Learn How to Crochet For Beginners Part 2: Holding Your Yarn & Hook, Slip Knot, and Chain Stitch

Welcome back to our Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Series! The first part of our series covered what yarn weights are and the different aspects of crochet hooks. Today we’ll be learning all of the starting basics for stitching: holding your yarn and crochet hook, the slip knot, and the chain stitch. These are the things that help you know how to use the tools you use in crocheting, and how to start each crochet project. Let’s get started!   Holding Your Yarn & Crochet Hook Before you begin stitching at all, you first have to know how to...

Learn How to Crochet For Beginners Part 1: Yarn Weights and Hook Sizes

Have you been wondering how to crochet? It’s time for a new and exciting How To series again, and this time I am going to be teaching you the craft I’ve been doing the longest, crochet! Crochet was the craft that sparked my love of all things crafty and fiber when I was seven years old, and I’ve been hooked to it ever since. Now I’ve been doing it for sixteen years, and love it more and more as I keep learning new techniques or work with new yarns.   This series is perfect for you if you’ve wanted to...

Learn How to Cross Stitch Part 5: How to Backstitch

  Welcome back to our learn how to cross stitch series! In today’s post I will be teaching you how to do the backstitch, which is a basic embroidery stitch that is used in cross stitching to add a border or other details. This simple stitch can be used in almost every needle craft, and will be an essential addition to your stitching repertoire. Let’s get started!   (Learn better with video tutorials? Check out my Youtube video demonstrating How to Back Stitch below or on my channel E’Claire Makery!)   The Backstitch Backstitching will appear in a pattern as...

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 4 – Danish Cross Stitch Method

Welcome back to our Learning How to Cross Stitch series! So far we’ve learned what supplies you need, how to prepare your fabric, and how to do the English Cross Stitch Method. In this post, I will be teaching you how to do the Danish Cross Stitch Method. This cross stitch method creates a complete stitch individually instead of in rows at a time. It is a great method for doing a color that only requires a few stitches, or that involves a varying pattern in one color. Let’s get started! Learn better through videos rather than pictures? Here’s the...

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 3 – English Cross Stitch Method

Welcome back to our Learning How to Cross Stitch series! So far we’ve learned what supplies we need, and how to prepare our fabric. Now it’s time for part 3 where you finally begin stitching. In this post I will be teaching you the English method of cross stitch, where one line of diagonal halves of the stitches are worked and then the other half worked back across. This method is great for working a large portion of rows that are the same color. Let’s begin! (Learn better through video tutorials rather than pictures? Here’s the full length video of...

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 2 – Preparing Fabric for Stitching

Welcome to part 2 of our Learn How to Cross Stitch series! Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, you are ready to begin cross stitching. The first step in the cross stitching process is preparing your fabric for stitching by: finding the center of your fabric and putting the embroidery hoop on. Finding the Center of Your Fabric Cross stitch patterns are stitched by beginning in the center of the design and working your way outward. The patterns will have arrows on the side that point you to the center of the design, so you’ll have to find the center...

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 1 – Supplies

(This post may be sponsored or contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. See my full affiliate disclosure here.) Have you wanted to learn how to cross stitch, but have never known where to get started? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog series, Learn How to Cross Stitch, I will be walking you through a step by step tutorial on how to cross stitch including: supplies needed, English and danish cross stitch methods, backstitching, and other tips and tricks...