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Crafting
made simple

Your crafting journey starts right here with Stitch & Story. Our modern approach to self-care empowers you to take time for yourself, and make something that’s truly unique. Discover our all-in-one knitting and crochet kits, along with everything you need to learn the basic techniques. 

Swatching
for beginners

A swatch is a square piece of crochet, and can be a crucial first step to your project. It will help to make sure your finished pieces are the right size, and that you don’t run out of yarn! You should make a swatch before you begin a project so you can measure your crochet tension.

Your ‘tension’ is how tight or loose you crochet, and is measured by making a square, and then counting the numbers of stitches and rows within it. If your tension is off then your finished piece may be too small, or you may run out of yarn! Most patterns and yarns will include the information for the recommended tension, along with the size of the needles or hook you should use.

This measurement should be taken within the edges of your swatch, so we recommend crocheting a square that’s slightly larger than 10cm x 10cm.
If your tension is too tight (more stitches and/or rows) we recommend using [a] slightly bigger hook. If your tension is too loose (fewer stitches and/or rows) we recommend using a slightly smaller hook.

Once you’re happy with your tension, you can unravel the swatch and use the yarn as part of your project.

Read more about swatching over on our blog.

HOW TO CREATE A SLIP KNOT

A slip knot is the first step in most crochet projects. In this video we will show you how to create a slip knot.

Create a foundation chain

Crochet usually begins with a series of chain stitches called a foundation chain. In this video we will show you how to create a foundation chain.

Double crochet

Double crochet creates short and compact stitches. In this video we will show you how to create a double crochet.

joining a new ball of yarn

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weaving in the ends

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Crafting
made simple

New yarn, new possibilities!

After you've made your scarf, enjoy. Suggestions for next project.

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This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephews bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

Quick, great results!

I bought this to teach my adult daughter to knit. She loves it and it’s a great hat to do as a first knit. It fits and looks great! We will be getting more!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

Beautiful quality

Such lovely colours. The wool is so soft and comforting. Perfect for a new baby.

The Lil' Merino Baby Knitting Wool

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This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

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Stripey Blankie Knitting Kit

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Love this! Easy to follow instructions and the colours/wool is gorgeous. Will definitely be buying another one

Stripey Blankie Knitting Kit

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

So cute, So easy!

This pattern is so sweet and so easy even for a beginner like myself. It looks so good in my nephew's bedroom!

Free PDF Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Arc

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