Friday, April 30, 2010

Extended Single Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

Begin this stitch with a simple foundation chain. Add 1 or 2 chains depending on your specific pattern. I prefer to use 2. It’s much easier to start a new row this way.

Step 1: Insert hook into 2nd or 3rd chain from hook and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).

*Experiment to see which chain you want to insert hook into – this may also depend on the type of yarn you use.

Step 2: Wrap yarn around hook (commonly referred to as yarn over), and pull through only 1 loop. Two loops remain on hook.

Step 3: Wrap yarn around hook and pull through both loops.

Repeat across foundation chain. Chain 1 for the beginning of the next row, and continue making exsc across.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Half Double Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

Half double crochet, abbreviated hdc, is a great stitch for making closed weave fabrics. It is a little bit taller than single crochet, which helps to produce projects quickly and easily. Two chain stitches are used at the beginning of each row in place of your first hdc.

1. Begin with your foundation chain plus one.

2. Wrap yarn behind and around your hook.

3. Insert hook in second chain from your hook.

4. Wrap yarn over your hook and pull it back through the chain. (3 loops on hook)

5. Wrap yarn over your hook and pull it through all 3 loops on the hook.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Crochet Dish Scrubbie

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

Now that you know how to chain and single crochet, I thought it might be fun to put these two things together in a little project. Today I’m going to show you how to make dish scrubbers using only the chain and single crochet stitches.

You Will Need

Tulle or netting
Size J Crochet hook

Step 1: Cut tulle into a 2 inch wide strip. You will need 4 strips measuring approximately 1 yard each. When joining new strips, overlap 2 inches into the strip you’re working with, folding the new strip inside the current strip to secure.

Step 2: Make a slip knot at one end of tulle.

Step 3: Chain 10

Step 4: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, and in each remaining chain.

Step 5: Chain 1, turn, single crochet in first stitch and in each stitch across. (9 sc)

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have a square. Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Finished project measures approximately 3 x 3 inches. You can adjust the size to meet your needs by making a longer foundation chain.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chain and Single Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

There are a few very common crochet stitches that will allow you to create just about anything in crochet. I’ll share those with you first so you have a sturdy foundation. Then we’ll move on into fancy stitches that really aren’t that hard to make at all. Some of them look extremely complex, but don’t be fooled by their appearance.

The first stitches we need to make are the chain and single crochet stitches. These stitches are used for many things, and they are among my favorites. I’ve used them to make stuffed animals, lacy doilies, purses and blankets. They are versatile and easy to do.

Please watch the following video to learn to make a chain stitch. 

To make single crochet, begin with a basic crochet chain. Make a slip stitch, wrap yarn around hook and pull up a loop.

Step 1: Insert hook into second chain from hook.

Step 2: Yarn over, pull up a loop. You now have 2 loops on your hook.

Step 3: Yarn over, pull through both loops on the hook.

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How to Hold Crochet Yarn and Thread

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

One of the first things you need to do when you learn to crochet is relax your hands. Hold the yarn comfortably, so you can glide the yarn through your fingers easily. Here is a video that will help you learn how to hold your crochet thread. I find that it is much easier to learn to hold the thread with visuals. 

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For the Love of Crochet

by M. J. Joachim 
Updated 4/19/16 

I’ve always loved crochet. I used to sit and watch my mom for hours as she made afghans for each one of her eight children; then she made baby blankets and booties for the grandkids as they came on the scene, one by one. 

My older sister preferred knitting and ended up using it in her career as a professional designer. Creativity never got lost on me. Once I learned crochet basics, I soon found myself experimenting with crochet in all sorts of different ways. Naturally I realize the benefit of tried and true wisdom, and I willingly take the time to learn my stitches correctly. 

Crochet is a wonderful activity because it helps you relax, while also producing something beautiful. There are lots of ways to enjoy crocheting, and it is an activity that crosses genders, is suitable for almost all ages and can be elegant, practical or playful. There are so many things one can make with crochet, which is one reason it is such a lovely pastime. 

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