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What is the conversion for UK and US crochet hooks to mm?

For hook sizes, it's always best to refer to the size of the hook in mm, if possible. This should be standard across all countries. Metric sizes are used in many countries including Australia and New ...
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What does "100-150rp" mean (yarn)?

Addition to csk's answer: The "гр." is probably Cyrillic letters (at least, they are as such in the question text), corresponding to English "gr" (not "rp"). In Russian, &...
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What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet?

The distinction between the crafts are the tools used and how many stitches are held at the same time. Crochet is done with a single hooked needle and typically only a few stitches are held at one ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

Yarn Bowl This is the easiest suggestion I can think of. You just need a bowl or bowl like object with a hole or path for the yarn to come out. The hole is large enough for the yarn but small enough ...
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Is it possible to frequently change colours while crocheting?

You might try a method called "Corner to corner" crochet (C2C). It seems to be relatively "new" and was something I was really intrigued to find out about. It's often used for making diagonal-style ...
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How can I do my Poké Ball decreases so they appear tighter?

I think you'll enjoy trying what's called the "invisible decrease". By running through two stitches but not actually making the base of both of them, it tightens up the space and only shows a single ...
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Why are the corners of my work curling?

It could be that you have too much tension on the corners. Make sure not to pull your stitches too tight when you are turning. It's also possible this is just the natural pull of the material, and ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

What you need to do is put your yarn in a container of some sort. It should be wide enough that the yarn can roll around a bit (don't want it to rub hard against the sides) and deep enough that the ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

In addition to being extremely insulative, wool is ideal for something like a coffee cozy because it is stable in the presence of a fairly high degree of applied heat, it is un-meltable, and it has a ...
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Blocking Acrylic Yarn

Unlike natural fibers which can be blocked by simply shaping the item while wet, blocking acrylic requires heat. Many people try to wet-block acrylic the same way they would do wool, and they aren't ...
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Crochet Half Sphere/Ball

The cut face of the lemon is a flat circle in pale yellow. You start with a magic ring and proceed in a spiral in single crochet (in US terminology) with 6st in the first circle[1] and roughly ...
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How can I hide ends that have been woven in on a crochet project?

First it is important to leave a long enough tails so that you have enough to weave in. I usually just use a plastic needle and work inside and out of stitches to try and wrap around yarn. In the ...
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How to starch crochet snowflakes (and other lace items)?

This question is difficult to answer without knowing exactly what your finished unstarched piece looks like. Even with a lot of "extra" stitches in each row you should be able to eventually create a ...
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How important is hand/finger position in fiber crafts?

The finger positioning—actually the way the yarn loops around the fingers—controls the overall tension of the yarn. Think of it like the path the thread takes on a sewing machine—all those ups, downs ...
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What can I do to reduce pain while crocheting?

So I'm a big knitter and crocheter and a musician with tendinitis for the past 20 years. Aside from the standard advice (NSAIDs, massage, etc) there are a few things that you can do to mitigate the ...
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How to prevent Tunisian crochet from curling?

The main issue with Tunisian crochet is that, since you don't turn your work, all your tension will be distributed on the same side of your project, with nothing to "balance" it and prevent the curl. ...
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What does "100-150rp" mean (yarn)?

In that context, it would most likely be some measurement that would allow you to choose a different yarn and make sure it's suitable to the pattern. The two recommended yarns each have 131 yards (...
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What are the common abbreviations in crochet patterns and more importantly what do they mean?

There are about nine or ten main stitches that are the most commonly used and, of them, four or five are probably used the most. Most common US stitch abbreviations: ch - chain bpsc (or bpdc, bptc) - ...
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What are the equivalents between US crochet stitch terms and UK terms?

Fortunately, if you are familiar with reading charted patterns, the icons are the same, so the only issue is if you don't know how to read charts or if you prefer to read written out patterns. A ...
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How can I keep track of my stitches when crocheting with fuzzy yarn?

An easy solution is to use stitch markers. There are several commercial options available and DIY ones are conceptually easy as well. Most that you see though won't be particularity useful for ...
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Are there any tips as to how to set the tightness of my stiches?

Good quality patterns, especially for clothes, have information about 'gauge'. These numbers will tell you the tightness that the creator of the pattern intended: how many stitches fit horizontally ...
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Evenly spaced increase

Evenly spaced stitches means that the number of stitches between increases is approximately the same. Since you are increase 50 sts over 94 current stitches, and 94/50=1.88 you should put (on average) ...
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How to rehab tightly wound yarn?

This is a question that comes up occasionally on the Ravelry forums, and the general consensus is that soaking will help with yarn that has lost its tension from being wound into too tight of a ball. ...
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Fibre choice: Why choose wool, cotton, bamboo, acrylic, etc. when crocheting / knitting? Does it make a difference?

Each type of fiber has unique characteristics that must be taken into account when considering substitution (which is pretty much a pattern-by-pattern process). Some examples: Machine Washability ...
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How can I keep track of my stitches when crocheting with fuzzy yarn?

If you can't tell if you're using the correct loops then nobody else will be able to tell if you did it correctly, or not, either. For projects like this it's often completely okay to work along as ...
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What is the difference between normal single crochet and single crochet into back loop only?

Most amigurumi patterns are worked in the round, not flat. For flat items the difference between regular and back loop only (blo) crochet stitches is striking, it creates horizontal ridges, which are ...
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Using human hair for amigurumi stuffing

Human hair is primarily made of keratin and is usually somewhat oily (a result of the sebaceous glands lubrication to help the follicles grow out of their subepidermal sheathing). Although keratin ...
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How to get the perfect center pull?

Assuming this is a commercial skein, I don't generally have issues. I am usually able to pull out the center of a skein. I would never guarantee that you can do this though. This can be manufacturer ...
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Where can I find good crocheting patterns?

The best resource for all crochet and knitting needs by far is Ravelry. Ravelry requires you to create an account and provides an astounding library of patterns, yarns (so it's easy to find a ...
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Pros and cons of classic crochet needles and handled crochet needles

While you've labelled the top image as "handled" due to your unfamiliarity, the correct term for that style of hook is "ergonomic," with all that name implies. They are much easier ...
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