Single Crochet in Rows: When single crocheting in rows, you always ch 1 before turning, then usually you begin the next row in the first st after your turn. Sometimes this very first st is easy to skip over accidentally. It is the st just below your turning ch. Ann.
LONG DC CLUSTER STITCH: Neat way to make a dc cluster is to use the long dc stitch: *yo, pull up a loop, yo and pull through only one loop from your hook, yo and pull through the next two loops from your hook, repeat from * two more times, then yo and pull through all three loops on your hook. Ann firstname.lastname@example.org
SHELL STITCH: When you make shell sts or numerous sts into one st, pay close attention to the next unworked st as it is very easy to overlook and you may not count it and end up having to FROGG and wonder where you went wrong. (The next unworked st will be squeezed so much due to all the sts that were put into the one st before it that it's easy to miss.) Ann email@example.com
THREE DIFFERENT WAYS TO JOIN A DC Round:
1. Instead of a ch 3 at the beg of a new Row or round, try joining, ch 1, sc in same st as joining, and ch 1. When you finish the next Row or round, sl st into the ch 1 that's on top of the sc.
2. Try the ch 3, and then this other way to see which one you think looks the best for what you are making. Sometimes the ch 3 leaves a little gap, but the other way kind of fills this gap up.
3. Ch 2 instead of the traditional ch 3. When you join the Row or round to the top of the ch 2 the sl st will raise it up to the right height. So just experiment with these three ways to join a dc Row or round, and use the one you think looks best for the item you are making.
BEGINNING SLIP KNOT: If you are a beginner crocheter and have trouble making the beginning slip knot on your hook, you can start any crochet project that's worked in rounds by just wrapping the yarn/thread around your finger approximately 3 times, then insert the hook underneath all the yarn/thread that's wrapped around your finger, yarn over (YO),and pull up a loop, YO, and pull yarn/thread through loop on hook, and you are ready to begin your project starting with stitches made into the 'ring' you just formed. (The yarn/thread you wrapped around your finger represents the 'ring' that is usually made by making a slip knot, chaining a few stitches, joining the chain together, and then working stitches into the 'ring' that was made with the chain.)
BOBBINS MADE FROM PLASTIC LIDS; Make all the bobbins you need for yarn/thread from plastic lids. Use the smaller leftover plastic to make smaller bobbins to use with embroidery or crochet thread.