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Crochet--A Time Honored Craft You Can Learn: Number 1 In A Crochet Series

Updated on December 29, 2017
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

A simple crocheted edging you can learn!
A simple crocheted edging you can learn! | Source

Why Learn to Crochet?

• Crochet is a great hobby for people of all ages.

•Crochet is a satisfying all-season craft.

• Crochet is a needlecraft that is easy to learn.

• Crocheted items can make special gifts.

• Crocheted creations can be decorative.

• Crocheted clothing and accessories are a pleasure to own.

• Crochet is an activity can be therapy for hands and fingers.

• Crochet is a process that can be soothing therapy for the mind.

• Crochet can productively fill “waiting” time.

• Most of all, crochet is really fun stuff!

Get Started with Basic Crochet

How’s that for a List of Bullets on Learning to Crochet?

Now, let's give some more thought to learning the time-honored craft of crochet. The video I’ve added next to this paragraph is a favorite “learn to crochet” video because it is silent. You can see that crocheting a length of chain stitches is a simple beginning.

I have a southern drawl that is probably irritating to some people and charming to others, but really, some people have voices that should not be recorded. Googling “learn to crochet” results in a wide variety of videos to choose from so it will be easy to find your favorite voice once you master this basic step of crochet work.

If you have some fear and trepidation about beginning to crochet I would like to encourage you to plunge in. Instead of giving you long paragraphs to try to build your confidence I offer you one major tip. Start with a large crochet hook and some thick, plain yarn.

The large scale of each will allow you to get the feel of the beginner’s stitch and will let you feel them come together. You will very quickly graduate to smaller hooks and yarns. It took me a while to become brave enough to use crochet threads but now I wonder why I waited so long!

Soon you will fall in love with the wonderful yarns and threads that are available from our modern markets. Their colors range from bright to heathered in every hue, and their textures are beautiful and inspiring.

You will find yourself searching for reasons to try new patterns and you’ll be carrying your little crochet bag everywhere once you drink in today's fabulous yarns and threads. Enjoy taking some time to explore what products are out there and how they are being used.

Crochet is a great hobby to teach little girls. It’s a sad thing that so many could be learning this simple skill and yet the craft is not being taught to them. Boys can certainly learn to crochet too, but not as many are going to be as interested as girls will be.

I personally think that every first-grade child should have a semester of learning to crochet with a large hook so they can at least make a simple project. The satisfaction they would receive from accomplishing the task and the lessons they would learn from the process would serve them well throughout their life.

Crochet for Baby

Don't Wait! Start Learning the Craft of Crochet Today

Take a look at the tools of the trade listed below so you can give some thought to what you need in order to begin to learn to crochet, then decide when to begin your new craft.

My favorite project right now is crocheting an edge on pretty flannel squares to make practical, durable, yet lovely baby blankets. These blankets are very absorbent and can be used for everything from a diaper to a sun hat in a pinch!

A look at more videos on the web will tell you how popular crochet projects are. If you learn the time-honored craft of crochet you will soon be enjoying some of the favorite projects because crochet is an easy skill!

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Crochet Step by Step

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      You have given your daughter a wonderful gift. The pleasure that comes from creating with yarn or thread can't really be expressed--it has to be experienced, don't you think? A little time investment to learn and a person has a lifetime hobby to enjoy!

      Thank you for coming by and joining this conversation! :)

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      bizzymom 6 years ago from New York

      I tried to learn how to crochet a few years ago, but never had the time to keep up with it. I learned to knit when I was a young girl and I also taught my daughter to knit. I signed her up for a crochet class during the summer. She learned to crochet beautifully by the end of the week long class. She is starting to teach me now and I will also watch the video. I would not have minded the southern drawl by the way! I needlepoint, cross stitch and knit and I find all three relaxing. I look forward to being able to add crochet to that list. Thanks for all of the useful information.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I am amazed at how many people are crocheting today. It crosses age and gender lines because it is a great hobby. Thanks much for stopping in!

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      SKCandles 6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! :) My mom taught me to crochet when I was little and I have taken it back up in the last few years.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I hope you can get to it sometime. There are a lot of men who enjoy it, and some have made a business of it, even teaching their business to their sons.

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      LuisGabriel2 6 years ago

      I personally would like to learn crochet. But I'll have to wait when I finish all my projects. :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you stopped by. I hope that you will enjoy crochet. You'll be glad you learned and I imagine that your daughter will love it.

      There are several good learn-to-crochet videos on YouTube. It's easy, but I have not yet learned to read written instructions very well so I particularly enjoy the videos. Just started teaching a friend who knows knitting to crochet and she is doing really well after just one introductory lesson.

      I've become a little braver in learning new aspects of crochet--wish I had an 11-year-old to learn with me. :)

      Let us see any projects you do with your daughter!

      Thanks much for stopping in and commenting!

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      graceomalley 6 years ago

      I knit, but don't crochet yet. This is making me want to learn! My 11 year old daughter has trouble with knitting, and I wonder if crocheting would be easier for her. I will have to learn myself first!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Writing I can do a bit of...blogging, etc. in order to market the work is a completely different story, one I hope to get a grasp of. No matter what comes of it, I like to write whether its about crochet or important issues that need to be faced.

      Looking forward to checking out more of your work!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Yes, it takes a while to learn everything that's available online for writers and crafters. I've really only scratched the surface. You've been very prolific on HubPages!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I will try to check those sites out. Have much to learn about all these sites. Joined HP because I like to write and haven't branched out, although I am reading a lot about doing so. Thanks for the info.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      You're welcome, RT. I would say check out my blog (there's a link on my HP profile page), but I recently moved from Typepad to Wordpress and lost all my photos. I've been slowly re-adding them but have some way to go. If you are on Ravelry, I am "HawaiiHooker." You can see some of my stuff there.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly! So glad you enjoyed it!

      Would love to see more of your crochet work. I'll be looking for your newest hubs.

      Very much appreciate your stopping in and commenting.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Great hub, RTalloni. You make some excellent points for taking up the craft of crochet. And the video is excellent.

      I recently crocheted a baby sweater by watching a video in Portuguese. Didn't know what she was saying, but I could figure out what she was doing because I was familiar with the stitches. Plus, a blogger had taken the time to create instructions for the sweater, but without the video, I probably would have had problems understanding them. I think I'm going to put a set of my own instructions on my blog because I made some corrections to the original set.

      Looking forward to reading more of your crochet hubs. Rated up!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly! I hope you can pick up the craft again. I've just finished a new blanket for this series, probably the last, and am trying a little side project to show off with it. If it turns out you'll see it soon on HP.

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      Jean Donlan 6 years ago

      I never thought about doing crochet edging on my items. My mother taught me to crochet AND knit when I was very young and I enjoyed it. I wonder why I haven't followed up with this. This is a great post!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you! Sometimes I'm too impatient (or too busy to be patient?) with it. No problem with enjoying their work though! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great post and my mother and sister do beautiful work but somehow I never quite got the hand of it. I think I get too impatient. You obviously do lovely work.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      danielaridley, Thanks much! Maybe we can see some of your projects some time!

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      danielaridley 7 years ago from Texas

      Great post! Love crocheting!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      You can do it!

      Funny, I haven't learned to knit. Want to come over for a cup of tea next week?

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Dang - this is the one thing I have such a hard time with - I can knit but not crochet very well. Will have to give it another go!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      What a wonderful memory you have! I'm so glad to "give you the itch again." It may be a week before I have my next crochet hub up, but I'm looking forward to putting it together. Maybe you could do one on your project.

      Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting!

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      My brother was the only boy. On rainy days he sat with us and we all made items from crocheing. I have done it such a long time ago, and you just gave me the itch again.