Sometime the biggest obstacle about learning something new is that it will just be too hard and complicated. Luckily for anyone wanting to crochet there are several tips that can make learning to crochet much easier. Crocheting is not an activity that is made only for our grannies and for bitter spinsters. It can be done by everyone at any age. It has risen in popularity now that clothing trends are now more inclined into the use of crocheted items; popular clothing designers have also become smitten by crocheting. However, it is important to understand that crocheting has many levels. Anyone wanting to learn how to crochet has to have the patience and, of course, the time to be able to do anything crocheted. So you may be asking how one actually gets herself to learn to crochet.
Crocheting is really not a hard skill to learn, but it neither is an easy one. In order to get going, all you need is a good crochet hook, yarns, measuring tape, yarn needle, some pins, and a lot of determination to finish a crocheting project.
Here are some tips to help start:
For newbie’s in crocheting, holding a yarn can be quite a tricky job. While it only takes some getting used to, knowing how to hold it properly and skillfully is not to be overlooked. Here is how you hold the yarn:
1. Let the yarn pass through your fingers upon holding it. It should pass through in this order: the little finger, then, beneath the ring finger, then, above the forefinger and the middle finger.
2. Another way you can hold the yarn is to loop in the region of the little finger, and then make it cross the forefinger.
3. When holding the hook, imagine how you would hold a pencil or a spoon. In that position, it will not be hard for you to get the yarn from your fingers down to the loop in the hook.
You should keep in mind that as you go along the process of crocheting and you start to get the hang of it, you will learn your unique and most comfortable way of working with the yarn. Do not be afraid to adopt a new method of holding it. It will help you become more of an efficient crochet craftsperson.
One should also not take for granted the skill of identifying the right hook and yarn to use in any crochet project. Crochet hooks are identified through different letters and numbers that correspond to certain sizes. A simple rule to remember is that in crocheting, the higher the number or letter of the hook, the thicker the hook is. As for yarns, their varieties will be identified through names.
To reduce the size of a project, it can be as simple as deducting some stitches. One can also skip a stitch in a row and continue with the next to reduce the size of the project. To enlarge a project, just insert more stitches in a row. Remember that you can easily join two stitches of the same row together. This will then make one produce a solo stitch on the next row prior to it.
What can complicate the activity of crocheting are the abbreviations on a pattern. The use of memory and logic can help a lot in surmounting this crocheting obstacle. The outcome of being able to memorize these important abbreviations will be a much faster pace in crocheting and more efficient hands.
When it’s time for you to actually accomplish a crochet project, make sure that you carefully follow the instructions well. Also prepare your equipment (hooks, yarn etc.) beforehand to ensure the smooth flow of your crocheting endeavor.