What Is Crochet: Its Basic Terms and Definition

Whenever we think of Crocheting, we automatically assume grandmas. It has been so long since our brains have learned to connect one to another naturally. However, in today’s time, the hobby of crochet is no more just for our grandparents. If not, it is now more practiced by the youth and adults than ever before.

Crochet, by its universal definition, is a needlework technique performed using a crochet hook plus fiber or any other similar material. Most usually, this said material is yarn or a thread. Fabric, wire, twine, or other inventive material can also be an alternative for use.

The Goal of Crochet

If it isn’t self-evident yet, the main goal of crochet is for us, the ones who do the practice – the crochet enthusiasts, to complete specific projects. These projects are typically objects that are useful, attractive, or highly beneficial in some way or another. Great examples of substantial crochet projects are blankets for babies, baby booties, warm scarves, purses, shawls, purses, tote bags, afghans, and a ton more. And if you think, crochet stops at that, and then I beg you to differ. Jewelry, socks, and great curtains are also highly possible to crochet.

In addition to that, it is also possible to crochet various components unto others already made items. For a favorite example, cute or awesome edgings and inventive crochet trims. You can apply such to crocheted items or projects you have already done in prior, knitted items, sewn items, and even items you have already bought to the nearest store near you. Why not add an excellent crocheted edging on your newly purchased socks, towels, or pillowcases, right?

While most who do the craft has the ultimate goal of completing their respective projects, not all are entirely concerned with just that. In fact, there are other goals, benefits, and advantages to crochet besides only the projects. Crocheting can be a very relaxing and meditative practice. The sight of seeing your handicraft project slowly forming to your end goal can genuinely be satisfying and can bring such gratifying pleasure.

Knitting and Crocheting

One look and you’d think that knitting and crocheting is one and the same. Because they do share many common elements such as both practices utilize colorful yarns to create their projects, people often confuse one another. Afghans, shawls, hats, scarves, sweaters, etc. are both possible to develop in a similar fashion on both practices. You cannot blame someone who isn’t all that familiar with knitting or crocheting to not be able to tell the difference between the two at a glance. After all, the differences between the two are more and more becoming blurry because of a number of techniques that allow doers to create projects only knitting can do before.  

Take a good look at each, though, and you’ll eventually see their apparent differences. You can tell whether a person is knitting or crocheting by looking at the tools that they are actively using. See someone using a hook, then he or she is crocheting while seeing someone using two pointed needles, or perhaps a circular needle, then he or she is knitting. And then there are some crafters, who combine knitting and crocheting in one particular project. For example; they put on crocheting edging on a knitting garment. Truthfully, the possibilities are seemingly endless on both crafting hobbies.

3 Of the Most Basic Crochet Terms

The most fundamental term of them all with regards to crocheting is the crochet stitch. Its definition is as evident as it could be as well; it is the form of stitching in crochet. Each crochet project is comprised by a particular crochet stitch. Here are the most basic crochet stitches that you should be fully aware of:

  •   The Chain Stitch

Chain stitching is an integral part for you to learn if you want the practice of crocheting to be a part of you. Other than the slip knot, the usual first step in a particular crochet project is to create a series of interlocking chain stitches. To start in crochet is to learn how to chain stitch.

Hold your hook facing upwards. While your crochet hook is still inside the slip knot, loop the working yarn over the hook from the back to front. Rotate your crochet hook by about one quarter turn counterclockwise as you connect the yarn to hook it. After you successfully hook the yarn, draw it through the slip knot; that is now your first completed chain stitch.

To make the next chain stitch, hook another loop and draw it through. Repeat the process as many times as necessary. Sooner rather than later, you’d find this to be elementary, and you’d be creating chain stitches in a beautiful rhythm. 

  •   Slip Stitch

The slip stitch is another basic crochet stitch that every crochet enthusiasts must know. The slip stitch is used to join pieces together, to add decorative elements, and to finish projects with simple edging.

You can work a slip stitch at just about any point after you begin your project. If you already have an active loop on your hook, insert your hook into the spot where you want to crochet the slip stitch. Then hook your yarn. Pull the yarn up through your project then.

Finally, draw the newly created loop through the already active loop on your hook. That’s it; your slip stitch is now complete. A little practice with these given steps, and it would become almost like a single fluid motion.

  •   Single Crochet Stitch

Yet another crochet stitch that you must master to be intermediate with the hobby. A majority of crochet patterns and projects include single crochet stitches in them. Do not worry, though; the single crochet is one of the easiest stitches to master. Once you have learned it, you have now unlocked infinite options on where you can use it. Rows, in rounds, spirals, as edging, all of it and many more can be worked with single crochet stitch.

Insert the hook through the first chain. For the second row and beyond, insert your hook into the single crochet stitch directly below it in the row. Slide the hook under both loops on the top of the chain. With the hook in place already, prepare to draw up a circle. Wrap the yarn over your hook and then grab it with the hook.

Pull the hook and working yarn through the loops you created. You should now have two stitches on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook again, and hook the yarn. Wrap the yarn around your hook again, and hook the yarn. Draw the hook and yarn through both of the loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet stitch. It may sound confusing at first, but the moment you finish your first single crochet, you’d find the next super easy.

These are just a tiny sample of basic terms that you’d encounter on the world of crocheting. Dive right in, and you’ll eventually find tons more. But before you do go up to the more complicated crochet stitches, you must first master the three mentioned above. And once you do, the next stitches would already feel very basic for you. Go out there now and create your very first or next project.

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