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Video:How to Crochet: Basic Afghan Stitch

with Lucille

The basic Afghan stitch looks very elegant in crochet projects. Get a demonstration on how to crochet the basic Afghan Stitch in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Crochet: Basic Afghan Stitch

Hi My name is Lucille. I'm here today with About.com to demonstrate the Afghan stitch, or better known today at the Tunisian stitch.

How to Crochet a Basic Afghan Stitch

Traditionally the afghan stitch is worked on an afghan hook, which is a long hook like this, similar to the crochet hook that you use normally. The only difference is you have the length because you need to use a large amount of stitches. Were going to start with a slipknot. This stitch has two parts to one row. Were going to chain eleven.

So we already have one, two…again yarn over and through, three…ten, eleven. And again as you can see the braid is on the front, the dashes are on the back. Now what I'm going to do is transfer to the longer hook. I put my hook through and adjust, I'm going to go through the chains. Yarn over, pull to the front, that's two. And I'm leaving the stitches on the hook. Were going to go through, yarn over to the front.

How to Continue a Basic Afghan Stitch

And were going to do this to the front. All the way across until we've picked up every chain. We have two, four, six, eight, ten, eleven. Now comes the second part. You're going to yarn over your hook and go through two loops. You're going to yarn over again, go through two loops. Yarn over, slide through two. And this is the completed section of the afghan stitch. Were going to pick those bars up so we have one loop on.

Were going to pick up the next horizontal bar, yarn over, and pull it through and leave it on the hook. Again, horizontal bar, yarn over, back and leave it on the hook. Yarn over, through the horizontal, yarn over. OK were going to do the second half of the row. Yarn over, through two parts. Yarn over, through two. And again. This is the afghan stitch. But if you notice you have the horizontal bars and it looks like a braid going through. That's the second part of the stitch. This is the back of what the horizontal stitch looks like.

And this is how you do the Afghan / Tunisian stitch. To learn more, join us at About.com

 

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