Life is short, but the craft is long! Here are some crochet and knitting techniques you may find helpful.
In each case, I've linked to a tutorial. I'll add to this page each time one of my patterns calls for a technique, so if you're trying to make something I've made and are not sure how to go about it, this page will let you know!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single stitch! These techniques will get your crochet project off to a great start.
How to crochet the magic ring/magic loop. This makes for a nice, neat start to your project in the round
So we've started, now what?? This section will demystify the different crochet stitches.
The slip stitch is most often worked to join pieces together. To work a slip stitch: Insert hook, yarn over, draw yarn through.
US single crochet/UK double crochet. (I learned to crochet the American way, so that's the terminology I use!)
A US single crochet is equivalent to a UK double crochet. This stitch can be worked quite firmly, and is good for creating amigurumi. For clarity, a single crochet (sc) is made in the following way:
Insert hook, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch (two loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops.
US double crochet/UK treble crochet. (I learned to crochet the American way, so that's the terminology I use!)
A US double crochet is equivalent to a UK treble crochet. You are probably quite familiar with this stitch, as it's the basis of everyone's favourite motif, the granny square! Here's how you make it:
Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and draw yarn through (three loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops, then yarn over a final time and pull through the remaining two loops.
US treble crochet/UK double crochet. (I learned to crochet the American way, so that's the terminology I use!)
A US treble crochet is equivalent to a UK double treble crochet.
Yarn over twice, insert hook, yarn over and draw yarn through (four loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops remaining on hook),Yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops remaining on hook) then yarn over a final time and pull through the remaining two loops.
Break the yarn, and tah-dah! You're done! Well, almost. Here are some techniques for finishing your crochet creations!
How to seam granny squares invisibly. This is the crochet version of mattress stitch which is worked in knitting.
Let's knit! There are literally hundreds of ways to cast on a project, but here's one way to get started...
You've cast on, now what?
Picking up stitches. Lots of patterns will have you "pick up stitches". Here's what that means.
Any time you see instructions *inside asterisks*, repeat them as many times as instructed. Imagine if knitting patterns said:
knit one yarn over knit one yarn over knit one yarn over knit one yarn over knit one yarn over
You'd have to print out the pattern and hunch over it with a pencil, crossing out each knit one yarn over as you went, and getting muddled for sure. It may not seem like it, but *K1 YO* is much easier.
This is a simple right-leaning decrease. Just knit the next two stitches together as if they were one. You have decreased one stitch.
SSK is Slip, Slip Knit. Just slip the next two stitches from your left to right needle as if to knit, then knit them together. This is a left leaning decrease.
You have as many different options for casting off as casting on! Here's just one...
Three needle bind off. This bind off neatly grafts two rows of live stitches together, leaving a firm, decorative seam.
One of my favourite things about knitting and crochet is there's always more to learn!