How to Use a Double-Ended Crochet Hook

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How to Use a Double-Ended Crochet Hook
Many items can be made using a cro-hook and two colours of yarn. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The double-ended crochet hook is also called the cro-hook. The technique for working with this hook is called crochet on the double, cro-knitting or double hook crochet. The stitch used is similar to the Tunisian or afghan stitch. The difference is that with the double-ended hook the work is turned and in the afghan stitch the work does not get turned. The fabric that is created is a thick, warm fabric. This is a good technique to use when working with two colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Double-ended crochet hook or cro-hook
  • Yarn, two different colours, one skein each
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create the foundation row. Place a slip knot on the hook and chain 25 stitches. A chain stitch is created by grabbing the yarn with the hook and pulling it through the stitch on the hook. This in one chain.

  2. 2

    Insert the cro-hook into the top of the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn over the needle and draw the yarn through the chain to get two loops on the hook. Insert the hook into the next chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the chain. Repeat this in every chain of the foundation row to get 25 loops on the hook; this is the loaded stage.

  3. 3

    Flip the work so the back of the stitches are now facing. Slip the stitches to the new working end. Create a slip knot with the second colour of yarn. Pull the slip knot through one loop on the hook; this is the first stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loop, one loop of each colour. Continue wrapping the yarn and pulling through two loops until there is one loop remaining of the second colour. Do not urn the work; this is the one-loop stage.

  4. 4

    Load the hook. Insert the hook into the second vertical bar made by the first colour, wrap the yarn over the hook and then pull the yarn through to get two loops on the hook. Insert the hook, wrap the yarn and pull through each remaining vertical bar. Count the loops to ensure you have 25 loops.

  5. 5

    Flip the work, push the stitches to the other end of the hook and wrap the first colour on the hook and pull through one loop for the first stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops for each remaining stitch until reaching the one-loop stage.

  6. 6

    Load the hook and repeat steps four and five until the fabric is the desired length and the work is at the one-loop stage.

  7. 7

    Finish the work. Skip the first vertical bar. Insert the hook under the next bar, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the hook through both loops on the hook. Continue across the row. Cut the yarn and pull it through the last loop. Sew in any loose ends with the yarn needle.

Tips and warnings

  • Use two different solid colours when learning.
  • Flip the hook the same way each time the colour is changed so the yarn will be less tangled.

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