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What to Look For in a Beginner Crochet Pattern

Updated on January 21, 2012
Bernat Satin Hooded Scarf
Bernat Satin Hooded Scarf | Source

What to Look For in a Beginner Crochet Pattern

Most crochet designers will take the time to put a skill level on their pattern. This helps to give others an idea as to whether or not they are capable of completing the project. The skill levels range from beginner, easy, intermediate and advanced or experienced.

Although they can serve as a guideline, the skill levels should not be solely relied on when determining whether or not you have the skills to complete the pattern. The reason being is that not all crochet designers follow the same guidelines in labeling their patterns, which means that a pattern might be labeled as easy, when in fact it is more difficult, and vice versa. Therefore, you should always read through the pattern and decide for yourself as to whether or not it looks like something that you can master.

The benefit of starting off with a beginner pattern is that it helps you to master the basics before moving on to something more difficult. As a result, you are more likely to stick with the art because you won't feel so overwhelmed or frustrated.

The following tips should give you an idea on what to look for in a beginner crochet pattern.

Yarn and Hook

Beginner patterns usually require that you use a simple worsted weight yarn and an H hook, or a hook that is at least close to that size. Never opt for a pattern that uses a fancy yarn, such as eyelash, boucle or crochet thread, as they will only spell trouble for you.

Eyelash yarn and other fancy yarn can make it difficult for you to see the stitches. As a crochet beginner, you will have enough struggles as is, and the last thing you need is the distraction of a fancy yarn.

You should also avoid thin or bulky yarn. Thin yarn or crochet thread is more difficult because you have to use a smaller hook, which makes the stitches smaller and more difficult to work with. And if the yarn is too thick, it makes it awkward for it to slide through the fingers. In addition, a bulky yarn also means that you have to use a larger hook, which can be awkward as well.

Basic Crochet Stitches

A beginner crochet pattern generally consists only of the basic crochet stitches, such as the chain, the slip stitch and single crochet. Some beginner patterns might also call for the half double crochet or the double crochet stitch, as well as a few simple increase or decrease stitches.

Small Beginner Crochet Bag
Small Beginner Crochet Bag | Source

Small Projects

Even if you know that you have the ambition to finish a project, if it is your first time crocheting then you should not embark on a large project such as an afghan.

The reason being is that when you start off, your stitches will most likely be uneven and awkward. Then as you continue, you can see yourself improving over the rows or rounds, and it ruins it. It makes you want to rip it all out and start all over. Although this is fine to do, it is nonetheless time consuming and it can be discouraging for a first time crocheter. Therefore, you would be better off making a few simple dishcloths or scrubbies first.

No Color Changes

Even though color changes are not hard, you should ideally avoid such patterns until you master the basics of crochet. Doing so will allow you to focus your attention on one thing at a time and it will be a lot easier for you in the end. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot try such a pattern, it will just require a bit more discipline on your behalf.


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      Rhelena 6 years ago

      Thank you PWalker. :)

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Good advice for the beginning crocheter. Rated up and useful.