Tips for Learning How to Crochet
Tips for Learning How to Crochet
Learning how to crochet can be frustrating, especially if you do not have anyone to take you through the process step-by-step. It can be frustrating because not only do you have to learn how to hold the yarn and crochet hook, but you also have to learn how to make them become one with your hands and fingers. This is usually where most struggle as they are unable to relax and just let it happen on its own.
Then to make matters even worse, crochet patterns are usually not written out in plain language. They commonly use a variety of crochet abbreviations, which makes it easier for the more experienced crocheters, but it can be frustrating for the beginners. Some crochet patterns are also mapped out on a graph or shown with crochet symbols. Either way, it takes a bit of time to learn all this.
If you are new to crocheting, then you can probably relate to the above. But it really is not that hard to master if you practice it everyday. Following are some tips to help make it easier for crochet beginners.
- How to Read Crochet Patterns - Part 1
An article covering some of the basics of reading crochet patterns. Find out what a gauge is, how instructions are given for different sizes and more.
- How to Read Crochet Patterns - Part 2
This is the second installment of how to read crochet patterns. It basically helps you to figure out how to understand the abbreviations, brackets and other symbols that are often used in crochet patterns.
Learn to Read Patterns
The first step in learning how to crochet is to familiarize yourself with the way that a crochet pattern is written. Many crocheters seem to do fine without patterns, but learning to read them will save you a lot of time and frustration in the end. Plus, it will allow you to sit back and relax and just follow the instructions as they are written down.
Not all patterns are written in the same style, but most of them do follow a standard set of rules. Knowing these rules will make a huge difference in how fast you learn to read and follow patterns.
Start with Beginner Patterns
Always start off with a beginner crochet pattern before you embark on something that is more difficult. This will help you to master the basics, not only in the crochet stitches, but in reading and following a pattern as well. It will give you the know-how and the confidence needed to move on to bigger and fancier projects.
Most patterns will provide you with a skill level, such as beginner, easy, intermediate and advanced. The skill levels are good guidelines, however, not all designers follow the same rules in determining the level, and therefore, you shouldn’t solely rely on what they think. I remember back in the day when I was learning to crochet, I would sometimes ignore a pattern that was intermediate and stick with something that was easy, only to later find that the easy pattern was more difficult and frustrating that the intermediate one. So the best thing to do is read the pattern over and decide for yourself whether or not it is something that you can do.
Click Here for What to Look For in a Beginner Crochet Pattern.
Avoid Fancy Yarns
You might be tempted to work your project with a fancy yarn, such as an eyelash yarn. This is especially true for scarves as they look so easy to make, and the idea of a fancy yarn is often hard to pass up. Fancy yarn, however, can often make it quite difficult for you to see the stitches. Therefore, you should resist that temptation until you have developed a feel for crocheting. In other words, you should be able to work in a relaxed manner without having to concentrate on where you insert the hook. Once you can do that, then you know that you are ready for some fancy stuff.
Finish Each Project Before Starting Another
It might be tempting to start more than one crochet project before your finish the first one. This is normal, but in order to learn more efficiently and without frustration, it is best if you stick with a single project from start to finish. Working on small projects, such as dishcloths, scarves and hats, will help you to stick with a single project.
Youtube.com has tons of great crochet tutorials that will show you step-by-step on how to crochet. Most videos are not only short and to the point, but they are also keyword targeted, which makes them easy for you to find when you need them.
Some crocheters will also take you step-by-step through a crochet project, so that you can see exactly how it is done.
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Be Patient and Practice Daily
Crochet is an art that takes a lot of practice in order to master it. There is much to learn, and it cannot be learned in a few hours, a few days, or even in a few years. I have crocheted on and off in my childhood and teenage years, and have crocheted regularly over the last decade or so. But there are still crochet stitches and techniques that I have not yet mastered. In addition, many of the stitches seem very similar in nature, and it is hard not to get them mixed up.
The key is to take it slow and at your own pace so that you do not become discouraged. Practice it daily if you can, even if you only do a small row/round a day.
Free Crochet Pattern Sites
- CrochetN\'Crafts | Free Crochet Patterns
Free crochet patterns, sewing tutorials, sewing projects, crochet abbreviation chart other craft projects.
- Treasures Made From Yarn
Lots of neat free crochet patterns.
- Crochet With Cris
Free Crochet Patterns, tutorials and more.
- Crochet Pattern Bonanza | A Free Crochet Pattern Directory with Pictures
A free crochet pattern directory with pictures. The collection includes a variety of free crochet patterns, such as afghans, hats, scarves, hooded scarves, legwarmers, dishcloths and other kitchen items, amigurumi and more.