Tutorial – Crocheting with Beads (pre-strung)

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Ready to add a bit of sparkle to your crochet? There are several different ways to add beads to crochet, and all end up having a slightly different effect. In this tutorial we’re looking at crocheting with beads that have been pre-strung. This means we string the beads onto the yarn first, and then work them in as we go along.

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Tutorial – Linked Double Crochet (ldc)

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Double crochets are fast and easy, but for some applications they are too loose and leave unwanted gaps. Linked double crochet (ldc) stitches close those gaps by linking the stitches together in the middle. This creates a firmer, denser fabric that’s not quite as stiff or thick as single crochet. I love ldc for borders on lacier items. It can add shape and structure to an otherwise floppy piece, while creating a decorative edge. It’s also great for things like pockets where you still want a little drape, but want to limit gaps.

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Tutorial – Puff Stitches

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Puff stitches are soft, squishy, versatile, and easy to make. Learn how with this tutorial!

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Tutorial – Split / Center Stitches in the Round

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Split or center stitches are just like normal stitches except for where you place your hook. It’s much easier to work split stitches from the right side than from the wrong side, so they’re particularly great for working in the round without turning your work. Normal stitches are staggered between the stitches from previous rounds. As we’ve discussed before, this can cause the rounds to shift. Split stitches, on the other hand, line up directly above the stitches below them, so there’s no shifting!

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Tutorial – Herringbone Half-Double Crochet Decrease

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Earlier, I showed you how to do the herringbone half-double crochet stitch (hhdc). If you’re not familiar with the hhdc stitch, please take a look at that tutorial first. Now let’s look at how to decrease (and increase too) in hhdc.

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Tutorial – Herringbone Half-Double Crochet (hhdc)

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The herringbone half-double crochet stitch creates a lovely, reversible texture, with stitches leaning to the left on one row and the right on the next row. It sounds much more complicated than it is. It’s really just a slight variation on the half-double crochet. Herringbone Half-Double Crochet (hhdc) – Photo Tutorial: (scroll down for video tutorial) Half Double Crochet (hdc) Let’s first … Continue reading →

Tutorial – Changing Colors

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When changing colors, the goal is (usually) to get a nice, clean edge between your color sections. You don’t want to end up with any part of the first color showing in the stitches of the 2nd color. Changing Colors – Photo Tutorial: (scroll down for video tutorial) Here I have a row with a few single crochet, and I’m going to … Continue reading →