12 Month 2015 Plan for Crochet Skill-Building

Have you always wished that you could do more of the advanced techniques in crochet? Just think about where you would be in your crochet skills if you learned one new technique each month in 2015. This is a 12-month guide for crochet skill-building.

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Here is how to use this guide:

  • Bookmark the list and check back on it every month to find the suggested technique.
  • Learn the crochet technique for that month if it’s new to you.
  • Work on advanced crochet patterns for that technique if it’s a skill that you already know.
  • Share your progress on social media to highlight your newfound skills!
  • If there is ever a technique that doesn’t interest you, replace it with another crochet technique that you’d like to learn. Find a list of 30 popular crochet techniques here.

January: Thread Crochet

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Thread crochet can be so intimidating if you’ve never tried it before. The steel hooks used for this crochet technique are so tiny. The threads appear so thin. The work is so intricate and detailed. Even experienced crocheters cower in the face of this vintage technique. However, it’s a lot easier to learn that you might think. Mastering this skill can boost a crafter’s confidence and open up a whole new world of options for crochet projects.

Learn this technique from our Ultimate Beginners’s Guide to Thread Crochet.

Thread crochet patterns to practice this technique:

February: Filet Crochet

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Filet crochet uses a simple combination of dc stitches and chain spaces to create beautiful graphic patterns. This makes it a simple technique to learn but one that a lot of people don’t know because it is worked using charts instead of reading written instructions. Filet crochet is often used to make vintage-inspired crochet items and it’s a great choice for frilly, romantic Valentine’s Day projects. Filet crochet is often (but not always) worked with crochet thread so you can continue expanding on January’s skill with this technique.

Learn this technique from our Ultimate Guide to Filet Crochet.

Filet crochet patterns to practice this technique:

March: V-Stitch Variations

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The crochet V-stitch is a really easy technique that only requires knowledge of the double crochet stitch. However, there are a lot of variations on the V-stitch and you can play around with those variations, as well as with different yarns and color combinations, to create very unique V-stitch crochet projects.

Learn how to crochet class V-Stitch and V-stitch variations here.

V-stitch crochet patterns to practice this technique:

April: Broomstick Lace

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Broomstick Lace is a beautiful historic crochet technique in which you apply traditional crochet skills to pulling loops up over a dowel (or “broomstick”) to create a beautiful openwork fabric. It’s a look that you can’t get using any other type of crochet technique so it’s a great skill to learn. It’s a lot easier than many people think it will be when they first see how it’s done.

Learn broomstick lace from this video or from my Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Broomstick Lace Crochet.

You can also learn broomstick lace from Tammy Hildebrand’s book Crochet Wraps Every Which Way.

Broomstick lace crochet patterns to practice this technique:

May: Tunisian Crochet

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Tunisian crochet is a technique that combines crochet and knitting skills. It is worked with a special Tunisian crochet hook and the result is a fabric that has a knit look. Many crocheters like to be able to achieve the texture of knitting while working with a crochet hook. Tunisian crochet has gained popularity in recent years so there are many different projects and patterns available to help you explore this technique.

Learn to make the Tunisian Knit Stitch here.

Learn to make the Tunisian Crochet Afghan Stitch here.

Tunisian crochet patterns to practice this technique:

June: Solomon’s Knot (AKA Lovers’ Knot)

LW3725 Love Knots and Leaves Wrap

The Solomon’s Knot, also called the Lovers’ Knot, is a lacy openwork crochet technique. It takes the regular skills that are used in basic crochet but extends the length of the stitches to create tall, open shapes. The tall stitches are held together with knots. The result is an airy finished product. You can vary the height of Lovers’ Knots for different designs, which is something fun to practice as you’re learning this technique.

Learn this technique from our Ultimate Guide to Crochet Solomon’s Knot.

Solomon’s Knot crochet patterns to practice this technique:

July: Crocodile Stitch

The crocodile stitch is a beautiful, highly-textured stitch that will make friends “ooh” and “aah” when you create with it. It is worked using double crochet and post stitch skills. It takes a little bit of getting used to because it requires turning your crochet work in ways that are different than the norm as you work. That said, it’s a repeating stitch pattern that can be picked up with just a little bit of practice.

Learn how to crochet crocodile stitch here.

Find a free crochet pattern for a crocodile stitch infinity scarf here.

One reader recommends using Stellar Yarn to create a crocodile stitch crochet cowl.

August: Hairpin Lace

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Hairpin lace combines the use of a loom with the use of a crochet hook for a variation on traditional openwork lace crochet designs. It’s a great technique to add to your repertoire for when you’re seeking to do something a little bit special with your crochet skills.

Learn to make hairpin lace here.

Hairpin lace crochet patterns to practice this technique:

September: Bead Crochet

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A very popular technique for making crochet jewelry is to incorporate beads into the crochet design. This can be done when making crochet jewelry with yarn and thread or when making it with wire. Crochet jewelry is a great gift for someone in your life and can also be an easy way to enhance your own look.

Bead crochet patterns to practice this technique:

October: Post Stitches

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Post stitches create beautiful textured items and are great for warmth and comfort as well as design. There are both front and back post stitches and there are post stitches of varying heights (most commonly dc and tr). Post stitches are used to make crochet cables so once you have mastered the basic stitch you can move on and learn cables as well.

Learn how to crochet post stitches and cables here.

More crochet patterns to practice this technique:

November: Tapestry Crochet

LW4004 Tapestry Flower Pot Cozy

Tapestry crochet is a colorwork technique in which you change colors mid-row to create beautiful graphics. Some yarns are carried across the work while others are worked into the design and this is alternated to create the stunning visual impact of tapestry crochet. This technique has been made popular by crochet designer Carol Ventura who learned it from Guatemalan artisans during her travels in the 1970s.

Learn colorwork and tapestry crochet here.

More crochet patterns to practice this technique:

December: Tassels, Pompoms and Fringe

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Wrap up your year of crochet lessons by learning some techniques to accessorize all of your various projects. Tassels, pompoms and fringe can add a pop of color or texture to accessories and other items. These are also items that you can add to gift-wrapped packages to make any gift that you’re giving this holiday season just a little bit more personal.

Learn how to make a tassel here.

Learn how to make pompoms here.

Crochet projects to practice these techniques:

24 thoughts on “12 Month 2015 Plan for Crochet Skill-Building

  1. Dorothy vonFriewalde

    This will give us all a chance to dust off some rust and hone up some old skills. It will be a good year.

  2. PATTY MORRIS

    HAVE BEEN KNITTING AND CROCHETING SINCE I WAS 10YRS OLD AND I AM NOW 66YRS OLD. LOVE USINGI RED HEART YARN. LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS PATTERNS.

  3. Estella Garcia

    How I am getting involve in this fun activity, I am so excited to know exactly what I have to do, let me know at my web.
    thank you, Estella.

  4. Lakeytha Spade

    I’m looking forward to learning all of these beautiful new stitches…

  5. Debby Kratovil

    What a wonderful opportunity! The January technique with thread is intimidating, but I do have the hook and the thread, so I’ll give it a try. Am forwarding this link to my daughter who’s just learned to crochet and she’s now more addicted than I am. Always room to learn, right?

  6. Maria Jordan

    Awesome! It will be fun to try our hand at these projects every month if not the ones that intrigue us. We can support and encourage each other along the way. Make some crochet buddies! Have fun everyone.

  7. Linda Mc

    I love this. I have crocheted since I was 12. I learned in a class at Sunday School. I am now 68. I enjoy following a pattern or just sit down and start crocheting. Sometimes I tear it out and start again because I have a better idea. I make what it ends up being. I start making a sweater and it ending up being a scarf or a vest. I read the directions wrong but I don’t get upset because I can make something unplanned. I knit but hate it when I drop a stitch. I ramble on like I crochet, Ha! Linda Mc

  8. Linda S Wicker

    I have crocheted since my Grandma taught me at 9, but I have always wanted to learn broomstick and hairpin lace, and tapestry sounds interesting too. I’m in.

  9. Paula Wood

    Is this FREE? Wow! I’ve been wanting to learn some advanced techniques!

  10. Janice R

    This sounds like a great idea. I agree with Maria Jordan to encourage each other and make new friends. At 56 I’ve crotched since teenager. Know the knit and pearl stiches for knitting but like crochet best. How do I sing up? Link upper right of page doesn’t take me anywhere to sign up. Don’t want to miss anything here.
    My biggest problem is my disability. I can’t sit up but few minutes at time. If I can get signed up want to try. Much in need of refresher course and noticed few stiches I’ve never tried before.

    • redheart

      Hi Janice, Thanks for your interest! There is no sign-up for this plan. You can just make a note of the blog post, and every month come back to it for links to help you learn the suggested new skill for the month.

  11. Baka Siebe

    I love to crochet & knit. Learning new crochet techniques sounds great. Looking forward to all !

  12. Sandra North

    Wow this is amazing! I started doing this myself last year. I have really enjoyed increasing my skills! I’m waiting for my Tunisian crochet hooks to arrive, looking forward to starting that. Good luck everyone with your crochet journey! You never know where it will take you. Mine has taken me to a craft club where I taught other ladies to crochet. They call me ‘The Crochet Lady’! Makes me smile x

  13. Kahlia

    I love some these patterns! cant wait to try them. Especially the Rose and Lace Doily! Thanks for the free patterns RedHeart!!

  14. Adeline

    What a great idea!! I love all things crocheted and knitted-thanks Redheart. My daughter and I teach this to the children in our family and we are starting a club in our church, We don’t want this are to be lost. So happy!!

  15. Adeline

    Wow=what a great idea. I love everything crocheted and knitted. My daughter and I are in the process of organizing a club to teach beginners-We don’t want this to be a lost are-I’m so happy!! Thanks Redheart!!

  16. Sandra Ortiz

    Hav just learned of something called Irish Lace crochet. Would luv 2 learn more!

  17. Kathy Gettig

    Thank you so much for this list of techniques! Just the spark I needed! I found this page yesterday, and am already planning projects. I hope to follow along throughout the year. Is there a place to post finished projects?

  18. jcro

    I love taking vintage techniques and making them modern.
    What’s old becomes new again!

  19. Edith R. Gonzales

    This is so exciting. Although many of the topics are familiar to me, having the guided instructions will surely help me learn and execute the stitch or technique correctly. Thank you for this tutorial.

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