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Learn how to crochet with these Howcast tutorials featuring Andrea Lemire of Lion Brand Yarn Studio.
Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started. I have here your very basic beginner scarf. It's a great way to practice any stitch of your choice, working your rows back and forth. This scarf was just done in the double crochet. Of course, the double crochet is the tallest stitch of the basic stitches. And so it's a great stitch to use if you really want to finish that scarf in no time. And so what you can do is make your beginning chain as wide as you want your scarf to be wide. And then you choose a stitch, whether it be the single crochet, half double, double, treble, picket. Work in in rows back and forth turning between each until the scarf is as long as you want it to be and then you're going to fasten off, and you have a scarf. A couple other types of scarves that are great ways to practice other techniques are these. This here is the flirty ruffle scarf. It starts with your beginning chain actually as the length of the scarf, so this is an alternate construction that you can choose. And some people find it a little less daunting to start with their length actually already done so then you have fewer rows to work, so that's kind of a fun incentive. And then, to make the ruffle, every single row in this scarf is increased rows. So, in the first row, you would put two in every stitch. In the next row, you would put two in one stitch, one in the following, and so on. So you would keep increasing in every single row to make the final row the widest one, which forms the ruffle. A couple other types of scarves that are great to practice increasing and decreasing on are chevron scarves. And this stitch is really really fun to do. And this scarf here is the vertical ripple shawl. So, of course, a shawl is basically just a wide scarf. You don't have to make it this wide if you don't want to. And I have another example of a ripple stitch scarf. And this is the Bergamot ripple scarf. And both of these ripple scarves simply use increasing and decreasing to form their shape. So you start with your beginning chain and then you can pick a stitch, again, either the single, the half double, the double, or the treble. These were done in double crochet. And every time the chevron goes down, the decrease is at that lowest point. You work even, and then at the tip, you increase. Work even, you decrease. Work even, you increase. So it's a great way to really practice changing between those two different techniques, and you get a really cool stitch pattern at the same time. So the Bergamot ripple scarf, the vertical ripple shawl, and the flirty ruffle scarf are all starting with their length finished as well. So, that makes a nice quick project. The whole length of the scarf is done at the same time. And all of these patterns are available for free at lionbrand.com, so definitely go check them out.