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Beginner Basics Myrtle Beach SC

If you are a beginner in the world of knitting and crocheting these articles will provide you with some simple tips to get you started. Read through them and try out your new skills today!
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Learn to Crochet: Edges Myrtle Beach SC

Crocheted edges are important to finishing your crocheted projects. You can use them to create a specific style or just to give your garment a polished finish.

Learn to Crochet: Increasing Myrtle Beach SC

Learning how to increase and decrease gives you the key that unlocks the door to all sorts of wonderful pattern stitches and shaping of garment pieces. Although your first projects should be straight and narrow scarves—so you can practice chaining and turning, and making stitches uniform in size—you’ll soon have the itch to advance to something a little more challenging.

Learn to Knit: Correcting Common Mistakes Myrtle Beach SC

Even expert knitters make mistakes every now and then. And as long as you know how to fix your errors, it’s no big deal. Here we’ve outlined and explained how to fix some of the most common errors that plague beginners (as well as veterans) in the knitting world.

Learn to Knit: Blocking Myrtle Beach SC

Like making a gauge swatch, blocking is one of those essential steps that knitters tend to roll their eyes at. It may not be as much fun as choosing colors and textures, and it certainly does not have the meditative rhythm of stitching, but without blocking, your perfectly knit garment will look sloppy.

Learn to Crochet: Before You Get Started Myrtle Beach SC

Ready to crochet? Get informed and equipped with this useful prep section, focusing on yarn and hook know-how. The following article will help you through the beginning stages of learning how to crochet.

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Learn to Crochet: Basic Stitches Myrtle Beach SC

Getting started is the hardest part, but once the basic stitch is mastered, the rest will be smooth crocheting. You'll be ready to move onto more complicated stitches before you know it.

Learn to Crochet: Before You Get Started Myrtle Beach SC

Ready to crochet? Get informed and equipped with this useful prep section, focusing on yarn and hook know-how. The following article will help you through the beginning stages of learning how to crochet.

Learn to Crochet: Blocking Myrtle Beach SC

In essence, blocking is a method of shaping and molding your crocheted pieces to match the measurements and shapes on the schematics. Blocking will also remove wrinkles and creases that might occur if the pieces have been folded.

Learn to Crochet: Button Up Myrtle Beach SC

Button loops are worked on the right side of the crocheted fabric edge and are usually completed in one row. Typically, the row is worked in single crochet, but the loops are always made of chain stitches.

Learn to Crochet: Chain Stitches Myrtle Beach SC

Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles.

Learn to Crochet: Circles Myrtle Beach SC

How increases are distributed around depends on three main factors: what stitch is being used, the weight of the yarn, and what shape is to be achieved. There are no hard and fast rules, but generally the taller the stitch the more stitches will be worked in the first round and all rounds thereafter, as opposed to a shorter stitch.

Learn to Crochet: Decreasing Myrtle Beach SC

Decreasing is a method of reducing the number of stitches (usually one or two at a time) to narrow a piece of crochet. This technique is useful for all kinds of shaping such as tapering an edge to create an armhole.

Learn to Crochet: Edges Myrtle Beach SC

Crocheted edges are important to finishing your crocheted projects. You can use them to create a specific style or just to give your garment a polished finish.

Learn to Crochet: First Steps Myrtle Beach SC

To work with a size H/8 (5mm) hook, you will need 4-ply knitting worsted weight yarn. You can opt for a synthetic fiber such as acrylic, a natural fiber such as wool, or one that is a blend like wool and nylon.

Learn to Crochet: Garment Construction Myrtle Beach SC

The simplest sweater to make is one with dropped shoulders. Although the top edges of the sleeves are straight and the side edges of the body are straight, it can be a little tricky to sew the sleeves evenly to the body.

Learn to Crochet: Granny Square Basics Myrtle Beach SC

Everyone loves a granny square. You may have seen this time-honored classic multiplied to make an afghan, featured on a retro-chic cardigan or used by itself as a stylish coaster. As one of the oldest and most recognizable forms of crochet, the granny square is a staple in every crocheter's skill set.

Learn to Crochet: Increasing Myrtle Beach SC

Learning how to increase and decrease gives you the key that unlocks the door to all sorts of wonderful pattern stitches and shaping of garment pieces. Although your first projects should be straight and narrow scarves—so you can practice chaining and turning, and making stitches uniform in size—you’ll soon have the itch to advance to something a little more challenging.

Learn to Crochet: Joining Yarn Myrtle Beach SC

Each time you finish a ball of yarn and join a new one or change colors for a stripe pattern, you'll find yourself with lots of loose ends. Weaving in these yarn ends is an important part of the finishing process, so it must be done properly in order to get the best end result.

Learn to Crochet: Loop-de-Loop Myrtle Beach SC

As you explore more advanced pattern stitches, you will find some that tell you to work into a specific loop. Give them a try and practice these versatile and important techniques.

Learn to Crochet: Seaming Myrtle Beach SC

There are a few ways to join crochet pieces together and each version serves a different purpose. Some use a yarn needle and are woven or sewn together and some use a crochet hook and are crocheted together. In all instances you will use the same yarn that was used for your project.

Learn to Crochet: Time to Crochet Myrtle Beach SC

Although it's good to know why and where you begin to crochet a stitch, you don't need to rely on your memory because directions for a pattern stitch will always state where to begin.

Learn to Crochet: Understanding Instructions Myrtle Beach SC

Learning about crochet is like immersing yourself in a foreign culture where another language is spoken and written, and where there are unfamiliar rules and customs. It can be a little intimidating and a tad frustrating at times, but the payoff is big and totally worthwhile.

Learn to Knit: Basic Stitch Patterns Myrtle Beach SC

When knitting a stitch, the yarn is always held at the back of the work. When purling a stitch, the yarn is always at the front. In ribbing, when you change from a knit to a purl stitch, you must be sure the yarn is in the correct position to work the next stitch.

Learn to Knit: Before You Get Started Myrtle Beach SC

So you've decided you want to learn to knit. What now? This section will help you brush up on yarn, needles and the ways they work together, so you'll feel prepared and confident when you take on your first stitches.

Learn to Knit: Binding Off Myrtle Beach SC

Binding off is generally a very easy process, with only one thing to watch out for: tension. Knitters often bind off too tightly, creating a pucker at the top of all that hard work. To avoid this, try binding off with a needle two sizes larger than you were using for the project.

Learn to Knit: Blocking Myrtle Beach SC

Like making a gauge swatch, blocking is one of those essential steps that knitters tend to roll their eyes at. It may not be as much fun as choosing colors and textures, and it certainly does not have the meditative rhythm of stitching, but without blocking, your perfectly knit garment will look sloppy.

Learn to Knit: Correcting Common Mistakes Myrtle Beach SC

Even expert knitters make mistakes every now and then. And as long as you know how to fix your errors, it’s no big deal. Here we’ve outlined and explained how to fix some of the most common errors that plague beginners (as well as veterans) in the knitting world.

Learn to Knit: Decreasing Myrtle Beach SC

There are numerous methods of decreasing that produce different looks and effects, but we are going to introduce you to one of the easiest and most common decreases to start: the knit two together (or k2tog).

Learn to Knit: First Stitches Myrtle Beach SC

When you first learn to cast on, your foundation row may be so tight that it's difficult to get your needle into the little loops. If that happens, try casting on with two needles held together or with a needle two sizes larger than you'll be using for the rest of the project.

Learn to Knit: Gauge Myrtle Beach SC

The gauge swatch is basically just a square piece of knitted fabric that demonstrates how you, the needles and the yarn interact before you get going on the main project. All patterns give a recommended gauge, or stitches and rows per inch, at the beginning of their instructions, usually directly below the suggestions for yarn weight and needle size.

Learn to Knit: Increasing Myrtle Beach SC

The bar increase is a visible increase. A horizontal bar will follow the increased stitch on the knit side of the work, whether you work the increase on the knit or the purl side.

Learn to Knit: Joining Yarn Myrtle Beach SC

At some point you'll be knitting along, feeling confident and picking up speed, when all of a sudden, you've run out of yarn. Don't panic—there's a very easy way to remedy that situation, and it's called "joining yarn."

Learn to Knit: Picking Up Stitches Myrtle Beach SC

Picking up stitches means that, with a knitting needle or crochet hook and a new strand of yarn, you dip into and out of the edge of the knitted fabric at hand, creating new loops. These new loops will serve as the foundation for a collar, button band, sleeve or baby bootie instep.

Learn to Knit: Seaming Myrtle Beach SC

There are many ways to sew together knitted fabric, and each version serves a different purpose. For example, you use one kind of seaming to join adjacent lengths of stockinette stitch and another to connect vertical and horizontal pieces of the same fabric.

Learn to Knit: The Knit Stitch Myrtle Beach SC

Like we said before, there are two different ways to make a knit stitch (English or Continental method), and the one you choose depends largely on which you're most comfortable with.

Learn to Knit: The Purl Stitch Myrtle Beach SC

Purling is basically just a backwards version of knitting, and when you put the two together, you can come up with literally hundreds of stitch patterns. Read on to learn to make the purl stitch.