Tasha Margette Reynolds
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10 Crochet Techniques You’ve Probably Never Heard of and Why They Are So Cool!

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10 Crochet Techniques You’ve Probably Never Heard of and Why They are so Cool!

Fabric or “Rag” Crochet

Fabric crochet is a technique where you use scraps of fabric to create a crochet project, like a rug, a craft bag, table runners, place-mats, plant holders, or any other project you see fit!  They create a thick fabric, so household items are best to crochet using this technique.

According to The Felt Magnet, these are the general do’s and don’t’s on which fabrics to choose:

 

Fabric Do’s

Cotton & 100% Cotton
Patchwork Fabrics
Delicate Dress & Skirt Fabric
Delicate Scarves
Thin, Lacy Curtains
Lycra & Spandex
Silk
Old Cotton Bedsheets
Cotton Doona Covers
Thin Nightdress Fabric
Floaty, Delicate Clothing

 

Fabrics Don’t’s

T-shirts (unless they are really thin)
Towels
Flannelette
Leather
Denim Jeans
Anything thicker than 1mm

 

 Ultimately, once you find the right fabric, you are good to go!

Preparing the Fabric for Crocheting:

  • cut fabric in a way that gives you the most coverage, no wider than 1 cm.
  • after you begin crocheting with the stripes, be sure to join the ends (right side out) with a doubled running stitch to keep them from unraveling.

Crocheting with your “Rags”:

  • Use a large hook (depending on the thickness of your stripes) – generally, a 10 hook or larger will work great!
  • Crochet the strips using your pattern of choice (check out the pattern packs for ideas)!
  • Don’t forget to sew the strips together as you work so they don’t come apart.

Rag Rug by The Spruce

Bavarian Crochet

Have you tried, Bavarian Crochet?  I haven’t, but it is absolutely beautiful!

Bavarian crochet is a beautiful way to create textured blankets that work up extremely fast!  Bavarian crochet is actually a stitch technique that uses double trebles, along with strategically placed back post stitches (only going around the topmost section of the stitch of the previous round) to create a beautiful mix of colors.

This technique is not difficult to learn and you will find it so easy to create beautiful crochet project using is, check out the link at the bottom of the page for a simple tutorial, and the history of Bavarian crochet by The Whoot can be found below too.

Bavarian Crochet by The Whoot

Bosnian Crochet

I mean it, every time I turn around, there is something new to learn, and I love it.  I really want some of these hooks now…

Bosnian crochet is probably one of the oldest crochet techniques around and even uses a special hook called a Pjoning Hook to create a project using this technique.

According to Crochet Concupiscence, Bosnian crochet goes by many other names like Old World Crochet, Shepard’s Knitting, Pjoning or Slip Stitch Crochet.

Bosnian Crochet Hook

 

I imagine the hook looks like this because it’s thinner, and we all know how difficult crocheting into slip stitches is!  Some of the beautiful patterns you can create with this technique look like this:

Bosnian Crochet by Crochet Concupiscence

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is perhaps my favorite crochet technique to date.  I love it so much; I only wish more people would pick it up so they can create more beautiful patterns!

Tunisian crochet can be created using a regular crochet hook, a long crochet hook, or a double-ended crochet hook.  It too creates a knit-like fabric that is very thick.  However, there are several stitches that create a flowy fabric too, it just takes a little practice.

Here are some of  my personal designs that are either all Tunisian crochet or combine Tunisian with traditional crochet (can you tell I love Tunisian?)

Tunisian Crochet by Stardust Gold Crochet

 

Finger Crochet

Now this one is a crochet technique that gets rid of the crochet hook!  Is it still crochet without the hook?  Hmmmmm….

Finger Crochet by The Spruce

Regardless, this technique is great to help children learn the basics of crocheting without fumbling around with the hooks. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but generally, the size of your fingers determines the size of the stitches.

Working patterns using this technique maybe a little more interesting for sure!  I checked out Spruce Crafts site to get a better idea of what it’s like to finger crochet (link at bottom of page) – go check it out for yourself!

Irish Crochet

What is Irish crochet?  It is such a beautiful technique that combines motifs and joins them together to create a delicate lace. The hook and yarn is small, so this may not be for everyone, but I imagine you can use a larger hook and yarn to create unique lace clothing or even an afghan!

The antique pattern library has some beautiful free patterns for Irish crochet (link at bottom of page).  Here is a sample of some Irish crochet flowers created by Alisa Sonya on Etsy (this is not a pattern).

Irish Crochet by Alisa Sonya

Freeform Crochet

Freeform crochet is such an interesting and fun technique that requires no pattern!  It is, just as it sounds – a free form and fun way to create art projects from crochet.  Freeform requires knowledge of how to shape your project.

Techniques required for shaping including increasing, decreasing and learning to crochet off any edge (extending) by extending your work.  The possibilities are endless using this technique!  Have fun with it!

Here are some samples of free form crochet, and the link at the bottom of the page.

Freeform Crochet by Ellen Deckers

Freeform Crochet by Jose Dammers

Knooking

The “Knook” is a needlework tool manufactured by Leisure Arts, and the technique is a combination of crochet and knitting together.  Knooking creates a knit-like fabric, hence, the word kn-ook.  This technique is often compared to Tunisian Crochet, but it is very different from Tunisian.

The modified crochet hook has an eyelet on one end where a cord is attached, you create a chain, then pull up the stitches on the chain (like Tunisian).  Here is where it changes…from here, you work knit or purl stitches in a slightly different fashion than traditional knit and purl.  Then, you turn the hook, and continue working the stitches.

Here is what a knooking pattern looks like.  Check out the link at the bottom of the page for more information on this cool crochet technique!

Knooking by All Free Crochet

Overlay Crochet

Overlay crochet is another amazing crochet technique and a close second to Tunisian as a favorite.  When I first started crocheting again after setting it down for a long time, I found Lila Bijorn’s site and just fell in love with it all over again.  Overlay crochet is a technique where you work single crochets in the round (creating a mandala of sorts), changing colors each round.

The design is created by working front post stitches into the front loop only of the rows below.  Sometimes the front post stitches are clusters, and sometimes they are worked under or over the other front post stitches to create a woven look.  Here is an example of one of Tatsiana’s designs called the Spanish Mandala.

 

Spanish Mandala by Lila Bijorn Crochet

I worked this pattern for my mother as a gift last year and she loved it! (link to Lila Bijorn’s site is at bottom of post)

Spanish Mandala by Tasha Margette – pattern by Lila Bijorn

Cro-Tatting

Cro-tatting is another great technique to learn, although I’ve never tried this one.  Have you? Cro-tatting combines crochet and tatting, which is a technique that creates knotted lace. Cro-tatting kind of reminds me of Irish crochet a bit, but the technique is entirely different.  Cro-tatting works stitches onto the hook, similar to Tunisian crochet and Knooking, but it is a little more involved in taking them off.

There isn’t a lot of information out there on cro-tatting believe it or not.  I found a wonderful site (link at bottom of page) dedicated to cro-tatting!

Here is an example of what cro-tatting looks like.

Photo courtesy of Enfys

I hope you enjoyed exploring these crochet techniques with me!

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Links:

 

  1. Crocheting with Fabric “Rags” courtesy of Felt Magnet
  2. Bavarian Crochet courtesy of The Whoot
  3. Tunisian Crochet by Stardust Gold Crochet
  4. Bosnian Crochet courtesy of
  5. Finger Crochet courtesy of Spruce Crafts
  6. Irish Crochet courtesy of Antique Pattern Library
  7. Freeform Crochet courtesy of Cypres Textiles
  8. Knooking courtesy of Spruce Crafts
  9. Overlay Crochet courtesy of Lila Bijorn Crochet
  10. Cro-tatting courtesy of Needle Pointers

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Tasha Margette Reynolds

www.happilyhooked.com

I am a crochet blogger & designer, so happy to be a part of the Happily Hooked Team! In my spare time, I love to roller skate and spend time with my family, and crochet my heart away.

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