Beginner Crochet Series – The Half-Double Crochet Stitch into the Next Row

Last week I showed you how to do the half-double crochet stitch into the chain.  This week I will show you some tips and tricks for making half-double crochets into the next row.

Now that you are familiar with making a half-double crochet stitch into the chain, you are ready to move into the next row and beyond.  This isn’t difficult.  However, I wanted to break it into its own category because there are some things to keep in mind as you move forward.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Moving on to the Second Row

Now that you have tackled the single crochet into the chain stitch row, you are ready to move onto the second row.  You are over the beginner crocheter’s hump.  The rest should be much easier.  Sure, you’ll have stitches that will make your eyes glaze over and your hair turn gray.  But doing the single crochet into the chain row is the hardest to learn because it’s awkward and fiddly.  So pat yourself on the back and get ready for the next adventure into the world of crochet.

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Thinking Outside the Box When You Crochet

The Starting Pile of Yarn
The Starting Pile of Yarn – Lion Brand Suede and Cascade Heathers

Thinking outside the box is important in crochet because it is a creative activity.  Whether you need to change the stitch count in a sweater because you aren’t the same shape as the designer or you forgot a double crochet several rows back, the ability to be flexible is important.  And I know designers hate to admit that they are humans sometimes (just kidding 🙂 ), they can and do make the occasional mistake.  Even a one word typo can throw you for a loop.

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Beginner Crochet Series – The Single Crochet into the Chain Stitch, Part Two

Hello, everyone and welcome to this week’s lesson on making a single crochet into the back hump of a chain stitch.  Hopefully, you have been practicing your chain stitches as well as working on identifying the parts of each stitch.  This week we will be making our first of many single crochets.  If you want to review Part One, please click here.

Since you are going to be putting the first single crochets into your most recent chain stitches, they should be much easier to work with than the first chain stitches that your did when you first started.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Reviewing the Chain Stitch

Chain stitch review
A chain I made using a speckled cotton yarn.

Good Friday morning, crochet friends!  I hope you are all doing well with last week’s lesson. Today we will be reviewing the chain stitch.    There is no pressure to move to the next phase.  I know you are anxious to get going, but you are becoming a crochet samurai and you need to swing your katana until your shoulders scream in agony.  Okay, just kidding.  I’m not a drill sergeant.  I promise. 🙂

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Beginner Crochet Series – Learning How to Do the Chain Stitch

A series of chain stitches
A series of chain stitches that make a chain.

Today, we are going to learn the foundation of all crochet projects.  Whether you are going back and forth in rows or going around a center point, you will need to know the chain stitch.  And you won’t just see it in the beginning of a project.  It is used in many other stitches and patterns.

Unfortunately, the chain stitch also seems to be the hardest for a crocheter to master.  This is why I recommend doing chains upon chains until you have enough to wrap around several hundred Christmas Trees.  (Okay, that last sentence was a bit of an exaggeration, but you should practice as much as you can.)

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Beginner Crochet Series – Learning How to Do the Slip Knot

Today we are finally going to start getting our hands dirty.  Okay, so it’s not that exciting in the grand scheme of crochet.  But it is important nevertheless.  We are going to be learning how to do the slip knot.

The slip knot is the absolute first thing that your hook will do for most of your crochet projects.  It is the yarn’s anchor so the whole thing doesn’t unravel.  It is the starting point.  Having said that, once it has been created, crocheters tend to forget about it since it’s not counted as a chain stitch.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Getting to Know Your Hook

Crochet hooks in the snow
Using the recent weather to my advantage

I know your first thought is to bypass this post.  Please don’t.  It’s important to know your crochet hook because it is the tool you will be using.  It is your partner in this endeavor.  It is an extension of your hand like a pencil is when you write.

In the beginning you might hate your crochet hook.  It’s awkward and doesn’t listen to what you are telling it to do.  But it’s just like picking up a pencil for the first when you were a child.  You need to train your muscles so they use the correct movements to make your stitches.

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Introduction to My Beginner Crochet Series

Welcome to my Beginner Crochet Series!  Whether you have never picked up a crochet hook before today or you have only dabbled just a tiny bit only to have a wonky something-or-another as a result, I hope to help you learn and improve your crochet skills.

Dish cloths
Small projects like these dish cloths are a great way to feel you have achieved something when you first start crocheting.

Crochet is so much more than your Grandmother’s doilies and Granny Square afghans, though both are staples in the world of yarn.  And yes, it will take many hours of practice to master the basic stitches.  However, your biggest challenge will be training your hands and fingers to effectively use a crochet hook.  I understand you will feel awkward and clumsy in the beginning.  This is a new skill that requires fine tuning your motor skills.  And you know what?  That’s okay.  You are not a robot that lacks programming.  You are a human being that needs to make mistakes to move forward and improve yourself.

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