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Questions tagged [crocheting]

The process of creating fabric through interlocking loops of material strands using a hook.

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Are there alternatives to starch for stiffening finished yarn hat?

I am going to be making a cowboy hat for my niece out of cotton yarn. The pattern I am using is a simple working in rounds i.e. making a bowl shape. The "cowboy" comes from using starch to make the ...
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Submitting Fabric/Yarn Craft Items to be Judged

What should be done when delivering items to a fair or similar for judging? I have a ~15" doily I want to submit, but I don't know if they want it in an envelope, sack, or nothing. It's sandwiched ...
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How to get the perfect center pull?

Whenever I try to get the center pull of a commercial skein of yarn, it ends up tangling and I just have to untangle the whole ball. Are there any tips for a better center pull?
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How to prevent Tunisian crochet from curling?

When I tried to make a simple Tunisian crochet scarf using the "Tunisian Simple Stitch", the edges of my scarf kept curling. Is there a way to prevent that while crocheting and is there a way to fix ...
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What to use as amigurumi stuffing if you don't have access to poly stuffing?

I, for one, do not have easy access to poly stuffing, so I was wondering, what is the second best choice for amigurumi stuffing?
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Using human hair for amigurumi stuffing

OK, I realize this topic may creep some of you, be it because of hygienic or ethics questions. I trust you will understand it comes out of pure curiosity and of the desire of using more natural ...
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What is the difference between normal single crochet and single crochet into back loop only?

I just came across an amigurumi pattern that specifically asks for a single crochet into back loop only and it made me question what the difference is. So, what is the difference between normal ...
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How Do I Clean My Characters?

I crochet lots of things but they seem to get dirt and stuff on them. I use lots of yarn but mostly the brand Red Heart. I try cleaning it off with water but it doesn't come off. How do I clean yarn ...
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What is this crochet stitch?

Can anyone tell me what type of crochet stitch is being used here in the light green area (above the pink on the wrist). It looks like possibly 3 dc stitches in one hole, but I'm wondering if anyone ...
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How do I resize (smaller) baby bootie crochet pattern?

I am crocheting a set of baby booties for an infant using this pattern: http://lacycrochet.blogspot.ca/2014/01/crochet-baby-booties-size-0-6-months.html I need the booties to be about 3/4 the ...
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Are there any stitches that are specific to knitting/crocheting only?

I wanted to know if there are any stitches that only be achieved through knitting as well as any stitches that can achieve through crocheting only?
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How do you properly use more than 3 colors in a crochet project?

I had to ask this because I have been having problems with this. This there a proper way to use 4 or more colors in a crochet project? Like for example, if you wanted to crochet a portrait or a ...
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How can I cleanly finish and starts rows, using single crochet, in my pokeballs?

In my continued adventures in making pokeballs I have run into another issue that experimenting is not fixing. The balls are made just using single crochet (sc). Typically what I do for sc project row ...
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What can I do to reduce pain while crocheting?

I understand that this will happen regardless with this kind of relative motion. Especially with smaller models where your hands are constantly trying to keep proper tension of the yarn. Still ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

When crocheting, there are 2 grips for holding the hook: like a knife or like a pen. The choice is - of course - a matter of what you've been taught and what you prefer, but can anything in general be ...
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How can I do my Pokeball decreases so they appear tighter?

A continuation of my pokeball woes am want to improve my decrease technique. Consider the image of the tops of my balls (where the balls are finished and tied off) They very top where the tie off ...
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What crochet stitch is similar to a garter stitch in knitting?

I was thinking about making a scarf at some point like the scarf from the 4th Doctor in the Doctor Who series. The original scarf was knitted, which I am not capable of. I like the appearance of the ...
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How can I finish the tops of my balls so the stitches are not so open in appearance?

Pokemon Go has been a feature in my family, and the world, as of late. I figured it would be fun to make some pokeballs for the kids. The first time I make something I expect there to be flaws. I make ...
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How can I resize this crocheted hat pattern for an infant?

I want to make an infant-sized version of this hat (PDF). The current pattern (assuming correct gauge) makes a hat with an 18.5" (47cm) circumference. It seems that a common size for a newborn/infant ...
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Why are the corners of my work curling?

This happens frequently. I make something like a scarf, my hook case or more recently my knight's helmet. Any place that I have something like a 90 degree corner my work curls up. Not the end of the ...
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What are the common abbreviations in crochet patterns and more importantly what do they mean?

I almost never see patterns sold with yarn or those online using the long forms of stitch and technique names. Yes, most proper beginner tutorials almost always have a legend for this sort of thing ...
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What are the equivalents between US crochet stitch terms and UK terms?

I have heard that the names of stitches are different between the US and UK. If I have a pattern from the UK, how do I convert it to the US terms or vice versa?
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How important is hand/finger position in fiber crafts?

I've been learning to knit and crochet by looking at various tutorials online. In the pictures and/or videos, the fingers are often positioned with respect to the needles or yarn in ways that don't ...
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How to starch crochet snowflakes (and other lace items)?

I recently tried crocheting a snowflake, and the finished piece is soft and furls, as if there are way too many stitches in each subsequent row. There is only a vague resemblance between mine and the ...
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Is it possible to frequently change colours while crocheting?

I am a huge gamer and love pixel art in general. My friend turned me onto crocheting a while ago and one of the first things I asked about was pixel art. Her response and my own limited experience ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

So you are yarning away and your yarn starts to get away from you. Now you have to stop what you are doing, possibly forgetting my many runs or stitches you were doing, pick up your yarn, roll it back ...
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What is the conversion for UK and US crochet hooks to mm?

The UK and US use numbered or lettered hook sizes in their patterns rather than a standardized measurement. What are the conversions between the hook sizes depending on whether I'm using US or UK ...
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How can I hide ends that have been woven in on a crochet project?

I just recently finished my first crochet blanket, and when I was done I needed to weave all the ends in because I had switched colors quite a bit. Even though the finished product is done the ends ...
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Fibre choice: Why choose wool, cotton, bamboo, acrylic, etc. when crocheting / knitting? Does it make a difference? [closed]

What are the reasons to choose one fibre over another - are there advantages and disadvantages for each type of fibre? If I have a pattern that specifies wool, is it usually safe to substitute for ...
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What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet?

What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet? At the end of the day it seems to me that all three crafts results in similar knitted texture fabrics. What makes the key ...
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What is the technique to get a proper consistent crochet tension without being too tight? [duplicate]

Crochet tension is a real problem for me. In order to keep it even I have a very tight stitch meaning I have to go up in hook size to get the correct tension for the piece. Is there a technique that ...
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Are there any tips as to how to set the tightness of my stiches?

I am an amateur when it comes to crocheting. I was making some simple king's crowns for my kids and myself of course. I had planned on making changes to the pattern to adjust for the different sizes ...
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How can I keep track of my stitches when crocheting with fuzzy yarn?

I'm used to crocheting with worsted weight yarn, mostly making amigurumi and stuffed animals. So, when I picked up a ball of fuzzy yarn to make a zebra mane a while ago, I really struggled to find my ...