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  • Learn to Crochet, Lesson 4: In the Round

    Welcome back, crocheting students! Today we're embarking on another new skill: crocheting in the round.

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    In researching methods for this post, I discovered that there is no simple, single answer to the question "how do you crochet in the round?" There are many different ways to do it, depending on what you're making, the structure of the piece, the direction of the wind that day, and so on.

    OK, so I may be kidding on one of those.

    Crochet In The Round

    There really are several different ways to crochet in the round, and it will probably be specified in the pattern you are using. If you are making something that is tight at the top, like a hat or amigurumi, you'll probably start with what's called a magic circle. If you're making a cowl or something else that's more of a tube, you may work in a spiral pattern (similar to how you knit in the round), or join the end of each round to the beginning with a slip stitch.

    The pattern that we will be making next week, the Three Color Tonal Cowl, takes a slightly different tactic. For that one, you join in the round with a slip stitch, but you actually turn your work and crochet back in the opposite direction. It's a sort of combination of working back and forth and working in the round.

    For the purposes of this demonstration, we're going to stick to the slip stitch method. That's the most similar to what we need for the cowl next week.

    Directions

    For this example, I'm using Woolspun® yarn in Pumpkin and a size N-13 (9.0 mm) hook.

    To start, chain 10.

    Then, you will insert your hook through the first stitch, being careful not to twist your chain.

    Then, make a slip stitch.

    From here, you will crochet around the chain, stopping when you get to the last stitch. For this example, I did single crochet.

    To connect the rows, you will insert your hook into the first stitch and make a slip stitch. You have just completed your first crochet round.

    For the next round, we're going to try what the Three Color Tonal Cowl calls for and crochet back around the way we came. Make your turning chain (one chain if you're doing sc like I am). Then turn the work. Now, sc back around to the first stitch of the previous row, and sl st in the beginning of the row you just worked.

    You have now successfully crocheted in the round two different ways. Keep on practicing!

    For Next Time

    Next week, as I have mentioned, we will be making the Three Color Tonal Cowl. That requires three skeins of Wool-Ease® Tonal -- one each in three colors. I used Cabernet, Raspberry, and Fuchsia for mine, but you can choose any three you think work well together. You can also choose a different category 5 yarn, like Woolspun® or Scarfie®, instead if you so choose. But the cowl looks really nice in Tonal, since the stitches display the color variations well.

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  • How to Crochet if You're Left-Handed

    It can be tough to be a crafter if you're left-handed. Most knitting and crochet instructions favor righties, and reversing them to work with your dominant side can seem daunting and confusing.

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    I'm as guilty of this as anyone. I said right off the bat in my Learn to Crochet series that I'm a righty, and that's what my instructions were based on. I'm also not alone. Many, if not most, crochet and knitting directions assume right-handedness.

    That ends now. If you're left-handed, your day has come. We've got a series of videos teaching beginner crochet for lefties. These videos cover all the basics -- holding the hook, chaining, single, half double, double, and triple crochet, seaming, and weaving in ends.

    No more feeling awkward holding the hook in your non-dominant hand. No more trying to do mental gymnastics to figure out how to do basic stitches from the left. We'll show you what you need to know, and you can take that knowledge and use it in any crochet pattern you want to make. Any time you see a standard crochet stitch, just remember these directions on how to work them left-handed!

    Left-Handed Crochet

    This series is eleven short videos taking you through all the basics you need to know, so it's great for absolute beginners. But if you're a lefty who learned right-handed crochet, you can still try it! You may find that it's more comfortable to work this way.

    Watch the series below and learn everything you need to know about southpaw crochet.

    (If you're having trouble viewing the series here, visit the playlist on our YouTube channel to watch each one.)

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  • Learn to Crochet, Project 2: Level 2 Striped Hat

    Welcome back to the Learn to Crochet series! Today we'll be making our second project, the Level 2 Striped Hat.

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    Over the past couple of weeks, we've learned some new stitches as well as how to read a crochet pattern or chart. You're going to be using all of those new skills for the striped hat!

    It may seem like a leap forward to be making a hat already, but actually, it's not. This one is super easy! You're actually just working back and forth for the whole thing. The shape is created at the end by using a piece of yarn to draw the top closed.

    You will need to change colors regularly while making this hat. For a quick tutorial on how to do so, check out our Learn section.

    Supplies

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    For this hat, you need two skeins of category 4 yarn, one each in two different colors. I used Jeans® for my hat, but we are backordered on several colors of that yarn, so your best bet is to stick with the pattern and use Heartland®. Vanna's Choice®, 24/7 Cotton®, and Wool-Ease® are other great options that would work here.

    You will also need a J-10 (6.0 mm) hook and a needle for sewing the seam.

    Got everything you need? Then let's go!

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