Crochet 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction
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Written with the absolute beginner in mind, this engaging book teaches all the basics for learning to crochet with step-by-step instructions and photographs. Crocheting skills are learned by working on projects, beginning with something very easy and getting progressively more difficult as the reader works through the book. New skills are explored in depth as they are introduced. The introductory section covers all the basics of crochet-selecting yarn, hook types and sizes, other tools and accessories, crochet gauge, chaining, forming the basic stitches, reading patterns-making this the most comprehensive beginner’s book available. The online video tutorials created to supplement this book are an additional learning tool demonstrating the essential techniques used in crochet.
Swatch #1 When we read written English, we read from left to right, but this is not necessarily the direction of movement in reading a symbol diagram. In diagrams, what matters is the direction of the stitching. When working in rows, we turn the work so that every row is worked from right to left, but if the right side of the fabric is facing, then one row is stitches whose top-V’s face left, and the next is a row whose top-V’s face to the right, back and forth from row to row. This is the way
are an example of another popular type of motif—the circle-to-square. Rounds 1 and 2 create a circle with eight sections. Rounds 3 and 4 use placement of the increases and height of stitches to create four corners and our straight sides—a square! The single crochets of Round 5 provide a stable edge to use in joining squares together. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN • How to make an entire project by following symbol diagrams, with written directions as supplementary reference • How to make a
for the Petite Shells, it’s fairly easy to see that each shell takes the space of 2 chain, and then the sequence begins the next repeat. So, the stitch multiple for Petite Shells is 2. This means that any even number will work—a smaller number for a shorter row, a larger even number for a longer row. But, in addition to the actual multiple of the pattern stitch, there are also usually one or more chains for turning (two in the example). There may also be one or more stitches at either end of the
form-fitting function; but this requires a very stretchy fabric, or the garment will not be comfortable when worn. 2. Standing straight, with weight on both feet, wrap the measuring tape so that it crosses the largest part of the bust, and passes straight across the back, where a bra back strap normally passes. It can be helpful to have an assistant to ensure the straightness of the tape across the back. 3. Take a normal breath, with a normal exhale, and then note the place on the measuring
the first square if it’s an open one as in this chart. For small mesh, add one more chain (17 + 1 = 18). For medium mesh starting with an open space, add two more chain (24 + 2 = 26). For large mesh, also add two more chain (25 + 2 = 27). Make a note of the number of foundation chain needed for this chart in the chosen mesh: Small—18, Medium—26, Large—27. In future projects, where the first square may be a filled or solid one, omit #4 above—the total from #3 is the total for the foundation