If you've been crocheting for a while, you may be ready to stretch your skills with advanced stitches like entrelac, bullion and broomstick lace. You don't have to borrow a book from the library or take a full-blown crochet class at a yarn store to learn them, though. Online tutorials and video demonstrations are a fast, free resource you can use from your own home, on your own time, to learn advanced crochet stitches any time you like.
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Things you need
- Crochet hooks (sizes 00 to Q, depending on the stitch)
- Acrylic worsted weight yarn
- Size 10 crochet thread, for fillet crochet
Make sure you're ready to learn advanced stitches. Many advanced crochet stitches draw on intermediate or better crochet skills. For example, if you want to learn entrelac crochet, you should already know Tunisian simple stitch (TSS), and if you want to learn fillet crochet, you should be familiar with how to read a crochet chart. A good TSS primer is at the Stitch Diva Studios website, and the Hass Design site has a comprehensive list of crochet charts and how they represent different stitches (see References and Resources for all the sites mentioned here).
Try tutorials of the stitch you want to learn. A blog called My Life in Knots has a clearly photographed tutorial of entrelac crochet, and a site called Heal My Hands has an easy-to-follow tutorial of the bullion stitch (also called the roll stitch). A good place to start with fillet crochet is at the Smart Crochet website, but be sure to look at Hass Designs as well. Woolcrafting has a full-colour crocheted cables tutorial.
Check out video demonstrations. Teresa Richardson's blog Crochet Mania has high-quality videos of many advanced stitches. Her demos include broomstick lace, star stitch, trinity stitch, galaxy stitch and others. The videos appear on both her blog and YouTube, and she has clearly filmed and explained each stitch.
Practice. Working through several rows or rounds of each advanced stitch in front of your computer will give you a feel for the new pattern, and you'll be able to refer to your tutorial or video demo easily. Make sure you have good lighting both on your crochet work and in the room around your monitor to prevent eye strain.
Consider taking classes. If you've tried tutorials and/or videos for a certain stitch and still aren't able to get the hang of it, you can take an online course. Some are free, like the fillet crochet course on Hass Design, and some have nominal fees, like those on CrochetVille.org. Taking a paid crochet class isn't for everybody, but if you're comfortable using PayPal or a credit card online, it may be worthwhile for you.
Tips and warnings
- If you're trying entrelac crochet from the My Life in Knots blog, be aware that on step 10 you will not be working a corner, you'll be working another diamond. It's easy to accidentally chain up instead of drawing loops through the existing first row diamond, and if you do chain up, you'll end up with a hole between diamonds. When you first work through the tutorial, follow step 10 carefully to avoid a hole.
- If you choose to take an online class, check things out before you register. Once you click the "Sign Up" link, find and click on the graphic of a padlock on your browser, then click on "View Certificate." Make sure the "Issued To" site name matches the site you want to take the class from, and check that the "Valid From" dates are current.
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