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Annie's Attic - Stitching Help - instructional video clips, drawn illustrations and text-based material on all types of stitching, including crochet, cross stitching, embroidery, knitting, plastic canvas, ribbon embroidery, and tatting   (Rating: 7.12 Votes: 4024)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (14)

Carol Ventura's Tapestry Crochet a Spiral Basket - a step-by-step, illustrated hands-on introduction to some basic tapestry crochet techniques through a spiral basket project   (Rating: 7.08 Votes: 4273)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (5)

Chez Crochet: Library - text-based instructional articles on Tunisian Crochet, lace crochet and regular crochet, including such articles as Granny Square Foundations", "Using Color & Texture for Diversity", "Quick Lace Projects", "Working in the Round", "Prayer Shawls and Links", "Tunisian Crochet 101", "TC Foundations", "Reducing the Curl" and more   (Rating: 7.04 Votes: 3973)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Crochet at BellaOnline - Lessons Library - a series of step-by-step, illustrated beginner crochet lessons, covering such topics as how to hold your hands, hook, & yarn, the chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, half double & double crochet, triple, double triple, treble triple, quad & quin triple crochet, hide the hole at the ends, spirals & swirls, crochet on fabric, adding beads, basic tunisian, tunisian knit stitch, tunisian cables, rounder circles, basic triangles, triangles from the inside out, solomon's knot, how to change and use several colors, hairpin lace fringe, loop stitch, how to design your own mobius scarf and more   (Rating: 7.15 Votes: 3993)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (6)

Crochet Cabana: Tutorials - illustrated tutorials on how to begin crocheting using the Broomstick Lace (Jiffy Lace) and Tunisian Crochet (Afghan Stitch) methods   (Rating: 7.09 Votes: 4089)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (9)

Illustrated Patchwork Crochet: Crochet How-to's - a thoroughly-illustrated guide to basic crochet stitches and techniques and patchwork crochet, covering the chain, slip stitch, single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, triple crochet stitch, beginning and ending a round, fastening off, weaving ends through back of work, sewing completed motifs together and more   (Rating: 7.10 Votes: 3981)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (3)

Instructions on Crochet - short, photo-enhanced guides on the basics of crochet, covering such topics as blocking, double crochet, front and back loops, half double crochet, how to change yarn, how to change colors, how to hold a needle, how to hold the yarn, how to manage the end of the row, increasing and decreasing, instructions, left handed crochet, single crochet, the chain stitch, the granny square, the slip stitch, triple crochet and more   (Rating: 7.05 Votes: 3726)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Knitted Threads: Tips and Techniques - instructional guides in several issues of concern to crocheters, covering how to change colors in crochet, reading filet crochet patterns, making your crochet project a littler easier to control, doing an afghan/tunisian stitch, front and back post stitches, the cro-hook, crocheted cable stitches and more   (Rating: 7.08 Votes: 3989)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (3)

Patty's Filet Primer - a text-only primer to the basics of filet crocheting techniques and how to apply them to patterns   (Rating: 7.13 Votes: 3975)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Smart Crochet: Crochet Tutorial - an illustrated, step-by-step filet crochet tutorial for crocheters, intended for those who already know how to work chain, single crochet and double crochet   (Rating: 7.13 Votes: 4080)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Wrights Classroom: Needlework - short, illustrated guides and lessons on crochet and general needlework, covering chain stitching, single crochet, slip stitch, finishing techniques and checking gauge, as well as guides on how to make an acorn with a crocheted cap, golf club covers, crocheted purse, crocheted baby booties, swedish weaving, daffodil lace scarf, hairpin lace, dish towel topper, dish cloth crochet bunnies, crochet stocking, crochet christmas tree, crochet snowman, lacy crochet basket and more   (Rating: 7.04 Votes: 4290)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (7)

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Crocheting in Plain English - a clear, accessible, well-illustrated and comprehensive guide to crocheting for beginners and experienced crocheters alike

Encyclopedia of 300 Crochet Patterns, Stitches and Designs - a large collection of crochet patterns with directions in both diagram and written form, with advice on how to work the patterns into your own designscover

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Beginner's Guides
Basic Crochet and Knit
Crochet From Start To Finish*ing (Video also available below)
Quick-And-Easy Crochet

General Crochet Guides
At Home With Crochet
Creative Crochet (Crochet Collection Series)
A Creative Guide to Crochet
Crochet (Amy Carroll)
Crochet (Sue Whiting)
Crochet for Today
The Crochet Workbook
Crocheting for Fun and Profit
The Filet Crochet Book
Filet Crochet from Yesterday (Crocheter's Historical Pattern Series)
Floral Crochet
In Love With Crochet
Our Best Thread Crochet
Tapestry Crochet
Vanessa-Ann's Plain & Fancy Crochet (The Vrochet Treasury Series)

7-Day Afghans
Afghan Inspirations
Afghan Sentiments
Afghans & Crochet Classics
Afghans for All Seasons (Crochet Treasury Series)
Afghans on the Double (Crochet Treasury Series)
Anne Orr's Afghans to Crochet and Knit (Dover Needlework Series)
Crochet Your Way : A Learn to Crochet Afghan, over 40 Projects for Home and Family, Easy-To-Understand Text and Symbols, Special Instructions for left
Crocheting Patchwork Patterns : Twenty-Three Granny Squares for Afghans, Sweaters, and Other Projects
Herrschner's Blue-Ribbon Afghans (Crochet Treasury)
Home Sweet Home Afghans
Mile-A-Minute Afghans (Crochet Treasury Series)
Our Best Baby Afghans (Leisure Arts Leaflet, 2853)
Quick and Cozy Afghans
Vanna's Afghans A to Z : 52 Crochet Favorites
Vanna's Favorite Gift Afghans (Crochet Treasury.)
A Year of Afghans
A Year of Afghans Book 4

Crochet Lace
Crochet Lace With Complete Diagrams
Fine Crochet Lace
Gorgeous Crochet Laces for Interior Decoration
Lovely Crochet Lace

Dolls and Teddies
Annie's Favorite Crochet Dolls
Knitting & Crocheting for Antique Dolls
Knitting and Crocheting for Antique Dolls Vol. II 1898-1913
Knitting & Crocheting for Antique Dolls Vol. III (1914-1929)
A Trio of Teddies to Crochet

60 Crocheted Snowflakes (Dover Needlework Series)
Country Christmas Crochet
Elegant Christmas Ornaments to Crochet

Irish Crochet
Favorite Irish Crochet Designs
Fine Irish Crochet Lace (Dover Needlework)
Irish Crochet : Technique and Projects (Dover Needlework Series)
Irish Crochet Designs and Projects
Irish Crochet: Crocheter's Historical Pattern Series Volume Two
Masterpieces of Irish Crochet Lace : Techniques, Patterns and Instructions (Dover Needlework Series)

60 Crocheted Snowflakes (Dover Needlework Series)
Crocheting Fashion Sweaters for Women
Crocheting Placemats (Needlework Series)
Crocheting Ruffled Doilies
Crocheting Tablecloths and Placemats
Glorious Crocheted Sweaters
Crochet Gifts for the Home : 55 Step-By-Step Projects (Reader's Digest)

Old Fashioned Crochet
Essential Crochet Treasures : Crocheter's Historical Pattern Series Volume Four
Old Fashioned Doilies to Crochet
Traditional Edgings to Crochet
Traditional Victorian White Work : To Knit and Crochet for the Home

Stitches, Patterns and Designs
150 Favorite Crochet Designs (Dover Needlework Series)
220 More Crochet Stitches : Includes All-Over Patterns, Edgings and Trimmings, Motifs, Irish Style Crochet
300 Crochet Stitches : Includes Basic Stitaches, Lace Patterns, Motifs, Filet, Clusters, Shells, Bobbles, Loops
Big Book of Favorite Crochet Patterns
Crochet Collection
Crochet Designs for the Home : 20 Elegant Patterns from the Archives of Dmc
Crochet Designs of Anne Orr
Crocheting Patchwork Patterns : Twenty-Three Granny Squares for Afghans, Sweaters, and Other Projects
Encyclopedia of 300 Crochet Patterns, Stitches and Designs
Ribbon Knits : 45 New Designs to Knit and Crochet

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Crochet - From Start to Finish - A video on the art of crochet for beginners, but also very useful to those who may have acquired more experience. It covers the basic stitch, yarn, hooks, gauge, increasing, decreasing, granny squares, changing colors, textures, seams, trims, blocking, the afghan stitch, bead trimmed bag, hairpin lace, broomstick lace, pineapple designs, filet crochet, Irish crochet and more. The "homey" atmoshphere on this tape, combined with the excellent usage of close-up shots creates a learning environment very much like having your grandmother sitting right beside you, teaching you how to crochet !

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Classic Crochet - Granny Squares

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