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Something Pretty Video Tutorial

Video tutorial from the free pattern Something Pretty from the website: http://millemakes.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/something-pretty-the-pattern/

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Tips For Crochet Lesson 1

As I upload these videos I have been also teaching my mom to crochet. She is learning the basics along with the videos I am making. When I was teaching my mom I noticed some beginners mistakes she was making that I could have included in my video that would have made it more helpful. So the following are some tips to go along with the video.

First, I wanted to be clear on the importance of being able to recognize and count the chain stitches, because you will be working into them later. Also you need to recognize the slip knot because you do not work into it. This illustration should help.

Chain Stitch Anatomy

This second illustration shows the name of the yarn that dangles from the beginning of the chain and the yarn that is coming from the ball of yarn.

Yarn Terms Labeled

I also wanted to point out that to make it easier to achieve uniform stitches, after you yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook, you should not keep that new loop down towards the narrow part of the hook (technically called the head and throat), where the actual hook part is, but you need to make sure you slide it up to the shaft (another technical term) of the hook because this is what helps make your loops and stitches even. I know it sounds confusing, but it’s easier than it sounds. Hopefully the illustration below will clear this up for you.

Crochet Hook Anatomy

If you are having any problems or don’t understand something feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help.

Hello!

Hey there anyone reading this! My name is Erin and this is my first attempt at making a blog. I don’t really know what I’m doing. 🙂  Anyway I’m hoping to share some of my knit and crochet projects with you. Most of them are made with free patterns and I will be linking to them most of the time. I’m also going to try making some tutorials on knitting and crochet projects as well as any other crafty things I can dream up. A lot of people ask me, “how did you do that?” (referring to some crochet or knit item I made) so I’m going to try and explain some things. Hopefully you will enjoy it!