These beginner crochet tips will have you whipping up something beautiful, in no time.
As a novice myself, with perfectionist tendencies (not a good combo), my biggest piece of advice is to start out simple. Try a variety of scarves and hope that you have family members that like scarves!
Resist the temptation to jump into a complicated project because you made something easy and it turned out great. Years ago, this caused me a massive amount of frustration.
Even a simple, single crochet can be used for a dishcloth, kitchen scrubby or blanket.
My Mom made this Indian paint brush afghan. It is made with single crochet stitches. This is a bit deceiving. You would think it should be easy because of the stitch used, but the pattern makes it more complicated. It is a LOT of work. There are many, many stitches and you will have to keep track of the pattern. The stitches will have to be really even. Don't expect it to be quick! It shouldn't be your first project. Get some practice first with some beginner crochet patterns.
Important basic abbreviations to know before you start:
hdc=half double crochet
YO=yarn over hook
sl st=slip stitch
This Pavement infinity is my favorite scarf pattern so far.
This comes with a really good video that makes it a great beginner crochet project. It shows you step by step, how to make this.
I had to watch it over and over again, to finally get the pattern correct. It isn't hard, my mind just tends to wander sometimes!
There is also a step by step photo tutorial that is easy to follow.
I have decided that even if something isn't looking right and I have to pull it all out, it is still practice. This might mean that a 20 minute project ends up taking me 2 days to complete. Yes, that seems ridiculous and quite laughable.
I needed to learn to try to keep stitches uniform and not so tight. If you are struggling to push the hook into the stitch, when doing the next row, it is too tight. You are better off ripping it out and chalking it up to practice. Doesn't practice make perfect.... eventually?
It seems like I have wasted a lot of time but it is not a complete waste. I'm speeding up, loosening up a bit and also learning to identify stitches.
It is helpful, to mark your starting spot with a piece of yarn or to count stitches. This way, you won't drop or add stitches accidentally.
Even with easy, beginner crochet patterns, if you have to set your project aside for a while, write a note on a paper, to mark your row, so you will know where you are. I'm sure a pro can identify their spot at a glance but these are tips for those of us just starting out. I can get lost very easily, if a pattern varies from row to row.
There is sometimes confusion (for me anyways) about where a chain starts and ends, when adding to it. I have learned that you don't count the loop that is attach to the hook or the very end starter knot. Okay, it probably isn't called that but that is my version. It is easier to refer to things in a way that make sense to me.
When buying yarn, make sure to get all you need to complete your project, from the same dye lot. There will be a number on the tag. The color may look the same but if it isn't from the same batch, there can be a difference.
There is a little booklet I picked up at Walmart, (which they also have at Michaels) called “Everything the Internet didn't teach you about crochet” by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss.
There is some good information but there is a lot to take in. The subject of gauge and how important it is, has come up and I'm still not quite into that. It is important when you get to projects that require specific sizing.
When I made a crocheted hat, I did the first chain and looped it around my head to see if it was going to be the right size. Seemed to make sense to me and it actually worked. There are different sizes of heads, even with adults and even though the video discusses head sizes, (toddler, kids, adults) I still checked my own head. It's small. I have decided a small head doesn't necessarily mean less brains. Mine are more compact but highly efficient. ha,ha I bet you are questioning that after I said a 20 minute project can take me 2 days! It's okay, laugh, I can take it.
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