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Techniques using a basic crochet hook

There are many different types of crochet, some you can do with yarn, some you can do with thread and most you can do with both.

Apart from your basic stitches, there are techniques such as Filet, Thread Painting, Tapestry Crochet and Freeform which use a regular crochet hook.  Then there are techniques such as Tunisian, Broomstick, Hairpin, Crotat and Crochet on the Double which all use different types of hooks or additional tools.

Whether it be a basic stitch or a stitch involving additional tools, these two pages cover some of the basic steps for getting started.

I am trying to cover as many different techniques as I can, with links to Tutorials (mainly US) where possible.

More Techniques will be added as/when I either get permission to use more pictures or crochet the samples and take the pictures myself.

There are six basic stitches including the chain and slip stitch along with these shown here.
These are all in UK terms.
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Double Crochet
Double Crochet

Half Treble
Half Treble

Learn the Art of Crochet in UK Terms
Here is a UK tutorial with the relevant US terms included.

Treble Crochet
Treble Crochet

Double Treble
Double Treble

Uses only basic trebles and chains for a great effect.
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Filet Crochet is made in thread, usually from a graph.

It can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.

Filet Crochet
Filet Crochet

Filet Crochet looks like Filet Crochet

Filet Crochet looks like Filet Crochet

 

Pictures by Kateryna Madsen

There is a step-by-step tutorial at
Filet Crochet

Modern filet has become quite adventurous.
Filet Crochet Fairy
I made this is from a Filet Crochet-Along by Ferosa.
Use with almost any other technique.
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Thread Painting
Thread Painting using double crochet.

This is a technique which can be used with almost any other technique - not just crochet techniques.

Use two or more strands of thread or yarn as if they were one strand.

Change one strand at a time into the next colour.

This gives a shaded effect rather than a sudden change in the colour.

Thread Painting
Thread painting using Filet.
Use only dc to create these pictures and patterns.   Find out more on my Tapestry Crochet Tutorial.
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Tapestry crochet is worked using double crochet (US-single crochet) with a tight tension and two or more strands of yarn or thread at the same time to create a colourful fabric.

Tapestry Crochet
Front

It is usually in rounds and only the front of the stitches are seen.

Unlike regular colour changing crochet, the stitches are worked over the unused strands.  The finished pieces look almost woven instead of crocheted.

Tapestry Crochet
Back

There is more about this form of crochet, including videos and free patterns, at TAPESTRY CROCHET
Do whatever you please!
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Freeform is exactly that, do anything you want to and make it all up as you go along.

Tapestry Crochet
Picture By Bonnie Pierce

If you don't have the confidence to just jump straight in, try Bonnie's Tutorial at

Freeform Crochet

Free Form
Picture by Bonnie Pierce
Thank you to those who have allowed me to use their pictures.  If your picture has been used in any way you disagree with, please email me immediately and I will rectify it.