, the more familiar the stitches will become making them easier to recognize and count. In this tutorial, I will show you examples of swatches I crocheted and give you tips on how to count the number of stitches and rows.

Here is the first swatch I crocheted using double crochet stitches. How many stitches do you see on the top row? How many rows do you see? The answer is below the photo.
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Crochet in the Round

Posted in Tutorials and Help on October 18th, 2016 by Candace – 2 Comments

If you’ve looked online for Tunisian crochet in the round videos, you’ve probably found lots of tutorials using a double-ended hook and two balls of yarn. My method is a bit different and, in my opinion, simpler. It requires only one ball of yarn and a crochet hook with a flexible cord (single- or double-ended hooks are fine).

This method is a lot like traditional crochet in the round, so if you can do that and already know the basics of Tunisian crochet, you’re good to go.
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How to Estimate Yarn Lengths

Posted in Tutorials and Help on October 4th, 2016 by Candace – 2 Comments

Now that I have a scale that measures small amounts, I can figure out how much yarn I’ve used and how much yarn I have left, and if you have one you can, too. It’s pretty easy, and it will help when it’s time to plan projects using unfinished skeins. It can also help if you’re breaking up a huge skein and winding it into more manageable balls. All you need is a kitchen scale and some basic math.

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Kitchen scales can be pretty inexpensive. Even electronic ones can cost less than $10. Mechanical ones are even cheaper.


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