Crochet 101: Lesson Four

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Welcome to lesson four! This is actually an optional lesson. If  you’re happy just single crocheting, just do 42 more rows of the last lesson and skip to the bottom of this lesson where we learn to tie off. Then you’ll be done with this project and have your first completed work!

If you’re ready for a new stitch and want to keep going, get ready for a double crochet and a lesson on international crochet translation.

You’ll notice in today’s pictures that my double crochets have gone orange. PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE COLORS. You all should be continuing on in the same color you’ve been working with. We’ll go through changing colors another time, I just needed to contrast the green for the photos. us-to-uk

Now that we’ve got all that cleared up, let’s get moving! You now have a beautifully straight (or maybe not so straight) line of single crochets. If you’re used to UK language you’ll have a line of double crochets and we’ll be moving on to the treble crochet. I didn’t address this difference last lesson, but it occurs to me that the internet is a wide place and there are many different ways of doing and saying things in this world. Being as I am woefully under-skilled in languages, I am only presenting here the US and UK terms. As I understand it, others use different terms as well, but I am not familiar with them.

If you DO need to find another language’s/region’s crochet terms, this google search may help you out.

Looking over the chart of terms, you may have questions about the translation. I’ll cover that in another blog entry. Right now, let’s move on to a US double crochet stitch.

Before we can go too far, we need to turn our row around. As I mentioned in the last lesson, that is accomplished by using a chain. In this case however, we’ll be chaining three to start.

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Once you’ve got your chain three done, we’ll move on to the actual double crochet stitch. The first step is to wrap your yarn clockwise around your hook. Then you’ll put your hook through the top of the next single crochet and wrap the yarn (clockwise) around your hook again.

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Pull the working yarn (the piece you just wrapped) through the top of the single crochet. You should now have three loops on your hook.

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Wrap the yarn around your hook again (always clockwise) and pull it through the first two loops ONLY. This will leave you with two loops on your hook.

Wrap the yarn around your hook one last time (you know which direction by now right?) and pull it through the last two loops on the hook. You now have a double crochet!

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Repeat that for the rest of this row and you’ll be done with all the basic instructions.

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From here, you get to complete the pattern! We will have 26 rows total and every other row will be a double crochet row.

So from here, do a single crochet row next. Then double, single, double, single until you have 26 rows total. It should look like a nice square dishcloth.When you have finished, grab a pair of scissors and grab the working yarn (the yarn coming from your skein or ball) and cut the yarn about four to six inches from the hook.

Draw the loop long on your hook and put the end of the yarn through the loop. Remove your hook and tighten the loop down gently. This will create a knot and leave a tail.

Use your crochet hook to weave the tail into your work. I like to tuck mine underneath the bottoms of the stitches I’ve been working on.

Next post, I’ll have pictures of the finished product in cotton, along with the completed pattern and materials list.

Happy Crocheting!

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