ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Arts and Design»
  • Crafts & Handiwork»
  • Textiles

Crochet Tips for Beginners

Updated on October 27, 2011
My kids, in a crocheted tiara and crown!
My kids, in a crocheted tiara and crown! | Source
Baby boy blankie Side B-Done as a DC (double crochet) through every other row.
Baby boy blankie Side B-Done as a DC (double crochet) through every other row. | Source
Side A-Every other row is crocheted (with a DC) in the back loop of the previous row. See the difference from side B? This side pops out more.
Side A-Every other row is crocheted (with a DC) in the back loop of the previous row. See the difference from side B? This side pops out more. | Source
A Fishnet Hat for my friend.
A Fishnet Hat for my friend. | Source
A Strata Hat for my co-worker, he loves it by the way!
A Strata Hat for my co-worker, he loves it by the way! | Source

Tips

Tip#1

Keep your stitches and rows nice and even. If the rows aren't even your project could begin to start looking like something else completely.

Tip#2

When you buy yarn or hooks, try to keep the size of your hook to what the size suggests on your yarn. For example, if you want something nice and tight and have a much bigger hook than what your yarn suggests, it will come out big and loose instead.

Tip#3

Take lots of pictures while you are doing your project. You can use these for your blog or your own personal use. Some people remember from words, others by pictures. Better safe than sorry.

Tip#4

Keep a list of your yarn colors or keep the paper on the yarn after you bring it home. When you start a project the paper might rip apart or come off of your yarn and you need the information from the paper for your yarn. If you are selling your project or giving it as a gift you need to list what ingredients were made with the yarn in case anyone has any allergies to the products. Plus there is usually a pattern on the inside of the label that you can use for later.

Tip#5

Stitch markers and counting! When I was a beginner, and stitching in the round (continously stitching, no casting off between rows) I would always lose my place. You can always invest in stitch markers and row counters but a good old pad and pen (or excel and a mouse) to keep track of what row you're on and how many stitches you should be counting.

Tip#6

If you're using 2 colors with your project, make sure to try and keep the yarns away from each other. It may look harmless when 2 yarns get together but really in the end you will spend lots of time getting knots out of silly yarn strings.

Tip#7

Before beginning your project make sure that you have looked through the pattern (usually a pdf file or paper) to make sure that you know all the stitches and abbreviations for the pattern you're using. I had to look up a couple (magic ring-, sl st-slip stitch, YO-yarn over) for my first time reading a pattern, but after a little while you get the hang of it.

Tip#8

Use good lighting because sometimes it's hard to see the stitches when you're in darker spaces and if you can't see very good, you can't keep track of your stitches or rows. (Unless you're good like that)

Tip#9

When you're reading a pattern make sure that you are going to have enough yarn to finish the project. You don't wanna be caught with your pants off (so to speak) and not be able to finish your project in case they run out of the same color yarn you were using.

Tip #10-The Most Important Tip!

If at first you don't succeed, try try again. I would be working on a hat or beanie or something new and i would get frustrated because it was something new I was working on and not familiar with it. If you need to, take a breath, and start over or go do something else. Watch a movie, tv show, whatever to get your mind off of it. Usually when you are thinking about it or not thinking about anything the solution or what you did wrong comes to mind. If I can crochet, so can you.

I have a list of links at the bottom to check out more. If you liked this hub, please leave feedback. I will appreciate it a lot.

This is the Video Pattern I used for the Tiara and Crown-Love this lady!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Wonderful tips. Thanks for writing such a useful hub.

    • stestifie profile image
      Author

      Stephanie Pyper 6 years ago from Sin City

      Thanks for commenting jenubouka. It really is a great site and I hope you have time to check it out. All of the links and Ravelry will indeed make you want to crochet more.

    • profile image

      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I have tried crocheting yet, but these tips inspire me to do so, still have to check out the raverly site, great hub

    • stestifie profile image
      Author

      Stephanie Pyper 6 years ago from Sin City

      You're welcome Ayliss I'm glad you liked this hub. I really had to rack my brain thinking of tips!

    • ayliss08 profile image

      ayliss08 6 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

      Hi, stestifie. I'm also interested in crochet. It is very interesting. Thanks for sharing the useful tips with us. It really help me.

    • stestifie profile image
      Author

      Stephanie Pyper 6 years ago from Sin City

      Yeah, I have a lot of problems when I put yarn in my stitches for stitch markers. But I usually do loose stitches so it comes out quite a bit lol. Sometimes I use a plain old paper clip lol. Thanks for commenting!

    • JulieStrier profile image

      JulieStrier 6 years ago from Apopka, FL

      Great hub! There are some good tips here. If someone doesn't want to invest in stitch markers, they can always cut a piece of yarn before beginning and use that. The only downfall is that it doesn't lock in place, so it can slip out if you're not careful. But I find this doesn't happen very often.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)