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Cro-Hook Crochet Instructions
by Janet Rehfeldt

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A Cro-Hook is a long crochet hook or basically an afghan hook, with hooks at each end or in other words “a double ended hook”.  You can find them made by Susan Bates and called "SilvaLume Aluminum Double End Crochet Hook".  The sizes of the hooks that I have been able to obtain, are F, G, H, I, J, K and and N.  I do not know if you can still get the size N.  The hooks are usually about 14" in length.  As with the basic afghan stitch, when working with the cro-hook, you work in two parts or steps, to get one completed row.

  • Step one:  Picking up the loops onto the hook.
  • Step two:  Working the loops off the hook to complete the row.
You follow the same general directions as for the basic afghan stitch working under the vertical bars of the stitches.  However, unlike the basic afghan stitch where you do not turn your work and are always working on the same side of the fabric, when using a Cro-Hook, you do turn the work on your return row (step 2) and you are usually working with two or more colors.  Basically, the way it works is that you pick up the loops using Color A, then turning your work and using the the hook at the other end with Color B, you work the stitches of Color A off on the return row.  You then begin your new row as you would normal basic afghan stitch, picking up the vertical bars with Color B.  The cro-hook gives you a beautiful woven look fabric with a texture completely different than that of the basic afghan stitch. It is quite flexible and easy to work with as well as being reversible.  Because of the woven texture of the fabric it does not roll up on you the way afghan or Tunisian stitch rolls or curls as you are working it.

Take a look at the difference between the look of the two stitches:

afghan stitch
Basic Afghan Stitch.
You can plainly see the vertical and horizontal bars.
side one  side two
Basic Cro-hook Afghan Stitch showing both sides of the work. You can see the woven effect that turning your work creates.
Getting Started:
Lets work with a chain of 10 stitches to first practice.  With Color A, ch 10.
Note:  Each time you are instructed to turn your work, push the work down to the opposite end of the hook and begin using the hook at that end.

Foundation Row:
Step 1.  Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook *YO and draw through creating a lp.  Leave lp on hook.  Insert hook into the next ch and repeat from *  across ch leaving all lps on the hook. [fig. a]   First row of the stitch is complete. You have 10 lps on your hook.  Drop Color A. Turn the work. figure a[fig. a]
Step 2.  Begin second half of stitch.  Attach Color B. [fig. b]
(I draw the new color up through the bottom of the foundation ch.)
figure b[fig. b]
Step 3.  Using Color B, YO, draw through 1 lp on hook. [fig. c] figure c[fig. c]
Step 4.  **YO, draw yarn through the next 2  lps on hook. [fig. d] figure d[fig. d]
Step 5.  Rep. from ** to end,  1  lp remains on the hook. [fig. e] This lp counts as the first stitch of the next row. DO NOT turn work.

Tip:  When working YO pull through 2 lps, you are always working off one lp of each color, in this case, 1 lp in red, 1 lp in blue.

figure e[fig. e]

Cro-Hook Afghan Stitch:
Row 1:
Step 1.  With Color B,   Sk first vertical bar of row just completed.  *Insert hook under next vertical bar. [fig. f] figure f[fig. f]
Step 2.  YO, pull up lp,  leaving the lp on your hook *  rep. from * to * [fig. g] across to the last st. figure g[fig. g]
Step 3.  Insert hook under the last vertical bar and the bar behind it, [fig. h]
(The illustration shows where to place the hook) YO pull up a loop.  Drop Color B. Turn the work
figure h[fig. h]
Step 4.  Begin second half of the row.   Using Color A yarn, YO over, draw through 1 lp on hook. [fig. i] figure i[fig. i]
Step 5.  **YO draw yarn through the next 2  lps on hook.  Repeat from ** to end, [fig. j] 1  lp remains on the hook.  This counts as the first stitch of the next row. DO NOT Turn The Work. figure j[fig. j]
Row 2:
Step 1.  With Color A,  Skip first vertical bar of row just completed.  *Insert hook under next vertical bar. YO, pull up lp  leaving the lp on your hook *  rep. from * to * [fig. k] across to the last st. figure k[fig. k]
Step 2.  Insert hook under the last vertical bar and the bar behind it, YO pull up a loop. [fig. l] Drop Color A.  Turn the work. figure l[fig. l]
Step 3.  Begin second half of the row.   Using Color B yarn, YO over, draw through 1 lp on hook. [fig. m] figure m[fig. m]
Step 4.  **YO draw yarn through the next 2  lps on hook.  Repeat from ** to end, [fig. n] 1  lp remains on the hook.  This counts as the first stitch of the next row. DO NOT Turn The Work figure n[fig. n]

Repeat the steps in Rows 1 and 2 for working the basic cro-hook afghan stitch or simple stitch.  Do not cut your yarn when changing colors.  Carry the colors up along the side as you work the rows.

One way that I was always able to remember when to colors was to remember these 2 rules.

  • Always work the loops off with a new color
  • Always put the new loops on the hook with same color you took them off with.

Like basic afghan stitch you need to finish off or bind off your work.  Instructions for binding off are located under the Afghan/Tunisian Stitch; A Brief Introduction page.

©Janet Rehfeldt 1999    All Rights Reserved.

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