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Basic Cro-Hook Instructions

Text from an Online Chat Tutorial



Kim Guzman Jun. 2000

Email to kim@crochetkim.com

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Please note that this text is written in "chat format," although I've edited some of it out. Therefore, there may be some conversational, rather than instructional, elements.



Hints:

* Use two different SOLID colors when learning----variegated colors sometimes make it difficult to see.

* When working with a cro-hook, it may be necessary to hold the hook differently than you would normally. I like to hold the hook like I would a bicycle handlebar.

* When you get comfortable with flipping your hook (to change color), you will notice that your yarn will not get tangled if you flip the hook one way for one color and one way for the other. This just takes practice.

* You may be more comfortable working the Foundation Chain and the Finishing Row with a regular crochet hook, then switch to a cro-hook for the remainder of the stitches.

* Try different sizes of cro-hooks. The loops should be loose, not tight. I prefer to use a hook two sizes larger than I would normally. For instance, I like to use size G hook with Red Heart Soft. So, with a cro-hook, I use size I. For Aunt Lydia's Denim, I use an H cro-hook.

* You may find it difficult to work with standard Red Heart Super Saver yarns with a cro-hook. You may not have any problem at all, but I just find it scratchy. But, Red Heart TLC and Red Heart Soft work wonderfully. I've also used Aunt Lydia's Denim.

1. With Color A, make a slip knot on your hook and make your desired number of chains. For this tutorial, make 20 chains. (Foundation Chain)

2. Insert your hook into the top loop (only one loop!) of the second chain from your hook. Yo and draw and loop through. You will now have two loops on your hook.

3. Now, insert your hook into the next chain, YO and draw a loop through. Continue drawing up a loop in every remaining chain. You will have 20 loops on your hook. COUNT YOUR LOOPS! When your hook is full of loops, I use the term your hook is LOADED.

4. Everytime your hook is LOADED, remember that you will flip, push and start a new color. So, flip your work over so that the backs of the stitches are facing you. Push all the loops to the other end of the hook. Make a slip knot with Color B and attach it to this "new" hook.

5. Pull that one loop of Color B through ONE loop of Color A. This counts as your first stitch. Now, YO and pull through TWO loops--one of Color B and one of Color A. Remember that for the first stitch, you are pulling through ONE loop. Each subsquent stitch is pulled through TWO loops. Continue to YO and pull through TWO loops until you have one loop remaining of Color B. DO NOT TURN! You are at the One-Loop Stage.

6. When at the One-Loop Stage, you will need to get your hook LOADED again. Take a look at your work. Do you see the Vertical Bars standing out made by Color A? These are the bars where you will be placing your hook. Skip the first Vertical Bar. Insert your hook under the next Vertical Bar, YO and pull a loop through. You will now have two loops on your hook. Insert your hook under each remaining Vertical Bar and pull up a loop. The last Vertical Bar is sometimes a little hard to see, so be sure to catch it. You will have 20 loops on your hook. COUNT YOUR LOOPS! Your hook is now loaded, so you will "Flip, Push and Start a New Color."

7. Flip your hook over, push the loops to the other hook and YO with Color A. Draw through ONE loop for the first stitch and TWO loops for each remaining stitch. When you're finished, you'll be at the One-Loop Stage with Color A and you'll need to Load your hook again with loops.

Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until you have the size you'd like. Then, you'll need a Finishing Row (or Binding Off Row)

For Finishing, you must be at the One-Loop Stage. Finishing is very similar to Loading your hook. Skip the first Vertical Bar. Insert your hook under the next Vertical Bar, YO and pull a loop through BUT pull it ALL the way through the loop that's currently on your hook as well. Note that you are doing a Slip Stitch here. Continue working this Slip Stitch all the way across, making sure to catch all Vertical Bars. You are now ready to cut and fasten both strands of yarn.

Summary

* Count your stitches!

* When the hook is loaded: Flip, push and start working with new color

* When closing the stitches with the new color, pull through one loop for the first stitch and two loops for every other stitch





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