Crochet Tips

Crochet Patterns

1. When crocheting with black yarn or other dark colors, it will be easier to see your work, if you lay a light colored cloth, (like a purchased cloth napkin, or a pillowcase) over your lap when crocheting.

2. For an economical and fragrant filling for stuffed crochet pieces, save the dryer sheets used when drying clothes.

3. To keep count of rows while crocheting, use a round knitting row counter on the end of your crochet hook.

4. When working into the ends of rows of a tightly crocheted piece, it is sometimes difficult to push the hook into the stitches. Use a hook that is one or two sizes smaller than the hook you are working with, to help push through the end of the row, and draw a loop through; then complete stitch with larger hook.

5. When embroidering eyes or noses on crocheted toys or animals, insert tapestry needle INTO and OUT OF the same hole over and over, until desired thickness of feature is obtained.

6. When using worsted weight yarn on hot days, try sprinkling powder (with scent of your choice) on your hands. It will not only let the yarn flow smoothly through your fingers, it will also give a nice scent to your project.

7. When making afghans of several colors, leave a six inch end of yarn at the end of each row for fringe. It will save having to weave in so many ends when the afghan is completed. Trim all ends to desired length after afghan is completed.

8.  You will be able to "see" your crochet work better, if you use a light colored hook when crocheting with a dark yarn, and a dark colored hook when crocheting with a light colored yarn.

9.  To hide yarn ends in projects that are flat, leave about 10" at the end.   Using a tapestry needle, weave the 10" piece through the wrong side of the stitches for about 2".  Turn and weave back the opposite way for about 2".  Tug gently and clip excess yarn.

10.  To mark a stitch on rounds that are not joined, try a bobby pin.  This is our most FAVORITE way of marking rounds, since it is the easiest.  The bobby pin slips easily in and out of stitches and will not harm the yarn or the crochet piece.

11.  Store scraps of leftover yarn in see-through zip-lock bags to use for embroidering features on stuffed toys or for embellishing.

12.  When making crochet hotpads or potholders that will be functional, place two thicknesses of heat resistant material between front and back pieces of pad or potholder.

13.  When crocheting an afghan, garment, or other flat piece in double crochet, if a hole starts to form at the end of each row, try ch-2 and turn at the end of the row, instead of ch-3. Your last stitch in each row, will then go into the top of turning ch-2.

14.  When giving a gift that is crocheted or knitted, and is washable, include the yarn or thread wrapper, and washing instructions from the yarn used for the projects.

15. Use crochet edgings made from #10 crochet cotton to embellish store-bought placemats and napkins for a quick and elegant gift.

16. Crochet flowers of either yarn or thread can be used to embellish plain store-bought fabric pillows.

17. Use 100% cotton yarn or thread ONLY, when making dishclothes or dish scrubbies for dishes.

18. When making a crochet rug that will be used on top of a carpet, sew strips of VELCRO to each corner and the crochet rug will stay in place.

19. When you complete a crochet project that will be given away, take a picture of the tiem to put in a scrapbook. You will savor the satisfaction of having completed the project, and also start a nice portfolio of your work!

20. To utilize the SALES in your local craft store, keep a notebook in your purse of projects you plan on making, along with all the necessary supplies and amounts needed. You will never forget a needed material for a project, and will save yourself some money also!

21. To keep your work from unraveling when you set your project aside, slip a safety pin through the loop that was on your hook.

Dye Lots of Yarn

If you have been crocheting for any length of time, you've surely heard how important it is to buy yarn for big projects all at the same time, and to be sure that each skein is from the same dye lot.
Some yarns made today do not have a dye lot, but most yarns have a 'dye-lot number' on the label.
Buying the same dye lot will ensure that each skein will match perfectly because they were all colored or dyed at the same time.
Each dye lot can vary in color considerably, EVEN BLACK AND WHITE, so don't take any chances.
Even if you have to purchase an extra skein or two, it will be worth it.
If your have ever run short of yarn before and had to use a skein of yarn of a different dye lot, you will know how true this is!
If you get into a bind and HAVE to purchase colors or yarn from different dye lots, color differences will not be as obvious if you are able to separate the different lots with another color; (such as you might do for a striped afghan).
Planning correctly from the beginning, though, by purchasing enough of one dye lot, it the best all-around way of making sure your project will look it's best!