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Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques

Stitch your way to better crochet! Join author and renowned instructor Edie Eckman as she shares techniques for improving the look and quality of your crochet.
Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has important information needed in crocheting. I am glad I have the information this class provided.
Date published: 2022-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to update your skills! I made all the samples just as was instructed and it was wonderful to do it properly! I was only frustrated about the fancy granny square, where there was this one stitch that I could not figure out from the instruction crossing double crochet with triple? She did not show it either. I am still searching for the answer!
Date published: 2022-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect crochet learning source This is the latest of my crochet and knitting courses with Edie Eckman. As always, she is very clear and concise and extremely informational in what she presents. The course is interesting and fun and a great learning experience. Please have more Edie Eckman courses!
Date published: 2022-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful at any level This course is helpful to anyone wanting to improve their skills.
Date published: 2021-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Crochet Tips This course is for those who know how to crochet. I am a beginner (possibly an advanced beginner) and found some of the tips useful. For example, changing colors in a granny square as I have made a granny square blanket. Other tips, I will need to remember to come back and review because I have not learned the basic technique yet. For example, I have not used edging on a project yet. The instructor does not teach you how to edge, she teaches tips to make the edging on your project better. My recommendation for those learning to crochet is to start with the other beginner courses and watch this course after those and after you have the basics down. I will likely return to view parts of this course as I learn more about crochet.
Date published: 2021-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Improve your crochet I never received this. My original shipment came with only the Basic Crochet. I contacted customer service and was told a replacement would be shipped. I still have not received.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teacher The teacher is easy to understand and she shows you what she is talking about. I haven't watched all of it yet. I do like what I have seen. Thanks
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful for re looking at my work I have crocheted baby blankets for years. This reminded me of things I should have been doing for more complex designs .
Date published: 2018-06-08
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Join author and renowned instructor Edie Eckman as she shares techniques for improving the look and quality of your crochet. Begin by learning how to create and maintain control over your fabric and prevent a too-tight foundation chain. Then, get comfortable reading and following patterns and find out how to decipher pattern speak! Confidently measure gauge in stitches, rows, stitch patterns and in the round, and learn how it helps you achieve stunning results. Then, find out how to pick up stitches evenly and work with decorative borders while keeping edges flat even around corners and curves! Finally, refine your work and explore finishing techniques for professional-looking crochet. Plus, get tips on joining new yarns, changing colors, weaving in ends and more. No matter how long you've been crocheting, you're sure to pick up new tricks!


Edie Eckman

Whether we are knitting, crocheting, or sewing, we are not only shaping our fabric, but we are creating our fabric at the same time.

Edie Eckman is a teacher, designer and author of bestselling crochet books, including Around the Corner Crochet Borders, The Crochet Answer Book, and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. Edie’s classes are infused with her desire for pattern instructions to be understandable and accessible for all crocheters. Her articles and designs have appeared in a variety of publications, including Interweave Crochet, Knitters and Knit 'n Style.

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Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques
Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques



01: Introduction

Meet your instructor, crochet designer Edie Eckman, as she introduces you to many of the techniques you'll explore in this class and offers tips on how to maximize your learning experience.

3 min
Creating a Fabric

02: Creating a Fabric

Learn how hook and yarn choice determine the look and drape of crocheted fabric. Then, discover how to rid yourself of too-tight foundation chains forever as Edie demonstrates how to create a foundation single crochet row. Say goodbye to accidentally skipped or added stitches as Edie shows you two ways to work the turning chain in double crochet.

19 min
Reading a Pattern

03: Reading a Pattern

Gain confidence in pattern-reading as Edie explains the common punctuation found in written crochet patterns. Understand how fabric comes together, then take a dip into reading diagrams as Edie walks you through several examples. Crochet along with Edie as you make a lovely fantail swatch using just a crochet diagram.

21 min
Pattern Problem Solving

04: Pattern Problem Solving

Delve deeper into pattern-reading as you examine the subtle changes that can make a pattern more or less clear. Skip frustrating patterns and learn to identify clear ones as Edie shares her checklist for what makes a good pattern and the red flags that warn of a bad one. Then, gather Edie's tips for keeping track of your place in a pattern -- written or diagram --and learn her foolproof trick for keeping track of rounds while working in a spiral.

18 min

05: Gauge

Explore the importance of gauge as you discover all of the factors that can affect your stitch size. Learn to crochet a helpful swatch so you can measure your gauge. Become confident in your ability to measure stitch gauge and row gauge whether you're working flat, in the round or with lacy and textured patterns!

23 min

06: Edgings

Add professional-quality edgings to give your pieces polish. Discover Edie's easy methods for picking up stitches evenly -- even when working with stitch multiples. Never deal with curled-up corners again as you learn how to follow a curve and turn corners without creating puckers. Finally, master the crab stitch, a great corded edge, as you crochet in reverse!

18 min

07: Refinements

Tackle more advanced techniques as you learn a way to create fabric that is uniform on both the beginning and final edge. Stitch colorful granny squares with seamless color joins and add the standing double crochet stitch to your repertoire. Plus, control where your hook ends up when you are working motifs in the round, so you'll always be in the perfect place to begin the next stitch.

12 min

08: Finishing

Create well-defined colorwork motifs as you learn the secret to crisp mid-row color changes. Discover the proper techniques for blocking both natural and acrylic fibers. And finally, learn Edie's trick for weaving in ends so they never unravel!

13 min