Learn Crochet Tips and Tricks with Lily Chin

Lily Chin has been crocheting for about 25 years, and along the way she has learned unique tips and tricks that make crocheting easier. It doesn't matter how many years you have been crocheting, there is always a new tip out there.

Lily Chin Crocheting

I learned long ago that working your first row of stitches into the bottom ridge loop creates an identical appearance for both the top and bottom edges of the piece. But  working into the bottom ridge loop can be tricky. The chain is hard to hold steady and the space to insist the hook is tight. But in her newest video,The Crocheter's Toolbox: Lily Chin's Techniques and Tricks for Savvy Crocheters, Lily shares a trick for easily working into that back ridge loop. And all you need is a knitting needle.


My first time working a foundation chain around a knitting needle.

Work the foundation chain around the shaft of the knitting needle. The loop that wraps around the knitting needle is the bottom ridge loop.

To work the first row of stitches into that bottom ridge loop, simply insert your hook into the loop on the knitting needle and work your desired stitch as normal. After the stitch has been worked, remove the loop from the needle. The knitting needle opens up the loops, making the easier to work into.

As simple as that working into the back ridge loop becomes a piece of cake. Brilliant!

Crochet hook inserted into the back ridge loop.

And the tricks don't end there. Learn how to remove extra chains or create additional chains—perfect for those instances when you inadvertently work the wrong number of foundation chains. Use your swatch to figure out how many yards of yarn any given pattern requires. And discover a new way to use a lamp to find your stitches when you are working with fun fur yarn.

Download or pre-order The Crocheter's Toolbox: Lily Chin's Techniques and Tricks for Savvy Crocheters today, discover these tips and more, and make your crochet experience more enjoyable.

Best wishes,

P.S. What your favorite crochet trick?


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