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Amazing Crochet Textures

Ribbing, Cables & Beads

with Drew Emborsky
Amazing Crochet Textures
Elevate your next crochet project with three stunning textures. Join popular instructor Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, in this FREE mini-class!

Take your crochet up a stitch with beautiful ribbing, cables and beads as you make a richly textured 12-square afghan. Enjoy instruction from expert Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, as you learn to work a chainless foundation, create complex cable combinations with ease, add gorgeous beadwork without pre-stringing and more! Complete your sensational lap afghan with join-as-you-go edging for a finished result you’ll be proud to show off. Throughout your class, Drew will share expert tips and helpful information, such as how to measure the gauge of a post-stitch swatch and how to follow charts for twisted cables or beautifully beaded designs. Elevate your crochet with stunning texture in this free and fabulous mini-class! 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class

  • Overview on how to use your FREE mini-class.


Lesson 2. Foundation & Post Stitches

  • Meet your instructor, Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, as he previews all of the amazing stitches and techniques you’ll learn in this free mini-class. Discover a new way to create foundation stitches that stay stretchy and have beautiful drape! Then, learn how to make post stitches that will result in richly textured fabric. Finally, Drew shows you a quick edging to finish off your first large square, which will become part of a lovely afghan.


Lesson 3. Cables & Charts

  • Build on the post stitches you learned in Lesson 1 to create crisscrossing cables as Drew takes you step by step through this dynamic stitch. Learn how to decipher your stitches and see how they match up to a pattern or chart. Finally, explore crochet charts and discover how learning to read them can simplify your crocheting!


Lesson 4. Adding Beads as You Go

  • Say goodbye to pre-stringing beads, which can weaken fabric and be cumbersome to work with. Drew shows you how to add beads one at a time as you crochet. He’ll offer tips for bead selection and show you how to lock your beads into place once you’ve worked them into the fabric.


Lesson 5. Finishing

  • Gain confidence blocking your crocheted projects as Drew offers tips for getting perfect squares that show off your textured patterns. Learn to join your squares as you go to create a delicate, interlocked edging.

"I loved this class. I have done post stitches before but not cables or bead addition in the method shown. The tips on blocking and the explanation of all the stitches were brilliant. I have never joined squares in the method shown before but I will be using it a lot in the future as it adds an extra zing to the crochet. Everything is explained with clear photography and vocals; Drew is very easy to listen to which helps a lot, too. This is my first online class and I am sure it will not be my last. Well done to Craftsy and Drew."
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