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Monday, July 12, 2010

Creating my first Amateur Crochet Teaching Clip - Crochet Chain and Single Crochet

I am all things but not a good photographer or video creator but I braved it.
Today I decided to test out my mac imovie software to enhance my  future students learning crochet experience. I did this clip in 45 minutes with the music in the background.  I have not read book or tried to create a video before but it was fun. I will say I still have a lot of learning to do but I tried to show how to crochet a chain and single crochet.   What do you think of my my first try?

See it @ youtube link :

1.     Hold the hook in your right hand by holding it between your index finger and thumb or hold the hook in an “overhand” clutch like you hold a tennis racquet or spoon while mixing batter.

2.     Make a slip knot to fit the hook.

3.     Put the hook through the slip know and hold the hook in your right hand and the slip knot in your left hand.

4.     Pull the yarn from back of the hook over and around the front of the hook pulling yarn through the loop to form the first chain.

5.     Repeat step 4 for the desired number of chains.

Row 1
1.     With the last chain on hook, insert hook into the second chain using any of the two methods below:

a)     Method 1 – Insert hook through the front loops of the chain. You hold the chain with the loops facing and working under two loops of the chain.

b)    Method 2 – Insert hook through the back ridge which is also called the Japanese method. You turn the chain so the back loops are facing you. Work the crochet stitch through the back center loop only.

2.     Bring the yarn over the hook by wrapping yarn from behind the hook over the top to the front of the loop.

3.     Pull yarn towards you through the chain. You will have two loops on the hook.

4.     Bring the yarn over the hook again and pull it through the two loops on the hook.

You have just completed one single crochet.

5.     To make the next single crochet stitch, hook into the next chain and repeat steps 2 -4 for each stitch until you reach the end of the first row.
       Now you just completed Row 1.
Row 2
1.     Prior to starting row 2, chain 1 – This is the turning chain. The turning chain is not counted as a stitch in single crochet.

2.     Turn over and pull the row you completed toward you. The yarn will be on the right end of your work.

3.     Insert the hook under the top two loops of the first stitch, yarn over and repeat steps 2 -4 of the first row pattern for single crochet.

Complete the second row and ensure you count the stitches at the end of every row.

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