Learning the Craft of Crocheting

Crocheting is not an activity made only for our grannies and for bitter spinsters. It can be done by everyone. Especially now that clothing trends are more inclined to using crocheted items, popular clothing designers are smitten by crocheting.

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Crochet for Beginners

However, crocheting is not for the plain Jane. One has to have the patience and, of course, the time to be able to do anything crocheted. So how does one actually get herself learn to crochet?

Not a hard skill

It really is not a hard skill to learn. But it neither is an easy one. In order to get you going all you need is a good crochet hook, yarns, measuring tape, yarn needle, some pins, and a lot of determination to finish a crocheting project.

Here is a rundown of tips on how to easily Crochet:

Hold the Yarn Like a Pro

Holding a yarn could be quite a tricky job. Even if it only takes some time of getting used to, knowing how hold it properly and skillfully is not to be overlooked.

Step by Step:

1. Let the yarn pass through your fingers upon holding it. This is how it is done: the little finger, then, beneath the ring finger, then, above the forefinger and the middle finger.

2. Another way to hold the yarn is to loop in the region of the little finger, and then, make it cross the forefinger.

3. Upon holding the hook, imagine how you would hold a pencil or a spoon. That’s how it should be held. In that position, it won’t be hard for you to heave the yarn from your fingers down to the loop in the hook.

As you move along the process of crocheting and you start to get the hang of it, you will learn your unique and most comfortable way of working with the yarn. Don’t be afraid to adopt a new method of holding it. It will help you become more of an efficient crochet craftsperson in the long run.

Size Matters When it Comes to the Hook and Yarn

One should not take for granted the skill of identifying the right hook and yarn to use in any crochet project.

Hooks are identified through different letters and numbers that correspond to certain sizes. In crocheting, the higher the number or letter of the hook, the thicker the hook is. As for yarns, their varieties are identified through names.

Resizing the Crochet Project Through the Pattern

To reduce the size of a project, it is as simple as deducting some stitches. One can skip a stitch in a row and continue with the next to reduce the size of the project. To enlarge a project, it is as easy as inserting more stitches in a row. One can easily join two stitches of the same row together. This will make one produce a solo stitch on the next row prior to it.

Reading a Pattern Like a Book

In using our tips on this site it can complicate the activities of one that is engaged in crocheting are the abbreviations on a pattern. The use of memory and logic can help a lot in surmounting this little crocheting obstacle. The outcome of being able to memorize these important abbreviations is a much faster pace in crocheting and more efficient hands.

1.  Crochet patterns and instructions are worked usually in rounds or rows. It will be indicated on the pattern if you are doing or working in rounds, rows or mixture of both.

2.  Crochet patterns and instructions are generally ranked according to difficulty level such as advanced, intermediate, easy or beginner. Choose a pattern with a difficulty level that suits your abilities. Then, increase the level of difficulty as your skill advances.

3.  Count the stitches that you have made as you go on with your work to monitor the stitches needed on each round or row as required by the pattern.

4.  Verify your gauge by crocheting a sample of about 4 X 4 inches in the pattern. When your gauge results into a larger size than what is on the pattern, then use a smaller hook; when your gauge is smaller, then use a larger hook.

The Instructions

When it’s time for you to actually accomplish a crochet project, Crochet for Beginners recommends that you make sure that you follow the instructions well and you make your patience a bit sturdier than before. Prepare your devices beforehand to ensure the smooth flow of your crocheting endeavor.

To learn all you need about crocheting, including the tools and materials, pictures of the basic techniques, and some great tips we recommend purchasing our Crocheting Made Easy Book found on the right-hand side of this page. Given the low price of this resource, you just can’t go wrong.

Additionally, we’ve found an outstanding resource for hundrends of vintage crochet patterns. We just love them. You can access this resource by clicking on this link: Vintage Crochet

Free Crochet Resources For Your First Project

Have you been hearing a lot about crocheting? Are you friends and neighbors so much into this hobby that you also want to try out but do not know where to start? Crochet for Beginners is the place for you.

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Crochet for Beginners

Crochet is gaining its name back again in the needle craft industry. This hobby started a long time ago, probably in the 16th century, but still staying alive especially with its popularity now even in the fashion industry.

Not so Easy

Crocheting may not be that easy to learn and master. A lot of patience is needed when starting out with this new hobby. You should be able to learn how to read the patterns, understand the terms and know the basic hand moves and stitches. Also, you would need a pattern to start with. The pattern will guide you how to make those designs that you choose.

There are books and magazines available in your local bookstore that has several patterns in them. But there are also web sites in the Internet that offer tons of different patterns for free for beginners. Some even have a free tutorial for beginners to learn how to make a successful crochet project.

Free Resources

Here are some of the free resources that can be found online:

- Craftown. This site is indeed a “Crafter’s Resource Center.” The site offers thousands of crafts projects and patterns including crochet. There is also a learning center section which offers free lessons on the craft you want, be it crochet or any other needle craft hobby.

The free crochet lessons page on the Craftown’s site shows the different chains and crochet styles that are usd in almost all projects. It has drawings that show the correct hand form, how the stitch should look like and the needle position. It has clear instructions that any beginner can surely follow.

Of course, to get you started in your crocheting adventure, the site offers a lot of crochet patterns with different difficulty levels including Crochet for Beginners. Thus, a beginner will surely find an easy one to start with.

- Crochet Pattern Central. This site is like an online directory of thousands of links to sites that have free crochet patterns. All kinds of crochet projects can be found here like afghans, doilies, hats, kitchen décor, baby items, ponchos, scarves, and many more. For the beginners, the site also has the Crochet Instruction Directory section where you can find a list of links to crochet tutorials and lessons for beginners. These tutorial sites are illustrated with clear and easy-to-follow instructions to make your first crocheting experience a lot more fun.

- Crochet in About.com. The crochet section of About.com also has several links to sites that offer how-to’s of different crochet stitches and patterns both for beginners and experienced alike. There is also an A-Z index of free crochet patterns available in the internet.

- Lion Brand Yarn. One of the most popular yarn brands, the Lion Brand offers several resources for free to the hobbyists which is a good marketing strategy for them and beginners. First of all, it has its own set of crochet tutorials that can either be viewed online or downloaded for offline use. It even has an illustrated dictionary for beginners who cannot fully grasp yet the terms being used in most of the crochet patterns.

And, of course, the site also has almost a thousand free patterns available that feature their different yarn products. These patterns have different categories such as adults, children, infants, home décor, and pets. These patterns are also classified according to the skill level required so hobbyists can easily determine which pattern to choose.

- AllCrafts. This web site is also like a one-stop-chop for all your needle craft needs, be it crocheting or knitting. It has several links to free crochet patterns organized in different categories. The site also offers reviews of crochet books and magazines available at Amazon.com or from your local bookshops.

- Crochet N More. This online site offers over 300 free crochet patterns for hobbyists and beginners to start a new project. There are also premium patterns available for a certain fee. The site also has links to some web sites of other people who just love crocheting, with free patterns and free advising on your project.

Many Examples

These are just some examples of the many resources online that are all about crochet. Even if you are just a Crochet for Beginners visitor, you will not feel left out because of the different help and tutorials that you can get for free. So start checking these sites now and make your very first project that you can show off to your friends!

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