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Whether you're looking to create an interesting texture or eye-catching color patterning, the crochet V stitch might be just what you have in mind. It's a simple stitch to learn and it can be a very effective design element. The repeating V's create an openwork pattern with graphic appeal. Worked all in the same color, crochet V-stitch has lovely texture, and changing colors from row to row creates a powerful design.
Kathryn Vercillo
Chevron crochet never goes out of style. To a beginner, chevron crochet might seem like an advanced technique, but as long as you know how to single crochet and understand the basics of increasing and decreasing stitches, then you can easily create this pattern for yourself.
Kathryn Vercillo
Filet crochet is a type of fabric created with only two stitches: the chain and double crochet. The grid-like lace can accommodate various designs, from text to flowers to geometric shapes. Pretty much any design that can be drafted on grid paper can be translated into filet crochet! Let's explore this interesting technique. I'll explain the basics and then show you exactly how to filet crochet.
Lisa Gutierrez
The crochet basketweave stitch is sets of front and back post double crochet stitches that creates a fabric with a woven texture. It's a wonderful stitch to use for crocheting scarves, blankets and washcloths.
Andrea Sanchez
Crocheters, grab your hooks — it's time to decorate for Christmas! Going handmade is an obvious choice for the holidays, whether you're looking to make ornaments, gifts, garlands or other decor. We've got the free patterns you're looking for — make one or make 'em all to truly get in the holiday spirit.
Kathryn Vercillo
Cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects. But if you've never crocheted one before, it can be a bit intimidating. They're made by skipping a set of stitches (usually two or three, depending on the stitch width of the cable), then crossing front and back post stitches to create that twisted effect. So once you get the hang of it, it's actually pretty fun to make.
Andrea Sanchez
Crochet ruffles are both cute and versatile: you can use them to add a border to your blankets for a flowing feel, or you can use them as surface crochet to create a cheeky accent.
Dedri Uys
Christmas season is here and our crochet hooks are abuzz. And while gifting handmade presents is a no-brainer, it's also dangerously easy to fall behind on holiday prep. So if you're in need of some last-minute gifts to whip up, here are some one-skein, no-hassle crochet projects to give this year.
Kathryn Vercillo
If you're looking for stitches that make your crochet pop, post stitches should be your go-to. They're the secret trick found in crochet cables, ribbing, basketweave stitching and so much more.
Kathryn Vercillo and Lisa Gutierrez
Snowflakes are a classic part of any winter decor — and they're even better when you've made 'em yourself. Each of these cuties is quick to stitch, uses scrap yarn and, because they're not holiday-specific, can be left up through February. Hang 'em on your tree, display on your fireplace mantel or use as fun gift wrap embellishments!
Ashley Little
We get it: sometimes it can be tough to figure out the *just right* gift for every single person on your holiday shopping list. But if they love picking up a hook — or you simply can't gift enough crocheted presents — these ideas are pretty much a guaranteed hit this holiday season.
Ashley Little
Call us crazy, but there's honestly nothing better than a good pair of socks — especially when they're handmade. Though crocheting socks can be tricky if you've never tackled 'em before, when you have a game plan — and these handy tips — you can crush it. A fair warning, though: once you go handmade, you'll never want store-bought socks again.
Kathryn Senior
So you've finally finished knitting that monochromatic sweater, but when you hang it up you suddenly see the bottom of your sweater is a completely different shade than the top! We've all been there. And there's one culprit behind this pesky issue: skeins from different dye lots.
Ashley Little
Reading crochet patterns can be totally daunting for beginners, what with all those letters and numbers looking like hieroglyphics. But if you know how to break your pattern down, it's much easier to decipher. These are the tips to get you started — keep 'em handy and soon you'll be able to read any pattern like a pro.
Kathryn Senior
Turkeys, orange leaves and pumpkins, oh my! Thanksgiving decor sometimes gets overshadowed by Halloween and Christmas, but there's ample room in our DIY hearts for Turkey Day to shine. Before the big meal, crochet your way into a fab and festive setup with these fun projects.
Ashley Little
Knit vs. crochet is often a hot debate among fiber fanatics. It also just so happens to be the theme of our exclusive Knit Meets Knot series, where two yarn-thusiasts — knit artist Morgan Woltersdorf and crochet buff Vincent Green-Hite — stitch up the same project using their unique expertise with either needles or hooks. We chatted with the young entrepreneurs to get the lowdown on how their crafts have really impacted their lives, and what it takes to turn your passion into a profession.
Bluprint
To the untrained eye, the difference between a knitted fabric and a crocheted one may not be super obvious. But to those in the know, knit and crochet are as different as night and day. Or are they? We’ll take a look at some of the common misconceptions about both crafts (does crochet *really* use more yarn?) and help you find reasons to love them both.
Bluprint
Here's a little secret about advanced crochet stitches: they're all variations and different combinations of the basic crochet stitches! So, if you're looking to stitch up something a little fancier and know how to crank out a double crochet, you can totally work these next-level stitch combos. Get ready for texture, color and all the lacy goodness.
Bluprint
When designing your own crochet blanket, you have a bunch of stitch options to choose from. But we happen to think the ones below will make a particularly great blanket or afghan. All you have to do is figure out what size you want it to be (we suggest making a gauge swatch first), decide the length of your starting chain, then get started!
Bluprint
I stared down at my crochet hook in disbelief. The tool I’d used since I was a teenager suddenly felt so foreign to me. I couldn’t remember how to hold it correctly or even how to do a basic slip knot, much less actually make something. Three weeks earlier, my whole world had changed. A shocking, brutal attack by an intruder at my workplace had left me with severe head injuries, memory loss and terrible PTSD. But of everything that horrific experience did to me, not being able to crochet or knit felt like the worst of it.
Most knitters will tell you that having a good project bag is essential — you can store all the necessary needles, notions and, you know, the actual knitting, so that when you're ready to stitch everything is ready and waiting. Plus, if you have multiple WIPs (works in progress), keeping each one in its own bag is the key to staying organized. And while you could buy a project bag (and there are tons of cute ones out there), we're all makers here — so why not stitch up a few of your own?
Bluprint
Crochet doesn't always get a lot of love when it comes to garments, but we're here to change all that. From cardigans, to vests, and even a baby sweater — don't miss out on making these gorgeous clothes.
Bluprint
Stuffed animals get even better when you make them yourself. The next time you need a gift for a baby shower or child's birthday, stitch up one of these cuties. And if you have trouble letting go, we get it. Go ahead and just make two.
Bluprint
We like to think of crochet as a welcoming craft — pick up a hook, learn a few stitches, and voila! A whole world of projects is at your fingertips. If you’re new to crochet, and aren’t sure what you can make, we’ve got plenty of projects to keep you busy.
Bluprint
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory, but it's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers who want to bring some gorgeous texture to their projects.
Ashley Little
You love to knit and crochet and give the things you make as gifts. At this point, everyone in your life has one of your blankets, sweaters, or hats. Your family and friends. Your UPS guy. Your neighbor. Your neighbor's baby. Your other neighbor's baby.
Kathryn Vercillo
No Saturday morning is complete without a cozy, handmade afghan to keep you warm. Add coffee (or tea!) and a little stitching, and your weekend vibe is complete. These picks are as much fun to make as they are to snuggle with.
Bluprint
The granny stitch is the stuff of crochet legend: it's super easy (like chain stitch, double crochet easy), and totally versatile. You can work it in rows, squares, hexagons and more. And don't even get us started on color. The good ole' granny deserves its iconic status; even if it's the only stitch you know, you'll never get bored!
Bluprint
Most people start crocheting with a square, which makes sense: squares are simple, straightforward and easy. But hexagons are all those things, too. If you can make a chain stitch and a double crochet, you're in business. We say break out of the box and mix up your motifs. These three hexagons deserve some time on your hook.
Bluprint
Crocheting a flat circle seems pretty straightforward: crochet in rounds, throw in some increases, and you've got a circle. Except, you probably don't have a circle — you probably have something a little misshapen.
Kathryn Senior
Crochet pillows are basically the perfect project: You get to try out all the fun stitches, there's no fussy shaping to worry about, and at the end, you have a super cute, super cozy pillow as your reward. It's like making swatches, but with a way higher pay off.
Kathryn Senior
Aran? Worsted? Fingering? Figuring out yarn weights can feel like learning a whole new language. You can thank the Craft Yarn Council for that: they're the folks who determine how yarns are categorized and labeled.
Ashley Little
Putting a price tag on all your time, work and creativity can feel like the hardest thing in the world. Too high, no one will buy it. Too low, you won't be able to keep your business running. How do you find that sweet spot? We've got some tips to help you nail it.
Ashley Martineau
There's something so satisfying about granny squares: they're pretty repetitive, so you can cruise through them without having to concentrate too hard. But they're also totally versatile, so it's easy to spice things up when you want to.
Bluprint
Graphghans (afghans made from graphs) are a pretty simple concept: lay out your design in a graph, then stitch it up. Each square of your graph represents a block or stitch. If you've ever worked from a colorwork knitting chart or dabbled in cross-stitch, you get the idea.
Kathryn Senior
Crochet diagrams are a game changer. They show you exactly what stitch you're using and where it goes at a glance. You'll never look at written directions again! (Just kidding, you may still need them...)
Robin Brzozowski
Let's say you find a vintage crochet pattern for an awesome bag. You follow the pattern, stitch by stitch, but the resulting bag is off, somehow. Where did things go wrong? Surprise! You were working from a pattern written with British crochet terms.
Ashley Little
It's one thing to be a totally amazing designer and crocheter; it's another to blog about your craft in a way that's engaging, promotes community, and keeps us coming back week after week. Hats off to these ladies (and gent!) for making us love all things crochet even more (if that's even possible).
Ashley Little
If you've been perusing crochet boards on Pinterest and had a jonesing to start the craft, you've come to the right place. Even if you've never held a hook before or don't know a slip knot from a single crochet, this guide will help you pick up basic techniques and tips. Soon enough you'll be ready to crochet in rows, which is all you need to make a scarf or even a simple blanket.
Kathryn Vercillo
Move aside, groovy chevron blankets from the 1970s (but don't go far, we still love you!). Crochet chevrons are making a comeback, and we're here for it. Check out some of our favorite ways to make waves.
Bluprint
Beanie and cloche and beret — oh, my! We've got all the hats for you to crochet. And even the ones the look a little complicated (oh hey there, Fair Isle Hat), use only basic stitches. So you can make all of 'em — promise!
Bluprint
Life's too short to only have one scarf. In fact, we think you should have at least seven (one for every day of the week!). From cowls you can make in 45 minutes to scarves that make granny squares chic, we've got your neck covered.
Bluprint
Amigurumi is it's own special beast, for sure, but it doesn't have to be hard. Keep these tips in mind when you're starting out, and you'll be crocheting all the cuteness in no time.
Ashley Little
Making amigurumi critters should be fun. It's kind of the definition of fun. But many crocheters find that while they love the crocheting part, they get a little nervous when it's time to piece their little creatures together.
Ashley Little
Ah, Tunisian crochet. Part knit, part crochet and endlessly versatile. It's no wonder we're obsessed.
Ashley Little
We know we shouldn't play favorites, but sometimes you've just gotta lay down the love. With classes on everything from amigurumi to freeform crochet, you might just find something here to fall for, too.
Bluprint
You've been getting to know Tunisian crochet and you're starting to fall hard, but you're not quite ready to commit. You need a little more time before you can be sure, though things definitely look promising.
Kathryn Vercillo
Granny squares are totally adorbs, but let's be honest: They could use an extra shot of style.
Kathryn Vercillo
No lie: Freeform crochet can be intimidating. Maybe it's freeform's arty reputation or lack of rules. Whatever the reason, this type of crochet gives many crafters serious pause.
Kathryn Vercillo
Show of hands: Anyone have a pile of random granny squares just sitting around? Thought so. Time for a stash-busting project!
Kathryn Vercillo
What happens when you combine the warm and fuzzy art of knitting and crochet with the gritty urban landscape? A phenomenon known as knitfiti, or yarn bombing!
Jessie Hemmons
Just as in a boxing match, the best way to win at crochet is to use a good hook. But choosing the right crochet hook from among the gazillions on the market isn't always easy. For one reason, what's right for one person may not be great for another. What's more, different projects and types of yarn call for different shapes and styles of hooks.
Kathryn Vercillo
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