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how to crochet – half double crochet // a littlehippiegirl tutorial

June 11, 2012

hello friends!  it’s been a while, for sure, but alas i have been without internet.  i am now however back in the land of the internet living and ready to continue my crochet series for you- i hope you’re enjoying it so far!

the half double crochet is abbreviated “hdc” in patterns (such as “hdc in each stitch around” or “2 hdc in each stitch”).  the half double crochet is kind of like a cross between single crochet and double crochet.  it’s excellent for projects, because it’s short and compact like the single crochet, and it’s also very thick, making it excellent for washcloths.

make a chain of any length.

wrap the yarn around the hook…

and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook.

wrap the yarn around the hook again and bring it up through the chain.  you will now have three loops on your hook.

wrap the yarn around the hook again…

and pull it through all three loops.

continue on down the chain.

when turning, you will chain 2 for the starting hdc.  try using this to make a washcloth or scarf.  by working in the back loop only, you can create a nice ribbed pattern.  this pattern for a ribbed helmet hat is an excellent pattern i use often- it works up quickly and the hat looks great and fits well on the head, especially when you want a hat that will be snug at the ears.
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how to crochet: selecting yarn // a little hippie girl tutorial

February 12, 2012

i’ve been wanting to do crochet tutorials for a while, but it seemed that it would be a bigger undertaking than i was capable of.  i’ve written some tutorials on quazen, but i really don’t like how much advertising they put on their pages.  so this is my humble attempt at providing you, the general public, with a free crochet class via internet.

you can crochet with any yarn-like substance, from plastic bags to t-shirt scraps, but when selecting commercial yarns, a few basic tips will go a long way. yarns are classified by weight, and weight is determined by gauge- or how many stitches it takes to make a square inch of crocheted fabric.

weights range from lace, the finest, to super bulky, the heaviest. if you’ve ever seen a crocheted doily, then you’ve seen a good example of lace weight crochet thread. baby items and socks are made from super fine (also called sock or fingering) weight yarn, or the next weight up: fine, also called sport or baby weight yarn. many crocheted clothing items and accessories are made with DK and worsted (also called aran or medium) weight yarns. very thick items can be made from bulky and super bulky weight yarns- most rug yarn is also bulky weight.

various yarn weights

crochet is done with a single hook, and for each yarn weight there is a corresponding range of hooks to be used to get the gauge you need. hook sizes can vary if you want a looser or tighter stitch. a small hook with a heavy yarn will produce very tight, solid stitches, and a large hook with a lighter yarn will produce loose stitches. the best way to know which hook is recommended for the yarn you’d like to use is to read the label.

yarn label with various indications highlighted

many patterns will provide the yarn weight and hook you need to use for the project. others are more open to interpretation, and most will suggest that you crochet a small swatch to make sure that what you make is the correct size.