Learn how to treble crochet!

Treble crochet: More mind calming fun!

After learning how to single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet, I bet you have a pretty good idea what’s involved in treble crochet. Since the word treble relates to the word three, can you guess how many times we’re going to wrap the yarn around the hook to begin? If you guessed it’s going to be three times: NO! I have to look it up every time myself! Keep reading and we will solve the mystery of why this stitch is named Treble crochet. If you think about how a double crochet is completed, it will give you a hint.

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Learn how to half double crochet!

A row of half double crochet stitches
Half double crochet

Half double crochet is very similar to double crochet. To make learning the half double crochet stitch easier, learn to chain and single crochet first if you don’t know how already. If you don’t know how to chain see my post Learn the Chain Stitch! To learn how to single crochet see my post Learn how to single crochet! If you’ve already had some practice with the chain and single crochet stitches, read on! Continue reading “Learn how to half double crochet!”

Learn how to Double Crochet!

 

A row of double crochet
A row of double crochet stitches

Double Crochet Fun!

Double crochet is my favorite crochet stitch! It’s so much fun! It’s also a larger stitch than single crochet and half double crochet, so it seems like your project is enlarging so fast! Because it’s a larger stitch I think it’s easier to cruise along in a nice rhythm as you work too. However, before learning double crochet, do yourself a favor and learn to chain and single crochet first. Learning those two stitches will make learning double crochet a lot easier for you. To learn how to chain see my post Learn the Chain Stitch! If you need to learn how to single crochet see my post Learn how to single crochet! If you’ve already had some practice with the chain and single crochet stitches, read on! Continue reading “Learn how to Double Crochet!”

Learn how to Single Crochet!

A row of single crochet
A row of single crochet.

Here’s how to single crochet. You’ll love it! It’s fun!

Supplies you’ll need to single crochet

As far as supplies go, use whatever yarn and hook you have handy, but I find the following sizes the most comfortable to learn and practice with. Start with an inexpensive skein of yarn that’s medium weight and a crochet hook that’s easy to handle like an F (3.75 mm) or G (4 mm). I’m right-handed so the instructions will be for those who crochet right-handed.

Make your starting chain

First you need to make a small length of chain stitches to give yourself a foundation to work your single crochet stitches. If you don’t know how to chain, read my post Learn the Chain Stitch!. I started out with 15 chains as shown in the picture below. It doesn’t matter how many you start with but make the chain loose enough to be able to insert the hook into them easily.

A string of chain stitches
15 chain stitches

Start your first single crochet stitch!

Holding your hook in your right hand and the length of chain in your left hand, skip over the first chain and insert the hook into the second chain from the hook. Notice that each chain is made up of three strands of yarn, like a braid. Insert your hook into the chain so that only one strand is below the hook and the other two strands are above the hook. If you look closely at the picture below you can tell there are two strands on top of the hook.

Hook inserted into a chain stitch
Insert your hook into the chain.

Next, draw the yarn over the hook.

Yarn drawn over the hook
Draw yarn over hook.

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Learn the Chain Stitch!

A length of chain stitches
A length of chain stitches.

The chain stitch is really fun and mentally soothing all on its own. It’s a relatively simple stitch, but an important one to learn. The chain stitch is used to form a foundation for whatever you’re making. It’s also used as sort of a helper stitch to make space between clusters or groups of other stitches to create a pattern. Probably the only time you’d use the chain stitch exclusively would be to simply have fun making long chains! As an added bonus, lengths of chains are almost as fun to pull out as they are to make! Possibly as fun as popping bubble wrap! Toddlers love it too!

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Prepare to Crochet! Forming the First Loop

The first instruction of many crochet patterns will tell you to chain a certain number of stitches. Then you’ll be instructed to turn or to slip stitch in the beginning chain to form a loop. This length or loop of chain stitches will be the foundation for whatever piece you’re making. But how do you go about forming the first loop that starts the chain? Here are step-by-step instructions on forming the loop that starts the chain: Continue reading “Prepare to Crochet! Forming the First Loop”

Sixteen Scary Skulls Crocheted Doily

Sku;diggeru doilyA coworker emailed me the link to this “Skulduggery Doily” designed by Kathryn A White and posted at redheart.com. The pattern calls for a size C2 (US) hook and Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 cotton. The final doily should measure approximately 19.5 inches. I used size 10 cotton and a size 9 steel hook and my doily measures 13.75 inches.

red heart skulduggery doily
Skulduggery doily at redheart.com

My doily is 5.25 inches smaller than the design states. This is an excellent example of the importance of checking your gauge! When I started this project, I was in it for fun so I didn’t check my gauge because I’m a rebel that way. I like my size 9 hook mostly because it’s a comfortable size to work with and I always have it handy. I use it for most of my thread work unless I’m feeling like conforming and being mature and serious about my work. But one of the reasons I love crochet is to escape all that stress and relax and have fun. However, if this pattern had been a piece of clothing, I definitely would have checked my gauge to make the garment the correct size. Continue reading “Sixteen Scary Skulls Crocheted Doily”

Crocheted Christmas Doilies Go Halloween!

Christmas doilies previously Halloween

Christmas Crochet Past

Wouldn’t it be great to convert your favorite Christmas doilies into your favorite Halloween doilies? I made this super cool Victorian lace Christmas poinsettia doily in the 90s. It’s designed by Melody MacDuffee published in 1994 in an article called “Christmas Colors in Crochet” from a Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publication called Christmas Ideas. It’s always been my favorite doily pattern and also the most challenging to make. I kept the doily with my Christmas decorations and displayed it every Christmas, grateful that over the years it survived Christmas family chaos and craziness without damage or destruction.

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5 Reasons to Love Crochet!

5 reasons to love crochet!

Crochet has always satisfied my passion for creativity and fulfilled my need for mental peace more than any other handcraft medium. After learning to crochet, knit, sew, macramé I always returned to my beloved crochet. Picking out a new pattern and fresh materials with happy anticipation gives me a goal to look forward to completing.  Seeing the project start to take shape is exhilarating. The rhythm of the work as my hook draws the yarn or thread through the loops is soothing and something sane and reassuring in a crazy fast-paced world. We all could use something to make us feel calm and centered at the end of the day. Crochet fulfills that purpose for me. Maybe it can for you too! Here are five reasons why crochet is that soothing centering force at the end of my day: Continue reading “5 Reasons to Love Crochet!”