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Tricks of the Trade Every Hooker Should Know

These tricks of the trade can benefit crocheters of any level.

When you grab a crochet book or pattern, it’s filled with a ton of information. As a beginning  crocheter, it might seem like a foreign language. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you start hearing people talk about Magic Circles, and Invisible Joins. All of a sudden you’ve gone from a foreign land to a fantasy land!

What is all this magic everyone is talking about?  Well here it is…all the magic at your finger tips!  Check out the photo tutorials and videos I’ve gathered for your convenience. Learn how to create a Magic Circle, Magic Knot, Invisible Join, Seamless Color Changes and more, with some pretty awesome designers!

The Magic Circle

I have seen questions about the Magic Circle aka Magic Ring pop up on a variety of crochet boards. Some have no idea what it is, and others know but have no clue how to pull it off.  Here is a video from Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd that explains it and demonstrates in slow motion.

The Invisible Join

When making hats, or working in rounds, there is so often a pesky line up the side. There’s a technique that helps you create an Invisible Join and helps that seam disappear. I have seen a few techniques for this in picture tutorials and videos.

Sonya Blackstone - Invisible Join

Sonya Blackstone – Invisible Join

Sonya Blackstone

There’s a picture tutorial on Blackstone Designs that shows a step by step on how to create an Invisible Join. While you’re there, check out her post on Crochet Lingo a list of all those abbreviations you see on facebook and on crochet boards everywhere.

 

Here’s a video of the Invisible Join by Julie at Gleeful Things

Seamless Color Changes

There are some amazing patterns out there with colors a plenty. With techniques to create a seamless color change you will have one more magic trick up your sleeve!

There are several videos available. Mikey shows us how to switch colors at the end of the row, and Tamara Kelly from Moogly shows us how to change colors in the middle.

The Magic Knot

This is what I call real magic! The magic knot is “not” one I hear of often but it is a priceless bit of information to hold on to.  This video from WEBS is very easy to follow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj_-V5XVPcs

Weaving in Ends

If you are anything like me your favorite part of any project is weaving in the ends. (NOT) Here are some tutorials on how to best weave in your ends.

Tutorial by Yarnspirations

Tutorial by Moogly

By Popular Demand – The Russian Join

Many you have referenced the Russian Join. Can’t believe I forgot to add this cool trick to the batch. Here’s a great video tutorial from Expression Fiber Arts.

That’s Not All!

I am sure these tips are merely a few, but they are some of the ones I come across most often. Feel free to share any tips or tricks you might have to add to this list. Comment below, I love to hear from you!

Happy Hookin’!

16 Comments

  1. Mary Kaye

    The Russian join is MUCH better than the Magic Knot because you end up with no knot.

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    1. Meridith L.

      I just watched a video on the Russian join. I’ve been using the magic knot but I do like the idea of not having a knot for certain projects. Thanks for the idea!

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    2. sharon

      I, too, use the Russian join and love the no knot effect

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    3. norma

      for yarn the Russian is best but for thread esp fine the slip methop demonastrated works best hid in a stitch

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  2. karon ingram

    good info thank you

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  3. Jan Duncan

    I would like someone to show me how to crochet dc2tog. For some reason I need to see it done. Thanks!!!

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    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Here’s a tutorial by Tamara Kelly from Moogly.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAQWZMZJXnE

      Reply
  4. Charissa

    My magic knots often come undone when I tug to see if they are secure. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. KkLyn

      make sure that you are putting the working yarn BEHIND the new yarn, then vice versa, tighten the knots you make really tight, then pull the knots together

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  5. Katie

    Really helpful information. Just bookmarked this page so that I can refer to it when I am crocheting. I have never heard of a Russian join, so I shall look that up now.

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  6. sarah wallace

    Really very helpful information thank you

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  7. Betty Burns

    Would like to get new posts by e-maill.

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    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Hi Betty, I added a subscribe by email option on the right side of the page just under my profile picture. =)

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    2. Vicki

      Now that’s sultbe! Great to hear from you.

      Reply
  8. aj bleile

    Could you explain how to ‘carry a color along the side’? or direct me towards a video? I hate all the knots and joins on the side of a stripey blanket. Thanks!

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    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

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