An Introduction to Crochet

Crochet came from the word croc, which is French for hook. Crocheting is an art of fabric creation from a thread, cord or other materials using a crochet hook.

Beginnings

Some say that the craft of crocheting originated from  some parts of South America, Arabia and China. However, there has been no true evidence of this claim. It eventually became popular in the 1800 in Europe. Some say that the process used in crocheting was present during the ancient times but the hook itself which is used in crocheting was not yet in existence. People back then used their fingers which were bent to be able to make loops and chains.

It’s somewhat clear that crocheting, as we know it today began to be seen during the mid 1700s . This was the time when tambour embroidery, reached Europe. Tambour embroidery was done using a smaller crochet-like hook. The  earliest evidence of crocheting dates to around 1800.  Samples should have been present in archaeological finds and missions if crochet existed before th e 1800s.  Some claim that crochet pieces can be found in Egyptian tombs and some say that there were crochet works which were made by nuns to beautify early churches. It has been argued that crocheting is a very simple technique and it most probably had its beginnings during the ancient times. But it is a fact, no pieces have been found to legitimize these claims about ancient times crocheting.

In the 1800s, crocheting became a lace substitute. Laces back then  were quite expensive, and people turned to crocheting to be able to produce less expensive fabrics. Crocheting didn’t need much equipment and other tools and people of every kind can do it. People started to crochet natural fibers and used hooks which were made of brass, ivory and hardwood.

As history went on, crocheting became more and more popular, finding its niche as a cottage industry. The craft supported some communities when their livelihoods were displaced by imperialism. The items were purchased by the middle class, or those who were emerging in society.  Some say that fabrics which were made out of crocheting were seen as a mere imitation of the symbol of richer families. The people who were able to afford the more expensive fabrics which were made from more expensive methods hated crochet.

Queen Victoria somewhat mitigated the  bad impression of the people against crochet. She purchased crochet laces which were produced by the Irish and learned crocheting herself.

Evolution

Crocheting was done mostly with thread from 1800 to 1950s. The most common kinds of crochet methods were the filet crochet and the crochet in the round. They were worked in rows of closed or open mesh to build patterns. Steel hooks were mass produced and were popular beginning 1900.

In  the 1950s, crocheters were already using thick yarns to be able to create less detailed clothing and fabric. The craft of crocheting using thread was popular up to the 1960s. Homemakers were so much involved in crocheting but during the 1960s, more and more people became hooked to crocheting, especially the younger generations. The popular patterns began to emerge such as the granny squares. These were worked in round and incorporated bright and fun colors. The interest of the younger generation in the 1960s gave crocheting a much needed boost in terms of popularity.

Method

In the modern sense, crocheting is done by doing a slip-knot on the hook, and this is pulled with another loop. The second loop is pulled through the first one and this pattern is repeated to create a fabric. The chain is worked in rows or turned to create a pattern. Rounds are built by pulling many stitches through one loop. These methods distinguish crocheting from other kinds of fabric making methods.

Crochet is a fairly young kind of art if one compares it to other fabric-making procedures. It has gone through several evolution steps to be able to become the art which we know of today. With the advent of different technologies and modern ways of making fabric, crochet  is in danger of being wiped off its existence. However, there are still many people who love crochet and hopefully, these people will pass on the art to the generations after them.

Learning How Crochet And Making Your First Crochet Scarf

One must have the desire, determination and patience in mastering and understanding crochet.

Keep in mind that understanding crochet patterns is not at all as complicated as they seem to appear. Once you understand the basic abbreviations then you are on the road to making your very first masterpiece.

All crochet pieces and projects start with a “slip knot”. With your palm facing you, position the tip of the yarn crosswise on your right hand palm from the right going to the left and then back around so that it crosses over your right palm again and laying the yarn across the tip of the very first yarn strand.

Starting from the top to the bottom of the yarn, reach underneath both ends then draw up the “longest strand”.  Insert now the crochet hook in the loop you have created and then tighten it to fasten the knot.

The very basic crochet stitches are single crochet (sc); chain (ch); double crochet (dc); half double crochet (hdc); and treble crochet (tr).

Crete the “foundation chain stitch” or ch. Having the “slip knot” on the hook, you have to do “yarn over (yo)” by way of taking your hook all around the “long” yarn tip starting from left to the right and then pull the loop past through the prevailing loop that is already on your hook. When you continue the process, you can make many chains, as long as what the pattern requires.

Basic crochet stitches and abbreviations:

1.  “Chain stitch” (ch).  Beginning with a single loop, hook the yarn then and draw it through, making one chain.  Repeat when needed to make more.

2.  “Slip stitch” (sl or st).  Insert the hook into chain stitch, and yarn over. Pull the yarn throughout the chain and also the “loop on the hook”.

3.  “Single crochet” (sc).  Insert the hook into the chain stitch, and yarn over and then pull through the chain making “2 loops on hook”. “Yarn over” and then draw up through both the loops.

4.  “Half double crochet” (hdc).  “Yarn over”, and insert the hook into the chain and then “yarn over” once more and pull yarn through chain, making “3 loops on hook”. Yarn over again and then “pull through all” of the 3 loops.

5.  “Double crochet” (dc).  “Yarn over” and then insert the hook into the chain, “yarn over” once more and then pull the “yarn through chain”, making “3 loops on hook”.

6. “Yarn over 6”.  Pull through the 2 loops. Now Yarn over again and then pull through the 2 loops once more.

7.  “Triple crochet” (tr).  Yarn over two times and then insert the hook in the chain and yarn over once more and then pull the yarn through the chain, making “4 loops on hook”. Then “yarn over and pull through 2 loops”. Now yarn over then “pull through 2 loops” once more. Yarn over then “pull through the last 2 loops”.

Here is a simple scarf pattern for beginners:

Strat with Chain 15 – meaning you should make 15 chain stitches.

“Row 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 13 chs, ch 1 (to turn). (14 sc)”

In doing a single crochet into the “second chain from the hook”, do not anymore add the chain found on the “hook”. Only count the very first chain which attached to the hook.

“Row 2, sc in ea sc across, then ch 1, to turn. (14 sc)”

Do a single crochet stitch in every single crochet stitch across. If the pattern does not instruct to do one loop only, it is presumed that you crochet in “both loops of the stitch”, inserting your hook underneath the top loops “of the stitch” so to start creating “the next single crochet”.

This pattern requires you to work in the 2 loops of every “single crochet” for the second row and all the additional rows.

For the additional rows, you need to do the second row, until such time when you have already made the scarf’s length that is ideal to you.

“Last Row, sc in ea sc across. (14 sc)”

Do a “single crochet” in every single crochet going across and never make a “chain 1 at the end of the row”.
End. Leaving some length of the yarn to secure and weave the end, “cut the yarn” and weave the ends.

Keep warm!

Understanding Crochet Instructions And Materials

Crochet instructions are actually not that difficult to follow and read once you become accustomed to reading the pattern and understanding the meaning of each abbreviated symbol.

Remember to search in the instruction the punctuation and the pause each time that you see periods or commas.
The basic element in studying crochet patterns and instruction is understanding the style of writing, that includes crochet abbreviations. However, it is not essential to learn and memorize the symbols and abbreviations immediately because you can always refer to your list when needed.

Having somebody at your side to read the directions aloud to you can be very helpful. Although it is not important to memorize abbreviation, it is significant to understand it, so that you will know what to do.

Directions generally make use of parentheses ( ) and asterisks (*) to show pattern repetitions.

For instance, when the pattern instructs you to “repeat from *” you need to examine and look back at the instruction of the row that you currently are working on and then locate the asterisk (*). Crochet the instruction instantly following that asterisk (*).

There are times when a certain pattern ask to “repeat from *” not just one time, but more. If this is the instruction, you need to go back, locate the asterisk (*) and then crochet the instructions following it, for how many times the pattern requires.

Generally only one asterisk (*) in a row is found and the “repeats” will bring you to the row ending so that there is no supplementary instruction required for where you should end the repeats.

There are a few patterns that uses a “single asterisk (*)”at the start and at the end of “the repeat”. So that when you arrive to the succeeding “single asterisk (*), you are aware that it is the spot where that “repeat” will be stopped.

At certain times patterns uses “single asterisk (*) and a “double asterisk (**), where the “double asterisk (**)” is normally used to indicate where you need to end the repeat; for instance, a pattern instructs you to “repeat from * to **”. You need to search for, going backwards in the instructions of the round which you are working on and locate the asterisk (*).  Then you need to crochet the instructions at once succeeding that asterisk (*) and then continue till such time you arrive to the double asterisk (**), then you need to stop and begin to crochet once more at the course where you stop or left off before making the repeat.

Directions normally state “work even”, meaning that you should be working on the same stitch and not decreasing or increasing any stitches.

Here are things to keep in mind when looking at a crochet pattern:

1.  Crochet patterns and instructions are worked usually in rounds or rows. Every crochet pattern will spell out if you are doing or working in rounds, rows or mixture of both.

2.  Almost all crochet patterns and instructions are generally ranked according to difficulty level such as advanced, intermediate, easy or beginner. Select a pattern with a difficulty level that suits your abilities, to avoid frustration when trying to finish a pattern that has advanced level. As you continue on working and increase your crochet experience, then you can work on to the next difficulty level.

3.  It is very significant to count the stitches that you have made as you go on with your work so will be able to keep track of how many stitches are needed on each round or row as required by the pattern.

4.  At all times, you need to verify your gauge. To do so, crochet a sample of about 4 X 4 inches size in the pattern that is used your crochet instructions. When your gauge turned out to be larger than that indicated by the pattern, then use a smaller hook; when your gauge turned out to be smaller, then try using a much larger hook.

5.  Enrolling in a crochet class can be very helpful when you are beginning to learn crochet.

When just starting out, never be disappointed if you can not understand each pattern and its abbreviations. Reading and understanding crochet patterns will take constant practice.

Begin with simple projects such as a dishcloth, scarf, potholder, or any easy and small patterns where you think you can read the instructions. With every finished project or item, the satisfaction and self-satisfaction from achieving your own artwork will inspire you to make different patterns every time at different levels and soon, you will be capable of doing difficult projects with much confidence.

Crochet Patterns for the Hat

Hats are a common sight to see for people young and old. Some wear it to keep the hair from flying but most want to protect the head from the sun and rain. Though it doesn’t give that much protection, it serves its purpose.

The hat can also be used as a fashion statement which is what crochet patterns can do. These are available just like the regular hat, a cap or in beret.

Some people use this in cold climates since the thickness of the yarn makes the head feel warm. There are a lot of people who make crochet patterns and these are not always in plain color. Those that do well use a bit of imagination and ingenuity to make each piece a work of art that those around will really appreciate.

Hats can be worn all year round. Manufacturers who sell it make it available in all sizes and the yarn used depends on the conditions of the climate. If the person knows how to stitch, the person can get some good ideas from stores, magazines and internet to make some hats then add modifications in the pattern later on.

Before fashion designers launch the collection into the market, a fashion show is always done. By catching it on television, the person can also get some good ideas to incorporate into one’s stitching skill.

There are also some instructional shows on TV that teach beginners and those that have experience on what is the “in thing.”

Friends who love to stitch can give some advice on the design to follow and make.

The fashion world follows 4 seasons. This is spring, summer, fall and winter. Crochet patterns for the hat and the colors that are used also applies here.

During the first half of the year since the snow has not melted yet, patterns for the hat have the lighter color shade. Small stitches of a darker color can be used to blend well with it. Other things that can be added are lines or stripes at the top of the hat or along the sides.

The arrival of spring enables the person to still make hats with light colors. Putting birds and butterflies in the center of the hat or in the sides will really the hat look good. Others would like different shapes which is perfectly safe as long as the general color is in with the season.

Light colors changed to dark ones with the coming of the fall season. The hats should be in colors such as dark blue or navy, black, violet, grey to name a few. With the leaves beginning to fall, putting some art work about nature will still be able to give it a nice touch.

There is so much that the person can do with winter on the way. Hats can still be dark but touches of red and black are best. Christmas trees in green, snowflakes in white are a good combination during this time that will really bring out the holiday spirit.

In order for the person to do all this, the first that needs to be done is to get some yarn at the store. This comes in various lengths and thickness so it is best to get enough to avoid running out during the stitching.

Some people who don’t live in cold climates still prefer to wear hats with crochet patterns. This is a fashion statement for some about individuality which can never be ignored.

The proper equipment for stitching crochet patterns in hats are easy to come by. The person can just buy it then begin work at once. A lot of people appreciate the effort that was put into especially if this was given as a gift.

There are many ways that crochet patterns can be done and with practice, the person will be able to make one without the help of an instructional video or book. Hats are for everybody. For those who want a young look, getting one with this style will really make the stand out.

Those that do well may decide to turn it into a business and make some money out of it.

How to Make a Crochet Hat

From an expert’s approach, a crochet is the method use to produce a fabricated product from long threads and yarns. Crochet is simply derived from the French word “croche” which means to make a hook or loop. It is always associated when it comes to stitches, thread, and creating patterns of fabric materials from creating a slipknot on the hook.

The process of pulling another knot on the hook to the second loop and repeating the process continuously to make a chain of stitches is called a crochet. The way the chains of stitches are made must be in rows or they are combined from a step-by-step chain connection in rounds of creating a crochet. A single loop of crochet can also be created depending on the rounds that were used in the chain of stitches.

The stitches are made in the process of pulling multiple loops in the center of another loop of the chain. This process explains why the crochet pattern differentiates from a knitted fabric material where the crochet pattern is made entirely on chains of loops and single hook stitches that will leave a free space on the ends of the thread and pulling it on the last loop of the pattern.

To create different crochet products like a crochet hat, he must consider the use of different supply materials to come up with a crochet made hat. A yarn is very important supply to create a crochet hat.

He may consider the use of different colors and textures in creating the design he would like to have in a crochet hat. Almost all yarn outlines need to have specific types of yarns. The types of yarns, which are commonly used in crochet, include sport or baby yarn, chunky yarn, bulky yarn, baby or fingering yarn, and the worsted weight yarn.

These yarns vary in their textures and thickness. The fingering or baby type of yarn should be the best yarn to create a crochet hat. It has the finest number of strands in its ply. Although most yarns are made of natural fibers or synthetic strands, they can also be combined to make yarns acrylic, which are most convenient for people wash and wear these kinds of crochet hats and other crochet products.

Another tool needed to create a crochet hat is the crochet hook. It is used to slip the knot on the ends by pulling the loops of the thread and sliding them through the crochet stitches. They come in wood, plastic, or aluminum, where they are more popular and commonly known.

Sometimes they serve as size markings to some patterns that may involve lettering designs. Those big crochet hooks are 19 millimeters while the small ones are 2.25 millimeters. Some crochet hats with larger patterns may need larger crochet hooks that may come in sizes of 6 inches.

Another supply that he may need is the knitting needles. They are commonly straight and very thin. They are also made of wood, plastic, and aluminum. He may find knitting needles with different sizes as well.

They range from 2 millimeters as the smallest and the sizes 15 millimeters as the largest. He may buy these tools in pairs where they feature a knob and a pointed end to the needles that help prevent any stitches from loosening and sliding out from their place.

Now he may start choosing what type of crochet hat he would like to create. He may have the option of different types of hats such as:

1.  Crocheted plastic bag hat, which are designed to have a variety of colors with highlighted letterings on the outline.

2.  He may also want to create a Brimmed straw hat, which is mostly made of cotton.

3.  Creative preemie hats, which are made of large designs of preemie. He can make a smaller version by lessening the number of double crochet on the first rows. It may depend on the patterned yarn that is used for this hat.

4.  Pompom hats are mostly made of 100 percent wool, which is outlined on a one crochet hook.

5.  Amish hat is made of 100 percent wool yarn, and the ruffled hat which is also pretty and can be made if it is crocheted.

The supplies and tools are very essential in making these different crochet hats. The texture and the way he had made the crochet hat would result to a better design no matter what kind of crochet hat he would like to create.

A Consumer’s Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Crochet Books

If there is one book that could make you an expert and turn simple yarns into fashionable creations by simply reading all throughout its pages, it is the crochet book.

Since its inception, making crochet and the basics of crochet could have been a problematic endeavor and may have been a complete nuisance because of the complicated topics if not for crochet books.

As we all know, books had always fascinated us many ways. Some books were designed to bring you to the world of fantasy and get to see Cinderella dance the night away with Prince Charming, while some books were created to trigger some changes in history, improve one’s life, and organize things that needs some orderliness.

And there are some books that were meant to teach, to educate, and to edify a person’s knowledge about something. One good example is the crochet books.

It has been an accepted fact that one of the biggest bonuses of making your own clothes is being able to create something that comes close next to your heart. Added to this, which is what often attracts a person to crocheting in the first place, is the advantage that you will be able to learn the basics of crocheting without having to enroll in some expensive classes or hire somebody to teach you how to start making crochet.

Hence, with crochet books, learning is such a breeze. With the detailed instructions and explanations stipulated in the crochet books, making your first crochet pattern is as easy as 1-2-3.

However, not all crochet books are created equal. There are good books and there are good for nothing books. Therefore, it is a must to learn how to choose the best crochet books and obtain those that will only work best for you. Here’s how:

1. Buy crochet books specially made for the beginners or newbies

For a person who has never tried to make a crochet before, learning the basics would be easy if you will have the proper and the most appropriate beginner’s guidebook. This is because there are some instances wherein some beginners buy book by mistake. Instead of acquiring crochet books for beginners, they were able to buy those that are designed for those whoa re already on the advanced level.

In turn, they cannot understand what the topic is all about, plus the fact that they have just wasted their money on something that they do not have any use of even if the book was good.

2. Buy crochet books that suits your particular interest

If you want to focus on a particular kind or type of crochet, it would be better to buy books that would suit your particular subject of interest. For example, if you are in love with Afghans and you just love the ways it looks on your bed; why not buy a crochet book that entails detailed instructions on how to make different forms of Afghans.

3. Choose crochet books that are built to give you specific patterns

Despite the daunting effect of “going metric,” in many ways life has never been easier for most home crochet makers. Time was when the producers of the various makes of patterns each worked to an individual set of average measurements. But these often differed so much that to get a reasonable fit, even when the correct pattern size had been chosen, was largely a matter of make — or of luck!

Today, fortunately for the budding home crochet makers, the manufacturers of well-known crochet books now work to more useful information on crochet patterns. With crochet books, patterns are now available in more comprehensible instructions and information that will perfectly suit every figure type or any measurement.

4. Compare prices

Finally, before deciding on a particular crochet book, it is best if you will try to shop around and compare prices. Nothing beats a good savings as well as obtaining the best crochet book that you need than shopping around and comparing the prices of the books.

In marketing, some books are priced so high than the presumed value, and buying this kind of book could only put your money to waste.

The bottom line is that before buying crochet books, it is important to consider some factors, such as the ones that were mentioned, in order to save more money, time, and effort. Besides, you would not want to waste you time and money on something that will not generate benefits for you, right?

Crochet Fashion for the Baby

When babies are born, the body is very sensitive from the heat and the cold. To make sure that the infant is protected all times, getting clothes that have double stitching can really help.

Since most of the clothes are cotton or made of thicker fabric, clothes with crochet patterns will do the trick and make the baby look fashionable in the outdoors.

Some good designs for the baby could be represented in the form of farm animals. An example could be a little lamb, a rabbit and a chick. Others could be about nature in the form of a flower that symbolize the birth and growth of the infant.

The baby can have clothes from top to bottom using crochet patterns. The hat can be entirely covered in using a single color then a few things can be added on the sides. The most common even for adults is having lines, shapes or other figures along the sides. A design on the top like a star or circles will also make it stand out.

The person should also give the baby gloves but should choose strong fabric that will not tear away easily and is inhaled by the infant.

The top can be like a cape or a sweater to give added warmth for the baby. Giving it some double stitching and perhaps using multi-colored fabric is a good idea making it unique. The bottom for the baby can also be made using light and dark colors. This should also be thick to give protection from the temperature outside.

Crochet patterns are not only limited on the clothes for the baby. This can also be used to accessorize the things that are used. A good example is the milk bottle. Some plain color stitching can make it easier to hold and not slip when it is used to feed the infant.

Since the baby is covered from head to toe, crochet patterns can also be made for the socks. The person should first measure the feet of the infant then after drawing it on paper, can start working on it. There should be some allowance perhaps a size bigger so that the infant may still use this for more than a year.

To complete the collection from clothes to all the other baby essentials, the person can also make a wash cloth using crochet patterns. This is easy to make since special add-ons are not necessary to make it work. The holes in between can be big or small and depends entirely on the taste of the parent. 

As the baby grows older, other things can be made.  A very good example is the swimsuit. A lot of these ideas are used for older women and if these people can do it, so can the baby.  Infants can have this in bright colors with creatures like a fish on it.

Sweaters and a hat can now have better designs which will be very similar to the versions of grown-ups. 

The parent has the option to buy these ready made crochet patterns in the mall or do it in the comforts of home. There are many instructional books and designs that can be downloaded free from the internet to make this happen.

This task will be easy if the person has done some cross-stitching in the past. The instructions given are very similar and with a little practice, this can be done right away.

The materials for this project can be purchased at the specialty store that sells threads of different widths and different colors. Some are multicolored which will make it easy for the person to finish it faster. This place also has needles of various lengths to be used for the job.

Crochet patterns for babies are cute. All it takes is for the person to be imaginative and look at some material to have an idea on how to make it. The clothes and other accessories are just smaller versions that people normally do which will cut the production time.

By taking the time to sit down and do it, the parent may have a sufficient wardrobe that is sufficient for daily use.

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Crochet Afghan Patterns to Make Great Giveaways

Crochet afghan cover patterns are one of the popular crochet projects enjoyed by both beginners and advanced crocheters. A crocheted afghan cover is a great giveaway for family and friends. It can serve as a wrap or shawl as well as a blanket during chilly nights. The term afghan was derived from the textiles that are produced in Afghanistan since they are comparable to the shawls and wraps used in the region.

Crocheted afghan covers can be used in various ways. There are numerous crochet patterns for afghan blanket covers. An afghan blanket can be used as a mattress cover for the top of the bed or as a comforter and even as a bedspread. It is important to select the appropriate pattern that will fit the size of the intended project.

Afghans also make great gifts during birthdays and holidays as different motifs can be incorporated into the design. A Christmas afghan can help warm cold winter nights while personalized baby afghan blankets can become family heirlooms.

Complimentary Crochet Afghan Patterns

Free crochet afghan patterns are a great way to put together a beautiful afghan for giveaways or for personal use. Crochet afghan patterns can be very simple or complex depending on the preference of the crocheter.  Check out these free afghan crochet patterns

A crocheter may opt to select a simple crochet afghan pattern that makes use of numerous granny squares that are put together to form the entire blanket. On the other hand, complex crochet afghan patterns may consist of geometric shapes that feature advanced crochet stitches.

Various resources like craft books, crocheting magazines and crafting websites offer complimentary crochet afghan patterns. These patterns provide complete instructions starting from what type of yarn and hook should be used for the project. In most cases, a crochet pattern may also include helpful tips on the differences between yarns.

Crochet afghan patterns can also serve as an inspiration for a crocheter to create their own unique design. Keep in mind that patterns can be adapted to suit the purpose of the project. Crocheters should not restrict themselves strictly to the instructions of the pattern. It is important to exercise some personal judgment that will help enhance the appearance of the project.

Creating an Afghan from Crochet Patterns

Creating an afghan based on crochet patterns is easy. There are numerous crochet patterns for afghan blankets that can be great as gifts or decorations at home. Simple afghan covers can even have a central theme. For example, an afghan pattern may feature a floral design as well as the national flag.

Popular crochet patterns for afghan covers often feature a stained glass design or can be part of a set of patterns. The afghan crochet pattern can be part of a collection that may include patterns for a crocheted pillowcase or coffee table doily. A striped crochet pattern for an afghan cover is another appealing project that both beginners and advanced crocheters will enjoy.

Creating an afghan from crochet patterns can also be the start of a wonderful tradition that a mother can pass on to their daughters. A free crochet pattern for an afghan cover is not only a great way to start but it is also fun. A mother and daughter can learn how to crochet at the same time by following a simple afghan crochet pattern. Once completed the finished product can be given away to family and friends.

Mothers and especially grandmothers will appreciate a handcrafted afghan cover created by a young girl from a crochet pattern. When selecting a pattern for the afghan be sure to choose a pattern and color scheme that would suit the personality of the intended party. The type of yarn to be used should also be considered, as it will directly affect the weight of the finished product.

Afghan blankets also make great donations for retirement and nursing homes. The elderly will certainly cherish the effort that went into creating the afghan. At the same time, they will appreciate the warmth of an afghan.

Afghans are an ideal project for anyone interested in learning how to crochet. Afghans are relatively easy to put together and are a great way to learn the basic crochet stitches. At the same time, afghan covers make excellent gifts and keepsakes that last a lifetime.

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Different Kinds of Carrie Crochets

Crocheting is now coming back as a great hobby for most women especially those who are just staying at home. There are thousands of different things that can be done with crocheting that hobbyists can make themselves busy with for quite a period of time.

One of the variations of crochet products that can be found even in your famous boutiques is the carrie crochet. It is difficult to define what carrie crochet in particular is. There are online shops and fashion boutiques that have crocheted items named Carrie. There is also a particular web site about Carrie’s crochet products. Nevertheless, they are all good finds and crochet hobbyists may want to take a look at them and check if they can make one for themselves.

Here are some of the carrie crochet items that can be found in the World Wide Web:

– Carrie Crochet Hat. This simple yet stylish hat is hand crocheted using 100% cotton yarn. Its head part is just plain with rainbow pattern on the brim. It covers the head totally which makes it fashionable. It is available in 3 colors – beige, pink and pastel blue. This nice-looking hat can be purchased from Headcovers Unlimited for $19.99.

– Carrie purse. This red and silver, elegant-looking purse is made from the festive fur kind of yarn. This design was created by a Daily Knitter staff and can be seen from their website. This is not for sale though, but instead, a pattern is provided for one to follow.

– Carrie Cotton Crochet for Kids. Little Lids came up with their line spring and summer styles for kids. One of those is this carrie cotton crochet hat that has a snuggle design. This one is totally handmade with a soft, pink, cotton yarn. This flower hat designed with ruffles will surely look lovely in your little lady.

– Fossil’s Carrie Sweater. Fossil has its own version of a carrie crochet in the form of a sweater. This elegantly crocheted piece of fashion clothing has a 6-button opening and a ribbon. It is available in three different colors – bracken, safari, and silver pine green. Sizes available are from extra small to extra large. One can get this from Fossil at $54.

– Guess’ Carrie Crochet Corset. Yet another popular brand in fashionable clothes has its own carrie crochet. This tan-colored corset is handmade with ramie-cotton blend. It has a square neck with floral crochet designs along the top edges. It closes in front with a ribbon lace up tied at the hem. Simple yet elegant looking, this corset is available in three sizes – small, medium and large. The price of this nice piece of clothing is CAD $69.25 from Guess’ online store.

– Carrie’s Crochet Page. This web site showcases Carrie’s crochet projects for sale. There are different hats and shawls available starting at $20. There are pillow cases, mats and rugs in different colors and styles. Men’s and ladies’ sweatshirts are also available that ranges from $45 to $55. Most of the crocheted bed covers are in black and white and usually with diamond patterns. These are surely nice additions to your room and all around the house.

One will surely not be bored in selecting crochet designs because each piece can be different from another. For those who know how to do it, they definitely will not be bored on same projects again and again because there are literally thousands of patterns available from different sources such as the internet or from needle craft books.

Origins of Crochet
There are indeed more and more people getting hooked into this hobby. But do you know where this hobby actually started and when?

There are a number of articles released talking about the history of this not-so-easy-to-learn needle craft. But almost all of those do not exactly say when crocheting actually began. It might really be difficult to trace back the roots of this hobby.

However, there are some researches that suggest that crochet must have developed from Chinese needlework and reached Europe in 1700s. But many still believe the possibility of it being started as early as the 1500s.

But no matter when and where crochet started, it is still making its name again in the arts and crafts scene and gaining fame to most people all over the world.

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Afghan Crochet Patterns: Getting It Together

It is an exciting stage in sewing when you start to assemble the pieces, and then, the shape of the material begins to emerge. However, the gratification is not fully recognized not until the person, who tries to come up with a masterpiece, was able to claim that what he did was something that he did using his own hands.

In a particular aspect of sewing, crocheting, as one way of creating a work of art out of some pieces of threads in a yarn, is another form of strategy that enables an individual to make something out of a simple element.

Through this process, one can create a special kind of baby dress, a hat, or any garment that one could use to create a fashion statement. With the combination of supple materials such as the yarn and the different fundamental “crochet stitches,” different items can also be made.

One of the most popular products of crocheting is the afghan. From babies to old people, afghan had been used, reused, and was handed down from one generation to another as it remained fashionable and durable blanket after so many years had passed.

What is the reason? It is based on the way the material was made. This is because afghans are made through the remarkable methods of crocheting. With the meticulous combinations of different crochet stitches and the careful manipulation of the creator in order to come up with a good material, afghan crochets are, indeed, one of the best products this kind of pastime has ever made.

The history of afghan can be traced back to the time when “Afghan Oriental rugs” were still very popular. Most of the people contend that the popular rugs bear a resemblance to the afghan crochets. Hence, from that time on most of the people that time had started associating this kind of crochet to the oriental rug. Even if there were no solid validity as to whether the name “afghan” was derived from the popular rugs, the name just stuck as history unfolds itself.

It is interesting to note that people who are trying to learn the basic of crocheting considers the creation of an afghan as their initial full-size endeavor. The reason behind this particular preference is that the concept of making afghan crochet is absolutely simple, with no fuss and difficulty. Besides, the main component of making afghan crochets is more on the utilization of the fundamental crochet stitches along with the different afghan crochet patterns.

Along with the simplicity of the item is the pattern. In fact, crochet experts contend that, just like any sewing endeavor, crocheting would not be easy to deal with if there were no patterns available to serve as a guide.

Since its inception, there are many different afghan crochet patterns that were established in the market already. This is in connection to the demands of the “crochet fanatics” who requested for more patterns to use so that they could make results that are more varied.

However, even if there are more modernized afghan patterns made available in the industry today, still the basic and the most fundamental afghan crochet patterns are the best.

To know more about that, here is a list of some of the most common and most simple to use afghan crochet patterns:

1. Single crochet pattern

Using this pattern, one could make a simple yet very elegant afghan crochet. One good thing about this pattern is that it only uses either a pattern of stripes with varied colors or a dense and continuous color.

With its solidness, single crochet pattern for afghans are usually used when making a cover for a chair or on a bed.

2. Granny square afghan

This is one of the most popular patterns in making afghan crochets. Based on its name, this particular afghan crochet pattern entails the utilization of distinct shapes such as rounds or squares. These shapes are crocheted separately and then they are fastened together in various motifs and figures.

3. Chevron stripe

This particular type of afghan crochet pattern is very helpful for people who are just learning their way towards a crocheting. It is one good way of learning the basics of crochet as they try to create a masterpiece at once.

These are just a few of the many afghan crochet patterns that every person would be interested to use. Whatever afghan crochet patterns you will use, just keep in mind that the real beauty of the product is based on the reason that it was made by the hand.

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