Manuals

Crochet is easy to learn and it’s a great hobby. What is also wonderful is that you don’t need any prior special knowledge in order to make a boshi. Simple stitches such as chain stitch or half treble are all that is needed for most of the beanies.

To learn how to work these stitches click on one of the headwords on the right side and get the instructions.

You will also find video instructions for each topic.

how to beginn to crochet

How to make a slipknot and chain stitch

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With the end of yarn in your left hand and the ball in your right hand, make a large loop, the yarn from the left passes over the yarn on the right.
 
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Now, pass the yarn from the left through the large loop as shown in the diagram.
 
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Pull the end of the yarn tightly to form a slipknot.

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Wrap the yarn around the fingers of the left hand. This controls the tension of the yarn whilst you are crocheting. The tighter the fingers are held together, the more resistance there is on the yarn. Holding the yarn loosely allows it to slide through easily.

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Hold the first loop with the thumb and middle finger and passing the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop.
 
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Repeat this process until you have created the required number of chain stitches. The thumb and middle finger help to aid your tension, so remember to keep moving them up so that enough tension is placed on the ever increasing length of chain stitches.

the double crochet
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Insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over then pull the yarn through. It is important here that 2 loops of the chain stitch are over the hook and that the single loop of the chain stitch is beneath the hook.
 
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There are now 2 loops on the hook. Pick the yarn up with the hook once again (also known as ‘yarn over’) and pull through both of these loops. The first double crochet stitch is complete!
 
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Go into the next stitch, yarn over then pull the yarn through the loop. Once again there are 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops again.
the half treble crochet
 
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Before going into the next stitch, yarn over hook so that there are now 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull back through the stitch.
 
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There are now 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
 
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The first half treble crochet stitch is complete! Repeat these steps to continue.

the treble crochet
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Before inserting the hook into the chain stitch, yarn over hook. Go into the stitch and pull the yarn through it. There are now 3 loops on the hook.

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Yarn over and pull it through the first two loops on the hook. There are now 2 loops on the hook.

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Once again yarn over and pull through the two remaining loops on the hook. The first treble crochet stitch is complete! Repeat these steps to continue.

the slip stitch
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Insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch and the loop that is already on the hook.
 
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Repeat. Slip stitches are often used on the last row to edge a piece of work.

starting a boshi
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Work 4 chain stitches.
 

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Insert the hook into the 1st chain stitch.
 

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Yarn over and pull it through the 1st chain stitch.
 

 

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When the yarn has been pulled through the 1st chain stitch it will look like this. The slip stitch is on the hook.
 

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Make one chain by yarn over and then pull through the slip stitch.
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An example of half trebles worked in a chain ring.

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Yarn over.
 
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Insert the hook into the centre of chain ring, then yarn over and pull through the centre of the chain ring.
 
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Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
 
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The first half treble crochet is complete. Repeat until you have 11 half treble stitches.
 
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Here you can see all 11 half trebles worked into the centre of the chain ring.
Manuals for Lefties
   For video instructions for lefties click here myboshi-Youtube-Channel.