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Introduction to Crochet: Half Double Crochet

Introduction to Crochet: Half Double Crochet
Welcome back to my Introduction to Crochet series! Today I'll show you the half double crochet stitch. In case you missed it, here are the links to my previous posts in this series:
1. Tools You Need To Get Started 2. Slip Knot & Chain Stitch 3. Single Crochet & Slip Stitch

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Half Double Crochet (hdc) Before we get started, let's revisit the turning chains I talked about in the single crochet lesson. To turn your work and start a new row with single crochet, you need a turning chain of 1. The half double crochet stitch is slightly taller than a single crochet, so you need a turning chain of 2. We'll also be skipping the very first stitch of the row after turning. So let's get started!
First, chain 22.
This time, we're going to yarn over first. So, yarn over, and insert your hook into the third chain from the hook. My thumb is on the third chain in the p…

Introduction to Crochet: Tools You Need To Get Started

Before You Begin:
Tools & Materials

Welcome to my Introduction To Crochet series! I hope these photo tutorials and step by step instructions will help you learn to crochet. Before we get started though, I'll tell you what tools you'll need to start the series. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog!
Hook. For any project, you'll need a hook! Now which hook you use can depend on several things, including how tight you want your stitches to be and what kind of yarn you are using. Hooks are categorized by their size, in millimeters. Larger hooks are better for thick, bulky yarn, and smaller hook are best for thinner yarns and crochet thread. Whenever someone asks what hook they should start with, I always recommend a size H (5mm) hook, because that's what I started with; it's not too big or too small! There are two types of hooks: tapered hooks or in-line hooks, which just means that the hook ends are shaped a bit differently. I prefer …

Introduction To Crochet: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch

Introduction to Crochet
Slip Knot & Chain Stitch
Hi there! If you're wanting to learn the basics of crochet, this is the place to be! I hope you'll join me for a whole series on basic crochet stitches and finishing techniques.

If you haven't gotten your supplies yet, see my post about what you'll need here: Tools You Need To Get Started
First up, we'll cover the slip knot and chain stitch. The slip knot is the beginning step of almost every crochet project, and the chain stitch is also important for many patterns. I'll show you how to do both with detailed instructions and photos. Without further ado, let's get started! This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my blog!


Notes: Here are some basic notes and crochet terms you should know: Tail: This is the cut end of your yarn. Working yarn: This is the end of the yarn that is attached to your ball or skein of yarn. Yarn Over: Wrap the working yarn around your hook. Pull through: Pull the "…

Introduction to Crochet: Single Crochet and Slip Stitch

Introduction to Crochet Single Crochet and Slip Stitch
Welcome back! Today I'm going to walk you through the single crochet stitch and the slip stitch, plus I'll show you how to work in rows.

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If you're completely new to crochet, see my previous posts in this series to learn the basics.
1. Tools You Need To Get Started
2. Slip Knot & Chain Stitch




Single Crochet (sc) Remember the slip knot and chains we covered in the last tutorial? This time we're going to build on those.
So first, make a slip knot. Then, let's make 21 chains.
To make your first single crochet, skip the first chain next to your hook, and insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. I've got my middle finger on it in the picture above.
Yarn over, and pull through the chain. You will have two loops on your hook.
Now, yarn over again, and pull through both loops on your hook. That's it! You made a single crochet.
K…

Little Treasures Pocket Necklace - Free Pattern

Little Treasures Pocket Necklace
Free Crochet Pattern
I *love* pockets. But the pockets on my clothes are just never big enough, if they're even there at all! So I worked up this little pocket necklace, perfect for keeping little treasures or important items like chapstick, cash, or a lighter, easily accessible. The pattern is also easily adjustable for slightly larger items, like keys or cards!
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Materials:
- A small amount of medium (3) weight yarn. This is a great scrap yarn project! For my examples I used Red Heart Super Saver in Blacklight and a heather gray.
- H (5mm) hook
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Notes:
- This project is worked in joined rounds. Join each round with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.
- Chain 1 at the beginning of the round does NOT count as a stitch.
- To make a wider pocket, use a longer beginning chain.

Gauge:
Gauge is not important for this project, and y…