Want to take your needlework skillset to the next level? If so, we invite you to explore this fascinating list of crochet techniques. We start the list off with some of the most basic techniques that crochet enthusiasts need to know; from there, we move on to more advanced techniques that are interesting to learn about once you’re comfortable with the basics.
Basic Crochet Techniques
How to Make a Slip Knot — Knitters and crochet enthusiasts both need to know how to make a slip knot. This tutorial will teach you how to do it.
Slip Stitch to Form a Ring in Crochet — This tutorial shows you one popular way of getting a crochet project started. You use this method when you want to crochet in rounds; it’s a good way to start crochet flowers, hats, circles, granny squares and lots of other crochet projects.
How to End Off in Crochet — This tutorial is just for brand new crocheters who haven’t yet learned what “end off” means, or how to do it.
How to Weave in Ends in Crochet and Knitting — Dealing with ends is a basic skillset that you’ll need for finishing most of your knitting and crochet projects. Additionally, it’s handy to understand the different ways you can avoid the task of weaving in your ends — a topic that’s also covered in this tutorial.
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More Crochet Techniques
Bead Crochet — Beads can adorn all kinds of different crochet projects. Some of the most popular bead crochet projects are beaded jewelry, beaded shawls, beaded sweaters, beaded bags, beaded ornaments, beaded snowflakes and beaded edgings. We’ll teach you the basic bead crochet techniques, and you can use them to make whichever types of projects you’re interested in.
Bruges Crochet — A type of crochet lace that resembles vintage and antique handmade bobbin laces that were popular in the 1880s and after.
At the moment, corner-to-corner crochet is one of the trendiest crochet techniques around. It’s enjoying such popularity right now because a whole bunch of prominent crochet bloggers are enthralled with it, and they have been devoting significant effort to designing patterns using this technique.
Corner-to-corner crochet (also known as “C2C crochet”) gives you a new option for making interesting pictorial patterns in crochet. You can create animal designs, holiday patterns, interesting geometrics and all kinds of other charted designs easily using this technique. The technique also lends itself well to solid and striped designs — particularly eye-catching diagonal stripes.
If this is a technique you’d like to learn more about, there are multiple wonderful books and tutorials available. So far, the clearest tutorial I’ve seen for the technique can be found in Sarah Zimmerman’s cute book called Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws for the Family. If you’d rather take a video class, Sarah also has a fantastic corner-to-corner crochet class available online.
Fabric Crochet — An environmentally-friendly, and often frugal, money-saving crochet technique. Learn how to crochet with rag balls (AKA strips of fabric) instead of the usual materials like yarn or crochet thread.
You might think slip stitch is just for joining one crocheted piece to another. Did you know that you can crochet stunning fabrics consisting entirely of slip stitches (apart from the starting chain, that is.) Check out this amazing crochet technique!
Filet Crochet — This is a vintage crochet technique that has been popular for generations, and continues to be of interest to contemporary crafters.
Tapestry Crochet — If you’d like to make colorful crochet projects, or pictorial projects, tapestry crochet is a technique you need to know about. This technique is useful for making flawless mid-row color changes; you can use tapestry crochet for working charted designs like hearts, pine trees, etc.
Woven Crochet — The fabric made using this technique resembles weaving. As with woven fabrics, you often see plaid or checkered designs in woven crochet, because the technique lends itself well to making plaids and checks. It’s also possible to create interesting gradients, stripes and solids with this technique.
Those are the crochet techniques we’ve covered on our website so far. There are more interesting techniques you could try, but these are some of the techniques that are currently most popular. I hope you will enjoy learning and perfecting whichever of these techniques appeal to you most.
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Posted By: Amy Solovay
About the Author — Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She learned to crochet as a small child. After earning two degrees, one of which is in textile design, she launched a career in the textile industry. She has worked as a textile print colorist, knit designer and director of design for various Los Angeles based fabric manufacturers. Later she transitioned to writing about crochet, knitting, crafts and other topics for major media outlets. She enjoys designing crochet and other craft patterns, and she invites you to make use of them.
This page was last updated on 5-5-2023.