Crochet Techniques

 
 

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Magic Ring

Magic ring is also known as a slip ring. To make a magic ring, first wrap the yarn around your hand once and hold it with your thumb. Slide the crochet hook under the first piece of yarn. Use the hook tip to grab the thread of yarn from the ball end of the yarn. Pull the yarn you grabbed through the ring to create a loop on your hook. Yarn over and draw through the loop on the hook. You will have the first chain.

If your pattern calls for single crochet stitch then you can start working single crochet in the ring. Chain one more for half double crochet, chain two more for double crochet. Work as many stitches as you need. Gently pull the tail end of yarn to close the ring at the center. Make a slip stitch into the first stitch of your ring to finish this round.

 

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Fastening off invisibly

After you have completed all the required stitches of the round, cut the yarn, leaving some yarn tail (approx. 4″ - 10 cm), and pull this tail all the way through the top of the last stitch made. Thread this tail onto a yarn needle.

Find the top of the first stitch and insert your needle under both top loops of this stitch.  Pull the yarn through. Insert the needle back into the center of the last stitch made. Pull the yarn through. Don’t pull it too tight.  You want this new stitch to look the same size as your other stitches. Sew in the loose end.

 

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Working in the back loops only

Working the front or back loops only of a crochet stitch will leave a horizontal bar exposed on the fabric. When working in the back or front loop the crochet fabric becomes more elastic than the traditional way of working under both loops. You can crochet in the front or back loop only of any crochet stitch.

To crochet in the back loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only and make the stitch as indicated in your pattern. Single crochet in the back loops only is shown in the picture.

 

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Working in the front loops only

Working the front or back loops only of a crochet stitch will leave a horizontal bar exposed on the fabric. When working in the back or front loop the crochet fabric becomes more elastic than the traditional way of working under both loops. You can crochet in the front or back loop only of any crochet stitch.

To crochet in the front loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the front loop only and make the stitch as indicated in your pattern. Single crochet in the front loops only is shown in the picture.