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How To: Crochet cast on with a knitting machine

This instructional knitting video provides tips for making interesting patterns using a knitting machine. This is a demonstration of how to use a knitting machine to crochet cast on. This is one way to cleverly weave your yarn onto the knitting machine and begin the piece of knit work. You may want to reference written instructions in addition to watching this knitting video.

How To: Crochet a star stitch winter hat

Watch this instructional crochet video to crochet a star stitch hat or winter cap. This crochet method creates an intricate rotating pattern. Use any type of thread and crochet needle to complete this project. This star stitch pattern creates a complex crochet weave for warm yet breathable winter caps.

How To: Pick up stitches along a curved edge

In this tutorial, we learn how to pick up stitches along a curved edge. You can see the slope on your fabric that you can work with. If you slip the first stitch you can avoid this. First, slip the first stitch and then bind off the next stitch as usual. This will create a nice curve. To pick up stitches, you will use a circular needle and then poke it through the area in the last row. Find a 'v' shape and then push the needle through this. Pull through just like you are normally knitting and...

How To: Crochet a rib cuff baby bootie

In this tutorial, we learn how to crochet a rib cuff baby bootie. Start off by creating 8 foundation half double crochets. After this, work 4 half double crochets in the bottom of the last stitch that was completed. Then, work a half double crochet in each of the next 6 stitches. Work 4 half double crochets in the last stitch, then join with the beginning stitch. This will give you 22 half double crochets total. Next, chain 1 and work 2 half double crochets in the same stitch. Then, work 1 ha...

How To: Make a diagonal lace stitch pattern

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a diagonal lace stitch pattern. Begin by knitting the first and second stitch. Then, make a yarn over and then slip slip knit, which will create a left slanting decrease. Now, you take your left needle and slip it through these two stitches and knit them together. Then, knit one and continue to repeat the yarn over and slip slip knit until you are at the end of the row. Continue doing this for 6 rows, and when you are done you will have a diagonal lace s...

How To: Sew up a tissue box cover

In this video, you'll learn how to sew up a decorative tissue box cover for your standard tissue box. Add some decorative flair to your home. This video will walk you through each step of the way. Pretty soon you'll have a nice and artsy tissue box cover to show off to your family and friends.

How To: Crochet a granny square color change

Watch this instructional crochet video to crochet a color change within a granny square pattern. These visuals make crocheting easy to understand. The granny square is more complex than the open work stitch, but once you can crochet around a corner and switch colors within a pattern, all of your projects can take on a new complexity.

How To: Crochet a basic beret

Oui! Oui! A beret is a great fashion statement. It keeps you warm, plus its stylish with a French flair. This video shows you how to crochet your very own beret and make it as unique as you'd like for those chilly winter evenings! Which color will you choose?

How To: Make a crochet fringe

The great thing about crocheting is the ability to add certain things to items that have already been created. One of the most common things would be fringe. It can be easy to add on to certain items, especially scarves. So check out this tutorial on how to make a crochet fringe. Enjoy!

How To: Use a wrist distaff

In this how to video, you will learn how to use a wrist distaff. First, wrap the distaff around your wrist. Get some fiber and lay it over the bottom. Wrap it loosely around the descending part of the wrist distaff. Bring it over your hand and grab it with your index and thumb. Take your spindle and get ready to make a join. Give the string a spin and start drafting. Keep on spinning until you get a nice amount of fiber on it. Next, unwind it and put the spindle in the proper position. From h...

How To: Choose a loom

Deciding which type of loom to buy and size isn't always easy. Looming is a lot of fun and addictive. But you don't want to buy a loom for the sake of buying a loom. This will help you make better choices instead of buying out the store and realizing you have looms you will never use.

How To: Weave in ends on a stockinette stitch project

Let the Knit Witch show you how to weave the ends on your stockinette stitch project with this video tutorial. She takes a simple swatch of knitted pink fabric and shows you how to accomplish this simple but useful trick with black yarn so that it can be easily seen. Don't let your yarn unravel or ruin a project by skipping this easy to learn step! She explains it so clearly and demonstrates the technique so thoroughly that you'll be sure to have mastered it in just a few short minutes!

How To: Double crochet left handed

This instructional crocheting video demonstrates how to do a front post double crochet stitch and a back post double crochet stitch with your left hand. The double crochet stitch creates thick and tightly woven stitch that is good for blankets, sweaters, and other warm winter garments.

How To: Make a double crochet stich

Brianna with The Crochet Side demonstrates how to make a double crochet stitch. Making a double crotchet stitch is an easy to learn technique. To make a double crotchet stitch, take your crochet project and yarn over and stick the needle under the top two loops. Then, yarn over and pull through two again. Repeat the technique by pulling the yarn through the top two loops to effectively utilize the technique. At the end of the row, complete the last stitch, chain two and turn the project to be...

How To: Knit a Spiral Ruffle Scarf

These lovely scarves have different names. I call it the Spiral Ruffle Scarf. It's easy to make and looks great in either a fine or a medium weight yarn. I made mine with softball cotton yarn and size 8 needles. Here are the videos and written directions: