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  The woven crocheted bodies were invented by Torill Kolbu, a  Norwegian, famous for her flies and  a talented flyfisherwoman.  Once understood the manner of carrying out the first loops, all becomes " easy " and you can then create superb flies.  
In this page, I detail the basic technique to weave a  body with the crochet hook, the enlarged  photographs of the first loops are given in the next page, you will be able to see more precisely the placement of wool and crochet hook.
3_crochets.jpg (1846 octets)    First, the hardware: on the right 3 crochet hooks, of different sizes, 2,5mm, 2mm and 1,25mm.  The largest is appropriate for wool, the 2mm for standard cotton DMC, the small one for threads.  You can get them from weaving or needlepoints shops.

Now to get started , we'll use a large fishing hook and 2 strands of knitting wool :
crochet1.jpg (1417 octets)    Place a large hook in the vice, tie on the shank side a 10cm (4") strand of  yellow wool then on the other side a 10cm (4") strand of  chestnut wool  (or any other contrasted colors). Put the strands well on the side and not on the top. Turn the vice so that the eye of the hook is in front of  you, the chestnut strand is on the right, the yellow on the left.  
boucle1_debut_250.jpg (5175 octets) 1-Take the chestnut strand,  make it go over the top of the shank and under the yellow. boucle1_crochet_boucle_250.jpg (4839 octets) 2-Take the crochet hook, (here the 2,5mm). Slip it into the loop and below the shank.  The yellow strand is held by the left hand, make 2 turns around the crochet hook.  (a turn is insufficient, often the strand slips with traction). 
boucle1_crochet_passe_250.jpg (3789 octets) 3- Release the yellow strand and take the chestnut in the left hand.  With the hook, draw the yellow strand under the shank, through the loop.  boucle1_tire_250.jpg (3079 octets) 4-Pull  completely, the yellow strand through the loop, lay the crochet hook, draw on the two strands at the same time, tighten the loop.  
boucle2_1_250.jpg (3314 octets) 5 The yellow strand is on the right, the chestnut on the left.  Lay the yellow under the hook and over the chestnut strand boucle_01_250.jpg (3497 octets) 6- Slip the crochet hook in the loop and over the top of the shank,  make two turns of the chestnut strand around the crochet hook.
boucle1_crochet_serre_250.jpg (4002 octets) 7- Hold the yellow strand in the hand,   with the crochet hook, draw gently  the chestnut strand through the loop and over the shank  boucle2_serree_250.jpg (3828 octets) 8- Release the end of the chestnut strand,  draw on the two strands and tighten the second loop.  The strands have returned to their initial positions, the chestnut on the right, the yellow on the left. For the third loop repeats steps 1 to 8, then again for the 4th, 5th 
crochet_dessus.jpg (2081 octets)    The finished body, seen from the top, the chestnut is in the center, the yellow on the edges  crochet_dessous.jpg (1964 octets)    Seen from below , the yellow is in the center, the chestnut on the edges.  A common mistake is to swich  under/over during the process, for a loop the colors are inverted, in that case, go back, untighten and redo the loop. 
   It is not complicated, you'll catch the beat: under-over.  With this technique, you tie flat bodies, with colors variations , and beautiful solid flies.One can use various  materials, wools, cottons, strands of polyethylene...  In the weeks to come:  crocheted flies with dubbing, tinsel  and extended  bodies .  For enlarged pictures go next page.

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