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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some people groove on the idea of spinning raw wool straight from the sheep. Things might get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun of working with natural fibers — it's what we call spinning “in the grease."
When you finish your crochet project, it's hard not to get excited and just tie a knot, and snip off those yarn ends. Resist the urge! If you want your piece to last a long time and look neat, you need to properly weave in your ends.
Sure, the yarn you use for your amigurumi is important, and so are the colors. But to really give your cuddly new buddy personality, choose the right eyes. These can take your toy from sad to mad, from happy to sleepy.
You know single, and double, and half double, and triple. But the joy of crochet goes way beyond those basics. There's popcorn (just as yummy as it sounds), cluster (loaded with texture), crocodile (actually not scary!) and a whole lot more.
Linen stitch is our kind of stitch: it's beautiful, looks complicated, but is actually super simple (as in, you only need to know how to make a chain stitch and a single crochet stitch to pull it off). It's also a perfect canvas for playing with color: win-win-win.
If you're looking at your holiday project list and starting to panic, we've got you! These crochet snowflakes are fast, easy, cute and totally giftable. Stitch up a flurry and show that list who's in charge.
These crocheted ornaments are every kind of perfect: simple to make and soooooo cute. You can customize the pattern in endless ways (thick stripes, thin stripes, no stripes!), so you'll never get bored making them. Which is why every single person on your list might get one this year.
Once you realize how easy this bow is to make, you're going to make one for every single project you can dream up. Crochet a small rectangle, wrap the center and — boom! — you've got an adorable bow. Genius.
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet pattern, this is a great one! The pattern uses the Tunisian simple stitch, which is easy enough for newbies. The stitch is different than traditional knit and crochet stitches — it creates a dense but flexible weave. Stitch it up with wool for a cozy winter accessory, or give cotton yarn a try for a warm-weather version.
If you're one of those knitters who can't bear to part with yarn leftovers, there's good news: this fiber-friendly tree decor will give those scraps a purpose! You just need to master the technique for one garland and one ornament — both of which are super easy — and you'll have an adorable yarn-laden holiday statement piece.
We've long been fans of putting a pom-pom on pretty much everything, so it's no surprise that we love this easy technique. All you have to do is wrap that gift in simple paper, then pom it up and — poof! — it's the best-looking present under the tree. If you've got a pom-pom maker, get ready to bust it out — or just use your fingers!
If you've been wanting to get in on the weaving trend, this could be your moment: This yarn design is a cute and unique way to personalize any gift wrap — and you don’t need to be a well-versed weaver to pull it together.
Dyeing your own yarn can literally change everything. Instead of hunting for the perfect shade, you can create it with your own two hands. Pretty amazing, right? But before you go all color crazy, there are a few things you should know.
Sure, the colors of fall look great in all that foliage! But we'd say the warm hues are even prettier in crochet projects. (We do admit to being a little biased, though.) This mug cozy project combines the best seasonal colors with an awesome ombré technique. You're gonna want to wrap your morning brew in it every day!
We crocheters tend to be a little color-crazed, so naturally ombré has our hearts. But did you know that you don't need a a fancy gradient yarn to get the effect? You can design your own ombré crochet gradients using any yarn (even your scraps!).
The larksfoot stitch pattern has been popping up in all sorts of patterns lately, and that's no surprise. I mean, just look at it! Use bright, contrasting colors in a yarn that is a DK-weight or heavier to make the biggest splash. Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy to do. Grab some spare yarn and a hook and work up this small swatch. But be warned — it's addictive!
If you're a maker, chances are visions of handmade gifts are already dancing in your head. And while "it's the thought that counts" is certainly a nice idea, the reality is that gifting handmade items takes work — so you really want your present to hit the bullseye. Here's how to set yourself up for success (without stress).
Having a solid baby hat is clutch: you can turn to it again and again, knowing you'll always have something adorable to bring to the baby shower. Just think of this tutorial as a recipe — add in whatever yarn you want and crochet at whichever gauge makes you happy. There's always room to adapt and make the hat entirely your own.
Who says the granny square is old-fashioned? First of all, we think grannies rock. And secondly, this simple, traditional form is anything but stuffy. In fact, it's one of the best patterns ever when it comes to getting creative whatever yarns you have on hand. Once you explore our four simple variations below, we bet you'll end up inventing your own. Have fun!
We love a good colorwork design, but if you're not careful, juggling so many strands can leave you all tied up in knots — literally. We've found that a few key yarn-wrangling techniques go a long way to keep those fancy projects heavy on creative satisfaction and light on frustration.
It's hot and sticky and you just want to find some shade and … knit? Wait, you say, won't knitting make me feel even hotter? While even the thought of wool might make you sweat, it's not your only option: Discover the amazingly summer-friendly, plant-fiber coolness of cotton. Cotton yarn (like its friend, linen, which also comes from a plant) just feels cooler and is perfect for loose, summery designs — tops, lacy shawls, light cardigans, even swimwear and beach cover-ups. It's a win-win: perfect for knitting with AND wearing this summer.
Can combining two classics give you something modern and fresh? When those classics are the crochet granny square and the log cabin quilt block, the answer is a resounding yes. It looks all fancy, but really, if you know how to crochet a granny square (or are willing to learn) and are comfortable with mid-row color changes, you can consider this puppy your next project.
You want to make a lickety split crochet project (try this super fast cowl!) ? Great. Perhaps you already know that you should choose a pattern made with bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. A small one-skein project would be really fast.
This quick-and-easy crochet infinity scarf is perfect for those times when you need to make something and you need it done now. (Yep, we've all been there.) Crochet is almost always fastest when you work the same stitch across a row and the same stitch for many rows. That's exactly what this cowl brings to the table: the first half is worked in half double crochet and the rest is double crochet. Simple. Fast. Perfect.
You've hopped on board the Tunisian crochet bandwagon, and feel like you've got the basics down. But, somehow, pesky problems keep popping up and pushing your projects into the #fail category. Don't get discouraged: It's not just you! Things like bumpy bottoms, loopy left edges and incessant curling are common issues in this craft. Luckily, they're also easy to fix with some expert know-how.