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    How to Crochet a Magic Circle Tutorial

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    This step-by-step tutorial will help you learn how to crochet a magic circle – often referred to as a magic ring or adjustable circle/ring. The magic circle/magic ring is a really handy technique to know if you’re a fan of amigurumi projects. The magic circle is an alternative to creating a ring with a chain 4 which would typically leave an open hole in your project. When you use a magic circle to being your project it creates a tightly closed ring when you’re crocheting in the round. So if you’re using it for amigurumi, this means no hole for the stuffing to show through and a more professional-looking finish.

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    This technique is relatively easy to do but with some practice, it’ll be as easy as creating a starting chain.

    For this tutorial, I’m using a 5.5 mm Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook and Bernat Premium (size 4) yarn in Sky Blue.

    Check out the video version of this tutorial here:

    How to Crochet the Magic Circle

    Using your non-dominant hand, hold the end of the yarn between your thumb and pointer finger. Wrap the working yarn around your fingers (from front to back) once.

    Hands holding a piece of blue yarn
    Yarn being wrapped around fingers

    Cross the working yarn over top of the yarn on the inside of your hand and lay the working yarn across the top of your fingers. I like to use my pinky finger to hold it down and keep it secure fo the next part.

    Yarn being crossed over itself while a person demonstrates how to crochet a magic circle
    Yarn wrapped around a hand twice showing how to crochet a magic circle

    Insert your crochet hook underneath the first strand of yarn and grab the second strand of yarn.

    Crochet hook grabbing second strand of yarn wrapped around person's fingers

    Pull the second strand of yarn under the first strand of yarn.

    second strand of yarn being pulled under first strand of yarn by crochet hook

    Twist the yarn to create a loop. Yarn over the hook using the working yarn and pull through the loop to create a chain.

    Yarn twisted to create a loop to crochet a magic circle
    Yarn over crochet hook to create a chain
    Chain completed for how to make a magic circle

    Remove your fingers from the loop. Your magic circle is now completed!

    completed magic circle

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    Working Your First Row

    To work into the magic circle, work your desired stitches into the magic cirlce, ensuring that both the ring and yarn tail are crocheted over. In my example here, I’m crocheting six single crochet stitches (Get my tutorial on how to do the single crochet stitch HERE).

    working into a magic circle

    When you’ve finished crocheting your first round of stitches, gently pull the yarn tail until your ring closes and you have a tightly closed ring. like in the image below.

    Continue working your second round of stitches as normal.

    Now that you know how to crochet a magic circle, let’s pratice using it! Some of my free crochet patterns that utilize the magic circle technique are:
    Clawdia Cat, Carter the Carrot, Penny the Bunny Cactus, Buttons the Bunny CAL (part one, part two and part three) and Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf.

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    How to do the Double Crochet Stitch

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    The double crochet stitch is a simple, versatile stitch that is one of the most commonly used stitches in crochet. In terms of height, this stitch is taller than both a single crochet and half double crochet stitch but shorter than the treble (triple) crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to double crochet with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

    For this tutorial, I’m using a 5.5 mm Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook and Bernat Premium (size 4) yarn in Sky Blue.

    When the double crochet stitch is used in a pattern (using U.S. terms), it will be abbreviated as DC.

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    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches minus 1 CH. I.e. If you want 20 stitches, CH 19. Now chain 3 more stitches. For practice, start by creating 14 chains. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the fourth chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

    Crochet Chains made with blue yarn
    Second step of how to double crochet

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook.

    Step 3 of the crochet stitch tutorial using blue yarn
    Step 4 of the crochet stitch tutorial using blue yarn

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through two loops on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook.

    Two loops on a crochet stitch in progress using blue yarn

    Step 4: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull thtrough remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One double crochet stitch completed.

    One completed stitch and a CH 3 turning chain

    Step 5: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook. Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull thtrough remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook This is your second double crochet stitch (DC) completed.

    Repeat Step 5 in each remaining chain.

    starting of a second double crochet stitch
    second step of how to double crochet
    second stitch completed.

    Note: When counting your stitches, make sure you count the first three skipped stitches as a stitch. If you are following the example and started with a CH 14, you should have 12 stitches.

    To add a second (or more) row(s):


    To add a second row of DC stitches, chain 3 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    Note: The chain 3 typically counts as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise. This chain is referred to as the turning chain.

    Chain 3 of the second row of crochet swatch

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    Step 1: Yarn over and insert your hook into the second to last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops , yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. One DC Stitch completed.

    Close up of the beginning of the first stitch of the second row of double crochet
    In progress stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops , yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. One DC Stitch completed.

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining DC stitch across.

    Second row of stitches completed.

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    swatch of completed stitches

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    Tips for Crocheting with Faux Fur Yarn

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    When I released my pattern for my amigurumi Koala: Kaya Koala, I kept hearing the same questions over and over:  “Is it hard to work with that yarn?”, “I’ve had troubles working with fur yarn in the past, any tips?”,  “How do you keep track of your stitches with faux fur yarn?” , “Can you even SEE the stitches?”.   So I decided to share my tips for crocheting with faux fur yarn to help take the fear out of working with faux fur yarns so that you can feel confident to try working with it for your next project.

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    Tips for Crocheting with Faux Fur Yarn

    Tip #1: Feel the Stitches

    The biggest issue that I hear prevents people from working with faux fur yarn is not being able to see the stitches and to be honest, I was a bit nervous about that at first.  My favourite faux fur yarn right now is this Fable Fur yarn from crochet.com (You can check it out HERE.).  This yarn has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which I found made it easy to feel where my stitches were. So although the stitches aren’t visible, feeling the stitches enables you to count stitches and figure out where you should be putting your hook.

    Tip #2: Use a Bigger Hook

    If you are struggling to feel where your stitches are located try going up a hook size (or two) and/or loosening your tension until you can feel the stitches. Once you can feel the stitches, you’ll feel more confident in where you’re putting your hook/stitches and be less likely to get frustrated.

    Tip #3: Use a Stitch Marker

    Since you can’t really see the stitches, using a stitch marker (ideally in a contrasting colour) is a HUGE help.  I use fur yarn primarily for amigurumi projects so this is a biggie for me. Even if you aren’t using faux fur yarn for amigurumi, I still recommend using a stitch marker to mark your first stitch (and any other important stitches your pattern may need you to track). It will prevent you from going back later and hunting to find them.

    Tip #4: Take Your Time

    Although faux fur yarn is INCREDIBLY forgiving, you still want your project to come out looking amazing so take your time. You’ll build up speed (and confidence) the more you use faux fur yarn so take your time.

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    Tip #5: Count Your Stitches as You Crochet

    When I’m working with faux fur yarn, I count the stitches in my head as I’m crocheting. This is where taking your time comes in to play.  You can get frustrated if you keep having to go back and feel your stitches to make sure your count is correct.  Counting as you go will actually help speed up the process.

    Tip #6: Don’t Pull Too Hard on The Yarn

    If you need to frog a part of your project or you encounter a tangle, be patient and tug gently or else the yarn will snap.

    Tip #7: Don’t Crochet Over the Yarn Tail With Crocheting Into a Magic Circle (Adjustable Ring)

    If your project requires making a magic circle DO NOT crochet over the yarn tail.  The yarn will not glide as well with all that fur in there so you will likely be unable to close your magic circle. If you get frustrated (like I did), you’ll end up snapping your yarn.  Instead, after you create your magic circle, push the yarn tail behind your work and just crochet around the ring part instead. 

    Tip #8: Show the Wrong Side

    Since you can’t see the stitches, the general right side/wrong side rules of crochet don’t really apply.  So show the side that looks better! In most cases, the traditional “wrong side” will be to give you a fuller, furrier look.

    So those are my tips for working with faux fur yarn.  I hope they help to give you the confidence to give this kind of yarn a try.  I’d love to hear from you.  If you have any questions or any tips of your own for working with faux fur yarn, let me know in the comments below!

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  • How To's

    Can I Take My Crochet Hook On an Airplane?

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    When we started talking about taking a vacation that required us to fly, my first question was obviously, “Can I take my crochet hook on an airplane?” I see this and other travel-related questions on Facebook all the time so I decided to share my travel tips and what I’ve found in my research for my own trip here for you.

    Can I Take my Crochet Hook on an Airplane?

    Crochet hooks in a case and hand dyed yarn.

    If you’re travelling in Canada or the U.S. then you can definitely travel with your crochet hooks (and knitting needles) in your carry-on luggage (and in your checked luggage). Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites state that you can travel with crochet hooks and knitting needles of any size and material. The Canadian TSA and the U.S. TSA have handy tools where you can look up to see if something is allowed on a plain or not. (Check out the Canadian tool HERE and the U.S. tool HERE.)

    Can You Take Scissors on an Airplane?

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    At the time of writing this, Canadian travellers can take small scissors in their carry-on luggage as long as the blades measure less than 6 cm (2.4″). In the U.S. the blades on the scissors must be less than 10cm (4″) long if packed in your carry-on luggage. Sharp objects must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to people checking your bags so little foldable ones like THESE are perfect and require no additional work.

    The U.S. TSA site notes that “Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage. ” So if you have one of those thread cutting pendants, don’t take it with you or place it in your checked bags.

    If you’re unsure about the scissors or don’t have a small set like these, then you can always take nail clippers. They are allowed in your carry-on luggage and they can cut yarn in a pinch.

    The rules can be different depending on where you’re travelling so avoid disappointment and check out the TSA equivalent for wherever you’re going as well as wherever you’re leaving from.

    Can I Take Needles?

    Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites note that you can take “small needles” with you. Tapestry needles should be fine as long as they are secured with your hooks or knitting needles.

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    Tips for Travelling With Your Crochet

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    Don’t Take Your Best Stuff With You

    Now that we’ve established that you can take your crochet hook on an airplane, let’s talk about which ones to bring with you (and which ones to leave a home). That gorgeous and expensive crochet hook you got as a Christmas gift? Leave it at home. In fact, if the thought of losing your hook in your couch makes you panic, don’t take it with you. Luggage gets lost all the time or you could potentially have something confiscated so play it safe and leave the good stuff at home. I have a set of cheap ergonomic hooks that I’ll be taking with me on vacation. It costs me $20 to replace the whole set so if I lose one, it isn’t going to devastate me.

    The TSA site does state that the final decision as to whether or not items are permitted are the TSA officers so there could be a chance that even if an item is on the allowed list, it could be confiscated if the TSA officer feels it poses a risk to safety.

    Choose Small Projects for Carry-On Luggage

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    It’s not news that space on an airplane is limited. You’re not going to be making friends with the person (or people) sitting next to you if you bring your queen size afghan project with you on the flight. Maybe they’ll be into it and want to snuggle under it but odds are, they aren’t going to be thrilled. So keep larger projects in your checked bagged and only take smaller projects with you on the plane.

    Use Project Bags For Your Project

    I like to keep my project, yarn and hook case all contained in a small project bag inside my carry-on. It helps keep my stuff accessible and organized. If your bag has straps, you can keep the bag on your wrist, lap or hang it on the back of the seat in front of you on the plane. If you have space to put your bag on the floor during the flight, it helps keep your project clean. Something like THIS looks like it could do great for a trip.

    Be Realistic About How Much to Take With You

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    Confession time (it’s a real shocker): I ALWAYS overpack when it comes to yarn. Everytime I have to pack I tell myself I’ll limit what I take and then next thing I know, I have more projects with me than I could realistically finish even if I was vacationing for weeks. Don’t do what I do. I have to do better with this vacation because we’re flying so I have to limit what I bring. Bring what you need for your project because running out and not being able to get more while you’re away could be upsetting. So take what you need and that’s it.

    Need some quick and easy project ideas to take with you on your trip? Check out these free one skein patterns: Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf, The Ava Cowl, Arctic Gem Beanie.

    Take an Empty Bag

    If you can fit most of what you need in your checked luggage, keep your carry-on empty or near-empty. Why? So you can buy more yarn! If you’re going to a place you haven’t been before or to a place that may have yarn stores you haven’t been before, you’ll thank me for this. On our trip to Orlando, I’ve already scoped out there is a Hobby Lobby a short distance from our hotel. We don’t have Hobby Lobby’s here in Canada so you can bet I’m hoping to get a chance to go check it out and that bag will come in handy.

    Thanks for reading and safe travels! Don’t forget to take your crochet hook on an airplane with you the next time you travel! What have your experiences been like travelling with your crochet stuff on an airplane? Got any tips? Share them below!

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    How to Half Double Crochet (HDC)

    Step by step photos showing how to do the half double crochet stitch.
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    The half double crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. In terms of height, this stitch is half way between a single crochet and a double crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to do the half double crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

    When the half double crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as HDC.

    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the third chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

    how to crochet a chain
    first step of how to crochet half double crochet stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook.

    second step of how to hdc

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through all three loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.

    how to half double crochet stitch

    Step 4: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.

    Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

    To add a second (or more) row(s):
    To add a second row of HDC stitches, chain 2 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    How to start second row of half double crochet, how many chains to start half double crochet

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    Step 1: Yarn over and insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. One HDC Stitch completed.
    Note: The chain 2 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise

    in progress hdc stitch
    photo tutorial half double crochet
    completed stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. One HDC stitch completed.

    in progress hdc stitch
    last step of hdc stitch
    completed half double crochet stitch

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining HDC stitch across.

    Two rows of half double crochet stitch

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    Completed swatch of half double crochet stitches

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    How to Single Crochet (SC)

    step by step photos showing how to do the single crochet stitch.
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    The single crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. This stitch is used extensively in amigurumi patterns as it creates a dense, closed fabric. This tutorial will show you how to do the single crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

    When the single crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as SC.

    Watch the step-by-step video for this tutorial here too:

    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Insert your hook into the second chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

    Step One of the Single Crochet Stitch
    Step Two of the Single Crochet Stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook.

    Step Three of the Single Crochet Stitch

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One SC completed.

    Step 4: Insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second single crochet stitch (SC) completed.

    Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

    Completed Row of Single Crochet Stitches
    Completed first row of single crochet stitches

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    To add a second (or more) row(s):
    To add a second row of single crochet, chain 1 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    Starting the second row of crochet stitches

    Step 1: Insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch.
    Note: The chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise

    Stitch Tutorial for beginner crocheters

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

    Completed first stitch

    Step 3: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining single crochet stitch across.

    Second completed row of single crochet stitches

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    Single Crochet Stitch Swatch

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    How to Crochet the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch

    step by step photos showing how to crochet the foundation double crochet stitch.
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    This week I want to show you how to do a foundation double crochet (FDC). You may have heard some buzz about foundation stitches (aka chainless foundation stitches) lately and there is a good reason why – Foundation stitches create your base chain and your first row of stitches for your project at the same time. The foundation double crochet stitch is a real time saver and it isn’t as tedious as working into chains to create your first row.

    Foundation stitches have more stretch than working into chains and tend to look tidier because it is easier to maintain tension throughout your first row. My favourite part? No more counting chains! You just make as many stitches as you need. What’s not to love?

    Chain 3

    Step 1: Ch 3.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 2

    Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the 3rd chain from hook.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 3

    Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook. Next, you’ll yarn over and pull through 1 loop on your hook. This creates the “chain”.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 4

    Step 4: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on your hook. You should have 2 loops left on your hook.

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    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 5

    Step 5: Yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook. This creates your first foundation double crochet stitch.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 6

    Step 6: For the next stitch (and subsequent stitches), yarn over and insert your hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” of the last stitch and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook again.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 7

    Step 7: Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on your hook. This leaves 3 loops on your hook.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 8

    Step 8: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on your hook. This leaves 2 loops on your hook.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 9

    Step 9: Yarn over and draw through all the remaining loops on your hook. This creates your foundation double crochet stitch.

    Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Step 10

    Repeat steps 6 to 9 until you have the number of stitches required for your project.

    Completed Foundation Double Crochet Stitch

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    How to Crochet the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch

    step by step photos for how to do the foundation single crochet stitch
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    You may have heard some buzz about foundation stitches (aka chainless foundation stitches) lately and there is a good reason why – Foundation stitches create your base chain and your first row of stitches for your project at the same time. The Foundation Single Crochet Stitch is a real time saver and it isn’t as tedious as working into chains to create your first row. Foundation stitches create your chains and first row of stitches at the same time.

    Foundation stitches have more stretch than working into chains and tend to look tidier because it is easier to maintain tension throughout your first row. My favourite part? No more counting chains! You just make as many stitches as you need. What’s not to love?

    How to Crochet the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch (FSC)

    Foundation Single Crochet Step 1

    Step 1: Chain 2.

    Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Step 2

    Step 2: Insert your hook in the second chain from the hook and yarn over.

    Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Step 3

    Step 3: Pull up a loop. You should have two loops on your hook.

    Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Step 4

    Step 4: Yarn over and pull through one loop on your hook. This creates your “chain”.

    Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Step 5

    Step 5: Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook. This creates your first foundation single crochet (FSC).

    Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Step 6

    Step 6: For the next stitch (and subsequent stitches), insert your hook under the “chain” of the last stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).

    Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Step 7

    Step 7: Yarn over and pull through 1 loop on your hook.

    Step 8

    Step 8: Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook. This creates your foundation single crochet stitch.

    Step 8

    Repeat steps 6 to 8 until you have the desired number of stitches for your project.

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    Completed Foundation Single Crochet Stitches

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  • How To's

    How to Do The Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch

    step by step photos of how to do the half double crochet stitch.
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    This week I want to show you how to do a foundation half double crochet (FHDC). I’m showing you this technique this week because you’ll need it for next week’s free crochet pattern. Once you see how much quicker it is, you’ll be hooked!

    You may have heard some buzz about foundation stitches (aka chainless foundation stitches) lately and there is a good reason why – Foundation stitches create your base chain and your first row of stitches for your project at the same time. This is a real time saver and it isn’t as tedious as working into chains to creat your first row. Foundation stitches have more stretch than working into chains and tend to look tidier because it is easier to maintain tension throughout your first row. My favourite part? No more counting chains! You just make as many stitches as you need. What’s not to love?

    How to Crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet

    Foundation Half Double Crochet Step 1

    Step 1: Ch 2.

    Foundation Half Double Crochet Step 2

    Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the 2nd chain from hook.

    Foundation Half Double Crochet Step 3

    Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook. Next, you’ll yarn over and pull through 1 loop on your hook. This creates the “chain”.

    Foundation Half Double Crochet Step 4

    Step 4: Yarn over and draw through all loops on your hook. This creates your first foundation half double crochet stitch.

    Stitch tutorial step 5

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    Foundation Half Double Crochet Step 5

    Step 5: For the next stitch (and subsequent stitches), yarn over and insert your hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” of the last stitch and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook again.

    Stitch Tutorial Step 6

    Step 6: Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on your hook.

    Stitch Tutorial Step 7

    Step 7: Yarn over and draw through all the loops on your hook. Now you have 2 foundation half double crochet stitches (FHDC).

    Completed foundation half double crochet stitches

    Repeat steps 5 to 7 until you have the number of stitches you need for your project.

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    How to Get Your Crojo Back: Overcoming Creative Block as a Crocheter

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    We’ve all been there. You want to pick up your crochet hook and get started on your next project but you’re not sure what to make. You try a few things and nothing feels right. Then it hits you: maybe you’ve lost your “crojo” (crochet mojo). I’ve been there on a number of occassions and it can be frustrating. Here are some ideas for helping you overcome your creative block and get your crojo back.

    Just Make Something… Anything!

    This one works for me when I suspect that my creative block may actually be just indecision. I check out my Ravelry Queue and I eenie miny moe that shit. Then, I just make it. Full disclosure: sometimes I get my kids to pick it for me so I don’t cheat with this process! Then I just work on the project. Even if I feel like I hate it and I want to frog it, I just push through. The relaxation that comes from crocheting tends to kick in and I get into the project. Once I’m done I’m ready to tackle something new and get creative again.

    Check out some of my free crochet patterns to get you started HERE.

    Go Through Your Stash

    When just making something doesn’t work, I shop my own stash. I am an incredibly tactile person so I touch different yarns and just go wherever my eye takes me. I have a few skeins of yarn that I keep around just as inspiration (don’t tell my husband this. I keep saying I’ll make something with them someday). These yarns are beautiful and inspire me in different ways. Sometimes all it takes is a good old fashioned yarn cuddle to get the juices flowing. (Check out my tips HERE for organizing your yarn stash.)

    Hand dyed yarn in a basket from crocheter's yarn stash

    Check Out a Stitch Dictionary

    After checking my yarn stash I tend to break out my stitch dictionaries to see if anything there sparks interest. It typically does. Sometimes I just grab a ball of yarn and a stitch dictionary and do some swatches. This kind of ties back to my first point. Just make something. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had inspiration strike while making swatches. Plus, these swatches could be seamed together later to make another project. Score! (THIS book is a good stitch dictionary to start with.)

    The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs - Crochet Stitch Dictionary

    Surf the Net!

    Pinterest is a wonderful thing and inspiration is plentiful. Do a search for crochet and literally a million results comes up. Explore the results. Discover new makers and projects. Be sure to pin anything great you find so you don’t lose it (and you support the maker at the same time!). You can follow me on Pinterest HERE to see the pins that I’m pinning.

    Youtube is great for inpiration too! Search for crochet stitches to learn a new technique, crochet patterns and tips. There are so many incredible makers creating videos on Youtube that you’re sure to find something great to inspire you. Subscribe to my YouTube to be alerted of when I post new content.

    Try Instagram too! There are so many stunning projects shared by makers on Instagram everyday that it can make your head spin. Try searching using the hashtags #theloopylamb #crochet, #yarnpunk, #crochetersofinstagram, #amigurumi and #crochetgirlgang to get you started. You can follow me on Instagram HERE.

    mobile phone showing social media apps that can be used for crochet inspiration to get your crojo back.

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    Take a Break

    I know, I know. This is a blasphemy to even suggest but let’s be real. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. Go for a walk, exercise, have coffee with friends, meditate, take a nap. Do whatever helps you relieve stress and recharges you. Personally, I love to put on some energetic music and go for a walk.

    a person walking in the woods - talking walks is great for getting your crojo back

    I hope that this has given you some ideas on how to get your crojo back. What do you do to try to get your crojo back? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

    Want to try some fun crochet projects each using some different techniques to get the crojo flowing? Check out my free crochet patterns for The Bobblelicious Bag, Carter the Carrot, The Vendbar Tote, The Mad About Boo Pillow, The Crochet Tartan Cowl and Seth the Sloth.


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    Woman's hands crocheting to overcome creative block