Tutorials and Help

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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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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Avoiding Twists In Long Crochet Chains

Posted in Tutorials and Help on September 6th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 15 Comments

Have you ever started a crochet project where you needed to chain a long chain then join the ends together? There are quite a few projects that start this way, and I know some folks even avoid them because the foundation chains twists and causes all sorts of headaches!
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How to Crochet: Standing Single Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 2nd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

Standing single crochet is a method for joining a new yarn and/or color to your work. It is as simple as starting with a slip knot on your hook with your new yarn and making a single crochet stitch. You can use this technique in place of having to tie your new yarn to your work.

How to Crochet a Standing Single Crochet Tutorial by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot
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Methods for Joining Pieces in Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on July 19th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

I’m often asked about the best methods for joining pieces of a crochet project together. Depending on your project the answer may be different. There are all sorts of crochet projects that are crocheted in multiple pieces, such as blankets, toys, bags, etc. There are a few different methods to consider, which I will discuss further. Feel free to check out the tutorials linked in this post for further instructions on each method.
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How to Crochet: Entrelac (Part 2)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on July 5th, 2016 by Candace – 2 Comments

So you’ve already set up your first row of crochet entrelac blocks. What’s next? Well that’s the easy part. It’s just like working in the chain in the first row except now you have stitches and the sides of stitches to work in.

If you haven’t completed your first row yet, check out the How to Crochet: Entrelac (part 1) tutorial or the How to Crochet: As-You-Go Entrelac tutorial.
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4 Tips for Crocheting Blankets in the Heat of Summer

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on June 29th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 3 Comments

Who wants to crochet with a half finished blanket on your lap when you’re already sweating? The thought of crocheting something thick and hot in the heat of summer may make you want to leave your crochet hook behind and jump in the pool. But don’t abandon your crochet hook just yet! If you’re a blanket lover or simply need to get your project done for a baby shower or gift, here are some tips to make the heat more manageable.

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How to Crochet an Edging for your Bullet Journal

Posted in Tutorials and Help on June 23rd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

As I have an interest in virtually all things crafty, I have recently become enamored of bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a relatively new concept that combines a planner, to-do list, and diary into one volume. I have only been bullet journaling for less than two weeks, but I can say it is a system that works well for me and allows me to incorporate my artsy craftsy side into my daily planning. A big bonus is that it really helps to keep me organized!

It occurred to me that crochet could (and should!) be incorporated into bullet journaling. This tutorial focuses upon crocheting an edging for your bullet journal. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using a piece of cardstock cut to 4.75 in (12 cm) x 8.25 (21 cm) because those are the dimensions of my bullet journal.

How to Crochet an Edging for your Bullet Journal by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot - 1

Please feel free to modify the pattern as needed for your journal pages.
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