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What Is Crochet?

Learn all about crochet from Lion Brand Yarn's Andrea Lemire in this Howcast video.


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.

Crochet is a yarn crafting technique, meaning it uses yarn to make things, and the tool that people use in crochet is a hook. They come in different fibers, materials that the hooks are made from, different lengths, etc. But this is a pretty basic common one. In knitting you have all of the stitches on the needle, all in the same row. They are all open, meaning if one drops off it can fall down. In crochet you only have loops on the hook belonging to one stitch so all you have to focus on are the loops that are on that hook. If it falls off, just rip it off, no big deal. You're only moving one stitch at a time, and everything's ended once you finish that stitch. The types of fabric that you can create in crochet are all based on the yarn you choose. Some examples of that are very very fine delicate fabrics like this one. Or using a thicker yarn to make a big thick fabric. Crochet fabric is generally thicker than knit fabric, Knit fabric lies very flat and is thin. Crochet fabric is a little bit thicker, it does use about one and a half times the amount of yarn, for the same project. If you were to knit that project it would take a little less yarn, so that's something to keep in mind as well. There are so many things you can make in crochet, Hats, garments, for adults, and for babies. Delicate beautiful things, toys the sky is the limit in crochet.

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