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Some Crochet Facts

March 11, 2008

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In celebration of National Crochet Month, I will be letting you in on some of the facts about crochet.

First of all, crochet uses a hook.  This is different than knitting which uses two needles.  While crocheting, you will only have one loop on your hook after you have finished a stitch.  In knitting, you keep multiple loops on your needles. 

Crochet hooks come in many sizes.  There are also steel crochet hooks that are used in making delicate things like doilies.  Regular crochet hooks are sized by letter or number.  The larger the number the bigger the hook.  The further down the alphabet the larger the hook.  But, steel hooks are different.  The larger the number the smaller the hook. 

A crocheted piece is pretty much one big knot that travels throughout a work.  There are many different types of crochet stitches.  A few stitches are chain, single, half double, double, treble, puff, cluster, popcorn, and many others.  Stitches can be worked by themselves are in combinations to make various patterns.

Crochet can be worked in straight lines or in the round. 

There are many different weights of yarn.  Click herefor a chart. Weight is the bulkiness of the yarn.  This is determined by the material the yarn is made of and the number of plies.  The weight affects gauge.  We will discuss gauge in its own post on another day.

Crochet is generally not as stretchy as knits.

Crochet has a wrong and right side.  This is usually given by the pattern, but most crocheters can tell back from front just by looking at a piece.  The right and wrong sides are more easily determined on some pieces than on others.

 

Ok, I think that is enough about crochet by now. If you have any crochet questions, just post and I will try to answer them.

 

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