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Learn How to Make Spiral Crochet Placemats Tutorial
Crochet up these fun swirly placemats. Mikey will show you how to get started and take you through the tutorial so you can enjoy your new coaster. Get the free pattern at...
Crochet Your Own Raccoon Family for Christmas
This playful crochet raccoon will sit sweetly on your mantel or add a woodland touch to your tree. He wears warm mittens for playing in the snow! Get the free pattern at...
Learn to Crochet with Sashay
Watch the video to learn how to crochet with Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn. Sashay is ruffle yarn with a touch of metallic that creates beautiful scarves and accessories with just one ball. 
Learn How to Crochet - Double Crochet
Insert the hook into the work (second chain from hook on the starting chain), * yarn over and draw yarn through the work only.
Learn how to Crochet - Slip Stitch
This is the shortest of all crochet stitches. Unlike other stitches, slip stitches are not usually used on their own to produce a fabric. The slip stitch is used for joining, shaping and, where necessary, to move the yarn to another part of the fabric for the next stage.
Learn to Crochet - Crochet Abbreviations
Listed below are standard abbreviations and symbols that you may find in crochet patterns on redheart.com. If a pattern contains unusual combinations of stitches, these will be explained in the Special Abbreviations section at the beginning of the pattern.
Learn to Crochet - Reading a Crochet Pattern
In order to follow crochet instructions, you should know how to make the basic stitches and be familiar with basic procedures for making crochet fabric. You should also be familiar with the abbreviations for basic crochet stitches.
Learn How to Crochet - Holding the Yarn and Hook
There are no hard and fast rules about the best way to hold the hook and yarn. Choose whichever way you find the most comfortable. Some people prefer the "pencil grip". The hook is held in the right hand as if holding a pencil.
Learn How to Crochet - Foundation Chain
Almost all crochet begins with a base or foundation chain, which is a series of chain stitches beginning with a slip knot.
Learn how to Crochet - Half Treble Crochet
Yarn over and insert the hook into the work (third chain from hook on the starting chain).
Learn How to Crochet - Treble Crochet
Yarn over and insert the hook into the work (fourth chain from hook on starting chain).
Learn to Crochet - Double Treble
Yarn over twice, insert the hook into the work (fifth chain from hook on the starting chain).
Learn How to Crochet - Making Crochet Fabric
To make a flat crocheted fabric worked in rows, you must begin with a starting chain. The length of the starting chain is the number of stitches needed for the first row of fabric plus the number of chains needed to get to the correct height of the first stitch used in the first row.
Learn How to Crochet - Turning Chains
When turning a row, the first chain (turning chain) helps transition the row to the height of the first stitch of the new row. The height of the first chain (turning chain) must match the height of the first stitch, and the number of chains depends on the first stitch after the chain.
Learn How to Crochet - Working in Front or Back Loops
The project instructions will specify if you are to work into the front or back loop of the stitch in the row below. Unless otherwise stated, always work under two strands of the top of the stitch in the row below.
Learn to Knit - Blocking Knitting
Many yarns benefit from light blocking; some yarns demand it. If you're knitting a lace shawl in super fine yarn, you'll need to block it heavily to straighten the sides and align the stitches in order to see the beautiful lace pattern.
Learn to Crochet - Basic Treble Crochet Fabric
Make a starting chain of the required length plus two chains. Work one double crochet into fourth chain from hook. The three chains at the beginning of the row form the first double crochet.
Learn to Crochet - Crochet Increases
To increase the width of a basic crochet fabric, 2 or more stitches have to be worked into 1 stitch at the point specified in the project instructions.
Learn to Crochet - Crochet Decreases
To decrease the width of a basic fabric, 2 or more stitches have to be worked together, by leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook then working them off together. Single crochet, half double crochet, and longer stitches can all be decreased in this way, called sc2tog, hdc2tog, etc.
Learn to Crochet - Fasten Off
To fasten off the yarn permanently, cut the yarn leaving an 8" end (longer if you need to sew pieces together). Pull the end of the yarn through the loop on the hook and pull gently to tighten.