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How To: Make a flat circle using double crochet

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a flat circle using double crochet. To start, you will begin with twelve double crochets in a ring shape. For the second round, you will increase in every double crochet until you have twenty-four. Next, you will increase every other double crochet until you have thirty-six double crochets. For round four, you will make two double crochets between increases until you have fourty-eight double crochets. For the last round, you will make three double croche...

How To: Join a crochet round left-handed

In this video, we learn how to join a crochet round left-handed. First, join with the top level of the crochet. After this, half double crochet of the shell and join with the beginning of the shell. Now, join with the beginning of the double crochet. Go around to the beginning and join with the beginning of the single crochet using a slip stitch. Then, slip stitch between the joining. Now you will want to join with the slip stitch in the beginning of the double crochet. To finish, join with t...

How To: Recognize a backwards knitting stitch

In this tutorial, we learn how to recognize a backwards knitting stitch. Sometimes if you have to undo stitches, you may need to recognize where the stitches are so you can fix the problem. The front leg will be sitting in front of the one in the back when it's done correctly. If done backwards, you will be able to see the front leg in the back of the back leg. To fix this, you can simply take the stitch off, turn it around, and orient it correctly. Or, you can knit through the back loop to t...

How To: Loom knit a solid-striped scarf

Have a passion for crochet or knitting? This video is perfect for you! The free tutorial offers splendid advice and instructions about making a beautiful solid-striped scarf. Sit down and gather your supplies and prepare to make a cleverly constructed scarf while watching this video. Follow the instructions as precise as you can. Within the hour or so, you can loom knit your own scarf and maybe even a few other items using techniques and skills acquired from this video!

How To: Use a cable key for knitting

Learn how to use the cable key to tighten your Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Knitting Needles. Each needle tip has a hollow base that is grooved to accept the threaded stem of the cable. To insure a secure fit, use a cable key to tighten the knitting needle tip. You can also use the cable key to unscrew your knitting needle when you are ready to start a new knitting project.

How To: Hang a rag hem on knitting machine

Watch this instructional knitting video to hang a rag hem on your knitting machine. Add weights to the inside of the knitted hem to keep your knit work straight. You will need a single pronged tool or a three pronged tool. If you knit with a knitting machine, this is an essential trick for getting started with larger projects.

How To: Knit a Decorative Flower

This beautiful flower can be used as decoration on a hat, scarf, headband or purse. You name it. There are many uses. On the photo above, I added it to a hat. I have also used it as a decoration on a napkin ring. The flower is knit in three parts. Check out the instructions below. And see the closeup photo of the finished flower at the bottom of the page.

How To: Do a left handed mesh crochet pattern stitch

Are you looking for a new way to crochet while being left handed? Then watch this video, where we learn how to do a left handed mesh crochet pattern stitch. Start off with the first round, where you will double crochet in the fourth chain from the hook. Then, double crochet in the next chain and skip two chains. From here, you will do one double crochet in the next two chains and continue across from the start for the width, ending with two double crochets. For the next and last round, you wi...

How To: Make a front-post double crochet stitch

First of all you need to work around the stitch that you have made in the previous row. To make this front post double crochet you have to first loop over the yarn on the hook. Now pass this into the first stitch of the previous row at the bottom. Go around the stitch to the back and from there you have to come back again to the front. Now yarn over and pull it through the loop. Again yarn over and pull it through the two loops as shown. Again yarn over and pull it through the last two loops ...

How To: Make front-post & back-post double crochet stitches

Donna teaches how to do a front-post, back-post crochet stitch. First of all you'll need yarn and a hook. Start with a single crochet. Donna uses white to create the single crochet and to create a heart, goes over the single line with pink to create a double crochet. To create the double line, go around and through. from front to back, through the single post. Always have the yarn going through the same side. The basic method using the pink, is to make the design in a "V" shape. Using this me...

How To: Knit an elongated stitch

This how-to video demonstrates the elongated knitting stitch. There are a few different ways to make a n elongated stitch, by wrapping the needles before knitting, placing yarnovers, or dropping the knit stitches. Watch this video knitting tutorial and learn how to knit an elongated stitch.

How To: Knit a backward loop cast on

Watch this instructional knitting video to knit a backward loop cast on. Your knitting will be as wide as your cast on row if you do not apply any shaping, such as increasing or decreasing. When knitting the backward loop cast on make sure to leave the stitches a little bit loose so it's easy to knit your first row.

How To: Machine knit a back stitch bind off

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 do a back stitch bind off. You need to master this tricky step in order to take your knit work off of the knitting machine. You may want to reference some written instructions in addition to watching this knitting video.

How To: Crochet a wavy shell stitch pattern

This wavy shell crochet pattern uses three colors to make the design look complex and random. Actually it's quite simple. There are only two rows in this wavy shell crochet pattern. One row alternates between a few standard stitches and half pinwheel shape. The second row is completely plain. Try out this crochet project to achieve satisfying results.

How To: Knit the Twisted Stockinette Stitch

Here is a good stitch to know, especially if your knitting tends to come out looser than you would like it. It works well for a nice cozy sweater when used with a thick wool. The twisted stockinette is just like basic stockinette stitch, except you put the needle in the BACK of the stitch when you knit. This twists the stitches and makes them tighter.

How To: Crochet a baby cocoon on a crochet loom

A baby cocoon is a snug swaddling blanket that can be used to easily keep a new baby warm. This tutorial shows you a few techniques that you can use to crochet a baby cocoon for yourself or as a gift. This technique uses a crochet loom, so you'll want access to one of those in order to complete this project. You will also need to use a few basic hand sewing techniques to join the different pieces together when you're done.

How To: Knit a picot cast on for baby sweaters, blankets and other knitted projects

Master knitter Judy shows you how to knit a picot cast on in this knitting video. If you haven't figured out how to cast on yet, you should probably watch her video on that first. This is a sweet edging for the bottom of a baby sweater or blanket. There are many other instances where you would want to use a picot cast on, as well. Learn it with this up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars.

How To: Knit the Purl Stitch

There are two basic stitches in knitting. One is the Knit Stitch. The other is the Purl Stitch. All knitting patterns are based on these stitches, so you'll want to know how to do both of them. The Knit side of your work is generally called the Front or Right side, whereas the Purl side is generally called the Back or Wrong side. This is important to remember when you're following a pattern.

How To: Knit a funky zigzag scarf

The video opens up with the young, perky and energetic woman from CraftDknits talking about her first "Fall Fashion Line" for knitting which is a Zigzag pattern. She shows how to knit the correct stitch and number of knitted stitches on her correctly sized 13 inch Rosewood knitting needles. Plus 1 large big Eye Needle with 2 skeins of correct weight Lionbrand Thick and Quick yarn.

How To: Do a Tunisian knit crochet stitch

Crochet a Tunisian knit stitch with a long crochet hook. Begin with a chain of forty loops. This instructional crochet video demonstrates how to do a Tunisian knit stitch with a six row example. The Tunisian stitch is also known as the Afghan stitch, traditionally used for crocheting blankets.