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
- How to crochet
- How to make a slip knot
- How to crochet circles -- Free patterns and tutorials for crocheting circles and round projects
- How to crochet overtop of yarn ends -- This technique saves time because you will not have to weave in as many ends when you finish your project.
- How to change colors
- Finishing techniques
Freeform Crochet Technique
Tunisian Crochet Technique
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 is worked on the surface of a crocheted fabric. The following links show you how to do a couple of different surface crochet techniques.
- Surface crochet slip stitches tutorial -- This tutorial shows you how to work slip stitches on the surface of a crocheted fabric.
- Wiggly crochet technique, also known as the ruffling technique -- The link takes you to free patterns and instructions for working the wiggly crochet technique.
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You might also want to check out our free crocheted jewelry patterns.
Wire Crochet Techniques
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 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
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
- A little-known crochet technique to add to your skillset -- There's no easy, well-known catch-phrase to describe this technique, but it could help you improve the way you approach some of your symmetrical crochet projects.
- Cro-tatting technique plus free patterns for cro-tatting
- Techniques for crocheting dishcloths and washcloths
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.