I love to crochet, especially in winter. Crochet is definitely right up there with my favorite crafts of all time. Not only do I like that repetitive nature that lends itself well to doing while watching television and travelling, I also like that I can make gorgeous and useful things. Give somebody a handmade afghan and you're going to be on their good side for quite some time. Plus, your lap will be warm while you work on it.
Moving right along with showing you the basics of crochet, we're tackling the double crochet. When I was younger it was my favorite stitch for two reasons. 1- it works quickly 2- it is a long stitch so that you get your piece done more quickly.
First you'll need to learn how to crochet a chain, you can check that out in the How to Crochet a Chain post. Don't worry, it's really, really easy. Got it? Cool - let's proceed:
Crochet a chain as long as you want your piece to be PLUS 3 extra chains. The three are going to act as our first double crochet.
Push the hook through the "vee" shape in the chain three down from your hook. Remember that those first three chains act as your first double crochet.
Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook.
You should have three loops on your hook at this point.
Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.
You will have two loops left. Yarn over and pull through them both.
You'll be back to the beginning with one loop on your hook.
Keep double crocheting down your chain. Yarn over and push through vee in chain. Yarn over and pull through first loop (now you'll have three loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops left on hook). Yarn over and pull through last two loops (back to one loop). Repeat.
When you get to the end chain three. These three will act as your first double crochet.
Turn the piece over so that the three you just chained are on the right side again and continue to double crochet the day away!
That's it for today - check back tomorrow for the half double crochet. Happy Friday!