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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.

    left-handed crochet

    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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  • What Are Your Bad Crafting Habits?

    We've all got bad habits when it comes to crafting -- those little things we do that make our crafting lives harder, but that we just can't seem to stop doing.

     

    Personally, I have "startitis" -- I cast on project after project, no matter how many I've already got going on. As a result, I've got dozens of UFOs hidden around my apartment. Some I'll get to, but there are lots of others that will never be finished! It's something I really ought to work on, because it can be a little overwhelming to know I have all these half-knit pieces staring at me from every corner of the room.

    So, come on, 'fess up -- what are your bad crafting habits?

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  • Arm Knit with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

    The Wool-Ease® family of yarns is on sale for a few more days, so now is the time to stock up. And if you're looking for something fast and easy to make, you could arm knit an infinity scarf using Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

    This scarf uses two skeins of Thick & Quick® held together. If you wanted, you could buy one skein of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Bonus Bundle, then wind half of the skein into a separate ball.

    The video tutorial by Audra Kurtz is a great way to learn to arm knit. She walks you through every step, shows each part multiple times, and goes at a pace that's easy to follow.

    (Trouble viewing video? Click here.)

    If you want to try something a little different, Audra later made a follow-up video -- also using Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® -- where she arm knit a striped scarf using three different colors and a single strand of yarn.

    (Trouble viewing video? Click here.)

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