Hi folks! As a crochet beginner I am sure you have been working hard to master the foundational crochet stitches and techniques, like making a slip-knot, doing a foundation chain, and working the single & double crochet stitches.
If you’ve been working on these skills for a while then I bet you’re ready to move on, to move past the very basics and get to some super easy and fun stitches. I don’t blame you!
Don’t get me wrong. Learning the essential basics were not a waste of your time. In fact, I recommend that you absolutely rock these skills before trying any new stitches or start working with a pattern, but what if you are ready to move on?
Then it’s time to put your knowledge of the basics to use! And I have just the crochet stitch that will help you do it. The seed stitch.
So, grab your hook & yarn, and let’s get hookin’!
All About Crochet Hooks: A Beginner’s Guide
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.
Follow These 10 Tips Before You Start Your First Crochet Project
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.
The Number One Reason I Failed at Crochet
Are You Making the Same Mistake?
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.
How to Crochet a Foundation Chain (chain stitch) for Beginners
My first attempt at crochet was a failure. I tried over and over to figure out what I was doing wrong, but it was hopeless. The pot holder I was working on only got smaller and smaller. Eventually I gave up. Ten years later, I finally figured out where I went wrong. It was chaining. I failed at chaining.
Chaining is a simple skill, but an extremely important one in crochet. For some reason, I just couldn’t get a grip on the concept when I first picked up a hook all those years ago. If you are a crochet beginner, I’d like to save you my frustration.