The best hacks make your life easier - and crochet is no exception. Here's five of the most useful we've come across.
1. Magic Circle
Like many people, you probably learned the traditional way to start off a granny square or other projects that begin with crochet in the round – simply chain a few stitches, then slip stitch to join each end together. The magic circle - sometimes known as the magic ring or magic loop - is quicker and easier, and enables you to create a nice tight centre for projects like amigurumi.Yes, it takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but once you do, you’ll never look back. Check out this neat tutorial here
2. Magic Knot
3. Foundationless Crochet
Some crochet blankets can have starting chains as long as 200 plus stitches, and it's often important to have the exact right number. We don’t know about you, but we've lost count of the number of times we…err…have lost count, have ended up with too many or too few stitches in the first pattern row and had to go back and start again.
Foundationless crochet is a genius hack that allows you to work that that first row from scratch, adding in as many stitches as you need as you go along. Yes, it still involves some counting, but a lot less ripping back when you discover you’ve got it wrong! Check out Sandra at Cherry Heart's brilliant tutorial here.
4. Standing Stitches
Standing stitches are a brilliant way to start a new row without having to use chains to stand in for your first stitch - they're easy, and give seamless look to your finished project. Check out this fabulous how-to guide over on Crystals and Crochet.
5. No-Twist Starting Chain
This crochet hack is so neat and somehow so obvious you wonder how you never thought of it before. If you've managed to twist your initial crochet chain when starting a hat or cowl, and ended up with a mobius strip rather than a circle, then you'll be very grateful for this clever little trick from Brianna K. You're welcome!