Want to pick up a new hobby, make some gifts for your friends, or take the leap and finally try to DIY the infamous Harry Styles cardigan? Well, look no further because I’m here to talk about the triumphs, the defeats, and the epic highs and lows of crochet.
The two main things you need to start crochet are hooks and yarn. Here are some common types of yarn and what I like to use them for:
1. Cotton yarns for wearables
2. Mercerized cotton are for smaller, detailed projects
3. Acrylic yarns are great for more structured projects
4. Specialty yarns for incorporating different textures and finishes
Aside from type, yarn thickness is important too – patterns and stores may refer to this as weight, ply, or yarn category. The yarn weight dictates the proper hook size. Generally, thicker yarn means larger hooks, but you can go a size down for tighter stitches.
Accessories like stitch markers and yarn needles are also helpful for keeping track of your work and putting pieces together. If you don’t have these, you can improvise with bobby pins/paper clips and your crochet hook!
Now that you have your materials, you can head on over to YouTube to practice the basics and learn the terms. The stitches and skills you need depend on what you want to make. Learn and master the basic slip, chain, single, half double, double,and treble crochet stitches since they are what’s required of most projects. You may also want to learn the magic circle and crocheting in the round.
Tip: Try starting with a medium weight light colored yarn and about a size 4 to 5mm hook, so your stitches are easier to see! I also recommend following along with a video so you can see what your work is supposed to look like at each step.
Once you have some confidence holding a hook and doing the stitches, it’s time to start a project! I find that knowing what you can make opens the doors to what you want to make.
I first learned to crochet from my mom, so the realm of possibilities was limited to flowers, doilies, and coasters. Crochet can have a reputation as a “Lola” hobby, but in truth it has a lot of possibilities! Luckily, platforms like TikTok, Pinterest, and Instagram are full of inspiration from talented makers with different styles and aesthetics.
Crochet can be a slow to start hobby, but it eventually becomes muscle memory! So don’t get discouraged. You can put on a nice show in the background while working on your projects. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The beauty of crochet is that it’s easy to unravel your work if you’re not happy with how it’s looking.
The more projects you do, the better you understand the concept behind the construction of things, allowing you to conceptualize your own projects! Try illustrating your projects and taking notes to use as a reference for future projects. Experiment with details, construction techniques, and make your projects your own!
Good luck and happy hooking!
Watch the full video tutorial below:
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