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Learn a Variety of Different Crochet Techniques

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Crochet is a versatile craft, with many different techniques to try. Here you will find free instructions, articles, patterns and tutorials enabling you to learn a variety of different crochet techniques.

Basic Crochet Techniques

Basic Crochet Techniques
Basic Crochet Techniques -- Photo © M. Solovay

Filet Crochet Technique

Filet Crochet Heart Trim

Filet crochet is a lovely technique you can use to create projects from interesting charts. For example, the filet crochet heart trim pictured at left is worked using this free chart.

Freeform Crochet Technique

A Blanket Crocheted Using the Freeform Crochet Technique
A Blanket Crocheted Using the Freeform Crochet Technique -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Freeform crochet is a technique that blurs the lines between art and craft. If you want to take an artistic approach to crochet, this technique is for you!

Tunisian Crochet Technique

Tunisian Crochet Stitches
Tunisian Crochet Stitches -- Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Tunisian crochet is a popular technique that has many things in common with knitting. If you'd like to learn more about Tunisian crochet, you're invited to visit the following pages:

Surface Crochet Techniques

Surface Crochet Slip Stitches
Surface Crochet Slip Stitches -- Pictures and Photo Collage © Amy Solovay

Surface crochet is worked on the surface of a crocheted fabric. The following links show you how to do a couple of different surface crochet techniques.

 

Bead Crochet Techniques

Beaded Crochet Necklace With Dichroic Glass Pendant
Beaded Crochet Necklace With Dichroic Glass Pendant -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Learn how to crochet with beads; enjoy these bead crochet techniques plus find a variety of free bead crochet patterns.

Pictured here: A beaded crochet necklace with dichroic glass pendant. I've posted a free tutorial that takes you through each step of the process; if you would prefer to work from a concise necklace pattern, that's available too.

You might also want to check out our free crocheted jewelry patterns.

Wire Crochet Techniques

A Christmas Bracelet Made Using the Wire Crochet Technique
A Christmas Bracelet Made Using the Wire Crochet Technique -- Photo © Amy Solovay

You can crochet with wire using the same basic stitches you use for crocheting with yarn, but the finished projects are dramatically different. Technique-wise, one of the biggest differences is that it's difficult (or in many cases, impossible) to undo your stitches -- so you have to work carefully and deliberately to avoid mistakes.

Since wire crochet lends itself well to making jewelry, this page of wire crochet jewelry patterns offers you a fantastic introduction to the wire crochet technique.

Pictured here: A wire crochet Christmas bracelet.

Rag Crochet Techniques

Rag Crochet Technique
Rag Crochet Technique -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Rag crochet involves crocheting with long strips of fabric. You can make an interesting variety of different projects using this technique. If you haven't tried this before, these rag crochet necklace patterns offer you a quick introduction to the technique. You could also try making a rag bag or rag rug if you'd like to try a more in-depth project.

See Also: Free Fabric Crochet Patterns

Sewing Techniques for Crocheting

Whipstitch, a Technique for Sewing Crocheted Seams
Whipstitch, a Technique for Sewing Crocheted Seams - Photo © Michael Solovay

Sometimes crochet and sewing go hand-in-hand. There are many instances where you'll need to stitch some seams or join pieces in order to finish up your crochet project.

More Crochet Techniques

Knooking Technique

Knooking Supplies by Leisure Arts -- Knook Tools Resemble Crochet Hooks.
Knooking Supplies by Leisure Arts -- Knook Tools Resemble Crochet Hooks. Photo © Michael Solovay

The Knooking technique isn't exactly a crochet technique, and it isn't exactly a knitting technique either. It's kind of somewhere in between, but it's also different enough from both knitting and crocheting to be its own thing.

To knook, you use a tool that resembles a crochet hook, and you end up with a knitted fabric.

If you'd like to learn more about this technique, you are invited to check out my product review of the Knook Beginner Set by Leisure Arts.

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