These Six Crochet Techniques Will Take Your Skills Up a Notch
by Marie Segares
I love experimenting with crochet stitches and techniques. It keeps things interesting and a bit challenging, too. As long as I'm learning new skills, I'll never take my favorite hobby for granted! In this post, I'll be sharing 6 crochet techniques you can learn or master to take your stitching to the next level, along with links to tutorials and patterns to inspire your creativity.
Tunisian crochet, also known as afghan crochet, is a technique that uses a specialized crochet hook with a stopper at the end. Tunisian crochet is often described as a cross between knitting and crocheting because loops are kept on the hook and then worked off. Some Tunisian crochet stitches mimic the look of knitting. Although Tunisian crochet can create a dense fabric, it can also be used to make beautiful lace.
You can learn more about Tunisian crochet, get photo and video tutorials of basic stitches, and find seven free Tunisian crochet patterns in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet. Don't forget you'll need an afghan hook, like the Silvalume Aluminum 10" hook, Silvalume Aluminum 14" hook or the Silvalume Aluminum Flexible 22" hook.
Nadia Fuad from YARNutopia, one of Red Heart's Joy Creators, has a video tutorial available for her free Tunisian crochet pattern Tutti Frutti Slippers in Red Heart Super Saver. The tutorial will guide you through Tunisian entrelac.
Double-ended crochet, sometimes called double end crochet, crochet on the double, or crochetknit, is a variation of Tunisian crochet that uses a double-ended hook. Typically, designs are worked using a different color or yarn weight for each hook. In this way, reversible projects with intricate color work can be created.
Learn the basic double-ended crochet stitch while making the Let's Be Warm Throw in Red Heart Super Saver. You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video tutorials and get the pattern here. Don't forget you'll need a double-ended hook, like the Silvalume Aluminum Double-End 10" hook, the Silvalume Aluminum Double-End 14" hook, or the Luxite Double-End 10" hook, for double-ended crochet projects.
This video also provides a great introduction to double-ended crochet.
If you'd like to get started with a smaller project, try the Dueling Colors Cowl, a free double-ended crochet pattern by one of Red Heart's Joy Creators, Kim Guzman. The pattern, in Red Heart Unforgettable and Red Heart With Love, includes links to helpful video tutorials.
Hairpin lace is another crochet technique that uses a special tool. Using your standard crochet hooks in combination with an Adjustable Hair Pin Lace Loom, you can create stunning lace patterns. Working with the loom in your hand can take some practice to get used to, but you'll need only basic stitches like single crochet to make a stunning project.
You can learn more about hairpin lace, get photo and video tutorials of basic stitches, and find four free hairpin lace crochet patterns in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Hairpin Lace Crochet.
Broomstick lace, also known as jiffy lace or peacock lace, is a crochet technique that relies on a crochet hook and an object with large diameter (such as a US size 50/25 mm knitting needle) to make surprisingly simple lace stitches.
You can learn more about broomstick lace and get photo and video tutorials of basic stitches including increases and decreases in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Broomstick Lace.
If you'd like to make beautiful lace without any special tools, pineapple lace patterns are sure to delight. These patterns use traveling chain stitches to make pineapple shapes. It can take dedicated focus to make sure you don't lose your place in the pineapple lace patterns, but since these use just basic stitches, even a determined beginner can take on these projects.
If you want video tutorials to guide you through making pineapple lace, try the Lacy Pineapple Shawl in Red Heart Heart & Sole. Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video tutorials for help working on the project.
As the name suggests, corner-to-corner crochet projects, also known as C2C or diagonal box stitch projects, are worked from corner to corner. You can make perfectly square projects without worrying too much about gauge up front and you can also customize the size your C2C projects as you work.
If you'd like to take on a larger project, the Corner-to-Corner Throw in Super Saver is a great option. You can watch the full video tutorial for this pattern here.
Another thing that crocheters love about corner-to-corner crochet is that you can use the grid of boxes formed by the pattern to create graphic projects. If you'd like to try a C2C graphic project, the Corner-to-Corner Snowflake Blanket in Red Heart Super Saver is a great place to start. You can watch the video tutorial here.
I hope you've enjoyed this roundup of 6 crochet techniques to learn or master! Whether you're looking for beautiful lace, colorwork, or new stitches, you're sure to find a great project with these techniques.