I’ve recently learnt to crochet and I LOVE IT! For me, it’s about only having to have one stitch on your hook at anytime and the creative freedom.
The biggest hurdle I had to get my head around was the fact that us Brits and our hooky friends in the US use different names for the same stitch. Each time I thought I had ‘mastered’ a stitch, I would pick up a book or pattern and find it was written in the opposite terms and then couldn’t work out which stitch to use!
So, incase any of you have also experienced this problem, I thought I would put together a few crochet stitch guides to make this hooky world a little clearer. I hope you find them useful too.
Quick and Easy Chain Stitch Bracelet
Quick and Easy First Crochet Makes
Top Tips to Understanding Crochet Charts
The UK Double, US Single Stitch
The UK Half Treble, US Half Double Stitch
The UK Treble, US Double Stitch
The UK Double Treble, US Treble Stitch
The UK Triple Treble, US Double Treble Stitch
Attic 24 Granny Blanket and Edging
I am crocheting an afghan that breaks the yarn off at the end of each row and leaves a fringe at the beginning and end. I am unclear attach how to attach the next row at the beginning. The pattern is the Indian Navajo afghan
I have yet to explore Afghan crochet, it’s on my ‘must learn’ list. I’ve posted your comment in the hope that a fab reader will be able to help. X
I came here as I was looking for a crochet blog for beginners…….I did crochet a couple of afghans about 15-17 yrs ago, now I’m picking up the hook and trying to do my old pattern, but my computer has bogged down and won’t even let me look at video of how to do sc and dc…..and then it says be sure to skip 1 sc behind each dc….. omg what does that mean…..well, I sure hope it comes back to me. I’m trying to do the Navajo Indian Afghan, and glancing over it, looks like all sc and dc.
It also says all double crochets are made in front loops of stitches in second row from one being worked on……I hope this comes back as I progress……I’ll probably be back…..
I am SO going to work through this post. After promising myself to learn how to crochet, I finally bought a hook last week! Wish me luck!
You’ll be fine! Let us know how you get on. X
Thanks, I will!
Thank you for your email in answer about my crochet curling up.
Its now 17 inches in diameter.
I am currently doing a treble cluster (3) in each space & 3 chains between the spaces.
Re curling up– can you please explain in more detail.
Do you mean eg ** separating each treble with a chain within each space**.Followed by my 3 chains. Then in next 3 spaces—3 trebles & no in between chains.. ** —** every 4th space.
Its a bit confusing
I’d probably try (2 trebles, 1 chain, 2 trebles) into one chain space, then 3 chain to take you to your next space then do your *3 trebles into that chain space, chain 3** Repeat * to **two more times. Then keep repeating the whole sequence. Basically you are increasing into every 4th chain space. On the following round go back to your normal pattern. It’s a bit of guess work really to see what you need to do to make your crochet flat and stop the curling. It all depends to on your yarn, tension etc.
My current project is another crochet blanket.
In ‘Granny square fashion’ it is round and now it has reached 17 inches in diameter, so still a long way to go. Each round is a different colour, using 5 colours in sequence—yellow, green, red, blue, dark chocolate.
There are now 36 ‘holes’ all round !
On the last round I have introduced a ‘corner’ on every 6th hole as I wanted to get away from the circle idea a bit. Not sure of the overall effect this will make but an interesting change and progression.
Slight problem is it is starting to curl up a bit over last few rounds. About 6 rounds ago I increased the stitches between each cluster from 2 to now 3 hoping to slacken edge of a bit.
Any ideas on this welcome please.
If your work is curling up, how about increasing a little. Onto every 4th space try working a double stitch then a chain and a second double stitch into the same space, work the next 3, as normal. On the following round just work your 3s into each space. You might need to play a little to get the shape right…
Thanks for sending me the link to Knit For Victory.
It’s taken me ages to work out to do crochet. But at last I’ve ‘got’ the basic method and how to join up my knitted squares.
Whjn I have finished my knitted blanket (which I hope to donate to a charity–not sure which yet), I’ll send you a picture.
I’ve also now made a beanie hat & a short scarf to match.
Your website diagrams are so very clear & helpful !
So pleased to be of help and that you have mastered the technique. Looking forward to seeing the photos. X
i took your advice and made a blog, am inlove with everything about your blog! your my role model in a way
I have popped over to your blog, it’s looking great. I love the colours you are using for your crochet. X
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Thank you so much, that’s a lovely surprise. I’ll pop your blog on my About page and will pass on the nominations as soon as I get the chance.
Just found your site. I was given a variety of crochet things for my birthday in December. December have the hang of the single/double crochet but found the booklets confusing to follow. I am going to give your methods a try as they appear much easier to follow 🙂
So pleased to be of help. Good luck with all the loops, my crochet summary chart might help as a little reminder too. X
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Oh yes indeedy! The UK/US terminology got me confused at first too (still does on occasion). I can see why a US double is called a double, but I can also see why us Brits would call it a treble too. The trick I use is to see how the pattern spells “colour” to tell me which language it’s in 🙂
That’s a great tip “colour” tip. x
ooooh, clever! I keep an eye out for “single crochet” (only in US patterns) but now I’m gonna use your method!
Sorry, I feel like I’m interrupting when I respond to someone’s comment like this!
I get a little over-excited when crochet’s involved…
You’re welcome, really pleased you like it. X
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