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Crochet Diamonds

How to Crochet  A Diamond Shape

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Crocheting the diamond shape is not challenging….you just need to understand the increase/decrease concept….but joining them to make a coherent and beautiful project is challenging. I have often thought that, you can’t do much with this shape in crochet until I saw Jellina’s crochet in geometric patterns. To say that she is a genius would be an understatement.

I have shown you 2 ways to do the diamond motif

Diamond Motif 1: Where you hook in a diamond using single crochet(scs)..this is the Jellina way

Diamond Motif 2: The Diamond is worked using double crochets(dcs)

Abbreviations:

Chain – ch
Single Crochet – sc
Stitch – st
Skip – sk
Yarn Over – yo
Double Crochet – dc

Diamond Motif 1

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Our first pattern for the diamond motif is made with single crochet stitches.

This pattern is from  the blog little Woolie….I have shared her link at the end of the page. I suggest that you go through her blog…She specialises in crochet diamonds and her work is Beautiful.

BASIC DIAMOND PATTERN

Begin With:

Ch 2

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Row 1: 2 sc into 2nd ch from hook, turn.

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Row 2:  Ch1(turning chain) 1sc into first st, 2sc into 2nd st, turn.

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Row 3: Ch1, 1sc into 1st st, 1sc into 2nd st, 2sc into last st, turn.

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Row 4: Ch1, 1sc into 1st st, 1sc into each st across until last st, 2sc into last st, turn.

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Repeat row 4 until you have  as many stitches as you like, more stitches means a bigger diamond . For this tutorial I have stopped with Row 4.

Start decreasing.
The decrease pattern is as follows:

Ch1, sk 1st st, sc into next st and each st across, turn. (reduces by 1 st in each row)

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Continue doing this to each row until you have 1 st left and fasten off.

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Here are some patterns using the sc.

How to crochet a diamond

http://www.jellina-creations.nl/blog/patroontje-ruit

http://www.ehow.com/how_8302223_crochet-diamond-section.html

How to crochet a diamond Afghan

http://www.jellina-creations.nl/blog/patroontje-ruit

How to crochet a diamond

Diamond Motif 2

Here, we hook in the diamond shape with double crochet stitches(dcs)

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These graphs are off the internet and I thought that they are very well illustrated.

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Begin with 4 chains

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Row 1:

dc into 4th chain from hook. Turn (2)

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Row 2:

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch; 2 dc in next stitch (4). Turn

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Row 3:

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch;  one dc in next 2 stitches; 2 dc in last stitch; (6). Turn

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Row 4:

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch; one dc in next 4 stitches; 2 dc in last stitch; (8). Turn

Row 5:

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3 Chain up, dc in same stitch; one dc in next 6 stitches; 2 dc in last stitch; (10). Turn

Depending on how big you want your diamond to be keep increasing the dcs in the beginning and end of each row. In the graph above the designer has gone up to 9 rows. I have stopped at Row 5.

What you have now is a triangle, in order to get a diamond shape and taper that end…we have to begin decreasing the dcs. Since we increased the dcs by 2 in each row to get this triangle…..we now have to reduce the dcs by 2 each row to get that diamond.

Decreasing the Stitches

Please Note…that from now on, you chain up by 2 at the beginning of each row

Row 1:

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2 chain up, dc in same stitch; dc in each of the next 8 stitches; 2 dc in the last stitch;(12). Turn.

Note that though I have mentioned decrease…in this row we have actually increased the stitches by 2….it’s just part of the pattern to get a smooth decrease.

Row 2:

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2 chain up; dc in next stitch {( This works out like a dc 2 together and is a decreasing stitch), cos though you have put in 2 stitches…the effect is only one stitch…Just count the chains to confirm this};

dcs in the next 8 stitches;

dc in the 9th stitch…but do not complete the stitch …leave 2 loops on the hook and yarn over(yo), push your hook into the last stitch of the previous row, You have 4 loops on the hook, yo, reduce by 2, now you have 3 loops on the hook, yo and pull through all 2 loops.

Count your stitches and you will find that you have reduced the total count by 2……that is you have only 10 stitches now.

Row 3:

Continue as in Row 3…and you reduce the stitches by 2 getting 8 stitches.

Row 4:

Reduced by 2….6 stitches

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Row 5:

4 stitches

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Row 6:

2 stitches…and you are done..!!!

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Personally I prefer the dc method…it has more finesse…..but then each to her/his own.

Examples of Work using diamonds from the net:

A Diamond Baby Blanket

Made by http://solgrim.blogspot.ae/2015/02/harlequin-blanket.html?spref=piage Continue reading Crochet Diamonds

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BALI VEST

BALI VEST

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Crochet Chronicles

I hooked this vest as soon as I received my order of Bali Yarn from Indonesia. We had ordered this as a group…..and I was at home in India at my parent’s place. It was hard times….cos my dad was very ill and I lost my folder of crochet patterns………My laptop died on me……

The good thing about Bad times are that they don’t last forever…..Daddy recovered, the Bali Yarn came in and my fingers got the crochet twitch….:-))

I decided to make a refrigerator handle cover and after that began this vest……My own Pattern…….

Bali yarn is soft and easy to hook….flexible to use….for those in the USA, America,Europe an Canada….you can order Bali yarn from my  my pal Marilyn Smith who has this site Lyn’s Crafts……catch Lyn here at…

http:/http://lynscrafts.com/yarnstore/

For the rest of the world order from my other pal Iin Wibisono who also deals in this yarn. She sells at Crochet Rock Stars….thru this link….

http:/http://crochetrockstar.com/yarns.html

Having friends high up on the yarn social ladder is great!!!:-D!!!!!

Since I had no thought of making a picture tutorial for this project…I didn’t take any pictures while making this one. So  I hooked up a sample vest….a tiny little piece just to show you how the stitch works up into this pattern. The pictures here are of this sample vest.

How to Hook  A  Bali Vest

Materials Used

Bali Yarn  200 gms

Stitches used

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

double crochet – dc

slip stitch – ss

Pattern

This Pattern is hooked in three panels – The Back, and two Front panels – Right Front and Left Front.

How to measure for a vest( My Way…:-D )

I measured a top of mine, one that opens in the front( where the front portion is in two panels right and left)…….I worked the back first. Measure the back width of your blouse and the length that you want of the vest, and then hooked in the req chains to that length. Then measure, the right panel and hook in the req chains to that measurement…do the same with the left panel.

Pls Note That This Pattern Has Not Been Tested

We will begin by working the back portion of the vest.

Back:

Row 1: 

Chain 130 plus 3 chain up.

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Row 2

3 ch sc in 6th chain form hook;  3 chain skip 2 ch;  dc in next chain, 3 ch, dc in same ch…..a “V” stitch is created.

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*3 ch skip 2 chain sc in next ch 3ch ; 1 dc 3ch 1dc in same ch*

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Continue with ** until end of row. End row with one dc and then 3 ch up.

Row 3

3 chain,  Skip  2 chain, “V” Stitch in loop of “V” stitch of previous row.

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  *3 chain, Skip 2 chain, “V” Stitch in loop of “V” stitch of previous row*…………..Repeat until end of the row.

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Row 4

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Repeat ** until end of row. end with one dc and 3 ch up.

Row 5 to Row 66

Repeat Row 3 and Row 4 alternatively.

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Row 67 

Repeat row 4

Sculpting the back Neck

Row 68

Begin with row 3 until you work 6 ‘V’ stitches; 3 ch one sc in the 3ch loop and then ss into the previous row until you pass 9 ‘V’ stitches.  Then 3ch, continue as in Row 3.

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Repeat row 4 until one shoulder is finished. Cut off thread repeat the same for the other shoulder…thus creating a square neck for the back.

Create a dc edging all around the back portion by hooking in dcs.

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Diamond Lattice Scarf

DIAMOND LATTICE SCARF

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Crochet Chronicles:

My sister, who rarely ask me for anything, was going through my FB page Crochet & More and fell in love with the Irish crochet scarf that I had done.. She wanted one of those…..but I had just finished hooking up 3 of them and was a little bored with doing the same thing. So I hooked her this scarf……and guess what?…. she loved it!!!!

This is a very gentle and innocent stitch pretending to be glamorous and sophisticated….and if you are wondering what I mean by that is……though the stitch looks complicated it is very simple to do and is addictive.

Materials used:

Pearl cottton #5 from Soft Feather 150 gms

Omega cotton Thread from Coats #10 – 100 gms.

Anchor cotton #20  – 20 gms for the tassels

Abbreviations used:

Slip stich – ss

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Skip – sk

This is the chart that I worked from: This pattern is from the internet. I did do my own thing, in that, I hooked in a mesh stitch on either side of the scarf.

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Written Pattern:

As mentioned before, I have used 3 kinds of thread…pearl #5, #10 and #20……it adds to the texture of the finished product…

I first worked with #5…which is a very light thread, building in the middle portion of the scarf…..then I worked #10 on both sides…#10 is not as soft as #5…so it weighs a little on both sides and then when you add the #20 as tassels…the whole project holds the length and shape…There is no need to starch this scarf.

Row1:  For this scarf I hooked in 16×6 = 96 + 8 +8 chains. then 3 chain up

Row 2: 3 dc in same chain as the 3ch up ;* skip 7 ch; 3dc in next  ch; 3ch; 3dc in same ch;* continue with ** until you reach the last  8 chs…. then skip 7 chs  and  4dc in  the last chain

Row 3:  3ch up, 3dc in the same chain; *5 chain, 3dc in  the 3ch loop created by the two 3dc cluster in the first row.; 3chain; 3dc in the same loop*. continue  ** until end of row.

Row 4:  3ch up , 3dc in same chain; *3chain; 1 sc is made gathering the 7 ch of the first and second rows: then 3ch; 3dc in the previous row’s loop 3ch 3dc* continue until end of row.

Now you have created your first diamond Lattice.

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I made 34 rows of diamond Lattice in Pearl #5 then switched to #10 for 10 rows. Cut the yarn, and attached it to the other end of the scarf where I had first begun. So now you are hooking into #5 thread with #10 thread. What you get is a thicker and softer middle portion (the part that goes around your neck.)..and both the ends of the scarf are daintier becos you have hooked it with a #10. I also wanted the zigzag design as the border….I thought it looked more interesting.

I made 54 rows of Diamond Lattices.

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You don’t have to use 3 different types of yarn ….you can make it with the same yarn all over…I just like to play around with textures…:-)

To give the  2 long sides of the scarf a lacy feel I crocheted a mesh stitch along the sides using  Omega from Coats #10 thread.

For the mesh stitch….dc 3ch  dc

Tassels:

I made the tassels with Anchor #20……just t wanted it to look more daintier and delicate…..Here is a very good link that shows you how to make tassels….

http://hubpages.com/hub/Knitting-Hints-How-to-Make-and-Attach-Fringe-Tassels-to-a-Scarf-Shawl-or-Sweater

Well…here we are at and that’s how simple this scarf was to make……Enjoy…and Keep that beautiful smile on always….

How to Read A Crochet Pattern -1

How to read a Crochet Pattern – 1

(Diagram & Written)

One of the most important tools to learning crochet after learning the stitches is to know the symbols and abbreviations representing each stitch.  In lesson 1, where we learnt, the chain stitch…..I had given you a chart showing the symbol of each stitch that we learnt, and in every lesson following, I have shown you the abbreviation of each stitch…I am sharing that here again.

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Crochet Abbreviations:  These are used in written patterns. Almost all vintage patterns are written and it is impt to know these abbreviations if you wish to do some beautiful heritage work. Here is a table of abbreviations:

 

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Annie’s catalog has a very detailed description of how to read a written pattern….here is the link:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/crochet/learntoread.html

How to work this pattern out: This is the diagramtic pattern for a granny square:

 

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As you can see the stitches used here are:

Chain(ch) Double crochet (dc) and slip stitch(ss)

This is how you work this pattern out.

I suggest that  you take a print of the symbol  and abbreviation chart. Holding these charts just next to the diagram…..recognise the symbols shown in the diagram, so reading this particular diagram would be as follows…..

Row 1: Basic knot; chain 4 ; Slip stitch in first stitch a ring is created.(lesson 1)

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Row 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the ring;  *2ch 3dc*(3); 2ch; ss. (*2ch, 3dc*(2)………this means you make 2 chains  and 3dc 2 more times, that is 3 times in all)

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Row 3: Hook in 3 more ss.  3 chains in first chain after dc of previous row. 2dc in 2 chain,loop; 2ch; 3dc in 2ch loop.

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1 ch.; *3dc in 2 ch loop 2 ch 3dc in same 2ch loop 1ch* (2); ss   Hook in 3 more ss in the next 2dc and first ch of the previous row.

Chain 3 from the ss in the first ch of the previous row. 2dc in 2 chain loop; 2ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop. *3dc in 2ch loop; 2 ch; 3dc in the same chain loop;  1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop* (2).  

 

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There……. now, your Granny square is ready.

Use the abbreviation chart to understand the abbr. that I have used here.

Keep searching through  the internet for patterns with diagrams and written patterns and practice them with the skills you have gained here…..soon you will be able to read crochet with ease….and then who dares to stop you?…:-D!!!!

How to make a Beaded Bracelet using ch stitch.

How to crochet a beaded bracelet using ch, ss and basic knot

1. Thread the required number of beads…I used 8 large wooden beads here….and then made a basic knot.

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2. Chain 5 stitches and then pull the bead in..yarn over(yo) pull through the loop and you have the first bead  fixed.

 

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3. Chain 5 stitches and pull in the bead and repeat as before..

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4. Continue until you get the required length.

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5. Then keeping the last loop on the hook…..push ur hook through the first chain and do a slip stitch.

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6. You now have a bracelet ring and now you need to cut the excess yarn and tuck the rest in securely.

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7. Voila…..You have your first crochet project and also learned how to crochet with beads in a very basic way….

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Beginner’s Guide To Basic Knot, ch and ss – 1

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CROCHET BASICS – 1

Basic Knot; Chain(ch);slip stitch(ss)

Crochet is not difficult…in fact it is one of the most easiest of crafts to learn and one of the most comforting. A great stress buster and unlike many other crafts doesn’t need much equipment….one hook and a ball of yarn ….and  you are all set to go!

Crochet is very flexible and forgiving in that, one or 2 stitches missed or added doesn’t really matter in most patterns. You can do crochet almost anywhere and should you make a mistake it isn’t difficult to rip it off and start all over again…..

Crochet stitches aren’t complicated….once you learn the basic chain and double crochet ….you just build on that… Here we will, be learning the eight basic stitches on which most of crochet is based on.

We will be learning the,

1. The Basic Knot

2. The Chain Stitch – ch(Abbreviation)

3.Slip Stitch – ss((Abbreviation)

4.Single Crochet – sc(Abbreviation)

5. Half double Crochet – hdc(Abbreviation)

6. Double Crochet – dc(Abbreviation)

7.Treble Crochet  or Triple Crochet – tr(Abbreviation)

8. Double Treble –  dtr(Abbreviation)

Crochet Symbols and Abbreviations :

Each stitch with the exception of the basic knot is represented by a symbol. You should know these symbols and abbreviations by heart since these are your building tools in reading crochet patterns.

 

 

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How to hold a crochet hook while crocheting:

Hold your Crochet hook between ur fore finger, middle finger and thumb gripping the hook at it’s flattest surface. Do not hold the hook too tight or too loose….just firm enough for it to work for you. The main thing is to be relaxed.

 

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How to hold the yarn while crocheting:

There are many ways to hold yarn while crocheting. This is the way I hold yarn while making the basic knot and it works for me.

Google as many ways as you can find and choose the way you think works for you. Hold the open end of your palm in front of you facing you.   Place the tail end of the yarn over the palm and wrap that end over ur fore finger.

 

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Then bring the tail end of the yarn over the other three fingers and grip the tail end between your ring finger, little finger and thumb. Hold it firmly….not too tight or too loose. This is where you get the yarn tension right.

What is Yarn Tension?

Yarn tension is how tight or how loose you crochet and it differs from person to person. It is better to hold your yarn just right so that all your stitches are even. Don’t worry if you can’t do it right the first few times…this comes with practice. Stick to it and you will master it soon enough.

Don’t compare your pace with anybody else’s. Each person is different and mastering a crochet stitch fast or slow doesn’t make or break you…You are, and will always be that special edition that God created with love.

 

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1. Basic knot: The basic knot is the first knot you make to build that foundation chain. It is easy to do…..but needs a bit of practice. Push your hook under the yarn which is held between your fore finger and your middle finger.

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Lift the hook up so that it brings the yarn over(yo) it up as well. Yarn over is an important tern used in crochet. It amply means to wrap the yarn over the hook. And the abbreviation used is (yo).

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Now twist the hook around along with the yarn to 360 degree circle so that a loop is formed.

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Then yarn over and hook in the yarn through the loop .

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A knot is formed at the base of the loop. You can increase or decrease the size of the loop by pulling the main end of the yarn. . .

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There you are ….the Basic Knot.

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How to make a Chain Stitch:

Chain stitch forms the foundation to most crochet projects.  Again hold your yarn taut….but not too tight or loose. Push the hook under the yarn ..Yarn over. Hook the yarn.

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Pull the yarn with the hook thru the basic knot….

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And your first chain is formed.

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Push, yarn over, Pull thru the previous chain…..

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A string of chains…… .

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How to make a Slip Stitch(ss) :

Slip Stitches are used to join pieces of crochet together, to end a project, to make the rim of a bag, basket etc, to shape a neckline, arm hole, or any thing really. It is a very versatile tool to have in your crochet kitty.

Slip Stitch is done by increasing the loops on your hook by two and then pulling the yarn through both the loops thus decreasing loop on the hook back to one.

Leaving one loop on the hook, push the hook into the first chain of the foundation chain

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yarn over

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Pull the yarn through both the loops ….now you have just one loop on the hook

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That’s it slip stitch…..and you now have a crochet ring.

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This is a video tutorial that I made…it’s a very rough version…cos it’s the first time I have done anything like this….I need to edit this….but  have yet to learn that….I will be doing so once I climb that mountain.

This can also be used as a base to make a crochet  circle. That’s your 3 stitches for now….Practice these well…until you get a string of even chains.

My next post will be on 3 other stitches…..Single Crochet, Half double crochet and Double Crochet .

Adios…Amigos….:-D!!! For now….