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Crochet Could Become Your Favorite Craft!

Updated on November 17, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Crochet Is My Year Around Favorite Craft!

If you're a person who loves to keep your hands occupied, crocheting might be a lot of fun for you! It's relaxing, you can create beautiful and even practical things for yourself or for gifts, and best of all it's completely portable! Imagine a lazy day at the beach. You become bored with reading on your Kindle and decide to pick up your crocheting for awhile.

There's a style of crocheting to suit anyone's taste! Do you love the fun, funky granny square look? There are a thousand different patterns for them out there. You can make shawls, afghans, vests, skirts, baby blankets, hats... virtually anything using granny squares. Are you intrigued by intricate crocheted lace? Do you love the look of vintage doilies? Want to make something for a new baby in the family? How about a toasty winter scarf that's done in cotton or bamboo yarns, neither of which will feel hot on your hands to work with them in summer. You could even make a little decorative flag for your garden, or a sweater for your Chihuahua!

So, how do you "hook up" with crocheting? Crochet requires two basic things: a crochet hook and either yarn or thread. Please notice that I did not include what might be a third obvious thing, a pattern! Lots of people just learn individual stitches and then make up their own pattern as they go! (That's for the truly adventurous spirit!) Most people do like to use patterns though so that they know what to expect when they're finished!

First, you go out and buy yourself a good crochet hook. For most beginner patterns, I'd recommend getting yourself a size G or H. You can get crochet hooks at any craft or yarn store. You can also get the one I recommend, the Clover Soft Touch, right here on this lens through Amazon!

Second, think about your learning style. Are you a visual learner? You might do best with one of the YouTube tutorials I've provided below. Are you a hands-on, show-me then let me do it learner? In almost every community you can find a local crochet group. If you have a JoAnn store, more than likely you can find a crochet class there. Are you a "jump in yourself and muddle through it" learner? Pick up one of the "learn to crochet" books I recommend here in this lens, or browse the selection at your local craft store. Virtually all of them sell "learn to crochet" kits and books.

I'm going to give you a very easy beginner pattern here to try. So get your hook and yarn in hand, and let's crochet!

Really Helpful Crochet Goodies From Amazon - My Hand Picks!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet

If you'd like to learn to crochet from a book, here's a great one to start with!

 

What You Will Need

Crochet Hook in size G or H

Pictured here are the Clover brand crochet hooks I use and always recommend. Crochet hooks for yarn start at the smallest size, A, and go all the way up to huge ones in size Q.

My Sunny Stripes Baby Afghan Uses The Same Stitch As The Headband And Belt! - Super Easy!

Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!

Here are those hooks I told you about! They will last you a lifetime, they're so sturdy. In my opinion there is simply no better hook.

 

If you made the headband and belt, you can make this baby afghan! It's done in a Bernat yarn called Pipsqueak. Here is my great nephew Logan modeling the Sunny Stripes blankie I made for him.

A Word About Yarns

Yarns for crocheting or knitting come in many types of fibers, such as 100% cotton, bamboo, alpaca, wool, and polyester blends. What to choose? If you're making a wearable item, go on touch/feel that will make you happy. For kitchen items like potholders, towels, etc., 100% cotton is a great choice.

My Crochet Angel Wing Scrubbies

My Crochet Angel Wing Scrubbies
My Crochet Angel Wing Scrubbies

Let's Make The Magic!

Easy Crocheted Custom Fit Headband, Belt Or Scarf To Wear

Directions For Both Items

Make a starting foundation chain the length you want the belt or headband to be, without stretching. For this pattern stitch, you will need to make it an odd number of chains.

First Row

See the chain that your hook is in when you finish chaining? Look just under it, to the last chain you made. With the chain still on your hook... * Stick the hook into that next chain. Put your hook around the yarn, pull it through the chain. Now you have two loops on your hook! Grab the yarn again with your hook and this time pull it through both loops on the hook. You've just made what's called a Single Crochet stitch, commonly abbreviated as "SC." Yay! Repeat the instructions from this symbol * for every one of your chains until you get to the end. Now make one more chain and flip the work so that the piece you just finished is out to your left. Your work should look something like the photo here as you are working this first row.

Now in crochet directions, a very common symbol you'll see is an asterisk (*). It's always used as a placeholder in the directions, so that the pattern writer can refer you to a specific place in the pattern and tell you to do something from that point. So let's look at how the First Row directions would be written in a typical crochet pattern. It would go something like this:

Row 1

Work SC (single crochet) in 2nd chain (CH) from hook and in each remaining chain across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2

Insert your hook into your first Single Crochet stitch. Grab yarn and pull it through so that two loops are on your hook. Grab yarn again and pull through both loops. Repeat this from the * symbol until you have made a Single Crochet in each Single Crochet across your work. Chain 1 and flip your work again (turn).

Ready for Row 3?

Insert your hook into the first Single Crochet stitch and complete a Single Crochet. Now let's get fancy! * Chain 1, skip the next Single Crochet stitch, and work a Single Crochet stitch in the next Single Crochet stitch. Go back to the * symbol and repeat the instructions. Continue doing this until you reach the end of the row. Now chain 1 and turn.

Row 4

This time, start by working a Single Crochet (SC) in the space on the previous row that your chain-1 created. Just poke the hook right into the space then complete your Single Crochet like normal. * Now chain 1, skip the next Single Crochet stitch, and work a Single Crochet in the next ch-1 space. Keep going in this pattern from the * symbol until you're all the way across. You'll make a single crochet in the very last space, chain 1, and single crochet in the last single crochet. Chain 1, turn.

Now keep repeating Row 4 over and over until your project is the width you want it to be. When you're finished with your last row, go on to the Finishing Instructions.

Finishing Instructions

For the Belt or Scarf, cut your yarn 2-3 inches from your work, Grab the yarn and pull it through the loop on your hook, and pull the yarn firmly. That's called "fastening off" and it is what keeps your work from unraveling. Using your hook, weave the cut end into your work so that it becomes invisible. That's usually called "weave in ends."

For your Headband, do NOT cut your yarn yet. You'll use what's called a Slip Stitch (abbreviated as "SS") to join the two ends together. So let's fold up your work, putting the two short ends together. * Insert your hook into first stitch on both layers. Grab yarn and in one movement, pull it through the second layer, the top layer and through the loop on your hook. Yay, you just made a slip stitch! Repeat these instructions from the * symbol until you have closed the whole end seam. Now cut your yarn about 2-3 inches from your work and weave in the ends.

Crochet Can Help You Sparkle! - The only limit is your imagination!

Here's a scarf I made in a very fancy Plymouth metallic thread called 24K.

Clover 3106 Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver
Clover 3106 Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver

A pretty pendant you wear round your neck to cut your yarn with! Very handy.

 

You Say... - Come On, You Can Tell Me!

Here is a photo of a crocheted rose doily I made years ago. It's crocheted using cotton thread in size 10.

Do You Like The Idea Of Crocheting?

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Crochet Can Be Practical... - This Potholder Is Done In 100% Cotton

Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-B Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder, 4-Ounce
Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-B Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder, 4-Ounce

Here's a nifty little device that will turn a skein of yarn into a big ball of yarn. Why would you want to do that? Well, when you're working, yarn from a ball feeds a lot more smoothly than a skein, which flops every time you pull from it.

 

You can get this pattern at http://www.squidoo.com/angelwingpotholder

Crochet Can Be Decorative!

Here's a little garden flag I crocheted a lifetime ago in 100% cotton, making it very durable for outdoor use.

Learn Crochet On YouTube - Right Or Left Handed!

Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder
Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder

If you work with crochet thread, this container will keep your thread clean as you work. It will also keep your pets out of it!

 

Here's my Ladybug in a little sweater I crocheted for her.

A Note From Your Designer...

Hi, I'm SheilaSchnauzies, also published as SheilaSparkles, and my life's passion is designing in Crochet! I also love to share gifts with friends, and this pattern is my gift to you! I give away about 95% of my pattern designs free. The other 5% are sold on my pattern store at Craftsy.com to benefit the vet expenses of my Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies.

Just one little favor, please... I would appreciate it if you do not post this pattern anywhere on the Internet or in the 'real world.' Instead, you are most welcome to provide a link to this webpage.

I use a system I call the "Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating" just for fun, to rate the difficulty of my patterns. If it's a 3/5 or more, I'll explain why I consider it more difficult. A few of my designs use techniques that are a bit unconventional! If it's one of those patterns, I'll warn you ahead of time. I do a lot of custom-fit patterns, for example. They are made to fit YOU, not a measurement from a chart. They're surprisingly easy to do and actually end up fitting. That's a good thing, yes?

So glad you found my patterns! I hope you really enjoy making whatever it is you're making! Crochet hugs, -Sheila

Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!

Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!
Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!

"Crochet thread is the ink with which I will sign my life." –SheilaSchnauzies

All photos and content ©SheilaSchnauzies except where specifically indicated otherwise.

Please Crochet Your Name In My Guestbook! - Kidding, Just Signing Is Fine!

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    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila 

      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @clevergirlname: You can do it!!! It's not hard to learn.

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      clevergirlname 

      5 years ago

      I wish I could crochet my name here - or crochet at all!

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila 

      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @LisaAuch1: Awesome, isn't it fun? And crocheting outside... YES!

    • LisaAuch1 profile image

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Well Sheila you KNOW I LOVE crochet too, I love it so much especially in the summer, sitting outside in the fresh warm sun and air. Making beautiful crocheted items for the kids!

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila 

      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks so much! I'm glad you're getting "re-hooked" on crochet!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sheila, even though I haven't crocheted since I was a teenager you've managed to pique my interest again with this terrific lens. Congrats on the well deserved purple star!

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