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Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Crochet chain how-toSo you’ve been eyeing an adorable amigurumi pattern. But you’ve never tried to crochet, and the sight of a hook makes you a teensy bit nervous. Not to worry—we’re here to take the anxiety out of learning how to crochet. After all, we love to hook and think everyone should try it! If not for the sake of learning a new skill, at least to make some of the downright adorable crochet designs available at ShopMartingale.com.

That’s why we’ve added a set of step-by-step, downloadable-right-now, FREE how-to-crochet PDFs to ShopMartingale.com. Did we mention free?

With these free downloads, you can quickly and easily learn how to get started with crochet. We cover gauge, basic crochet stitches, and techniques for tackling patterns, such as how to work in the round or back and forth in rows. So if you’ve been even the slightest bit curious about crochet, we encourage you to try it now. Just download these free PDFs to get started:

Crochet Guild of AmericaSpeaking of excellent crochet reference, we want to take a moment to congratulate Rita Weiss, the coauthor of All About Crochet and the upcoming Big Book of Crochet Stitches, on receiving this year’s Hall of Fame award from the Crochet Guild of America. Jean Leinhauser, who coauthored both books with Rita Weiss, was awarded a place in the same Hall of Fame posthumously in 2011, for her impact on the world of crochet. If you’re learning to crochet, let two experienced hall-of-famers be your guide: you can download the eBook version of All About Crochet right now on ShopMartingale.com; the Big Book of Crochet Stitches will be released in February 2014. For more information about the prestigious award, visit CGOA’s website.

Need a beginner pattern or two to practice on? Check out the designs in these books:

Beginning crochet books
Crocheted Snugglers, Amigurumi Toy Box, and Eye-Catching Crochet

Looking for more comprehensive guides to crochet? Check out these how-to books:

Crochet reference books
All About Crochet, A to Z of Crochet, and The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques

Stuck on a tricky technique or pattern? Ask for help in our Martingale Books Group on Ravelry. Not yet a member of Ravelry? It’s free to join!

What’s the biggest hurdle you face in learning to crochet? Tell us below in the comments!

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