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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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!

Today I am outlining the general process of crochet that will serve as  a quick-start guide for beginners who are just dying to get started! Continue reading »

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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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

An Easy

Basic Crochet

Stitch

 

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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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How to Yarn Over in Crochet

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What is Yarning Over

in Crochet?

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Yarning over in crochet is the most basic step when making a stitch.  You may see it written as yarn over (abbreviated yo) or yarn over the hook (abbreviated yoh).  They mean exactly the same thing.

Yarning over means wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook.  Yarn overs are used before or after you insert the hook into the next stitch, and depending on the stitch you are working, you may yarn over two or more times.

Yarning over is a very simple technique, but you have to do it correctly or you won’t be able to pull the yarn smoothly through the stitch.

Let’s practice!

1.  Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how, please see How to Make a Slip-knot.

 

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Slip-knot

 

2.  Slide the slip-knot onto the shaft of your hook.

3.  Using your yarn hand (non-dominant hand), hold the tail of the slip knot between your thumb and forefinger.

 

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4.  Using the forefinger on your yarn hand,  bring the yarn up behind the hook.

 

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5.  Place the yarn over the shaft, laying it between the slip knot and the throat of the hook with the yarn pulled toward you.

 

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Practice the yarn over motion until you are comfortable with the technique.

Do not wrap the yarn over your hook from front to back.  It must be wrapped from back to front, otherwise, crocheting is more difficult and you will end up with twisted and tangled stitches.

When you are actually working a stitch, you yarn over and “hook” the yarn in the tip (hook) of the crochet hook.  The yarn is then pulled through an existing stitch or loop(s) as part of the working stitch.

There you have it.  Easy peasy!

Did you have any problems?

Until next time…  Happy Crocheting!

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