Crochet is a versatile craft, with many different techniques to try. Here you will find free instructions, articles, patterns and tutorials enabling you to learn a variety of different crochet techniques.
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Basic Crochet Techniques
- How to crochet
- How to make a slip knot
- How to crochet circles -- Free patterns and tutorials for crocheting circles and round projects
- How to crochet overtop of yarn ends -- This technique saves time because you will not have to weave in as many ends when you finish your project.
- How to change colors
- Finishing techniques
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Sewing Techniques for Crocheting
Sometimes crochet and sewing go hand-in-hand. There are many instances where you'll need to stitch some seams or join pieces in order to finish up your crochet project.
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Tunisian Crochet Technique
Tunisian crochet is a popular technique that has many things in common with knitting. If you'd like to learn more about Tunisian crochet, you're invited to visit the following pages:
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Tapestry Crochet Technique
Tapestry crochet allows you to create colorful, interesting patterned fabrics, and even fabrics that incorporate pictures and motifs. This is one of my favorite crochet techniques because there are so many amazing things you can do with it.
Get Started With Tapestry Crochet:Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Bead Crochet Techniques
Pictured here: A beaded crochet necklace with dichroic glass pendant. I've posted a free tutorial that takes you through each step of the process; if you would prefer to work from a concise necklace pattern, that's available too.
You might also want to check out our free crocheted jewelry patterns.
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You can crochet with wire using the same basic stitches you use for crocheting with yarn, but the finished projects are dramatically different. Technique-wise, one of the biggest differences is that it's difficult (or in many cases, impossible) to undo your stitches -- so you have to work carefully and deliberately to avoid mistakes.
Since wire crochet lends itself well to making jewelry, this page of wire crochet jewelry patterns offers you a fantastic introduction to the wire crochet technique.
Pictured here: A wire crochet Christmas bracelet.
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Fabric Crochet Techniques
Fabric crochet, also known as "rag crochet," involves crocheting with long strips of fabric. You can make an interesting variety of different projects using this technique. If you haven't tried this before, these rag crochet necklace patterns offer you a quick introduction to the technique. You could also try making a rag bag or rag rug if you'd like to try a more in-depth project.
See Also: Free Fabric Crochet Patterns
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Surface Crochet Techniques
Surface crochet is worked on the surface of a crocheted fabric. The following links show you how to do a couple of different surface crochet techniques.
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- Surface crochet slip stitches tutorial -- This tutorial shows you how to work slip stitches on the surface of a crocheted fabric.
- Wiggly crochet technique, also known as the ruffling technique -- The link takes you to free patterns and instructions for working the wiggly crochet technique.
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Filet Crochet Technique
Filet crochet is a lovely technique you can use to create projects from interesting charts. For example, the filet crochet heart trim pictured at left is worked using this free chart.
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The Knooking technique isn't exactly a crochet technique, and it isn't exactly a knitting technique either. It's kind of somewhere in between, but it's also different enough from both knitting and crocheting to be its own thing.
To knook, you use a tool that resembles a crochet hook and you end up with a knitted fabric.
If you'd like to learn more about this technique, you are invited to check out my product review of the Knook Beginner Set by Leisure Arts.
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