Hairpin lace is a beautiful variation on crochet, in which you combine a standard crochet hook with a certain type of loom to create lacy, openwork designs. Once you’ve seen hairpin lace, you will always immediately recognize it, because it has a very unique appearance that never fails to catch the eye.
Tunisian crochet is a type of crochet that holds multiple loops on the hook in a style similar to what is done in knitting. It differs from knitting in that it uses a crochet hook, not knitting needles. The result is a fabric that is beautifully textured using a technique that combines the best of knitting and crochet. Tunisian crochet is also commonly known as Afghan Crochet. It has also been called by a variety of other names including Shepherd’s Knitting, Railroad Knitting and Cro-hooking.
The Solomon’s Knot takes the basic features of simple crochet stitches and elevates them to create a unique design that is under-used in crochet patterns today. The stitch is a versatile openwork stitch that can range from extra-lacy to slightly open depending upon the height of your stitches.
Crochet post stitches, where the stitch is worked around the post of the previous row instead of into the top of the stitch, are easy to learn and versatile to use. Post stitches can be used to make highly textured fabric, add unique decorative details and strengthen the functionality of various products such as hat brims. They are definitely a technique worth mastering.
Join-as-you-go crochet (also known as JAYGO) is important to add to your repertoire of crochet techniques if you love to make items from lots of small motifs but don’t enjoy the end stage of the project when you have to join the motifs and weave in all of those ends. With JAYGO, the motifs are all joined along the way, and although there are some ends to weave in, you can handle a lot of them as you go so that the finishing stage of the project is only a small part of the process. JAYGO is also great for people who like to take their projects with them on the go and don’t want to worry about losing motifs in the shuffle!
Many of the left-handed crafters who learned to crochet decades ago had to learn the craft “backwards” from their natural approach because they learned from a right-handed crocheter. Today, that’s no longer necessary. There are teachers, tutorials, patterns and more for the left-handed crocheter. In this guide, you’ll learn the basic stitches in left-handed crochet, tips for learning more, information on finding left-handed pattern sources and guidance for adapting existing patterns to your left-handed crochet style. Are you a right-handed crocheter who wants to teach a leftie how to crochet? There’s information on that in this guide, too!
The basketweave crochet stitch is a beautiful textured stitch that creates a woven fabric rich in density and beauty. It can be worked in any type of yarn although it looks especially beautiful in a classic worsted weight yarn such as Super Saver Economy Yarn because of the structure of the stitch. This guide will teach you all about how to crochet basketweave stitch. including the most popular version of the stitch and a set of variations to play with.
The yo-yo is a new, trending crochet motif that has gained rapid popularity. Although there are several different designs for the crochet yo-yo, basically it’s a small crochet circle made using just one or two rounds of stitches. The yo-yo motifs are stitched together, typically using a Join-as-you-Go method, in any number of patterns to create scarves, shawls, blankets and just about everything else that you can think of. Since each yo-yo is made up of just a small bit of yarn, yo-yo projects are great stash buster projects but you can also use the same yarn for each yo-yo to make a more cohesive-looking project. There are even variations on the yo-yo pattern that use larger amounts of yarn, which we’ll look at towards the end of this guide.
Finger crochet is a terrific form of crochet that many people seem hesitant to try. Don’t be afraid – it’s exactly the same as your regular crochet work except that you replace your crochet hook with your finger. This guide explains why you might want to try it out, how to do it, what tips you should know as you get the hang of it and finally some patterns for practice. Continue reading “No Hook Needed: How to Finger Crochet”