Tutorials and Help

Crochet Tutorials for Beginners

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 5th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

If you’re a beginner crocheter or seasoned crocheter who wants to review the fundamentals, this post is for you. This post rounds up a lot of beginner level tutorials to take you from absolute beginner to advanced beginner. Take your time and go through each tutorial. You don’t have to do them all in order, so feel free to skip around to the tutorials that interest you the most!

How to Crochet
If you have no idea how to crochet, this is the perfect place to learn how. No matter how old (or young) you are, learning to crochet is pretty easy. Best of all, it doesn’t take much time to get started.

How to Read Crochet Patterns
I bet every crocheter remembers the dreadful first time they read a crochet pattern and had no clue what they were reading. I know for sure that happened to me! Let’s get rid of all that frustration and decrypt crochet patterns once and for all. Here is a basic guide to start reading crochet patterns.

How to Count Crochet Stitches
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.

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How to Crochet: Knit Stitch (Video Tutorials)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 12th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

Recently we discussed the knit stitch, also known by various other names: waistcoat stitch, center single crochet, split single crochet, center post single crochet, shallow single crochet. This stitch is a simple variation of the traditional single crochet stitch, that creates a knit look. Check out Amy’s elaborate knit stitch photo tutorial for all the details.

In this post I rounded up a few video tutorials from around the web to give you an even better idea of how this stitch is worked. Each video is made by a different crocheter and you’ll notice that they call the stitch by different names. Feel free to skip around and see which tutorial teaches you the best!

The video below is by Sierra Tosner and is super quick and to the point. It demonstates the knit stitch being worked in the round and provides some great tips as well.

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How to Crochet: Knit Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 26th, 2018 by Amy – 9 Comments

How to Crochet the Knit Stitch

Have you ever wanted your crocheted garments to have that knit look without actually having to knit them? Let me show you how to crochet the knit stitch!

There’s something so classic about the stockinette stitch in knitting that makes us crocheters want to imitate it slightly in our own line of work. Sure, you could just learn to knit, or if you know how, switch to your needles instead of your hook. But when you can work a simple crochet stitch pattern and get the desired look, why compromise?

The knit stitch goes by many names: waistcoat stitch, center single crochet, center post single crochet, shallow single crochet. It can sound intimidating but don’t worry, it’s as simple as your basic single crochet with a slight alteration.
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8 Crochet Tutorials to Try in 2018

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 19th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

If you’re interested in expanding your crochet skills this new year, here are some fun tutorials to try. Ranging from arm crocheting, to Tunisian, to crocheting with beads, there is something new for everyone to learn and share with others. So what are you waiting for? Grab some yarn and try out these tutorials!

How to Arm Crochet – 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.

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How to STOP Buying Yarn

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on October 20th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 11 Comments

Why would someone ever want to stop buying yarn? Perhaps you’re on a tight budget or you already have an entire closet or room full of yarn you haven’t used yet. While this post’s title might seem ridiculous to some, I know there are a bunch of yarnaholics out there that might need a little (okay, more like a lot) of help taming their buying impulses.
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How to Crochet a Wire Bracelet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns, Tutorials and Help on September 6th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

If you’ve been following along recently on the blog, you’ve come across a few beginner level wire jewelry crochet patterns: Circle Wire Earrings and Wire Fashion Ring. In this post, I have a video that demonstrates a bracelet being crocheting. Hopefully this video will help those that are having trouble working with wire.

As usual, the crochet pattern itself is super easy, but the tricky part is getting used to crocheting with wire. The pattern used is simply a few rows of single crochet stitches. 30 gauge wire is used to crochet the bracelet, which is softer and easier to work with compared to my previous patterns. The softer wire, also works wells to create a flexible bracelet.

The video below, by Beaducation, will walk you through crocheting a practice swatch with regular yarn, to crocheting the wire bracelet from beginning to end. It is a long video that is very detailed, so feel free to skip around if it is too slow for you, or pause it every now and then if you are crocheting along.

I’m a huge fan of Beaducation (with no affiliation), and love their tutorials and supplies for jewelry making! What do you think of this video? Did you enjoy crocheting jewelry?

Crochet Help Desk, Ask a Question!

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 5th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 27 Comments

Have you ever had a question about a crochet pattern you’re working on or simply a general question about crochet? If you don’t have a lot of local friends or family members to ask, then you’re likely to turn to the internet to find answers. Sometimes your searches aren’t always helpful. I can understand the frustration from not being able to crochet a pattern you want or figure out a technique you’re working on.

If you have a crochet related question, feel free to leave it here on this post in the comments below! It doesn’t matter if it’s a Crochet Spot related pattern you’re working on or not. I’ll do my best to answer your questions! I will publish your question along with an answer in a blog post for you to read and others to learn from as well, if many folks have the same questions. I will admit that I’m not perfect and don’t know everything about crochet, so if I don’t know the answer to your questions, perhaps someone else reading the blog will!

My goal in creating this new help desk is to help as many folks as possible because I know how frustrating it is when you’re project just isn’t going right. So feel free to leave your questions below! Be sure to make them as detailed as possible so that I can help you as best as I can.

So what are you waiting for? Ask away!

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?