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How to Crochet: Part Three

It’s the third and final chapter of our brilliant How to Crochet guide in tribute of the lovely Wink! We hope you’ve enjoyed re-reading her words and that you or someone you know has decided to pick up the hooks and give crochet a go!
 
Welcome to part three of Crochet for beginners!
Here, I’m going to show you how to do work in the round, how to join a new colour, and how to create your very own cup cozy!
What do you need
• yarn (I use Scheepjes Softfun)
• a crochet hook (I use a 4mm hook)
  
To work into the round, start with a chain. You can find how to do this in lesson one here.
For this example I chained 20. Now we’re going to close the chain to create a circle. Grab the chain and, making sure you don’t twist it, bring the first chain to the last chain. We’re now going to join the first and the last chain; insert your hook into the first chain, yarn over and pull through the chain, and then immediately pull through the loop on your hook. This is called a slip stitch.
To continue working in the round you have to make a few chain stitches first. In this example I’m working half treble stitches (US half double crochet), so just like you would when turning a piece (you can read all about it in lesson 2 here), we are now going to chain 2. Work your first half treble stitch into the next chain space, and continue around the chain. When you get to the first stitch, join with a slip stitch into the top chain of your beginning chain 2; insert your needle into the top chain of the first chain 2, then yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

If you want to work another row, chain 2 again and continue your work. Be sure to work the stitches into the ‘v’ shapes.
 
Changing colour is really easy when you’re working in the round!
When you get to the end of a round and you want to join with a slip stitch, insert your hook into the top chain of your beginning chains, but instead of pulling the working yarn through, grab the new colour and pull that through the chain; then finish your slip stitch by pulling the yarn through both loops on your hook. And that’s it!
 
Now that you know the basic crochet stitches, how to work in the round, and how to change colour, the sky is the limit!
I’ve designed 4 easy cup cozy patterns for you that you can make using your new crochet skills.
 
This cozy uses the seed stitch; a very interesting stitch pattern using double crochet (US single crochet) stitches combined with chains.

1. Chain 42 (or the width you need to fit around your cup comfortably); join in the round with a slip stitch.
2. Chain 2; work 1 half treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the second chain of your beginning chain 2.
3. Repeat row 2.
4. Chain 1, work a double crochet stitch into the same space. Chain 1, skip a stitch, then work 1 double crochet into the next stitch. Chain 1, skip a stitch, then work 1 double crochet into the next stitch again. Repeat this around, and join with a slip stitch into the first double crochet. Change colour.
5. Repeat row 4 five more times, changing colour after each row.
6. Chain 1, work a double crochet stitch into the same space. Chain 1, skip a stitch, then work 1 double crochet into the next stitch. Chain 1, skip a stitch, then work 1 double crochet into the next stitch again. Repeat this around, and join with a slip stitch into the first double crochet.
7. Chain 2; work 1 half treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the second chain of your beginning chain 2.
8. Repeat row 7. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook. Sew in the ends using a darning needle.

This cozy is very simple to make, and can be spiced up a bit by cross stitching onto it!

1. Chain 42 (or the width you need to fit around your cup comfortably); join in the round with a slip stitch.
2. Chain 1, work a double crochet stitch into the same stitch. Work 1 double crochet stitch in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch into the first double crochet.
3. Repeat row 2 until you have made 14 rows of double crochet stitches in total. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook. Sew in the ends using a darning needle.
4. With a length of yarn and your darning needle, cross stitch a heart pattern onto the stitches.

This cozy has some textural effects, by working into the back loops of each stitch only.

1. Chain 42 (or the width you need to fit around your cup comfortably); join in the round with a slip stitch.
2. Chain 2; work 1 half treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the second chain of your beginning chain 2.
3. Repeat row 2; but work your stitches into the back loop of the ‘v’ shape.
4. Repeat row 3 two more times. Change colour.
5. Chain 4; work 1 double treble stitch into each stitch around (through both loops of the ‘v’ shape). Join with a slip stitch to the top chain of your beginning chain 4. Change colour.
6. Chain 2; work 1 half treble stitch in each stitch around(through both loops of the ‘v’ shape); join with a slip stitch in the second chain of your beginning chain 2.
7. Repeat row 6; but work your stitches into the back loop of the ‘v’ shape.
8. Repeat row 7 two more times. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook. Sew in the ends using a darning needle.

The last cozy has a groovy mesh pattern in the center, which you make by alternating treble crochet stitches with chain spaces.

1. Chain 42 (or the width you need to fit around your cup comfortably); join in the round with a slip stitch.
2. Chain 3; work 1 treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the third chain of your beginning chain 3.
3. Chain 2; work 1 half treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the second chain of your beginning chain 2.
4. Chain 1, work a double crochet stitch into the same stitch. Work 1 double crochet stitch in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch into the first double crochet. Change colour.
5. Chain 4. Skip a stitch, work a treble crochet stitch into the next stitch. Chain 1, skip a stitch, and work a treble crochet stitch into the next stitch. Repeat this around, and join with a slip stitch into the third chain of your beginning chain 4.
6. Repeat row 5 three more times. Change colour.
7. Chain 1, work a double crochet stitch into the same stitch. Work 1 double crochet stitch in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch into the first double crochet. Change colour.
8. Chain 2; work 1 half treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the second chain of your beginning chain 2.
9. Chain 3; work 1 treble stitch in each chain around; join with a slip stitch in the third chain of your beginning chain 3. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook. Sew in the ends using a darning needle.

Enjoy your new skills!
I hope you had fun these past few weeks with this crash beginner course on how to crochet!
You have learned to make a slip knot, how to make a starting chain, how to work into the round, how to make double, half treble,
treble, and double treble crochet stitches; and how to use those skills to create cute cup cozies! 


xo, wink
To download this tutorial as a printable PDF, click here.