Monday, May 9, 2011

Crochet Tutorial #3

Directly continuing from the last tutorial, I am going to move right along to turning.

After you have made a single crochet in each chain across, you will need to turn to make another row. To start, your project should look like this.

To turn, simply make 2 chains.

Note: The reason you made two chains is because we are continuing with a double crochet stitch, which is two chains tall. A single crochet is one chain tall. If you were continuing with single crochets, you would make only one chain.

Turn your work so your hook is on the far right side (if you are right handed), or on the far left side (if you are left handed.)

Now you are able to start your next row.

For this row, I will teach you how to make a double crochet stitch, which is abbreviated: dc. To make a dc, wrap the yarn once over your hook.

Insert hook in the first stitch of the previous row. There should be two pieces of yarn under which you are inserting your hook.

Grab the yarn with your hook, (which from now on will be referred to as “yarn over” or yo).

Pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook.

Yo again, and pull through the two loops left on the hook.

The double crochet is complete.

Continue to make a double crochet in each stitch across.

Now I will teach you how to change colors.

Once you have made a dc in each stitch across, cut your yarn with a ten inch tail.

Tie your new color yarn to the old piece with a square knot. Make the knot as close to your most recent stitch as possible, and leave a ten inch tail on the new color yarn as well.

Continue to crochet. Chain 1.

Turn. Sc (single crochet) in each stitch across.

Chain 2. Turn. Dc (double crochet) in each stitch across.

You can continue this pattern as many times as you would like.

Next week I will teach you how to finish your project and weave in loose ends.

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