I have found myself being asked to run some small, beginner crochet classes for people who have ‘always wanted to learn!’
Crochet is one of those crafts that is reallllly hard to learn without specialised help. It’s one thing to watch a tutorial showing you how to hold the yarn, and it’s quite another to be shown personally (or on video – thanks COVID!) and to be able to ask questions in real time.
Following my latest class, I put together a list of tips that will make your life as a beginner crochet master in the making much easier.
I have some recommendations here for beginners: Crochet for Beginners list on Amazon
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The world of yarn really is infinite. There are generally two main categories:
Most patterns will tell you the recommended yarn to use as well as the amount of yarn / meterage you’ll need and the recommended hook size to use.
I’d also recommend finding a secret storage spot for your yarn stash which will grow without you realising it. You’ll never have the right yarn for a project or you’ll see the most beautiful 4 ply sock yarn and buy it before realising you can’t make socks to save your life (that’s me!) but you’ll get it anyway because it’s SO PRETTY! Just wait… you’ll see what I mean soon mwahhaaa 🙂
I use bobby pins for my stitch markers. You can also find purpose made plastic clips online or cute custom-made clips from boutique craft stores. I haven’t found anything that I like more than my trusty bobby pins, but they can get in the way as they are much longer than the average stitch marker.
Think of a sewing needle on steroids. You need to have the hole big enough for yarn to get through easily. Buy a few of these, they’re easy to lose down the side of the couch, never to return.
Any sharp scissors will do. Make them ugly and small so your family don’t steal them for cutting open icy poles…
HOW TO CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS – The Crochet Crowd
HOW TO CROCHET FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – Bella Coco Crochet
LEFT HANDED BEGINNERS – Bella Coco Crochet
When you have completed a few square-ish projects e.g. scarves, blankets etc. and you feel like you’re ready to go to the next step and tackle circles, take a look at this video:
Magic Circles (for starting your rounds) – The Crochet Crowd
How to crochet a flat circle – Bella Coco
How to increase and decrease to make Amigurumi (soft toys) – Knit Grit
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