Crochet is a procedure whereby cloth is made by using thread or yarn and a hook. Crochet is alike knitting as the two procedures involve drawing loops of yarn through other loops. The only difference is that only one loop is active at one time and a crochet hook is used rather than needles. Crochet has been around for years and numerous designs are made by trial over the years. Today crochet is used to make items of clothing, blankets, scarves, decoration in the home and even bikinis. Unlike knitting stitches, crochet is only produced manually.
Crochet is very simple to learn and there are many differences in addition to the main methods. These stitches are built on string of loops called chains. The stitches can be worked alone or together to make designs. The basic stitches in crochet are:
1. Chain â€“ sring of loops
2. Single crochet
3. Half-double crochet
4. Double crochet
6. Double treble
7. Triple treble
8. Slip stitch
HOW TO CROCHET
1. Grasp the crochet hook between your index finger and your thumb as if you are holding a pencil.
2. Next create a crochet chain. To do this, form a slip- knot around the hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the loop you created in the knot. The yarn is now wrapped around the hook.
3. Pull another loop through that loop and practice until you have made a number of loops and is able to hold the yarn quite firm, i.e., not too tight and not too loose.
4. Then you are going to single crotchet. To do this, hold the chain and insert the hook into the second chain from the hook.
5. Bring the yarn over the hook like you did when you were creating the chain and pull it through the chain that you inserted the hook into. You must have two loops on your hook.
6. Bring the yarn around the hook and draw it through the two loops on the hook to produce the single crochet.
7. To form the next stitch, insert the hook again, this time into the next chain on the row of chains and repeat the exact directions at #5 and #6.
8. Repeat until you reach the end of the row where you should now form a chain so as to begin row 2. This chain is termed the turning chain.
9. Turn your work so that the row you just finished is in front of you. Insert the hook under the two top loops closest to it.
10. Yarn over and pull the loop through to make two loops on the hook.
11. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through again. Replicate until you have completed the row and repeat until you are ready progress to other kinds of stitches.