Welcome to the fourth in my Crochet Basics series of photo tutorials.
I started the series months ago and never meant to leave it this long before continuing, but unfortunately life got a little crazy for a while and I just didn’t have time to edit the photos properly.
But I’ve finally caught up on myself and am ready to bring you this next tutorial for the Half Double Crochet, usually abbreviated to hdc in patterns.
As with the previous tutorial, please note that this series uses the US terminology of stitches and so if you are using UK terminology this is in fact a Half Treble Crochet Stitch (htr).
It is assumed for the purposes of this tutorial that you already know how to work a chain stitch and a single crochet stitch. If not, you can check out my other tutorials by clicking on the Crafts and Tutorials tab at the top of the page.
If the row you want to work is the first one after your starting chain, then you will work your first stitch into the third chain from your hook. Any other row of half double crochet stitches you work should begin with two chain stitches (which count as your first half double stitch for that row).
And that’s it!
You can now go back to Step One and repeat the steps until you reach the end of your row. Turn your work, create 2 chain stitches to form the equivalent of a Half Double Crochet, and continue repeating Steps One to Four along the next row.
Have Fun… I’ll be back soon with the tutorial for Double Crochet Stitch,
Welcome to the third tutorial in my Crochet Basics series of photo tutorials.
Today’s tutorial brings me to a point where I have to make a decision – do I use UK or US terminology?
As I’m a UK blogger you’d think I’d use UK terminology, but to be honest I learnt using US terminology as that is what I came across the most in online tutorials. And so I’m going to go with that.
It is confusing that we have different terms for the same stitches, and you always need to make sure you know which terminology a pattern uses before starting as otherwise you could end up doing it all wrong.
I don’t want to confuse you too much – I’ll give you more information on the different terms in a later post – but for now just know that I am using US terminology throughout my series and if you are using UK terminology then this tutorial is for the Double Crochet Stitch.
So… now we’ve cleared that up (I hope) we can get on with the tutorial – enjoy!
Congratulations! You now have all the skills to begin practising making some basic squares. Practising squares helps you learn how you work (some people work more tightly than others – I often have to work slightly differently to a pattern because my tension is ‘off’, but that’s okay because I know this about myself now!)
Try starting with a slip knot, then creating 20 chain stitches, and then work for as many rows as it takes in single crochet to create a square. See how you get on… it may be slow progress to begin with but the more you practice the quicker you will get.
I’ll be back soon to show you how to do a half double crochet stitch.
This blog entry is my submission to the Deramores Blog Awards 2014. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies.
Following on from my first Crochet Basics Tutorial (The Slip Knot), here is my step-by-step guide to the Chain Stitch.
And that's it, folks – the most basic of basic crochet stitches and you are now well on your way to becoming a crochet addict!
Check back again soon, my next tutorial is the Single Crochet (US terminology) or Double Crochet (UK terminology) Stitch. I know this sounds daunting and confusing, but it really isn't – I shall explain more when we get to it.
I've been thinking about creating a series of photo tutorials of the basic crochet stitches for quite some time now. In 2013 I made some videos for iVillage.co.uk but have wanted to do something different for my blog and this seemed like the best way to share the basics with you all.
I taught myself to crochet using online tutorials and so I wanted to pass this on by creating my own series of the things I have found most valuable when starting out in crochet (or, in fact, when trying to develop the skills you already have).
And so after a fun session yesterday with my camera and tripod, I have created the first of my tutorials, which I hope will become part of a much bigger series – Crochet Basics!
Today's tutorial is the slip knot. It won't get you crocheting straight away – you'll need the next two tutorials (chain stitch and single/double crochet stitch) to start making an actual item. But this is the first thing you need to know before you can start, so it's where I shall begin.
And that's all there is to it! Congratulations, you've taken the first step towards learning how to crochet.