10 best crochet tips for 2020

Today we are looking at 10 tips to
improve and speed up your crochet. I’m Tuula and I’m interested in everything to
do with crochet. If you are new to my channel you can subscribe and also click
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I have longer videos to some of these tips that we are looking at now so check
on the video description for those and let’s start! When you are changing color you will
want to have a straight clean line, not that the colors run into each other like
that there.To achieve that always change the color already at the last stage of
the stitch. Here I have double crochets so I’m making the stitch but leaving it
here, one stage left and I change the color now. Here’s a straight clean line. And the
same in single crochet and change the yarn now. This is a tip for fine
or medium weight yarns. I’m running out of yarn here and then leaving a piece
and taking the new yarn with approximately the same length of a piece
and twisting them together like this here, then I continue to crochet having
this double and just leaving a small yarn end. Here now I’m getting the twisted bit and
I just continue normally across and a few stitches more and then leave off the
second yarn and continue normally and then just cut this off, no need for
weaving them in. Instead of making a chain to start when your first row is going to be single crochets you can make your single crochets straight away. Chain
two, hook into the first one of those and get the yarn, again the yarn and only
pull through one and now again yarn and pull through both, then insert the hook
through these loops on the side that you just made and pull the yarn through them, then yarn through one loop as if to
chain and then through both. So there’s a chain forming on this side and your
single crochets on this side. Once more, hook through both of these loops here on
the side, through one and through both. If your
first roll crochet is double crochets you don’t need a chain either, just chain
3, yarn-over and insert the hook into the first stitch and get the yarn and
pull through, then yarn through just the first one and now make a normal double
crochet, yarn through two and through two. Next one, yarn-over and insert the hook
into the loops you just made there and pull the yarn through, get the yarn and
pull through one and then through two and through two. So now we have a short chain there and then a chain forming here and double crochets forming here. Once more, and the same works also with trebles,
then you just start by chaining 4. To make the invisible decrease start a
double crochet but leave it there and insert the hook into the next stitch and
make a stitch there. Now yarn-over and pull through three of these and yarn
over and through two so that will show very little. You may often need a long
chain that is closed into a ring and then the chain can easily get twisted.
There’s an easy way to avoid that. First chain about 10, just a short chain, it
doesn’t matter exactly how many stitches and then take the hook off the stitch
and insert it into the first of the chain stitches from the front, there, and
return the hook into the stitch and continue to chain, keeping the hook
always going through the first stitch as well. Just chain normally. Depending on
what way you hold the hook it looks a bit different what you do and after you
have been doing a bit of it and if you have the kind of a hook that I have that
doesn’t have a handle in the middle you can pull it a bit further back so it’s
not on your way and then keep going until you get the number of stitches you
need and it can be absolutely any number of stitches but I’ll stop here now and
then after your chain is long enough then pull that start back again and just
pull the stitch through straight like that, so here you have a
chain that’s joined into a ring and the chain is not twisted anywhere. If you don’t want to replace the first double crochet with two or three chains you can make
what is called a standing stitch. The standing stitch is only something you
would make in the beginning of a row or round.Turn, then pull your stitch higher,
approximately the height of the row and hold on to the stitch here, then twist
round this long stitch, right round, insert the hook into the first stitch
and get your yarn there, through there and now we finish this off just as if it
was an ordinary double crochet and make sure you are holding onto that stitch
very tightly all the time. So yarn-over, through two loops, yarn over and through
two and here you are, then you continue the row normally. When you are working on double crochets
you will want to have the edge straight. To achieve that you can make just a
small change to the end and beginning of each row. At the end of the row start
making a double crochet but don’t finish it off, leave it like that with two loops
on the hook and make another one into the same stitch. Now that you have
started two of them take a yarn and pull through both of them and if you are
using a pattern this here counts as one stitch only but it fills in to make this
straight. Then to continue chain two. Very often you hear that you should chain
three but two is enough in this and turn and make a double crochet into that same stitch where you have those two. That’s it. You do this at the end and beginning of each row. When you are finishing off any item of
crochet and you have cut your thread it’s always worth making an extra chain
stitch and only then pulling the yarn through that way it won’t move, unravel
and it’s very tidy. When you have a project that you want to
take with you and you want to make sure that you are not losing the stitch and
that it doesn’t start to unravel or if you just need your hook for another
project there are a number of things you can do. You could take a large paper clip
and put that into the stitch or you can use a large safety pin or you can take your ball of yarn, pull the stitch big enough so the ball fits through it and
secure it that way, not too tight. And the last tip for today. How often have you been at a yarn store and there started to think that you will need a
new hook in a certain size without remembering what size? To avoid this what you could do is to keep a list of all the hooks you have. Sizes, types, materials, brands and have that list somewhere where you can always access it. I have
mine on Google Drive so I can easily get to it anytime on my phone and also edit
it anywhere. So that was all the 10 tips! Let me know in the comments if you got any new ones here and which tip did you find the most useful
for yourself, and remember the subscribe!
Ok, bye!

69 thoughts on “10 best crochet tips for 2020

  • Very helpful. Thank you. The straight edges tip was good for me and also the first chain row where you make the sc or dc at the same time. For my tip – when I leave my work I just make my working loop really big – seems to work fine. Thanks again.

  • Hi Tuula, thank you so much for your tips. #7 is one that I've always had an issue doing. I also dont know when I should put another stitch in the same turning chain…if I'm just throwing stitches together for a blanket. I use tutorials since I do not understand written patterns.

  • Thanks so much. I hadn’t seen the standing stitch demonstrated before. All the tips were a great review. Again thank you.

  • THose tips are great! I have been crocheting for years and I am still learning more tips to become better! Thank you!

  • All very good tips. But the best of all is the foundation single and double crochet. I have tried for 2 years to understand how to do this, and now you have helped me see it clearly! THANK YOU so much!❤️

  • Wow, thank you so much for sharing this! Not yet having a lot of crocheting experience, I find myself having to google YouTube videos to find out how to do many of the things you showed. It will be so nice to have them all in one very well done video. 😊👍🏻

  • I usually used the magic knot when I ran out of yarn and started a new skein. But I had trouble with making knots with the Bernat Velvet yarn. The velvet yarn isn't easy to work with lol. No matter what knot I used they didn't really stay well. So using the method you showed will be great for those velvet hard to knot yarns. 👍 great tips, thank you ☺

  • Gosh, I learned today. I’ve been crocheting for many years but still love a new idea or way of doing things. Thank you so much

  • All of these tips were wonderful. Especially helpful was the one showing how to not twist your chain in the round. Also, you made the standing dc much easier for me😀

  • Lots of great tips. Thank you so much. It’s hard to pick a favorite but a new one to me is straightening up side edges by making a mock double stitch. Brilliant. Thanks. Happy New Year. BTW.. love your new hair cut — looks adorable!

  • Thank you so much! Very helpful, I am not a very experienced crocheter and I need this kind of information. Much appreciated!

  • I enjoyed this video. I knew most of these already. I thought connecting the chain was clever! I recently learned a very valuable tip this year. ..how to make thin yarn bulky with only one strand. Easy peasy!!! https://youtu.be/tieArIwQ9Vk

  • I just found you the other day and so glad I did! With these great and useful tips I'm sure any crochet I do in the new year will be better. Happy New Year!

  • Hei.kiitos videoista.Mitä virkkuukoukuja käytät ja mistä neuvoisit ostamaan?Kysyn siksi.että ranteeni ja sormeni väsyvät tosi helposti ja ajattelin.olisiko Sinulla vinkkiä….Kiitos 🤗

  • Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I've been crocheting for 3 decades now and I'm still learning new things. Learned some today ❤ I'm saving this video!

  • Wow!! This was great!! The straight edges for dc… I've been looking for this!!! Now I have to keep this video close!! And the list of hooks stored in Google drive!! All the tips are great!!

  • All of your tips are very useful, I'm definitely saving it to go back to! The straight edge with dc is wonderful. I've always been intimidated of the chainless foundations. Your tip makes it very clear and I WILL be using this technique to begin my projects of the new year❣️ Thanks so very much Tuula! Happy New Year & Sending you much love and appreciation 🤗

  • Very helpful. Thank you. I have not seen the standing stitch before. I am going to start using it right away. I'm always disappointed with my edges. I think this will make a big difference. They are all very useful tips.

  • I love learning the many different ways to make new stitches, also how-to make sure your crochet project is visually appealing. Thanks for sharing Happy New Year! 2020✨🎊✨

  • Thank you for this!! It’s is wonderful learning from an experienced artist! I especially liked learning a technique to keep row ends straight and even. Brilliant! Thank you and Happy New Year! 🎈

  • You know you're addicted to crochet when you watch 3 seasons of a TV show and have no idea what the characters look like !!!

  • Check out also my playlist of crochet tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7vcNpUtI_RbFjVYV7svZRs0sRF022HL7 Any new ones for you there?

  • What a useful video and tks for sharing !!! I love the tip to start and finish a row with the standing Dc. I'll definitely adopt it. Hello from Martinique (French West Indies)

  • I am a beginner and have learned so much from that's and them trying the heart tutorial later on today thank you for such a helpful tips

  • Since I already watched your video on keeping straight edges I'd have to say the most helpful tip for me was the invisible decrease. I saved this video for future reference. Thank you!

  • For number 9 I use a knitting stitch holder that looks like a safety pin. Its easy to put on and big enough that it won't get lost.

  • Hi , I’m pretty much a beginner and I’m learning so much from you! Your a great teacher! I wish I could sit next to you and have you show me how to do things like my grandma did with me probably 20 years ago now. I stopped crocheting when my kids were young and life was busy. Now I’m chronically ill and my life is quite different. I’m going back to my grandmas legacy of crocheting. But I’m relearning some things and learning things I wasn’t taught. She did mostly blankets so the more intricate patterns , I struggle with. I never learned to gauge , which Is something I need to do. The only problem is my illness is progressively breaking down all of my joints , so after awhile my hands, shoulders, and neck aching! I’m going to need to have my neck fused in the future and at that point I won’t be able to look down, but a friend of mine had this surgery too and she found special glasses that look down for her. Anyway, does anyone have any tips about crochet hooks that help with soreness? I bought the ones with the soft plastic/rubber and they are ok but I think it makes the neck of the hook too short. Are there any others ? Well I’m glad I found your channel! I just made a bunny ( which is about 3 times bigger then yours because I don’t have the right yarn size. 🤣. That’s another thing that is hard when your beginning, being able to buy enough yarn to do projects when they come up! It can be expensive! I can’t wait until I build up my supply! Thanks for making these videos and helping people like me learn and keep the tradition going in my family. I know my grandma would be so happy to see the projects I’ve been doing!

  • You remind me of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. She was a seamstress for for 40+ years. You are a lot younger, but the way you speak and the way you teach makes me feel like she is with me. I’m a beginner, so thank you for all the wonderful tips!

  • I wish I saw this video before I started crocheting my blanket. The tips for adding yarn and the 2 methods for a straight edge was extremely helpful. Thank you!

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