Are you looking for a new craft to start? Many people picked up hobbies during the COVID-19 pandemic, so why not join the club?
If you’re trying to be productive, why not try a practical skill, like crochet? Basic crocheting is simple enough for anyone to do it and it’s a fun way to produce something useful.
Not sure how to start crocheting? Read on for our best advice for beginners.
Gather Your Materials
The first step of learning to crochet is gathering materials. Head to your local craft store or browse the web to find everything that you’ll need to get started.
First, you’re going to need a crochet hook (preferably several crochet hooks). The hooks are what you’re going to use to build your crochet projects.
You’re also going to need yarn. While it’s a good idea to start learning with basic yarn (you can often find discounted or scrap yarn at fabric stores), you’ll eventually need to move on to higher-quality yarn when you’re ready to start real projects. Look here for an example.
Watch Video Tutorials
If you don’t have someone to help you in person, you’re going to want to look at video tutorials. In 2021, there are tutorials for every kind of project. There are plenty of video tutorials for beginner crocheters.
Try to find one that goes step-by-step. The best thing about video tutorials is that you can slow them down or go back to parts that confuse you. You can also watch them as many times as you need to until you get it right.
Practice Basic Stitches
Many people want to start with large projects right away, but before you do anything, you need to learn basic crochet stitches. This part isn’t as fun or exciting, but it’s fulfilling to see the long “ropes” that you can make, even if they’re simple.
For your practice stitches, you’re going to want to choose one of the more affordable yarns. Don’t cut the yarn out of the yarn ball.
This is also when you’ll learn how to start and stop projects. You always want to tie off your stitches when you’re done, so you should practice.
Find Simple Patterns
Again, while you may want to go to creative patterns right away, you need to walk before you can run. There are plenty of beginner patterns on the web for newbie crocheters. Even starting with a simple square is a great segway into future baby blankets and hats.
After you’re comfortable with simple patterns, consider finding patterns that you’ll have to pay for. You can make crocheted dolls, sweaters, and more. Keep in mind that a good crochet project takes time, so you need to be patient.
That’s How to Start Crocheting the Right Way
Learning how to start crocheting isn’t as hard as it looks. Many people are already making granny squares in their first few days or weeks of crocheting! This is supposed to be a fun hobby, so don’t get discouraged if you have trouble picking it up.
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