Now it’s time to move on to the double crochet stitch!
Hi folks! If you are new to crochet then you’ve probably heard of a turning chain. Most likely from a pattern or another crocheter. The first time you heard about it I am sure your brain went “uh… what the heck is that”? I am sure because that’s what my brain did.
If your brain didn’t do this and you’ve already figured it out then that’s awesome! Kudos to you!
My brain, however, just couldn’t grasp it. And this is why I failed at crochet. And I do mean failed. Massively.
Of course, that was my first go at crochet over 10 years ago. Back then I just couldn’t figure out why that darn pot holder kept getting smaller and smaller!
Now I know that I wasn’t making a turning chain at the end of each row and if I was, I wasn’t doing it properly. I didn’t even understand what the turning chain was.
If this sounds familiar, then let me help out.
Yarning over in crochet is the most basic step when making a stitch. You may see it written as yarn over (abbreviated yo) or yarn over the hook (abbreviated yoh). They mean exactly the same thing.
Yarning over means wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook. Yarn overs are used before or after you insert the hook into the next stitch, and depending on the stitch you are working, you may yarn over two or more times.
Yarning over is a very simple technique, but you have to do it correctly or you won’t be able to pull the yarn smoothly through the stitch.
1. Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how, please see How to Make a Slip-knot.
2. Slide the slip-knot onto the shaft of your hook.
3. Using your yarn hand (non-dominant hand), hold the tail of the slip knot between your thumb and forefinger.
4. Using the forefinger on your yarn hand, bring the yarn up behind the hook.
5. Place the yarn over the shaft, laying it between the slip knot and the throat of the hook with the yarn pulled toward you.
Practice the yarn over motion until you are comfortable with the technique.
Do not wrap the yarn over your hook from front to back. It must be wrapped from back to front, otherwise, crocheting is more difficult and you will end up with twisted and tangled stitches.
When you are actually working a stitch, you yarn over and “hook” the yarn in the tip (hook) of the crochet hook. The yarn is then pulled through an existing stitch or loop(s) as part of the working stitch.
There you have it. Easy peasy!
Did you have any problems?
Until next time… Happy Crocheting!
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Hi folks! If you’ve followed along in this Crochet 101 series then you’ve probably figured out how to hold your yarn and your crochet hook. You’ve also probably have mastered the slip-knot and the foundation chain. So, it’s time move on! It’s time to learn some basic stitches.
My first attempt at crochet was a failure. I tried over and over to figure out what I was doing wrong, but it was hopeless. The pot holder I was working on only got smaller and smaller. Eventually I gave up. Ten years later, I finally figured out where I went wrong. It was chaining. I failed at chaining.
Chaining is a simple skill, but an extremely important one in crochet. For some reason, I just couldn’t get a grip on the concept when I first picked up a hook all those years ago. If you are a crochet beginner, I’d like to save you my frustration.
Hi folks! Today I want to give you another useful tutorial when you are a crochet newbie and just preparing to crochet. In addition to learning how to hold a crochet hook in the most comfortable way for you, you also need to learn how to hold the yarn.