Crochet continues to rise in popularity and has become a mainstay in the crafting world. From celebrities to everyday people you can see crocheting virtually everywhere. People of all ages and both sexes have taken up crocheting. One of the biggest benefits to being able to crochet is that you can do it virtually everywhere. Crochet is highly portable and only requires a minimum of equipment to get you started. However it is important to understand about crochet equipment so that you can be familiar with what you need to take up this fun and now fashionable craft.
Crochet patterns and instructions-
- 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.
- It is also important to understand that crochet patterns and instructions are generally ranked according to difficulty level such as advanced, intermediate, and easy or beginner. You should choose a pattern with a difficulty level that suits your abilities. Then you can increase the level of difficulty as your skill advances.
- You should be sure to 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.
- You can also 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 just use a smaller hook; when your gauge is smaller, then you can use a larger hook.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing a crochet hook. Some of these are:
- Size-You should always check your pattern for the recommended size crochet hook to use. Patterns that have been published in recent years usually call for aluminum or plastic crochet hooks. Older patterns will tend to recommend steel ones. Keep in mind that aluminum and plastic crochet hooks are sized by letters (A to Q), and steel ones are sized by numbers (14 to 00). When choosing a crochet hook that is letter-sized, you should remember that the lower the letter the thinner the hook will be. The reverse is also true for the number-sized crochet hooks; the higher the number the thinner the hook.
- Cost-Plastic hooks can be purchased individually or as part of a set at your local craft store. These hooks tend to be less expensive than steel or aluminum ones so it is a good idea to buy a full range of sizes to ensure you have the right one for the project you are making. If you are not ready to invest in a complete set of crochet hooks you may want to consider purchasing a starter set that includes C, G, and H hooks. Crochet hooks are easy to find since most yarn and craft stores or department stores that have a craft section sell crochet hooks.
- Choose the best-Once you have been bitten by the crochet bug, you may want to invest in a set of exquisitely handcrafted crochet hooks made of bone, ivory or wood, as well as steel ones in hard to find sizes. To find them visit antique stores, flea markets, specialty needlework shops or shop online for unique yet functional crochet hooks to start your collection.
There is really no type of yarn that works better for crochet than any other type. You should base the needs of your project on the type of yarn that you buy. You may want heavier yarn for blankets, hats and scarves with lighter yarn for other projects.