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.
A Quick-Start Guide for Crochet Beginners
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
The Best Ways to End Your Crochet Projects
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.