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Crochet Gif Tutorials turned 1 today!

Thank you everyone for an amazing year! Thank you for all your messages and support and just general awesomeness. It has been brilliant :3

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Learn to Crochet!
Crochet Gif Tutorials: Foundation Double Crochet

You may find this easier if you are already familiar with the Foundation Single Crochet - the concept is exactly the same, just with dc’s rather than sc’s! 

The Foundation method is an alternative to the starting chain. It makes a row of chains, and a row of double crochet stitches, all in one go. 

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Crochet Gif Tutorials: Star Stitch

This is a tutorial in 4 parts:

Part 1: Row 1, First Star
Part 2: Subsequent Stars
Part 3: Row 2
Part 4: Row 3

The star stitch requires prior knowledge of the half double crochet (hdc) stitch

How many chains should I make to begin?
Crochet - one example of a ‘real-world’ application of algebra! (Sorry!)
Chain: 2 x (the number of stars you wish to make), + 4 extra chains. 
e.g. for a row of 5 stars, 2(5)+4 = 14 chains. 

Note: you don’t have to begin with a chain! To start a row of star stitches mid-way through a project, skip straight to part 4. 

There are several variations on the star stitch. If you look at another tutorial and compare it to this one, you’ll probably find differences. This is the way I like to do it - but feel free to play around!

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Crochet Gif Tutorials: Changing Colors (and Crocheting Over Ends)

This can be fiddly, but you will get the hang of it!

In this example, the project is made up of rows of single crochet (sc) stitches. But this works for other stitches too. The overall rule is to ‘use the new color when doing the final ‘pull through the loops on your hook’ of the last stitch in the previous color.’ (Let me know if you think a separate tutorial for a different stitch would be useful, though!)

Crocheting over the ends is by no means essential, if you find it easier, you can ignore that step and go back and weave the ends in when you finish the project. But let’s be honest, everybody hates weaving in ends, so this is a great trick to master! Keep crocheting over the ends for the next few stitches of the row, until they’re nicely secured. Then snip off any excess. 

For some extra notes on crocheting over the ends, please see this post. 

(Also yes, I guess the editing process has made this green yarn slightly yellowish!)

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Crochet Gif Tutorials: Half Double Crochet (hdc)

A variation on the double crochet (dc) stitch - rather than finishing by pulling through the loops on your hook 2 at a time, you do them all at once.