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- Afghan Crochet Tutorial from Designs by J.A.M.I.: http://www.designsbyjami.on.ca/tutorial.htm
- This site has a good tutorial that covers a lot of the afghan stitches and variations. The tutorial here covers the following stitches: basic afghan stitch, changing colors, increasing/decreasing, afghan stitch cluster, afghan stitch plain tunisian, afghan stitch mesh, afghan stitch purl, afghan stitch ribbed, seed stitch, framed squares, afghan stitch double crochet, bobble stitch, picot stitch (or popcorn?), crossed treble stitch, afghan puff stitch, two-tone blending, knit stitch, basket weave stitch, cross-stitch on afghan stitch, curling.
- Afghan Stitch Basic Instructions by Vicki Becker: http://vickisdesigns.tripod.com/basics.htm
- Gives you the basic instructions for doing the Afghan Stitch and includes diagrams to show you how to do the basic stitches.
- Afghan/Tunisian Stitch; A Brief Introduction by Janet Rehfeldt at Knitted Threads: http://www.knittedthreads.com/br/tips/crochet/tipcroq4.htm
- A nice tutorial with photos to get you started crocheting the afghan/tunisian stitch.
- Angie's Crochet Corner: http://hischild64.tripod.com/index.html
- Angie's web site offers pictures and information about stitch varieties as well as helpful hints and information. Included in the various stitches are the following: Backward Stitch, Basic Afghan Stitch, Purl, Knit Stitch, Afghan Double, Basket Weave, Bobble I, Bobble II, Bobble III, Brocade, Brocade II, Cable, Chevron, Cluster, Color Squares, Corded Stitch, Cross Over I, Cross Over II, Fabric, Fan I, Fan II, Fan III, Fancy, Grouped 3, Honeycomb, In and Out, Lacy Stitch, Lacy Stitch II, Lacy Stitch III, Lattice, Long Afghan Double I, Long Afghan Double II, Long Afghan Treble, Mock Cable, Narcissus Lace, Open Cluster, Peardrop, Pebble, Plain, Queen Lace, Raised Horizontal, Ribbed I, Ribbed II, Ripple, Sl 1 fwd, Triangle, Twisted, Vertical Ridge.
- Note: If the above link for the Backward Stitch does not work or you get an error message from Tripod, please go to the main link for Angie's Crochet Corner and go to "The Stitches" and click on either of the links for "Thumbnail of all" or "List of all", then click on the appropriate photo/graphic for the stitch. Angie also has a new mirror site at Angelfire so be sure to bookmark it.
- FreePatterns.com's (formerly Annie's Attic's) Crochet Information for Afghan stitch: http://www.freepatterns.com/content/content.html?content_id=72
- (AA moved this info from their site to FreePatterns.com.) This site offers quicktime videos to watch on your computer to learn how to work loops off the hook, find the vertical bar, make a color change, and pull up loops when doing the afghan stitch. There are also instructions and illustrations.
- Changing Colors from Knitting-and.com: http://www.knitting-and.com/crochet/tunisian-intarsia.htm
- This page shows you how to change colors in the afghan/tunisian stitch that is worked in the intarsia method and has pictures to show you the changes.
- ChezCrochet.com: http://www.chezcrochet.com/index.html
- Has a good web page for doing the round afghan pattern/round disk hoop along with some Beach Ball coasters & Hot Pad patterns as well as one for a Dresden Plate Motif for using the pattern. ARNie also has a new book that is being offered for sale, "Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet," for $24.95 plus s/h. The book includes "140 pages of instructions, technique and stitch photographs, articles, tutorials, Alternate Names and Terms; everything you need to get started and master Tunisian Crochet."
- Cindy's Tunisian Tips & More: http://www.crochet.borgbilly.com/tutorial/afghan.htm
- Cindy's page with a variety of tips and hints on using the afghan stitch. Topics included in her tutorial include: Changing colors, Starting a new color, Picking up color changes from the previous row, Weaving ends, Assembling pieces, Counting Stitches, and Two-tone Blending.
- Craft Yarn Council of America: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/
- Offers free patterns, tutorials, bulletin boards for discussion groups and more!
- Daphne's Tutorial Page: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/3606/tutorialpage.html
- This site is devoted to Crochet Stitches and Techniques and illustrated with diagrams for easy comprehension! It has Crochet Abbreviations, Crochet Symbols, Crochet Stitches, and Crochet "Know How"
- How To Decrease and Increase In Afghan Stitch from About.com: http://web.archive.org/web/20060101035421/http://knitting.about.com/library/weekly/aa010603.htm
- About.com offers 2 photos and instructions as to how to increase/decrease in afghan stitch that was originally printed in the year 1917 in a crochet publication.
- How To Make Your Own Yarn Winder from About.com: http://knitting.about.com/library/weekly/aa010603.htm
- In this article, Vicky R. Peterson tells you how to make your own yarn winder using an electric mixer and includes photos to show you how to do it.
- Serendipity Crochet's Basic Stitch Tutorial: http://serendipity.gpvm.com/patterns.html#tutorials
- Dave's Serendipity Crochet site has a nice basic stitch tutorial which covers the following: Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Purl Stitch (2 ways to do the Purl Stitch), Tunisian Knit Stitch, Increase and Decrease (One stitch at a time or several), Working with Colors (Includes working with 2 and 3 colors in a variety of ways), Stitches [easy stitch variations using the Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss) and the Tunisian Purl Stitch (Tps)]. He also has a page for making a round or square disk in Afghan Stitch.
- Tunisian, Afghan Knit Stitch: http://www.bellaonline.org/articles/art4065.asp
- Learn how to do the Tunisian/Afghan Knit Stitch from BellaOnline's Crochet Editor. You might also like to check out the Crochet Experiment - it may surprise you!
- Tunisian Crochet/Afghan Stitch by Sandra Petit at Crochet Cabana: http://www.crochetcabana.com/specialty/tunisian.htm
- Crochet Cabana's instructions on how to make the afghan stitch with helpful hints and information concerning curling, cross-stitching, increasing/decreasing and more, including joining new yarn/changing colors.
- Tunisian Crochet: http://web.archive.org/web/20030210220545/crafts.info-galaxy.com/crochet/Tunisian/tunisian.html
- InfoGalaxy's archived web pages from the Internet Archive about Tunisian Crochet which has three pages of instructions for how to do the afghan stitch (tunisian crochet) along with diagrams/pictures and also includes a variety of stitches as well. These three pages definitely should be of help to those wanting to learn how to do tunisian (afghan stitch) crochet.
- Tunisian Crochet & Embroidery from Heritage Shoppe: http://www.heritageshoppe.com/heritage/stitches/tunisian.html
- The Heritage Shoppe in Oconto, WI, has a nice page complete with photos about tunisian crochet (afghan stitch) and how to do it. Also shows you how to cross-stitch on tunisian (afghan-stitch) crochet items.
Crochet Video Links
(Note: The following links are for free crochet videos to watch online and NOT just for the afghan stitch or single/double crochet stitch. The ones marked with an asterisk [*] are for the tunisian/afghan stitch. To view the videos, you may need to download the correct player and/or to update the video/media player on your computer.)
Casting On Stitches:
Changing Colors Help Links:
(Note: The following links are for changing colors in crochet and NOT just in the afghan stitch or single/double crochet stitch. The ones marked with an asterisk [*] are for the tunisian/afghan stitch.)
Gauge Help Links:
(Note: The following links are for determining your own gauge in crochet/knitting and NOT just in the afghan stitch or single/double crochet stitch.)
How to Make Fringe/Pompoms/Tassels:
Reading/Following A Graph/Chart Help Links:
(Note: The following links are to help you learn how to read/follow a graph/chart for crocheting.)
Reading Symbol Crochet:
(Note: The following links are to help you learn how to read/follow symbols for crocheting.)
Recycled Yarn Links:
Russian Joining Links:
Splicing Yarn Links:
Crochet History Links:
Miscellaneous Crochet Links:
- Crochet Stitch/Sweater Calculator: http://web.archive.org/web/20040202213431/http://www.medidit.com/files/private.htm
- From Eva Owsian at Bella Online. Click here for instructions on how to use the calculator. (Note as of 12 Jan. 2005: Apparently Medidit.com is in the process of re-doing their site and haven't added the Crochet Stitch/Sweater Calculator into the new design as of yet. So until then, I think you will have to use the link/page I found for it through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.)
- Knitted Threads' Crochet Tips and Techniques: http://www.knittedthreads.com/br/tips/crochet/tipcroq2.htm
- Learn how to make your crochet project a little easier to control by reading the information here. You will find the following: tips for keeping skeins of yarn and thread intact, using multiple strands and colors, counting or tracking rows and pattern repeats.
- About.com's Adjusting Afghan Square Sizes: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa112198.htm
- Tells you how to adjust a crocheted afghan square to fit the size that you want/need.
- About.com's Changing Colors in Crochet: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa072697.htm
- About.com's Where to Find Stitches & Techniques How-to's: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa052398.htm
- Offers how to links for step-by-step photos/instructions/diagrams for the following stitch or technique: Afghan Stitch Decrease, Afghan Stitch Increase, Back Loop Only, Beaded Crochet, Blanket Stitch For Edging, Bullion Stitch, Butterfly Stitch, Cables, Changing Colors in Crochet, Changing Colors How-To (Photos), Changing Colors: Hints (Photos), Cluster Edging Photo How-to, Cluster Stitch, Crazy Shell, Crochet Around Closed Circle, Crocheted Beads, Cross-over Shell Stitch, Cross-Stitch on Single Crochet, Cross Trebles, dc in chain 1 space, Decrease, Diagonal Shell, Double Crochet (dc), End Off; Fasten Off, Fabric Strips, Preparing Filet Crochet Basics, Filet Crochet Chart: Starting Chain Formula, Filet Crochet; Increasing, Front Loop Only, Half Double Crochet (hdc), Joining Crochet Pieces, Knot Stitch (Lovers', Solomon's), Long Single Crochet, Marguerite (Star), Moss Stitch, Oval Shape, Picot, Pineapple Motif (Basic), Pineapple Stitch (1917), Popcorn Stitch, Post Stitches (Front/Back Post), Reverse Single Crochet, Rick Rack, Crocheting On Roll Stitch, Ruffling Basics, sc 2 sts tog, Shell Stitches, Single Crochet (sc), Slip Knot, Solid Shell Stitch, Star Filet, Star (Marguerite), Starting Chain, Treble Stitches, Treble Treble, Triple Treble, Triton Shell (Sandi Marshall's Version), Weaving in Ends
- Coats & Clark Yarn Summary Chart: http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/Crochet/Yarns/Coats+and+Clark+Crochet+Yarn+Summary+Chart.htm
- Gives information about knit/crochet gauges along with skein weight and length when using the Coats & Clark yarns. You may also want to check out their Yarn Summary Chart to determine when/if you can substitute one brand of their yarn for another.
- Crochet Basics: http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm
- All kinds of useful information can be found here including Crochet Abbreviations and Stitch Instructions along with a Stitch Conversion Chart and UK/Australian vs. American Stitches.
- Crochet Experiment: http://web.archive.org/web/20070222074308/http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art10167.asp
- Check out this article by Eva Owsian for some interesting results on a crochet experiment that was done to determine exactly how much more yarn does crochet use versus knitting, or crochet versus Afghan/Tunisian. The results may surprise you!
- Crochet Partners' Yarn Comparision Chart: http://web.archive.org/web/20050404202053/http://www.crochetpartners.org/resources/yarns.html
- Archived page from Crochet Partners that gives Brand names, weight, colors, ounces, grams, yards, and meters for different kinds/types of yarn.
- How to's by Ambar Enid Alcala: http://www.geocities.com/riverglorious/Patterns/patternpage.html
- Ambar Enid Alcala has some nice how to pages for the following: make fringe, work into the post of a double crochet, make a Front Post Double Crochet, make a Back Post Double Crochet, make a Single Crochet For Lefties, make a Basic Granny Square Pattern, make a Basic Granny Square with a With A Cluster Flower Center, repair crochet.
- Reasons to Knit and/or Crochet: http://www.learntoknit.com/why_knitorcrochet.php3
- A list of some of the reasons why over 24 million people say they love knitting, crocheting and crafting with yarn from learntoknit.com
- Tapestry Crochet for Right-Handed Crocheters: http://iweb.tntech.edu/cventura/rightstitches.html
- According to Carol Ventura, "Tapestry crochet is similar to regular crochet, except that two or more yarns are worked at the same time to create a colorful fabric. Actually, one or more yarns are carried while another yarn is crocheted. The finished pieces look woven instead of crocheted." Carol also offers tapestry crochet instructions for left-handed crocheters at her site as well as Tapestry Crochet in Rounds For Right-Handed Crocheters and Left-Handed Crocheters.
- Yarn Brain (Coffee Is Brain Food) Coffee Cup: http://www.cafepress.com/knit_heretic.13161817?zoom=yes#zoom
- Cute photo of a yarn brain for knitters. Wish they had a similar one for crocheters!
Learn How to Crochet:
- Double Base Chain Stitch
from Josi Hannon Madera Designs: http://www.weirdmirror.org/instruction/dblbsch.htm
- Be sure to check out Josi's Stitch Guide for other stitches and techniques such as: Standard Stitches: Triple Base Chain (tr-ch), Single Crochet (sc), Half-Double Crochet (hdc), Double Crochet (dc), Triples and Quadruples (tr and qu) (Triples are also known as Trebles.), Shells (sh or shell), Clusters (cl), Single Crochet Reduce (type 1) (sc-red), Single Crochet Reduce (type 2) (sc-red), aRound Front (rf) (aka Front Post), aRound Front into a Single (rf-sc), Puff (puff), Bump Stitch (bs), Join to Form a Ring (single chain), Join to Form a Ring (double chain), Change Color in a Ring (wrong side to right side).
- Foundationless DC : http://home.comcast.net/~gandal195/MoebiusShawlPattern.htm
- Hint: Scroll down the Moebius Shawl pattern page a little ways for Bonnie Pierce's instructions on how to make the foundationless dc.
- Loop Stitch: http://www.teddys-handarbeiten.de/xhak-gr-schlingenhaekeln.htm
- This is another way to do the loop stitch using a popsicle stick. The pages are in German but it has plenty of photos that you can use to go by if you don't know/read the language.
Goofy Basket 'Ghan: http://www.geocities.com/mountainhome1999/gg.htm
- Looks similar to Tunisian
- Reverse Single Crochet Stitch: http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=122
- Good tutorial with photos for learning how to do the reverse single crochet stitch (a.k.a. crab stitch, corded edge).
- For those who need more help, try one of these links: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa112997.htm
- Slip Knot Loop: http://members.aol.com/elegantcrochet/slipknotloop.htm
Learn How to Knit:
Labels to make or purchase for your crafts:
Converting Craft Terms in Different Languages:
- AltaVista - Babel Fish Translation: http://babelfish.altavista.com/
- Useful for translating a block of text OR a web page
- Antique and vintage basic crochet terms: http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/crochetstitches.htm
- "The terms for crochet stitches varied from publication to publication, starting in the 1820ís, and didnít become standardized until well into the 20th century. Sometime in the 1880ís, crochet terms for the basic stitches became more standardized in Britain, and although some American publishers began to use what we now recognize as U.S. crochet terminologies, British terms were still used in many U.S. publications until after World War I. Here is a list of different stitch terms from some of the popular publications of their time."
- A World of Crochet & Knitting: http://www.geocities.com/mwillsondesigns/translations
- Margret Willson's page of links in her attempt at making sites in other languages more accessible. Be sure to visit MWillsonDesigns for more useful/helpful pages including some FREE patterns.
- Crochet Abbreviations and their meanings: http://medidit.com/Lessons/abbrv.htm
- FYI - Scroll down the page past the following paragraph in quotation marks below to find ME Did It's chart for British and American crochet terms.
- "Have you ever ran across a beautiful pattern, started to crochet only to discover that for some reason your project isn't turning out anything close to what is pictured? There are a few differences between British and American crochet terms. I have compiled a list to try and help you decipher any pattern that you may be having trouble with. Before you begin, take a copy of the pattern and print out the below list. Since I always try to do the easiest way possible, use highlighter pens and make up your own color coded system, mark the copy of the pattern, highlighting all the double crochets with yellow or whatever color you want, then mark the correct corresponding single crochet on the American side list with yellow or whatever color you want. Now every time you come to a highlighted spot you will know what stitch you should be using for you pattern."
- Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart - American to English: http://www.crochetaustralia.com.au/webcontent3.htm#CROCHET%20STITCH%20CONVERSION%20CHART%20-%20American%20to%20English
- "The availability of American crochet patterns provides you with the opportunity to explore your craft by using a greater variety of patterns and techniques than are generally provided by English terminology patterns. While at first American crochet patterns may appear to be written in a foreign language, American crochet is identical to our own Australian/English crochet with the exception of the names of the stitches involved. The following chart provides the equivalent stitch names for American and English crochet stitches."
- Crochet Terms
in Six Languages Courtesy of Lori Niemuth and Gloria Serra: http://www.crochetmemories.com/language.html
- Web page containing translations of crochet terms in 6 languages: English (U.S), Spanish, Italian, French, German, & Polish.
- From English to Danish: http://web.archive.org/web/20030621225434/www.potholderlady.com/misc1/danish.txt
- From English to French: http://web.archive.org/web/20030621225954/www.potholderlady.com/misc1/french.txt
- From English to German: http://web.archive.org/web/20030621230647/www.potholderlady.com/misc1/german.txt
- From English to Italian: http://web.archive.org/web/20030621231327/www.potholderlady.com/misc1/italian.txt
- From English to Nederlands: http://web.archive.org/web/20030213025835/www.potholderlady.com/misc1/nederlnd.txt
- From English to Spanish: http://web.archive.org/web/20030213030106/www.potholderlady.com/misc1/spanish.txt
- Google Language Tools: http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en
- Useful for translating a block of text OR a web page
- International Dictionary of Crochet Terms: http://www.patchworkcrochet.com/foreign.htm
- Has a chart offering crochet terms in American, British, Italian, Spanish, German, & French.
- Knitting and Crochet Terms in Other Languages: http://www.geocities.com/barbie42day/translate.html
- Has a list offering knitting and crocheting terms in English, French, German, Spanish, & Italian.
- Translation Of Knitting And Crochet Terms: http://web.archive.org/web/20060116003223/http://www.fortunecity.com/littleitaly/pisa/22/companion/5lingue.html
- Archived page containing translations of knitting and crochet terms in 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
Some useful felting information/tips
Using Lifelines in Knitting:
Information about are lifelines and how to use them in knitting
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