Monday, January 3, 2011

Never crocheted before and want to start?

What do you tell your friends when they want to begin crochet for the first time? This is what I say:

To begin, start with a color or colors you LOVE, because you'll be seeing it for a while!  Start with a smooth yarn like Simply Soft or Red Heart SuperSaver or something that isn't a huge investment until you decide how much you enjoy the craft.  Start with squares, that way you can quit at any time if you get bored, or you can make more if you get hooked. Also, if your early efforts are less pleasing the more you practice, you don't have to use the early attempts. Here's a youtube video from Coats & Clark on how to make a granny square.

I'd say, Don't plan on your practice attempts being part of the finished project!  Be patient with yourself. Don't expect perfection on the first attempt.

Crochet short periods of time, many times, over many days.  It's better to stop and take a break before you get frustrated. Also, I think learning over many days cements the skills in your brain and hands better than a crash course all in one day.

What other tips do you have for beginners?


JLI said...

Use a large-ish hook, say a 5 or 6 mm. It will help keep the tension loose, making it easier to see where to place the hook.

dottykatz said...

It's easier to count and see stitches if you use a light or medium colored yarn. Don't be afraid to frog!!!

DonnaC said...

I just taught 14 8 year olds how to crochet today. It was pure joy to see them "get it" and not want them to put it down after our Brownie meeting was over. There are now at least 10 new crocheters in the world. One girl yelled - "I'm addicted!"