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Tips for Learning How to Crochet

Updated on August 20, 2013

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.

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

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.

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.

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    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      tohimilook, Thank you so much for the link! I could go crazy with the program lol, so I better wait to buy it until I get caught up with my other work. This will help me out so much for when I'm ready to do some of my tapestry designs that I have in mind.

      Thanks Again!

    • tohimilook profile image

      tohimilook 

      6 years ago from Barbados

      Rhelena there is a crochet software site calle www.crochetdesigns.com/software

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      ladeda, If you can figure out knitting, then you'll be able to crochet as well. Wishing you the best in your new venture.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      tohimilook, Yes crochet is very relaxing, and it is great to earn money with it. I have never heard of software that creates the patterns for you, and I would love to know more about it...if you don't mind. Thank you.

    • ladeda profile image

      ladeda 

      6 years ago

      I've always had trouble trying to learn to crochet. I was able to figure out knitting on my own, but I don't know anyone around who crochets to help me out. Thanks for the tips!

    • tohimilook profile image

      tohimilook 

      6 years ago from Barbados

      I love crochet a friend taught me a few years ago and now I have my own craft business. I purchase a piece of crochet software online so I can make my own patterns.

      I love to work on name doilies, chair sets and tablecloths with crochet insert.

      I find it a very relaxing hobby which can be turned into a business.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      ryancarter, Thank you for the feedback!

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      Jellygator, It's hard when you don't have anyone to show you step by step. Do the stitches look alright, and do you end up with the right amount? If so, then you are probably alright. Keep at it, and I'm sure you'll figure it out. Thanks for the vote!

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      MazioCreate, I'm sorry to hear that crochet doesn't interest you, but then again, it is not for everyone and we all have our own interests. That is what makes life interesting. :) Thanks for stopping by and reading.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      PWalker, Thank you again for the vote. And you are right, it is hard to only work on one project at a time. I always have several projects on the go.

    • ryancarter profile image

      ryancarter 

      6 years ago from Falkville, Alabama

      Awesome hub! I'm not a crocheter (sp?), but you certainly have a knack for making a great hub!

    • jellygator profile image

      jellygator 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm sure one of those people who is a bit confused. I don't know anyone who crochets near me (my daughter does, but lives a couple states away). I can't tell if I'm doing the final stitches right in a row, or whether I'm reading the round patterns correctly, and even videos aren't clear enough for me to tell the difference. :( Thanks for the forum links. Voted up and useful.

    • MazioCreate profile image

      MazioCreate 

      6 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      I'm not one who has ever or will ever crochet, but your hub puts forward a no nonense way to start and stick with this craft. Sorry it doesn't inspire me to take up this pastime, but I was interested in the steps you suggest to read it.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      Well, Rhelena, it's kinda hard to finish a project before starting a new one with all the cool patterns out there :-), but I certainly understand why this would be important for someone just learning to crochet.

      You've written a nice series of articles for the beginning crocheter. Rated up!

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