Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Series: Crochet 101 - Part 6

I hope you have been following along this summer with my series on Crochet 101.  I have been having fun sharing my knowledge with you, although I am by no means an expert on crochet.  I am still learning and picking up tips all the time.  I think that is what I love about crochet, you are never done learning and you can always try something new.  This leads me to teaching you some other basic stitches so that you can do other projects too.
A Glimpse of Normal Blog, Summer Series, Crochet 101, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, Treble Crochet, Beginning Crochet
First up is the Half Double Crochet Stitch - This stitch is in between single crochet and double crochet height wise.  It is pretty, easy, and works up fast.  It is not as tight as single crochet and not as loose as double crochet.
1.  Yarn over.
2.  Insert your hook into a stitch

3.  Yarn over.
4.  Pull back through the stitch - you should have 3 loops on your hook.

5.  Yarn over.

6.  Pull through all the loops on your hook.

*Chain 2 chain stitches at the end of each row when using this stitch to get the right height for the next row.
Half Double Crochet
Next up is the Double Crochet Stitch - This stitch works up pieces so fast!  It is a favorite of mine because you tend to see progress faster using it.  Once you get the hang of it, you will fly along in your work with it.  It tends to have a little more give and leaves a little more space in projects, but is very pretty.
1.  Yarn over.
2.  Insert your hook into a stitch.
3.  Yarn over.
4.  Pull back through the stitch - you should have 3 loops on your hook.
5.  Yarn over.
6.  Pull through 2 of the loops on your hook.
7.  Yarn over.

8.  Pull through the rest of the loops on the hook.
*Chain 3 chain stitches at the end of each row when using this stitch to get the right height for the next row.
Double Crochet
Last is the Treble Crochet Stitch - This stitch is also called the Triple Crochet Stitch.  It is a taller stitch and works up very fast.  It is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  It tends to leave more space between stitches and is looser than other stitches, but is a great stitch if you need some height in your project.
1.  Yarn over TWICE.
2.  Insert your hook into a stitch.
4.  Pull back through the stitch - you should have 4 loops on your hook.
5.  Yarn over.
6.  Pull through 2 of the loops on your hook.
7.  Yarn over.
8.  Pull through 2 of the loops on your hook.
9.  Yarn over.
10.  Pull through the rest of the loops on the hook.
*Chain 4 chain stitches at the end of each row when using this stitch to get the right height for the next row.
Treble Crochet (Triple Crochet)
That is it.  Those are all the basics I can think of for now.  Hopefully you can take these basics and create some projects...dish cloths, scarves, small afghan, etc.  Do you have any questions?  Have you enjoyed this series?  I am going to work up some more crochet posts for fall and see what I come up with.  Thanks for hanging out with me this summer and I hoped you learned something.



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