Some knitters have a weird prejudice against crochet and seem to get quite annoyed when knitting magazines feature crochet patterns. (And, of course, the same is true with some people who crochet—they’re not the least bit interested in knitting.) But here at creacrafts we embrace all crafts. Whatever you’re in to, then we’re into it too! 

So if you’d like to have a go at crochet—and we hope you will give it a try—then have a look at the Know-How section of issue 4 of Knit & Stitch Creative.

Of course the biggest difference between crochet and knitting is that you use a single hook rather than a pair of needles, so the first thing to master is how to hold the hook (and the yarn). The starting point for many crochet projects is a chain of interlinked loops, and the issue 4 Know-How takes you through this process.

Once you’ve made a crocheted chain, then it’s time to make the basic stitches. There are quite a few different stitches in crochet but the first ones that you’ll be mastering are called single crochet (double crochet in the UK), half-double crochet (half-treble crochet in the UK) and double crochet (treble crochet in the UK). You’ll also learn how to do the all-essential slip stitch – used most commonly in construction and shaping in crochet. 

Also in issue 4 is a pattern for a place mat—featuring a pocket for your cutlery—so you get the chance to try out your new skills with a stylish but practical project.