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Crochet: American and British crochet terms

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You would think that English speaking countries all use the same crochet terms, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Generally speaking, UK and Australian patterns use the same crochet terms but some terms in American patterns are slightly different. To make matters worse, there are a few terms that are the same but mean different things! So it is important to make sure you know which terms your pattern uses. One clear give-away is the use of the term "single crochet", which only exists in American crochet terminology. So if you encounter the term "single crochet", make sure you...

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Choosing the right yarn for your project

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Maybe you have an idea for a jumper or a pattern for a scarf but no yarn yet. How do you find the right yarn for your project? Familiarise yourself with the properties of different fibres before you choose your yarn. Think about how different fibres behave and feel. Are you going to knit or crochet with your yarn? Do you prefer 100% natural fibres? How are you going to use your project? A beautiful and expensive yarn does not guarantee the right kind of outcome if you don't consider the quality of the fibres first. Structure & flexibility Do you want to make something...

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