Welcome!! I am so excited you are joining us for the first part of Hookin’…the legal way! Myself, and my awesome guests, Lauren from Tutus and Tea Parties and Sara from My Merry Messy Life are going to show you how to crochet!
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It can be extremely intimidating to look at a crochet pattern. All of the abbreviations are a bit overwhelming if you do not know what they mean. Well, let’s take it step by step and figure out what those abbreviations mean and figure out how to do each stitch as well. There are videos that you can watch to see how to complete each stitch, as well as pictures to break down those steps. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
1. Chain (ch) also known as the Foundation chain.
Wrap the yarn around your index finger and your middle finger twice. Take the back loop and bring it over the front loop on your fingers. Then take the front loop and bring it over the back loop you just pulled forward. Tighten your knot. Insert your hook and hold onto the knot to give you a better hold on to the yarn and create some tension. Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through the loop on the hook, and you have just created your first chain stitch. Chain 31. Be sure to count. See the video below to see it done.
2. Single Crochet (sc).
Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over the hook, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the loops on the hook. You are going to do 30 single crochet (sc) stitches. See video below.
3. Half Double Crochet (hdc) – halfway between a single and a double crochet in terms of height.
Chain 2 at the end of your previous row. This is going to give you the height of your hdc row. Turn the row so that you are going to the left again. Yarn over your hook, and insert the hook below the first stitch next to where you chained. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will now have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. See video below.
4. Double Crochet (dc) – this is my favorite of the basic stitches because it makes the pattern come together faster as the height is much taller than the single crochet (sc).
At the end of your previous row, chain 3 as this will be the height of the dc row. Turn your work so that you are going to the left. Yarn over, insert your hook under the first stitch from the hook (next to the chain). Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over, and pull up TWO loops. You will now have two loops left on your hook. Yarn over and pull up the remaining two loops. You have just completed the double crochet;) See video below.
5. Slip Stitch (sl st) – used to join crocheted rounds for circles, and for edging. This is perfect to edge the perimeter of a dishcloth to give it a more finished look.
Chain 1 at the end of your previous row. Insert your hook under the first stitch. Yarn over and pull the loop through. Continue pulling the loop through the loop that is on the hook. That is how you slip stitch:) See video below.
6. Crocheting a circle – Used for making a circular pattern. See video.
7. Magic circle (Magic Ring) – used for starting a circular pattern…ideal for making hats.
Wrap the yarn around your index finger so that it criss crosses. Insert your hook under the front loop and pull up the back loop as seen in the third picture. Slip this off of your index finger carefully so that you don’t lose your ring. Then, (assuming you are doing a double crochet), chain 3 stitches. Yarn over, and do a DC into the center of the ring. Continue doing this for the amount of dc’s as stated in the pattern or just practice:). It will come together as a circle so you’ll see when to stop because you won’t be able to put any more in there without it looking crazy:). In order to join the ring, do a slip stitch in the top of the chain three. You can see in the picture that there is still a hole in the middle. The back piece of yarn that started this ring can be pulled tight to close that hole. You are done:) See video below for more guidance.
Phew! That was a lot! But, keep practicing. You will get it. Replay these videos as many times as you need to, click on the pictures to make them bigger. Please ask if you need further guidance!! I am absolutely here to help!
Be sure to check back next Saturday for Part 2 of “Hookin’…the legal way” to learn how to increase and decrease with Sara from My Merry Messy Life.
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