Learning How To Crochet

My Crochet Background 

I have been crocheting since I was a small child. My mother taught me how to crochet when I was around the age of seven or eight.

I really didn't finish any projects in those early days but I made a lot of chains and started to try and work more complicated stitches like single crochet and double crochet.

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This is a crochet scarf that I created and gave away
as a gift one holiday season.  it is a simple netted
pattern and took no time at all to crochet.

The Basics

How do you hold your crochet hook?

This is how I hold my hook most of the time. Holding my hook in \
this way is what comes natural.  When my mother taught
 me to crochet as a small child, this is how I started 
and it has stuck.
The crochet hook is place in the dominant hand.  If you are able to use both hands well, it is best to learn with your right hand as most patterns and tutorials are written for right hand crocheters.  There is no right and wrong here.  There are some positions that are healthy for your hands than others.  Make sure you are not holding the hook to tight as it may leave little temporary dents in your fingers.  They sell different accessories so that it doesn't happen but I find a light touch helps a lot too.

This is how I am starting to condition myself to hold a crochet hook.
The fastest crocheters I have seen hold their hook in this fashion. I achieve
 a looser stitch with this method and feel like I have more control
over the yarn with less hand motion.
Depending on which method you choose, pick the one that feels most comfortable in the beginning. Once you start to get the hang of the hand motions you will make, you can change it up. Crochet is muscle memory and practice makes perfect.  By performing the same movements over and over again in a repetitive fashions, the stitches will start to solidify in your memory.

How to Hold Your Yarn While Crocheting

In the other hand you will have your yarn.  Many people debate on the proper technique and again, feel free to change the way you position the yarn in your off hand.  It is typically wrapped around the little finger of the off hand in a counter-clockwise motions and then webbed in through the fingers.

The Basics Summed Up

If you are a beginner, the first stitch you want to start with is the chain stitch. This stitch will teach you to get the yarn on the hook and the basic motion you will repeat for all other stitches. It is pretty much the foundation for all crochet.

Once you get the chain stitch down you can move on to any of the other different stitches listed in this reference. The most important tip I can give you in the beginning while you are learning to chain stitch is to not be too heavy handed.

It took me years to understand this concept but once I got it, my work really started to look a lot better. The other big tip is to stay with it and have fun. It is only yarn and your first attempts are going to look like epic garbage unless you’re like 1 in a 1000 people that can just pick up yarn and hook and go to town.

I was not one of these mythical people and you probably won’t be either….Sorry. Remember though, practice makes perfect and soon you too will “create something out of nothing.” That’s what my husband says when he watches me work the yarn.

Before Moving Forward....

Make sure you have mastered the chain stitch before you move on to any of the other stitches. Everything you learn from here on will reference back to the chain stitch.  The following videos feature many different crocheters from YouTube demonstrating critical stitches to learn.

Are you still a little confused on where to start.  I recommend trying a video from Craftsy.  Their teachers are the best and their classes are really affordable.  Even if you know how to crochet and you would like to learn some new skills, Crafsy is the place to check out.  Click the banner below to get started and to browse their extensive list of classes that you can take.


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