Crochet Beginner Series: How to Pick Your First Hook

All About Crochet Hooks:  A Beginner’s Guide

 

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Hi folks!  Today I want to talk about something super important.  Hooks.  Yes, I said hooks.  Now, this may not seem like a big deal for someone whose been crocheting for years, but for all you crochet newbies out there, learning about hooks is critical.

I can remember when I started crocheting.  I went to JoAnn’s and simply stared at all the hooks.  There were so many!  Fat ones, skinny ones, metal ones, plastic ones, colored ones, even ones that light up.  I had no idea which one to pick and no one to guide me.  If you’ve been there or you don’t want to be there, then listen up, you’ll want to pay attention to this post.

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Free Pattern: Easy Crochet Pumpkin Baby Beanie

A Free Easy Crochet Pumpkin Hat for Babies and Toddlers by Itchin' for some Stitchin'.

 

Omigsh…  Halloween completely snuck up on me!  I’ve actually been working on my son’s costume for over a month now.  It’s just that suddenly Halloween is right around the corner.  Thankfully, I finished the costume.  For his first All Hallows Eve my lil’ pumpkin is going to be a pumpkin!

I decided to crochet it because I thought it would be super cute and fairly easy to do.  Admittedly, this was my first time designing a costume, but it was a wonderfully successful undertaking, if I do say so myself!

Crochet Pumpkin Costume by Itchin' for some Stitchin'

 

The hat was the easiest part of the costume and uses mostly basic crochet skills so it’s good for beginners.  It’s also a great project for experienced crocheters who want to quickly whip up an adorable pumpkin beanie for the little one in their lives.

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How to Crochet in the Round

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Hi ya folks!  Today’s tutorial is a subscriber request.  These are my favorite tutorials!

I always try to create tutorials that I think will be useful, especially to beginning stitchers, and then hope that they find their way to the eyes of those who will truly benefit from them.  But when I get a subscriber request I know for sure that the tutorial will help someone as they venture on in their fiber arts journey.  That is my goal after all!

So, if you have a crochet question or issue you are struggling with, don’t be shy!  Just send me a message by clicking here.  I’d love to create a tutorial or guide just for you!

Now on to today’s tutorial!

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Free Easy Crochet Ribbed Baby Beanie Pattern for Beginners

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Hey there folks! Today I want to share with you my new pattern for a super simple basic ribbed baby beanie. I designed it to be easy for beginners and to use the new skills I introduced in my ebook, How to Crochet:  A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners.

Using my nine month old son as a model, I created beanie sizes from preemie to 1-year old.  Technically 1-year old sizes tend to fall  into the class of toddler patterns and not baby patterns, but I wanted to make a beanie that would fit my son this coming winter when he would be a year old.

I decided to make his hat in Seattle Seahawk colors because, well, we are huge Seahawk foot ball fans!  We even painted his nursery in these colors. 🙂  I chose navy blue and grey for the hat colors and then added a bright green pom-pom.  He loves it!  And, of course, he looks adorable in it!

So, break out your crochet hooks, this easy pattern will whip up in a jiffy and is great practice if you are a crochet newbie.   Let’s get started!

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How to Crochet: Basic Steps for Beginners

A Quick-Start Guide for Crochet Beginners

 

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Crochet is a craft in which a patterned fabric is created by looping yarn, thread, or other material with a hooked needle.  Like knitting, crochet consists of pulling loops through other loops, but with the addition of wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times.  Unlike knitting, and with a few exceptions, in crochet only one stitch is active at one time.  Also, crochet uses a single crochet hook instead of two knitting needles.

There are literally hundreds of different forms of crochet with more in development.  CrochetWithDee.com gives a great list of many types of crochet.  Hundreds of crochet methods means tons of “advanced” crochet stitches, yet, there are only a few basic stitches.  If you can learn these, then you can create loads of fun and unique crochet patterns!

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How to Bind Off and Weave in Ends in Crochet

The Best Ways to End Your Crochet Projects

 

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Okay so you’ve followed all the steps in my ebook, How to Crochet: A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners and you’ve just finished your crochet project.  Congratulations!   You’ve made the last stitch and you’re ready to show off  your hard work and move on to another project. Then suddenly your smile of satisfaction quickly turns into a frown of exasperation. Why? Because you’ve just realized that the project isn’t actually done. Nope, it’s not. Because you still have to bind off and weave in the ends (also called tails).

I’m not going to lie, weaving in ends can be a pain. But don’t be discouraged! It’s not a pain because it’s hard. It’s simply that it can be tedious and it takes time. If you only have one or two ends, this isn’t a big deal. However, if you’ve had to change colors a lot you could have many ends that need to be hidden.    This is the reason that I have not one, but two granny square afghans that have yet to be joined. One of which I started over four years ago!

I told you that I am not going to lie. I hate weaving in ends. But… it is a necessary evil. It must be done.  If you don’t weave in the tails your project will most likely unravel and all your hard work will be for nothing.  Also, it is necessary to make your project look neat and tidy.  And despite my bickering, it is easier than you think.

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How to Read a Crochet Pattern for Beginners

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Understanding the Language of Crochet

 

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Hi folks! So, by now I am sure that you know the basics of crochet and are itching to stitch your first pattern.  But, just hold your horses!  Don’t dive in just yet.  Jumping into a crochet pattern without understanding what you are reading is like diving into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim.

Reading a crochet pattern is quite literally like looking at a foreign language.  Crochet has its own words, abbreviations, and symbols.  If you don’t know them or understand the sentence structure it will be very easy to get lost, confused, and frustrated.

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The 10 Best Crochet Tips for Absolute Beginners

Follow These 10 Tips Before You  Start Your First Crochet Project

 

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When  I first started crocheting, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have a clue about how to begin.  I didn’t know what hook to start with, what yarn to use, or even what a stitch was.  And, I had no one to help me.

I taught myself, just like many of you are, by consulting the great and powerful Google.  I read tutorials, watched videos, and learned to read crochet patterns, but at the time there were few, if any,  tips to make learning crochet easier for beginners.

So, now that I have years of crochet experience under my belt, I thought I would share with you all the things I wish I had known when I first picked up a crochet hook.  Here are my top 10 tips for absolute beginners.  These are the things to consider before you start your first crochet project.

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How to Double Crochet for Beginners

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Basic Crochet

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Hi ya crochet newbies!

By now you have probably mastered the slip-knot, foundation chain, and the single crochet stitch.  If not, simply click on the link to be directed to easy step-by-step tutorials.  For those of you who have already have solid experience with these stitches, it’s time to move on to the double crochet stitch

 

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How to Crochet a Turning Chain

The Number One Reason I Failed at Crochet

Are You Making the Same Mistake?

 

How to Crochet a Turning Chain

 

Hi folks!  If you are new to crochet then you’ve probably heard of a turning chain.  Most likely from a pattern or another crocheter.  The first time you heard about it I am sure your brain went “uh… what the heck is that”?  I am sure because that’s what my brain did.

If your brain didn’t do this and you’ve already figured it out then that’s awesome!  Kudos to you!

My brain, however, just couldn’t grasp it.  And this is why I failed at crochet.  And I do mean failed.  Massively.

Of course, that was my first go at crochet over 10 years ago. Back then I just couldn’t figure out why that darn pot holder kept getting smaller and smaller!

Now I know that I wasn’t making a turning chain at the end of each row and if I was, I wasn’t doing it properly.   I didn’t even understand what the turning chain was.

If this sounds familiar, then let me help out.

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