How To Crochet Faster
Fast Crochet Stitches For Blankets
Did you know there are fast crochet stitches? Wouldn't it be great to find out how to crochet faster so you could work up more projects in less time?
Have you ever worked on a crochet project that just took FOREVER to finish??!!
I know crochet is relaxing and all, but sometimes I just HAVE TO finish a crochet blanket real fast for a deadline...
I might want to gift it to someone on a certain day and I simply can't find the TIME to finish it early enough 🙁
Well, let me tell you! There's a little CROCHET HACK that'll save you that precious time of yours 🙂
I discovered it lately on YouTube and figured I'd share it with you cuz it's a real LIFE CHANGER for crocheters.
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Why Does Crochet Take So Long?
It's quite often I find myself in a situation where I'd like to crochet something for a friend and need to have it done pronto!
Some crochet project simply take an enormous amount of time to finish! Especially if I use finer yarns.
The size of the crochet hook can also affect how long it takes me to finish a project. If the hook size is quite small, it'll surely take me longer.
But using a hook that's too big will also not make me finish my project any faster! It's a bit counter intuitive, isn't it?
Don't get me wrong, I love crocheting with fine yarns, just not when I'm in a rush 🙂
The quality of the crochet hook is also a factor to consider because if my hook is flimsy and I keep worrying about it snapping, that won't give me the confidence to get into those stitches quickly.
The complexity level of a pattern naturally also influences the time it'll take me to finish a project. So when I'm in a rush, I look for patterns that use simple stitches, relatively bulky yarn, an appropriate crochet hook size, a pattern that appeals to me (not that I get bored half way through), and one that uses a technique that I either already know or can get a hang of quickly.
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Never Work A Single Row Of Double Crochet Again!
If you're working on a large project like a blanket, afghan or ever a scarf that uses single or double crochet stitches, you don't have to work it in single rows!
There's a quick hack that when you get the hang of it, will save you tons of time.
You basically work two (or more) rows simultaneously and that way, your work gets finished much faster.
There are a couple of downsides to this method though, but nothing we can't fix easily...
Some people mentioned that the edges turn out a little squiggly and so the time saved working multiple rows at a time gets then used up having to make a border for the blanket instead.
Well, let me tell you, I've included a video tutorial here that shows you exactly how to avoid those squiggly edges and so this method of working two rows at the same time is a true life-changer.
To save you even more time, I've put together a handy guide you can use to filter out some of the best crochet YouTube video tutorials that'll teach you this crochet hack of working several rows of single or double crochet stitches at the same time.
You might find that this technique is similar in a way to Tunisian crochet, but you wouldn't need such a long hook for it to work.
"NEVER WORK A SINGLE ROW OF DOUBLE CROCHET AGAIN!"
The best way to learn a new stitch is to watch someone else do it slowly and clearly in front of you.
If you don't have someone to teach you in person, YouTube videos are the next best deal.
So what makes YouTube crochet tutorials so great? You can watch the videos, repeat them several times or even slow them down as you try out the stitches for yourself.
Many beginner crocheters get frustrated when trying to figure out new stitches. This is absolutely normal and it's important to understand that this happens to just about everyone. (If you're a beginner crocheter and want some tips on how to learn to crochet, check out this blog post here).
The only thing that will make you advance with your crocheting skills is to just keep trying, have patience and practice, practice, practice.
If you feel you're getting too frustrated, just put down your work and come back to it later when you feel like trying again.
Once you 'get it', it'll come naturally to you and you'll be well on your way to crocheting the most amazing projects for yourself or to give as gifts to your loved ones.
You'll find it so much fun and will enjoy it immensely!
Crochet 2 Rows of Double Crochet At The Same Time (Two Tiered Double Crochet Stitch)
If you're working on a large project that instructs many rows of double crochet, you'll find yourself moving along much faster if you use this two-tiered double crochet stitch.
Watch these videos below to find out how to do this.
Crochet Items You Can Crochet In Two-Tiered Double Crochet Stitches
Need some inspiration for beginner crochet projects in multiple tiers?
The Best YouTube Video Tutorials On How To Crochet Multiple Tiers of Crochet Stitches At The Same Time
To speed up your crocheting, keep your frustration level down to a minimum and to save you a ton of time searching and navigating through YouTube to find video tutorials that are clear enough, concise enough and go straight to the point without too much chatter, I've put together a list of the top tutorials that teach you how to crochet multiple tiers simultaneously.
If you have suggestions of great channels to add to the directory, then suggest them in the comments below.
Hooked by Robin - Crochet Two Rows At The Same Time
You can't go wrong with Robin's tutorial on how to crochet two rows of double crochet at the same time. Her video is clear and concise, slow moving with great explanation.
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Tuula Maaria - Crochet Faster (2 Rows at The Same Time)
This video also shows very clearly and slowly how to crochet 2 rows of double crochet stitches at the same time. Maaria explains nicely and has a very relaxing demeanor while explaining in great detail every step you need to follow to get this technique right.
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Crochet Jewel - Crochet 2 Rows At The Same Time
Amy from Crochet Jewel is a superb teacher! She patiently goes through the steps required to crochet two rows at the same time. You'll find you've mastered this technique in no time at all.
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Lyza Walters - Crochet 3 Rows of Single Crochet At The Same Time
Lyza Walters offers this video tutorial showing you how to crochet three rows of single crochet stitches at the same time. She includes written instructions instead of narrating and she also states that she found out that this technique is similar to linked treble crochet and Tunisian crochet. She does offer a variation to these techniques in her tutorial though.
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Solve Squiggly Edges in Two Tiered Double Crochet Stitch
Fiber Spider - How To Crochet Two Rows At The Same Time
In this video, Fiber Spider solves a problem you might face when crocheting two double crochet rows at the same time. The issue is your edges might start looking squiggly, so Fiber Spider shows in great detail how to overcome this issue in two simple steps.
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So now that you've figured out this neat little way of speeding up your crocheting you're ready to start crocheting some lovely gifts to give a way to your loved ones!
Try one of the suggestions above and to top it off, why not print out some "Crocheted With Love" gift tags to attach to your gift? You can print them out for free!
Frequently Asked Questions About Fast Crochet Stitches
What crochet stitch makes a blanket the fastest?
This depends on your style of crocheting and your preferred stitches. For some, the single crochet stitch is the winner, but for others, double or treble crochet stitches win.
Best thing to do is to actually time yourself with a few rows and see which stitch works up fastest for you.
The technique above (stitching 2 or 3 rows together in single or double crochet), might need some getting used to, but will certainly speed up your project once you get the hang of it.
Which is the fastest and easiest stitch?
There have been a few surveys made to answer this question. This survey by AllFreeCrochet found that the double crochet stitch wins as the fastest and easiest crochet stitch based on the number of yarn overs (yo) & loops you need to make and it's ease in getting into a good rhythm while crocheting.
How can I crochet faster?
There are a few things you can do to crochet faster:
- Find a comfortable place to crochet that has good lighting & minimal distractions
- Use a bulkier yarn than you normally do and a corresponding crochet hook size
- Use a hook that feels most comfortable to you and glides the yarn nicely. Experiment with different materials... steel, aluminium plastic, ergonomic handles... there are so many different crochet hook styles out there.
- Use a yarn bowl so your yarn doesn't keep running all over the place
- Use stitch markers when necessary so you don't waste time counting your stitches over and over again.
- Keep practicing
- Don't compare yourself to others
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