January 24, 2022
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How to Use the Afghan Hook

Hey, y’all! This is a tutorial I asked my mom to share with you. Lottie Hancock is so talented and has taught me so much, so I thought who’d be better to help me teach y’all about this beautiful technique. ~Terri

How to Use the Afghan Hook

Whether you are just beginning to crochet or have been doing it for years, the idea of learning a new stitch or a new tool can be both exciting and scary. I want to talk about the afghan hook today. It is longer than a standard crochet hook and more resembles a knitting needle. The only real difference is that an afghan hook has a standard crochet hook on one end where on a knitting needle there would be a point.

Today I will show you two stitches with the afghan hook. Each of them creates a solid and sturdy pattern.

The Beginning Rows

To begin, you will chain the desired width of your piece. It doesn’t matter if you choose an even or odd number of chains whichever stitch you choose here today. For the purpose of this example, I chained 15. It may seem awkward to chain with the afghan hook since it is so long so if you choose you can do the chain with a standard crochet hook and switch to the afghan hook to begin the rows.

Slip your hook into the second chain from hook and yarn over. Pull through and you will have 2 loops on your hook (picture 1). Slip your hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull through. You will have 3 loops on your hook (picture 2). Repeat this until you reach the end of your chain. This is called casting on (picture 3).

Yarn over and pull through the first loop only (picture 4). *Yarn over again and pull through two (picture 5)). * Repeat in this way (* to *) until you reach the end of the row. Whether you do the Tunisian stitch or the Knit stitch that I am showing you today, this is how you begin.

afghan hook

The Tunisian Stitch

The first stitch I will show you is the Tunisian stitch. If you look at your last row, you will see it resembles a ladder with bars facing you (picture 6). This is what we will work with. *Slip your needle under the next bar and yarn over. Pull through. * Repeat this (* to *) until you reach the last stitch where you will slip your hook into the two threads on the end (picture 7). Yarn over and pull through.

Yarn over and pull through one loop (this is the way each row will be started regardless of the stitch used). Yarn over and pull through two. Repeat the process until you have a single loop on your hook.

Congrats! You now know the Tunisian stitch! It is really fast, and in all honesty, the chain takes longer to finish than the Tunisian row.

The Knit Stitch

Next, I will show you the Knit stitch. No, this isn’t knitting but it sure looks like it! For this example, I am going to continue using the same swatch I started on so later you can see the difference in stitches.

Remember the bar we slipped under in the Tunisian stitch? Well, there is another thread behind that one. What we will be doing here is slipping the hook in between the bar and the back thread all the way to the back (picture 8). So basically, you will be entering on the right side of the bar and exiting on the left side of the backing thread.

Yarn over and pull through. Do you see the “V” you created (picture 9)? Let’s do that a few more times and you will see it clearly. I must admit, sometimes I get in a rhythm and miss the mark. That’s when the “V” isn’t there. That’s when I just have to back it up, undo that stitch and try again. It is easy once you get the hang of it.

The casting off is the same as before. Your hook as several loops on it. Yarn over and pull through the first one (as always) then follow up the rest of the row by yarning over and pulling through 2.

You can see here (picture 10) how different the Tunisian stitch and the Knit stitch look from one another and yet how they are done is so similar.

I hope you enjoyed these stitches and make beautiful masterpieces with them. They both come together quickly and make for a sturdy “fabric”. And as always, have a happy hippo day!

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