How to Crochet a Seed Stitch Baby Blanket (Free Pattern)

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You know, it seems to me that sometimes specific genders tend to run in families.  In my family, it’s boys.  In fact, out of my six siblings, I only have one sister. And out of all our children, there are 13 in total, only two are girls.  So, when my sister announced that she would be having her third child, I was not surprised to learn that it would be a boy.

And this time, I was determined to send him a special handmade gift on time.  I was late with the last one.  I’m notorious for being tardy.  But not this time, no, this time his gift would arrive early.  It would be ready and waiting for his arrival.  Ready to wrap him in comfort and love from his auntie Rae.  My intentions were good, but little Walyon had no patience.  He couldn’t wait to discover all that this beautiful world had to offer.  He made his grand entrance over a month early!

Unfortunately, his lovely seed stitch blanket was only half done.  I finished it as quickly as I could, intending to send it off ASAP, but here it is… on my dresser… unshipped.  And he is now a month old.  Shame. On. Me.

The issue is that I needed to hold onto the baby afghan so that I could write this post.  I had to take pictures of it, do a video of it,  and write down the pattern. I have a terrible habit of writing the pattern after the project is finished–this is a no, no folks.  Don’t follow my lead on this one!  So, you see, my nephew’s warm and cozy zero year birthday present is late because I just had to share with you.  It’s really all your fault folks. 😉

All blaming aside, if you’re looking for a fabulous and super easy gift for that little newbie in your life, this gorgeous crochet seed stitch blanket is perfect!  And I am going to tell you exactly how to make it.

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How to Crochet in the Round

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I always try to create tutorials that I think will be useful, especially to beginning stitchers, and then hope that they find their way to the eyes of those who will truly benefit from them.  But when I get a subscriber request I know for sure that the tutorial will help someone as they venture on in their fiber arts journey.  That is my goal after all!

So, if you have a crochet question or issue you are struggling with, don’t be shy!  Just send me a message by clicking here.  I’d love to create a tutorial or guide just for you!

Now on to today’s tutorial!

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Beginner Crochet: How to Double Crochet

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Hi ya crochet newbies!

By now you have probably mastered the slip-knot, foundation chain, and the single crochet stitch.  If not, simply click on the link to be directed to easy step-by-step tutorials.  For those of you who already have solid experience with these stitches, it’s time to move on to the double crochet stitch!

 

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How to Hold the Yarn When Crocheting

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4 Popular Ways to

Hold Your Crochet Yarn

 

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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.

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How to Hold a Crochet Hook

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So you’re learning to crochet.  That’s so awesome!  First things first.  You might be wondering how to hold the hook in order to make the crochet stitches.  When I first learned to crochet I simply picked up a hook, held it the most comfortable way for me, and stitched away.   I had no idea that there are actually two ways that people generally hold a crochet hook.

If you are struggling with crochet, it may be that you need to re-evaluate how you are holding your hook.  Let’s review the two methods and see which one works best for you!

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How to Crochet the Magic Ring Plus a Free Flower Pattern

The Magic of the Magic Ring and How to use it to Crochet a Simple Five Petal Flower

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Hi everyone!  It’s back to the truly fun stuff… the fabric arts!  Enough blah blah blahing in “My Soapboax”… for now anyway.  I was just so excited to share with you all that I am learning about blogging AND the Grand Opening of my Etsy shop that I just had to shout it to the world for a while.  But, now it’s back to my fabric arts adventures.  And what an adventure it has been is!

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Crochet 101: Lesson One

Basic Crochet Stitches

Crochet is a craft in which a patterned fabric is created by looping yarn, thread, or other material with a hooked needle.  Like knitting, crochet consists of pulling loops through other loops, but with the addition of wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times.  Unlike knitting, and with a few exceptions, in crochet only one stitch is active at one time.  Also, crochet uses a single crochet hook instead of two knitting needles.  Crochet has its own system of symbols to represent each stitch type.  Reading a crochet pattern can be like reading a foreign language!

There are literally hundreds of different forms of crochet with more in development.  CrochetWithDee.com gives a great list of many types of crochet, so be sure to check it out.  Hundreds of crochet methods means tons of “advanced” crochet stitches, yet, there are only a few basic stitches.  If you can learn these, you can create loads of fun and unique crochet patterns!

In general, the basic crochet stitches are:  chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet,  and the slip stitch. Some sources also include: triple or treble crochet and double triple crochet.   The chain stitch is used to make the foundation of your crochet project and thus, is the first stitch to master.  After that, the single and double crochet stitches were the easiest for me to learn.  So, these are the three stitches I will show you today.

 The Chain Stitch(ch):  Making the Foundation Chain

The first advice I will give you about starting your foundation chain is to use at least one hook size larger than what your project calls for.  This keeps the foundation chain looser so it is easier for you to make the next round of stitches.  This is particularly important for beginning crocheters who often chain too tightly.  Once you become more skilled in the art of crochet, this tip may no longer be necessary for you.  I started out with a 9.0 mm (size N) hook, but now have no issues with using much smaller hooks right from the star

The Single Crochet Stitch(sc)

The single crochet stitch creates a tight, dense fabric. You can repeat this stitch over and over or combination with other stitches to create a pattern.

 

The Double Crochet Stitch(dc)

The double crochet stitch is twice the height of the single crochet and a solid, but not stiff fabric.  It is often used for making afghans, sweaters, shawls, etc…  You can combine this stitch with others to create unique patterns and textures.

 

With a little practice I know you will quickly master these three stitches and be on your way to creating your first crochet project!  Check back for my future posts as I will share some patterns to get you started and of course, pictures of my own projects.  Until next time!