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Crochet Reader / Kindle Covers

Welcome to another easy peasy crochet project. Doable for beginners using a chain and single crochet stitch. Do you remember when crochet covered “everything” of the years gone by? There were toilet paper roll covers, tissue box covers, and you can still find kitchen towels with crocheted tops that button onto your kitchen range handle. Fast forward to today for these updated crochet “cover-up” projects I made for myself instead of purchasing. I guess that’s what crafting is about for me, the joy of creating both beautiful as well as useful things. So to begin, choose your yarn or thread! Choosing the color and texture of the yarn may be my favorite part of any crochet project. In this case, I did what I most often do, I went straight to my stash. This doesn’t take a lot of yarn, so it’s a great project for using up scrap! …

Just for Fun: Crochet Fruit Potholders

This is a fun, easy “Lay Flat Circle” crochet pattern project that is great for beginners. Crocheting these potholders was one of my first projects as a little girl. “Lay Flat” means just that. As you are crocheting a circle, be sure the circle will lay flat on a surface. Create one or a whole fruit bowl of potholders and give as a bright birthday or bridal shower gift. For these I used Clover size I & J crochet hook, a darning needle, scissors and an assortment of yarn (4.5 and 7 oz.) and some “unidentifiable” balls of scrap yarn. I suggest you use at least 3 colors of yarn – one for the main color, yarn for the trim, a color for the seeds or embellishments. Use your imagination on color choice, try something wild like purple apple slices or even a daisy or sunflower. Get adventuresome and make…

Complete Guide to Crochet Hooks for the Beginner

It is easy and affordable to learn how to crochet. All you need is yarn, a crochet hook, and a little bit of instruction. That said, there are many different types of crochet hooks, and it can be confusing for a beginner to figure out which hook is the right hook to purchase. This guide offers insight into crochet hooks including size, materials, how to hold a crochet hook and more. What is a Crochet Hook? Let’s start with the very basics: what is a crochet hook? A crochet hook is a simple tool that consists of a pencil-shaped “stick” with a hook at one end of it. There are variations in terms of the shape of the handle as well as the hook but at its very basic level, that’s what a crochet hook is. The crochet hook is used to “hook” one loop of yarn through another, without…

Everything You Want To Know About Crochet Doilies

Although many of the doilies that you see in stores today are made from paper or machine lace, there are still people who crochet doilies by hand. Crocheted doilies were especially popular in the early days of crochet. They were a common home decor item featured on tables all throughout the house. People still use doilies in this way today, and there are also many contemporary ways to display doilies. This article covers crochet doily history, including why it’s named a doily, as well as modern doily uses, alternatives and even doily art. History of Crochet Doilies When people first learned how to crochet, they used mercerized cotton thread and small hooks, much different from the bulkier yarns used today. Crochet doilies were one of the most common items that people made throughout the first century of the craft. Crochet doilies were primarily made using the basic crochet stitches, although later…

How to Crochet Bobble Stitch

The crochet bobble stitch is a stitch that can actually be worked in a number of different ways. What all of those methods have in common is that you work multiple stitches together into the same stitch, beginning each of them but not completing any of them until the very last step. The result is a set of stitches that are joined together at both the bottom and the top, creating a textured ball of a stitch called a “bobble”. What varies is the size of the stitch and how many stitches you work together to create the bobble. In this tutorial, you will learn how to crochet bobble worked with 5 double crochet stitches and then you’ll see how to work a variation of 3 double crochet stitches. (Examples of other variations on crochet bobbles would be 5 half double crochet stitches or 7 double crochet stitches.) How to…

How to Crochet Shell Stitch

The crochet shell stitch is created by working a number of crochet stitches together in one stitch, which causes them to fan out and create a shape that looks like a shell. This is an easy crochet stitch that you can learn after you learn the very basics of how to crochet. There are many, many different ways to crochet shell stitch. You can make the shell stitch in different heights, using half double crochet stitches or treble crochet stitches, for example. You can even make it with different heights in the same stitch; a common option is to work sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc all into one stitch. Another way to change up the crochet shell is to change the stitches that you use in between each shell. Once you have learned the basics of the crochet shell stitch, you can play with all of these different variations. But…

How to Crochet Popcorn Stitch

There are several different textured crochet stitches that look similar but each has its own unique way of being made. Bobbles, clusters, shells and popcorn stitches are all advanced beginner crochet stitches that you can learn after you have learned the basic crochet stitches. Many people find that it is a lot of fun to work the popcorn stitch. This stitch is created by working a number of stitches into the same stitch then joining the top of the last stitch in the set to the top of the first stitch in the set. This creates a ball of texture that pops off of the fabric and is called a “popcorn”. This crochet stitch can be worked in many variations by changing both the height of the stitches and the number of stitches in a group. We are going to look at how to crochet a common variation – the…