Tutorials and Help

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.


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

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Finishing Off Crochet Round with Seamless Join

Posted in Tutorials and Help on September 20th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 3 Comments

If you’re familiar with crocheting in the round, you know there are times when you have to join, especially when you’re ending your work. Joins are traditionally done using slip stitches, which can create a seam and look unsightly. Crocheting seamlessly in the round is a great technique to avoid seams in the body of your work, but often times a slip stitch join is still required at the very end to finish off.
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Knit Starter Tab

Posted in Tutorials and Help on September 8th, 2016 by Candace – Be the first to comment

If you are a fan of knitting shawls, the title of this tutorial may seem oddly familiar. That’s because I’m taking the idea of the garter tab and changing it in a few places. First, instead of knit, it will be Tunisian crochet; second, it’s done in a stockinette pattern instead of garter.

If you’re not familiar with garter tabs, the idea is simple enough–You make a thin rectangle then pick up stitches on three sides. The stitches coming off the short sides will keep elongating the thin rectangle and create one edge of the shawl. The stitches coming off the long side will create the body of the shawl.

To work a shawl in this manner you will need a Tunisian/afghan hook with a long, flexible cord. You’ll also need some familiarity with Tunisian crochet, of course.
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