11 Things You Should Know as a Beginner Crocheter

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11 Things You Should Know as a Beginner Crocheter

11 Things You Should Know as a Beginner Crocheter

When I was a beginner crocheter there were a few things I wish I’d known that I think would have made my journey a little easier. They weren’t big things, but they were insights that usually come with experience that I think can help at the beginning of the journey. So I’ve compiled this list of 11 things you should know as a beginner crocheter to help you in a way that I didn’t get helped.

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  1. Andrea Kapera says:

    Great advice. Especially that there is no wrong way to hold yarn or hook.

  2. Gail Dietrich says:

    Things have gotten easier for us left handed people more and more help showing a lefty doing the stitches

    • sedruola says:

      You are so right Gail. Even when I started (12 years ago) there were hardly any lefty resources. I’m working on a way to also incorporate lefty help in my offerings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Especially yarn hoarding….

  4. Darlene P. says:

    Well written, so true, and very encouraging!! Kudos!

  5. Is anyone aware of a link to a video tutorial for granny squares? I used to make them, but have completely forgotten how. Thanks in advance. Also, this is a very encouraging piece. Thank you.

  6. Love this post! Thank you from Spain!

  7. Shona Warwick says:

    A really great post Sedruola. I wouldn’t call myself a “beginner” but I find I am always learning new things with crochet. I love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. If you are going to be amking a side to side afghan, use a size larger hook for your beginning chain, eg. body will be done with a 4-50mm hook use a 5-50mm hook for the chain. This will stop the sides curling in on you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ronda K says:

    Great Post! The only thing I would add is that you must count stitches … no one told me this when I began and made a whole bunch of lopsided throws thinking I could eyeball it…

  10. These are all so true – thanks for sharing! I’d like to add – And no one should be upset if they get bored or frustrated with a project. We all do and have many projects going at one time.

  11. Kayla Israelson says:

    Great tips. Wish I read it when I first learned how to crichet

  12. I relate

  13. brittianey says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words I needed that I started almost 1 year ago I do little things like hats ,booties,things like that but I see a lot of big nice blankets with beautiful things on them and I’m like I can’t do that because I don’t know how to read the patterns but I’m gonna learn because I love to crochet but I’m really sick of doing the same things !

  14. this tip I learned from my great grand (I thought this was a normal way to do it)…when making a long chain for a cowl or necklace, after chaining a few stitches, slide the tail end onto the back of the hook. When you have the amount u need just pull the yarn through that stitch on the end to close the circle and u have joined them without a twist.

    • sedruola says:

      Wow! How cool! I would need to see it, but sounds perfect! Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Michele says:

    Love the way you included the type of project to begin with, so many people start off with something do difficult they give up. Also love the fact that you gave them permission to Frog it. A beginners project will never look right, unless they get over the fact that they can start over without feeling guilty or imperfect.

  16. My mom was a crochet whiz. People knew her as the “Crochet Lady” because of her work. Twenty-two yrs ago, she saw a photo of a crocheted Last Supper, and with only that photo to go on, using crochet cotton (I call it fancy kite cord,lol) she picked out each stitch, and re-created this amazing image. It was 10 x 12 ft and took her 39 hours of working time. Not having anyplace for something that big, she donated it to our church, and it it still used on the Sacrament Table every Sunday. When a stroke took her from us in 2004, she was in a weekly crochet group of elderly women, calling themselves “The Happy Hookers.” I did not inherit her love of, or talent with, yarn and hook. I made what will be forever known as “Granny Circles”, despite following every single direction. I have posted some of Mom’s work, and even one of her hysterical failures that I dearly treasure. They are on my FB page, if anyone would like to see some amazing stuff that can be done with determination and practice. Never give up. I did, because……………… one can only spend so many years wearing and decorating with yarn. But growing up with a crochet-nut, I have seen incredible work, and I’ve seen many people begin their crocheting journey with my mother as their guide. (I’ll go make sure the photos are PUBLIC, for those who might like to take a peek.) Good luck with your own masterpieces. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • sedruola says:

      Oh Connie, thank you so much for sharing your mom’s love of crochet and the amazing work she did! I am truly inspired! I also have faith that one day, when it’s right, you too will pick up the hook again and go for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. @ Connie – your mom’s work is beautiful and clearly was a labor of love for her. She was quite the talent. Thank you for sharing.

  18. I think the most important thing to learn when crocheting is to mind your margins, especially in double crochet to follow the “rules” closely. After that, everything else, to me, is a piece of cake.

  19. There is a lot for a beginning crocheter to learn. The list you gave is important and I would add these to the list:

    12) Gauge is important. Before starting any project make a swatch of the pattern and record with it hook size, type of yarn, pattern it applies to and dates you made it. Try to do the swatch over at least two separate periods of time, three is better if you can. Then you will see how your tension changes as you work on a project, set it aside, and pick it up again.

    13) Count your stitches no more than every third row. Especially if you are doing a new stitch. It’s easy to drop or add a stitch and by counting no more than 3 rows apart you’ll have less to frog if you don’t know how to fix the mistake.

    14) Watch how you turn at the end of rows. Some patterns call for starting chains to be used instead of the stitch (or extended stitch for more advanced patterns) and it’s really easy to drop stitches at the end of rows.

    15) Read directions carefully. In fact, read completely through a pattern before starting it and make sure you practice any unfamiliar stitches before starting the pattern.

    16) Most importantly, remember this is a hand crafted item. No one expects it to be perfect and most people won’t see the flaws you’ll learn to see in your own work. What matters most is that you have just made a truly unique item because it was made by you and took however long it took. Rejoice in that fact.


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