Crochet is a versatile craft, with many different techniques to try. Here you will find free instructions, articles, patterns, and tutorials to enable you to learn a variety of different crochet techniques.
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Basic Crochet Techniques
- How to crochet: Start here for an introduction to crochet.
- How to make a slip knot: This is the first step in many crochet projects.
- 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: This expands the types of pieces you can crochet.
- Finishing techniques: These are essential for completing projects.
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Sewing Techniques for Crocheting
Sometimes crocheting and sewing go hand-in-hand. There are many instances where you'll need to stitch some seams or join pieces to finish up your crochet project. These sewing techniques are especially useful for crochet:
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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 for background, tutorials, and patterns:
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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 a popular technique for avid crocheters because there are so many amazing things you can do with it. Use the following tutorial and patterns to get started with tapestry crochet:Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Bead Crochet Techniques
One advanced project you can take on is a beaded crochet necklace with a dichroic glass pendant. You can either follow through each step of the process or work from a concise necklace pattern, depending on your level of comfort.
Moving beyond beads, you can also work with these 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, using wire crochet jewelry patterns offers a fantastic introduction to the wire crochet technique.
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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, rag crochet necklace projects offer you a quick introduction to the technique. Jumping into a project with a pattern is the best way to get comfortable with this technique. You could also try making a rag bag or rag rug if you'd like to try a more in-depth project.
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Surface Crochet Techniques
Surface crochet is a technique applied to the surface of a crocheted fabric. The following links show you how to do a couple of different surface crochet techniques.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The Knooking technique falls somewhere between crocheting and knitting. It isn't exactly a crochet technique, nor is it exactly a knitting technique either. It is 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. There are specific products that are useful for knooking. The Knook Beginner Set by Leisure Arts is a great place to start for identifying the tools and supplies needed for knooking.
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