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Learn to Crochet!
Crochet Gif Tutorials: Crocodile Stitch

A tutorial in 7 parts:
Part 1 - First Foundation Row
Part 2 - Row 1, First Scale
Part 3 - Row 1, Middle Scales
Part 4 - Row 1, Last Scale
Part 5 - Second Foundation Row
Part 6 - Row 2
Part 7 - Third Foundation Row

This tutorial shows my technique for making the crocodile stitch. I’ve looked at various other tutorials in the past and they all seem to have slightly different methods, but this is what I came up with as the way that works for me. I hope that it will help you too - but as always, play around and see what you like best!

So far, this tutorial only covers making the crocodile stitch in rows - so for things like scarves or anything rectangular. At some point in the future I hope to cover the adaptions you need to make to work this in the round.

Happy hooking! XX

I taught myself to crochet with a book since this was back in the day before the internet.

this site has really good pictures for some things except the single crochet one sort of stinks.  this page with the double crochet and others are nice though and might help you beginners

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Learn to Crochet!
Crochet Gif Tutorials: Crocheting into the Chain

If the first row of stitches after the chain are going to be single crochet stitches (sc’s), you’ll need to crochet one extra chain. If they are going to be double crochet stitches (dc’s), you’ll need two extra, because dc’s are taller and you’ll need more space. Treble crochet stitches (trc’s) require three, etc. A pattern will always tell you what to do!

For a more detailed explanation of the single crochet (sc) stitch used in this example, please see the tutorial here

Tips for Those Who Learn Crochet

Learn Crochet at Your Own Pace

Congrats on your choice to learn crochet. Crocheting is really a pastime which was enjoyed for a long time by our mothers and grandmothers alike. And, it has been popular for good reasons. It also allows you to create while you relax and watch television or

Read more at http://www.stumbleupon.com/to/s/20lUSo

this site has some AWESOME videos for beginners.  The videos are slow enough, close enough and most importantly CLEAR enough that you can actually see what to do without getting a headache

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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 your own beanie. Why not? Give it a try, you may end up liking the craft of crochet and end up addicted to yarn - like me.

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Learn to Crochet!
Crochet Gif Tutorials: The Magic Loop

Aka: the magic circle, the magic ring, the adjustable ring, witchcraft…

The magic loop is my favourite method for the starting round when crocheting in the round, for projects like hats or amigurumi. The alternative method is to ‘chain 2, make x sc’s into 2nd ch from hook,’ but that will leave you with an ugly hole in the centre of your circle.  The magic loop closes up completely, which is especially great for amigurumi - it keeps the stuffing from leaking!

You can also use dc’s rather than sc’s - so it’s great for starting granny squares, too.

Want to learn crochet?

For some, written explanations are easier, others prefer a video or learning in person.

Today, I found CROCHET GIFS, a blog that posts short crochet lessons in GIF form!
So, if you are tired of having to pause or replay that one video on youtube, check this blog out! :)
So far, they plan on posting one GIF set each day, showing steps to different crochet techniques.
The Master Post can be found HERE if you want to check out all of the GIF sets! :)

I suggest using these GIF sets along with other tutorials, so you get a full understanding of crochet!

-Betty