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Learn to Crochet: Working in Free Loops in the Row Below (left-handed)

I thought about crocheting up a sample swatch to show what crocheting in the free loops looks like, but then I panicked because I can't crochet left-handed and this is a left-handed tutorial.  By the time I came to my senses, it was too late to do anything with yarn and this post isn't going to write itself.

I may be blonde (and feeling it at the moment), but even I know posts don't write themselves.

I mean, right?  There's not some sort of way to get posts to write themselves and I don't know about it because I'm blonde and not as good at the Internet as I like to think, right?

Let's think about something else.

So, let me type out with my very own two hands that this is how you crochet in the free loops in the row below when you're a left-handed crocheter:

I'm pretty sure I say this every time, but I really enjoy watching crochet stitches being formed from another angle.  Working in the free loops adds an extra ridge to your work, creating a textured pattern. 

Like I mentioned last time, this technique is called for in the book Baby's Diagonal Aran Afghans--a book that's giving me wild delusions that now would be a good time to embark on some crochet adventures.  What I didn't mention was that the Chevrons and Diamonds pattern was really grabbing my attention and grounding those delusions into a more practical stage where I start trying to envision actually trying this out.

I know this one in the picture uses variegated yarn, but I really like the idea of all this patterning in a solid color. I think it would make a really beautiful baby gift.  A cream or a brown yarn would give it more of an heirloom feel, and if I used some Vanna's Choice the blanket would stand up to everyday usage and regular watchings.  If I could remember when Michaels sale schedules.....well.  We can see where this may be headed.

These video tutorials always give me so many ideas for how I'd use the techniques.  I also just like having all this knowledge at my disposal.  I can only assume I'll be using these powers for good.  Or afghans.  Same difference.

Only time will tell.  But until then, I'm going to be planning and practicing some new stitches.

How about you?

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