Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Part 6: How to Shell Stitch

How to Shell Stitch

Guys, we are almost done with the Learn How to Crochet for beginners series! We’ve gone through so many different stitches, and if you’ve been making the Cake Slice Coaster with this series, then you’re almost done. So far we’ve covered yarn weights & hook sizes, how to hold your yarn, chain stitch, the slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, switching yarn colors, and triple crochet. Phew, so much! Today I’ll be teaching you one of my favorite stitches, the shell stitch. I love using this stitch as a decorative edge on a project, such as with the Cake Slice Coaster pictured above. It’s also a fun stitch to use to make those fun mermaid blankets you see on Pinterest. Let’s get started!

 

 

How to Shell Stitch

How to Shell Stitch

1. (Before we begin, if you’re making the Cake Slice Coaster pattern, this post covers row 9.) To begin the shell stitch, you start by chaining 2 and turning your piece.

 

How to Shell Stitch

2. Once you’ve turned your piece, sc (single crochet) 1.

 

How to Shell Stitch

3. Then you will yarn over to prepare to do a double crochet. Skip one stitch, and insert you needle into the stitch after it to do a double crochet.

 

How to Shell Stitch

4. In the same stitch as the double crochet you just did, double crochet 3 for a total of four double crochets in the same stitch.

 

How to Shell Stitch

5. Skip 1 stitch, and single crochet in the one after it.

 

How to Shell Stitch

6. Then you repeat steps 3-5 *skip 1, double crochet 4 in the same stitch, skip 1, and single crochet* to the end of the row. The end result will be a row of scallops that look like half shells.

 

You’ve noww learned all of the crochet stitches in this series! We just have one more post in the series that will be covering how to finish up your project and weave in ends. Thank you for joining me for this series! Can’t wait to finish up this project with you.

 

Happy stitching,

~Claire

 

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Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Triple Crochet

How to Triple Crochet

Welcome back maker to the Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Series! We are nearing the end of series, and the stitches we are learning. Just three more techniques to learn, and then you’ll be ready to start your crochet journey with confidence along with completing your first crochet project if you’ve been following along with the Cake Slice Coaster pattern. Today we’ll be learning the triple crochet stitch, which is the stitch that adds the most height per row in your crochet projects. It is the middle layer of the Cake Slice Coaster pattern. Triple crochet isn’t used very frequently in crochet patterns, but is still a very useful stitch to learn how to do. Let’s go ahead and get started on it!

 

How To Triple Crochet

How to Triple Crochet

1. (Before we start, if you’re following along with the Cake Slice Coaster pattern, we will be covering row 4.) When you are crocheting a row of triple crochets, you always start by chaining 3, and then turning if you’re working off of a crochet project involving rows.

 

How to Triple Crochet

2. Once you’ve turned your project, begin the stitch by yarning over twice. This is one more yarn over than the double crochet.

 

How to Triple Crochet

3. Then, insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over again, and pull the yarn through the stitch.

 

How to Triple Crochet

4. You’ll now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook.

 

How to Triple Crochet

5. There will be three loops on your hook. Similar to the last step, yarn over and pull through two loops.

 

How to Triple Crochet

6. Now you have two loops left on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the last two loops.

 

How to Triple Crochet

7. Congrats, you’ve made your first triple crochet! The finished triple crochet will look like this.

 

Just like that, you know how to triple crochet! You can now use this in any crochet project you want. We only have two parts left in this series, so keep your eye out for them! The next part will be covering how to do the shell stitch, which is the top part of the Cake Slice Coaster pattern.

 

Happy stitching!

~Claire

 

 

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Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Part 5: How to Switch Colors & Half Double Crochet

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Part 5: How to Change Yarn Colors & Half double Crochet

Hello Maker! Are you ready to learn more about crochet in this next installment of the Learn How to Crochet for Beginners series? Today we’re talking all about how to switch yarn colors and how to Half Double Crochet. Switching yarn colors is used for color work in crochet such as stripes in my Cake Coaster Pattern. The half double crochet is similar to the double crochet, but includes less steps than a double crochet while still adding height to your work. If you’re following along with the Cake Slice Coaster pattern, this post covers row three. Let’s get started!

 

 

How to Switch Yarn Colors

How to Change Yarn Colors

1. (If you’re following along with the Cake Slice Coaster, this will be row 3.) If you’re working on a project that requires a color switch, take the yarn you want to switch to, and drape it across your hook.

 

How to Switch Yarn Colors

2. Hook yarn with your hook and pull through the loop that’s on your hook in the original color.

 

3. Once you’ve pulled the yarn through, you’ll now have one chain stitch. You’ll now crochet with the pink yarn held in your hand instead of the yellow.

 

How to Switch Yarn Colors

Tip: To make sure that the pink yarn doesn’t come out, pull the yellow yarn tight.

 

How to Half Double Crochet

How to Switch Yarn Colors

1.  (If you’re following along with the Cake Slice Coaster Pattern, we’ll now begin row 3.) The first step before you start your row of half double crochets (represented in a pattern as hdc), is to chain two, and then turn your piece.

 

How to Half Double Crochet

2. Next, you’ll yarn over your hook.

 

How to Half Double Crochet

3. Now, insert your hook in the first stitch and yarn over.

 

How to Half Double Crochet

4. Pull yarn through. Now you’ll have three loops on your hook.

 

How to Half Double Crochet

5. Yarn over again, and pull yarn through all three loops.

 

How to Half Double Crochet

6. You now have one complete half double crochet. Repeat steps 2-6 till you go all the way across the row.

 

Just like that you now know how to half double crochet! This stitch will help you quickly work up stitches with one less step than double crochets, while still adding height. You also know how to change yarn colors, which will be indispensable in your upcoming crochet projects. I hope this series so far has helped teach you some of the basic crochet stitches that crochet projects are made out of. Stay tuned for the next part of our series where I’ll teach you how to triple crochet!

Happy stitching!

~Claire

 

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Learn How to Crochet Part 4: How to Double Crochet

It’s that time of the week again for another part in our Learn How to Crochet for Beginners series! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this series so far, and that it’s helped you learn how to crochet or helped refresh some techniques you’ve known. Today’s post is covering how to Double Crochet, which is another essential stitch for crocheting. This stitch creates a larger stitch since it doubles the single crochet. It is a helpful stitch when making crocheting garments, accessories, or blankets because it helps the project go faster while creating a beautiful stitch. You’ll notice that it is almost identical to the single crochet, but just involves more yarn overs and loops on your hook. Knowing how to single crochet will make this stitch very easy to learn. Let’s get started!

(Like Video Tutorials better? Check out my YouTube video below that details how to single crochet. You can find more video tutorials on my YouTube Channel, E’Claire Makery.)

 

How to Double Crochet

(Before we start the stitching, if you’re using my Cake Slice Coaster Pattern as the project to learn all of the stitches in this series, Row 2 is a row of double crochets and can be used to practice double crochet. You do a row of single crochets in row 2, ch 2, turn, and now will begin a row of double crochets.)

How to Double Crochet

1. To start your double crochet, first yarn over to hook the yarn with your hook.

 

How to Double Crochet

2. Once you’ve yarned over, insert you hook into the first stitch and yarn over.

 

How to Double Crochet

3. Pull the yarn through the first stitch, and you’ll now have three loops on your hook.

 

How to Double Crochet

4. Yarn over again, and pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook, so you’ll only have two loops on your hook.

 

How to Double Crochet

5. Yarn over again, and pull through the last two loops on your hook.

 

How to Double Crochet

6. You’ve now completed your first double crochet, which will look like this. It essentially has the same look as a single crochet, but is just doubled. Continue double crocheting across the rest of your row, and then you’ll have a complete row of double crochets.

 

Now, you know how to double crochet! Go forth with confidence knowing that you’ve got one more stitch in your belt to help you conquer any crochet project you set your mind to. The next step in this series is tackling how to switch yarn colors, as well as learning how to half double crochet, which is very similar to the double crochet.

Happy stitching!

~Claire

 

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Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

Welcome back to our Learn How to Crochet for Beginners series! Did you catch the free Cake Slice Coaster crochet pattern that I posted yesterday? It’s our project that we’ll be working on for the rest of this tutorial series, and I can’t wait for you to be able to make it. This next part in our series teaches you how to do the single crochet stitch, which is the go to basic crochet stitch that other crochet stitches are founded on. Knowing this stitch will give you the ability to make all sorts of projects: coasters, scarves, hats, plushies, sweaters, and lots more. Let’s get started!

 

(Like Video Tutorials better? Check out my YouTube video below that details how to single crochet. You can find more video tutorials on my YouTube Channel, E’Claire Makery.)

 

How to Single Crochet

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

(Before we begin, if you’re using the Cake Slice Coaster pattern to learn all of the stitches in this series, we’ll be going over row 1 (represented in the pattern by R1). You’ll do 15 chain stitches and then we’ll start row 1.)

To begin single crocheting, you will make a certain amount of chain stitches that the pattern you’re using will specify at the beginning of the pattern. For my Cake Slice Coaster pattern, we start with 15 chain stitches. When you are starting from a strand of chain stitches, you will start single crocheting in the second chain from the hook. That chain is where my right thumb is placed on top of in the above picture. (Note: If you would like an even number of single crochets, you always do an odd number of chain stitches, and vice versa if you want an odd number of single crochets.)

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

  1. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook, which starts your first single crochet.

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

     2. Next, with your hook inserted in that second chain, yarn over your hook by putting your hook under the yarn held in your hand and hooking it with your hook.

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

    3. Pull the yarn through the second chain stitch your hook was in. Now you’ll have two loops resting on your hook.

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

   4. Yarn over again, hooking your yarn, and pull pull through both loops on your hook.

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

   5. Once the yarn is through the loops on your hook, you’ll have your first completed single crochet. Yay!

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

   6. Repeat steps 1-5 in each chain stitch, and once you’ve reached the end you’ll have a complete row of single crochets, which will look like this.

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

   7. To begin another row of stitches, chain 1. (In the Cake Coaster pattern, our next row is a row of double crochets, so we will chain 2.)

 

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Single Crochet

  8. Next, you will turn your row of stitches by moving the end farthest from your hook to be by your left hand instead of your right. Now you are ready to begin your next row of stitches.

 

With steps 1-8 completed, you now know how to do a row of single crochets. A whole world of crocheting is open to you now! Stay tuned for the next part of our Learn How to Crochet Series where I will be teaching you how to double crochet.

Happy stitching!

~Claire

 

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