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

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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 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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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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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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Can you identify this yarn tool?

I’ve been knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, and most other things textile related for decades and have never come across this tool. I inherited a box of yarn and other crafting items that ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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How can I do my Poké Ball decreases so they appear tighter?

A continuation of my Poké Ball woes: I want to improve my decrease technique. Consider the image of the tops of my balls (where the balls are finished and tied off): The very top where the tie-off ...
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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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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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What does "100-150rp" mean (yarn)?

I bought a crochet pattern. And it states [...] Recommended materials and tools: • Plush yarn (Yarn Art Dolce / Himalaya Dolphin Baby) 100-150гр.; [...] What does 100-150rp mean? (I've never heard ...
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Crochet Half Sphere/Ball

I want to crochet a half sphere. I can crochet a ball, no problem (I'm crocheting in the round, by the way). However, I can't find any (readable) patterns for a half-ball (meaning a ball cut in half). ...
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Blocking Acrylic Yarn

How do you block acrylic yarn? I just finished a beautiful Celtic Cable neck warmer with Lion Brand Heartland Tweed yarn, which is acrylic, and I want to make some for my friends for the holidays, but ...
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How to avoid gaps between stitches in crocheted clothes

When I crochet something, I always end up with gaps in between my stitches, leading to a sort of open-weave effect. That's fine for baggy cardigans and the like, but for tops, dresses, skirts, etc, I'...
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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 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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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 to rehab tightly wound yarn?

I used to do a terrible thing, I'd buy beautiful skeins of hand-dyed yarn and rush home and wind them into super tight balls by hand. I now have a ball winder and a lot more sense. I'm rewinding these ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

I drink coffee after boiling water and mixing it in the mug. The mug stays hot for a while and then I start drinking it. I have been crocheting for a while and I thought I might as well make a coffee ...
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Evenly spaced increase

I have a knitting project in which I have 94 stitches on my needle, and I’m supposed to do an evenly spaced increase of 50 to get 144 stitches. I know how to increase, but I do not know if I need to ...
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What is the result if I use a yarn with smaller TEX than the original pattern?

I've been an amigurumi crocheter for a while, so I've never had to worry about yarn weight/TEX, because we have many yarns that are meant for making amigurumis. But recently I decided to make this ...
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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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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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Can a crochet pattern for a blanket that has holes in it be made safe for a baby?

I've recently been asked by a great friend to crochet a baby blanket for them. They would be paying the yarn, so I asked them to find a pattern and buy the yarn. She's sent me a few patterns to check ...
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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 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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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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Pros and cons of classic crochet needles and handled crochet needles

Assuming both are of excellent quality, on what basis do I decide which ones to purchase? I don't have any experience crocheting.
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How to expand one pattern repeat

I've been reading Leonie Morgan's '100 Colourful ripple stitches'. Some of the patterns are an unusual shape, and have no explanation of how to expand upon the pattern. One pattern repeat is given as, ...
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Tips for working with yarn that splits easily?

I just started crocheting with a medium weight Viscose, Polyester, Nylon blend yarn and it likes to split a lot while I'm doing front post and back post double crochets as well as some other stitches. ...
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Old crochet terminology: "3 under 3 chain"

I've recently come across a nice library of antique Irish crochet patterns at a site called APL. I'm having some trouble understanding their language (some of it seems to be different from what we use ...
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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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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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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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Crochet/amigurumi: joining two pieces

I've been crocheting for a while, and I've recently started giving amigurumi (basically crochet stuffed animals/things) a try. I've been able to do balls and variations, but I bought a kit to make a ...
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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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Strongest crochet stitch for making a non stretch strap/cord

I have some 3mm dyneema kite line and I'm looking to crochet the line into a strap/cord which can be used to tie things, hoist etc. What is the strongest crochet stitch which would allow me to ...
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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 can I get a 120 degree angle with crochet chains?

I am trying to make the edge of a diamond with chains in crochet with no stitches in the center of the diamond but I am unsure of the best way to get a 120 degree angle turn with only chains. I am ...
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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 yarn that makes a product stretchy or the type of stitch?

I am currently working on a project that uses back loop only single crochets and my yarn is 100% acrylic. The project is super stretchy and I am wondering if it is the stitch or the yarn or both that ...
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What types of yarn are best for swimwear?

I'm simply wondering if there are any types of yarn that hold up well in water? Or should crocheted swimwear not be used for actually swimming?
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