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What Do We Mean by Yarn Weight?
Everyone talks about yarn weight — what does it mean? When we refer to yarn weight, we're not talking about the weight of …
How to Hold the Yarn and Crochet Hook
There are no hard and fast rules about the best way to hold the hook and yarn. Choose whichever way you find the most comf …
How to Measure Crochet Gauge
Gauge is the number of stitches and rows per inch (or centimeter) in a pattern. If the gauge does not match the gauge give …
How to Read a Crochet Pattern
Before picking up the hook and yarn, sit down and read through the pattern you will be using. Patterns are written in a la …
How to Read Crochet Symbol Charts
Crochet instructions may be written in text (with or without abbreviations), and/or graphed or charted in symbols. Being a …
10 Secrets to Sock Success
Want to make your finished items look even better? Block them! Blocking may seem intimidating, but you really only need a …
How to Read Crochet Diagrams
Diagrams are read exactly as the crochet is worked. Each stitch is represented by a symbol that has been drawn to resemble …
How to Set the Mood for Crochet and Improve Your Craft Experience
Autumn is the perfect time to engage all of the senses. The air is crisp. It smells of pumpkin spice and burning firewood. …
The Different Types of Crochet Hooks
When learning to crochet, it’s always best to start out with a solid understanding of the tools you’ll need to successfully …
Understanding Crochet Abbreviations
Listed below are standard abbreviations and symbols that you may find in crochet patterns on redheart.com. All standard ab …