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How to Affordably Crochet Professional Items That Are Better Than Anything You Currently Own
Just Letting You Know Ahead Of Time!
This is a long article, so read it when you have the time, but I promise that it'll be one of the best time you have ever invested in to better your skills to move forward in life. Don't keep putting it off or you could miss out on something that would have changed your life for the better.
Consider this article a form of self-improvement!
Is Crocheting Difficult To Learn?
If you have done your research on crocheting, I understand the aspect of "There are so many stitches. It'll be impossible to learn. Knitting only has two stitches. That's gotta be easier." I can relate because I have gone to knitting because I thought the number of stitches would be too intimidating and impossible to learn which is why I began knitting first. I soon Then I began to realize how difficult knitting was for me. I wondered if I made a bad choice and should've started with crocheting first. Nowadays, I wish I would've. Yes, crocheting even with its limitless stitches is still much easier in so many ways.
Do You Have A Yarn Obsession?
Start off with worsted medium weight yarn in one solid color instead of a multi-colored yarn or a dark one. I recommend a mid blue color. Make sure it's a Red Heart brand and it doesn't have any sub-labels like "with Love". I want you to get used to the fibers before moving on to other types so it'll be easy for you to tell the difference. Then once you get better at crochet you can move up to a more expensive brand so you can charge more for your products being as they are worth more since you spent more on them.
Yarn Type And Color!!!
The Basic Crochet Stitches (Read This Carefully Before Making Any Purchases!)
If you already know how to crochet then move onto the section entitled: (Let's Make Some Serious Dough Doing What We Love)
I actually found it easier to learn from watching a video on the basics of crocheting. I learned from an older Russian gentleman. So you see, there is no discrimination when learning to crochet or learning any trade for that matter. Videos are good but use written patterns the most and often before you start using video patterns. Otherwise, you could stray away from the learning the written abbreviations as well as the challenge of writing your own patterns.
I am going to describe it the best I can how to do each stitch without a video or diagram. Don't freak out. It'll be okay. You can do it. I have faith in you!
(These crochet learning instructions are taught in American Terms. Crocheting is taught in many countries. The British Terms are done slightly different.)
These are the basic stitches with full descriptions and abbreviations (memorize these abbreviations because they are used in all written patterns) in parentheses:
A slip knot is the beginning stitch needed in order to make a set of chains.
You need to learn the slip knot first of all right away because it is the most important stitch before you can move on. You want to make a blanket, don't you?
There are so many ways to learn this stitch, but I am going to show you the easiest way I learned when I first started out. They make it more complicated than it needs to be at times.
All you need to do is hold the yarn end with about an inch hanging between your thumb and first finger. Then you slide your first finger about an inch toward your skein or ball of yarn, now you're going to want to a reverse/up and over motion by inviting your middle finger next to your first finger and lifting as you hold the end in place with your free hand. You should have made a loop with your beginning hand. Make sure the end strand is underneath your yarn loop and in the center of the loop. Pull the center up and adjust until you have about an inch of yarn-end sticking out and pull it tight enough to stay on your finger. Tada! A slip knot!
Chains or Chaining (ch - singular):
Chains (chs - plural): A set of chains is the foundation on which the building stitches (single crochet, treble crochet) will be worked.
Place your slip knot (the loop you just made) on your crochet hook. Make sure the yarn-end is going down the hook's handle and fit it snuggly, but not too tight on your hook. You are going to be adding a stitch to this eventually and you want it to be loose enough to work a stitch into it. Technically, this is a chain. Let's make some more!
Hold your hook with the hand you favor the most. Hold the working yarn (the yarn coming out of your skein or ball in your opposite hand. (Hold the working in a way that is the most comfortable to you. You can wrap the yarn anyway you choose. Don't make it too tight or too loose. Try to keep your tension ((the tightest grip)) closer to or wrapped around your pinky.) Slide your slip knot down your hook less than an inch to give you enough room to chain. Now wrap your working yarn around your hook. You want to wrap it towards you and over the top of your hook. Turn your hook until the working yarn slips between the dip in the hook. Keep the yarn there loosely, but firmly enough to fit in the crook of the hook. Then pull the hook toward you, but a bit off to your favoring side. Keep an eye on your slip knot, it should carefully move off your hook in a way that it replaces the slip knot. Your slip knot should now be hanging from your chain. Do not tighten this chain tight against your slip knot, just securely fit it on your hook. Use printed hook size as a guide of how tight your stitches should be. I recommend Susan Bates hooks that perfectly aid you in this. The Susan Bates hooks are a bit more expensive, but it's worth it and you can include the price of the hook when understanding what to charge for your finished items. I also recommend purchasing the aluminum hooks F-K as a set and using the H hook for this first swatch because it's not too big and it won't be as difficult for you to move down to a much smaller hook once you get the hang of this one.
By the way, never get used to one hook size!!!! Utilize patterns that use different gauges (a variety of hooks sizes). There you go, a chain. All the chains before your hook counts as chains. The loop on your hook doesn't count as a chain because you can't work into loop onto your hook.
Now, make sure you have worked 20 chains.
(Parts of a chain: The top part of the chain is the furthest from you ((same goes for the bottom)), The back of the chain is a small hump that goes across your row of chains. You can work into any of these parts of the chain, but we are working in to the top part throughout this lesson. Find patterns that teach you how to work into the other parts as well)
Single Crochet (sc):
Slide your hook into the first chain from the hook (remember the loop on your hook does NOT count as a chain) and place the yarn on (yarn over or yo) and latch it on the hook (about a half inch away from the loop already on your hook) and pull it through the loop the same way you did to make the chain, but leave it on your hook (pull up a loop is the term for this particular motion, but you never see it used in the actual written pattern itself unless it is describing how to do a particular stitch that needs more explantion in the pattern). Then yarn over again, latch onto the yarn and pull it through both loops on the hook. Congrats, you have completed a single crochet (sc). A single crochet is the most used stitch in the crochet. Now go to the next chain and work another single crochet an in each chain to the end of the row. Once you have finished working the last single crochet, count your stitches. You should have twenty of them. Make a chain and turn your row of single crochets so the back side is now facing you.
You will now be working in the two loops at the top of the single crochets you just made. (In other patterns, they will want you to crochet in the back loops only (blo) the loop the furthest away from the row you are now working.) Slide your hook through both loops, latch the yarn and pull the yarn under the two single crochet loops and finish the single crochet (sc).
Then next few stitches will not have in-depth descriptions because you should have a complete understanding of what is expected, if not, feel free to review until you are comfortable with what you are doing. After each row of single crochets, you'll need to make one chain (ch 1) before turning your work. Work in the stitch next to the chain. The chain one (ch 1) doesn't count as a stitch. At the end of each row, work a single crochet in the last single crochet stitch (st).
Half Double Crochet (hdc):
Yarn over (yo) (you should have three loops on your hook) and pull yarn through all three loops on your hook. That's a half double crochet. After each row of half double crochets,you'll need to make two chains (ch 2) before turning your work. Work in the stitch next to the chain. The chain two (ch 2) doesn't count as a stitch. At the end of each row, only work a half double crochet in the last half double crochet.
Double Crochet (dc):
Yarn over (yo), pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops on your hook, yo and pull through the last two loops on your hook. That's a double crochet.
After each row of double crochets, you'll need to double crochet in last double crochet (dc) make 3 chains (ch 3), turn your work, skip the stitch the chain three (ch 3) because it's tall enough to be counted as a stitch and then work a double crochet in the next stitch (st).
Treble or Triple Crochet (trc):
Yarn over (yo) twice, yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through next two loops, yo and pull through last two loops on hook. A treble crochet is the least used stitch in crochet.
Those are the basic stitches of crochet, but the size of the height of a crochet stitch is ultimately endless. Every time you yarn over before you decide to pull the yarn through two loops will decide how high the stitch will be.
Work a treble crochet in the last treble crochet of each row, then make a chain four (ch 4), turn, skip the stitch the chain is coming out of (turning ch 4) and work a treble in the next stitch.
Do at least five rows of each basic crochet stitch from single to treble. I encourage this is because it aides you in gaining knowledge, comfort and understanding the height difference of each stitch.
Fixing Your Mistakes: Crocheting Vs. Knitting
In knitting, you need to put each stitch back on your needle until you have come to your mistake to fix it. With crocheting, you simply pull it apart and fix it (yes, you may have to go back a ways, but the fix is easier with crocheting than knitting.)
Now: It's Almost Impossible To Find Me Without A Crochet Hook In My Hand (Which Hooks I Recommend!)
"I am going to describe it the best I can how to do each stitch without a video or diagram. Don't freak out. It'll be okay. You can do it. I have faith in you!"
Learn How To Crochet A Granny Square
Crocheting In The Round (Don't Move On To This Section Until You have Mastered The Basic Stitches First!)
This is a very important technique to master. Here is a link to the full description since you understand the crochet art completely now:
Written Pattern: https://www.thespruce.com/crocheting-in-the-round-979084
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFHexyNR1dY (I am subscribed to this crocheter's YouTube channel They're great!)
Let's Make Some Serious Dough Doing What We Love!
If you want to sell your work, you gotta be willing to move up in the more expensive yarns, but there is a cost-effective way to do it. Check ads for Michael's, Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann's just to name a few. There are apps for all of them. Go to the coupon section and they'll usually have a weekly 40% off one non-clearance item. Use that to buy your yarn. Make sure it's a fairly good-sized skein and looks expensive. Loops & Threads is an excellent brand and also affordable. Yes, more expensive than Red Heart, but that's because Red Heart is for crochet beginners. You are not a beginner! Consider your investment in all your purchases by adding them all up. Then multiply it by two and that's how much you should charge. Yes, that may seem like a lot, but Ralph Lauren is known for quality which is why it costs so much...it's worth that much!!! A person that wants their hat, sweater, skirt, gloves, afghan, jacket to look right, wear right, feel right, and last forever are going to be willing to spend more because they respect you for taking the time and spending the money to make it. If they want their sweater to fall apart and last a year (if they're lucky) before falling apart instead of the quality you spent your own money to make them then tell them, "Go ahead and be my guest." Yeah, it may not be the nicest thing to say, but it's the harsh truth. People whine about the price of how much something costs without realizing it costs that much because it was made right with the highest quality material and tools they needed to make it.
The more yarn you buy for the item, the more you should charge. Triple the price for an afghan and always include the washing instructions with any item you made. They can easily accuse you of the item being ruined if you don't include that with the item. Also, stitch your label saying you crocheted the item.
Seen here: http://img.hobbylobby.com/sys-master/root/hf5/hcb/h00/9035166580766/869073%5b5%5d.jpg
Make your own labels like this for example: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8QJp77ZvxVo/TU5AAgqWi8I/AAAAAAAAAZk/XvmHzhQBA9k/s400/brown%2Bclose%2Bup.jpg
Always check what the pattern is asking for. The yarn thickness can go from crochet thread (typically used for doilies) to super bulky which is used less often because you gotta buy a lot of it if you want to complete a project with it. You'll also have to buy larger or smaller hooks for the specific yarn thickness. Most yarn labels show which size hook you need.
For Further Reading To Improve Your Skill:
The Internet is the crocheter's playground! There are numerous written and video patterns on how to crochet anything!
Once you have the finances, you can go further in your investment and create an actual business with a name and website to sell your items.
Here is mine: http://www.thecrochetartist.yolasite.com/
Here Are A Couple Of Items I Have Crocheted (There Are More Items On My Website!)
Some Final Words!
I know this has been a long article, but I appreciate you all sticking with it and I hope you have fallen in love with the art of crocheting as much as I have. Never give up! If you mess up on a stitch, go back and fix it. It's easy to let go and forget because crocheting is very relaxing once you understand fully what you are doing. It's easy to get caught up in it all. Fix a stitch does not matter where it is in the patter because it'll help you move along faster and learn with each mistake you make. Allow yourself to make mistakes and the patience to fix them. That is a lesson to be learned in anything in life.
Buy crochet books, make your own patterns, write your own books! Life happens to put these goals on hold, but it is possible! Never ever give up!
Also, if you have any crochet questions, never hesitate to ask me. Thanks again and happy crocheting!
"Allow yourself to make mistakes and the patience to fix them."
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