Crocheting is a fun hobby that can help you create warm weather gear, gifts, blankets and even stuffed toys. It is a hobby that I picked up in college as a stress reliever and have used to make wonderful warm clothing and gifts for family and friends. It is an easy hobby to pick up and with a little practice you will have it down easily. Follow my guide on how to begin learning your new hobby.
Get Your Materials
I recommend to all beginners to buy a larger sized hook that is easy to handle. My first hook was an N sized hook, or 10mm. In crocheting, you only need one hook because you only hold it in one hand. I would also recommend a worsted weight yarn in something brightly colored. It will make it easier for you to see the stitches as you’re crocheting. You will make a lot of mistakes, so don’t buy anything fancy just yet. You will also want a small pair of scissors handy to help snip off any pieces that tangle beyond repair. I would also recommend purchasing a packet of yarn needles. Eventually you will need to stitch up holes or connect rows of stitches and its a great idea to have them on hand.
Learn the Language
There are a lot of terms you are going to encounter with crocheting whether you read a book or take a class. Here is a quick guide to a few of them:
Stitch: Each time you pull yarn through a loop on your hook, you create a stitch
Chain: A chain is a row of stitches that are connected together. When you make a row of stitches, that could be considered a chain.
Single Crochet: A single crochet is putting one new stitch in a chain. You can also have half double, double, and treble crochets (and even more)
There are a lot of other terms you will pick up, but knowing these three helped me get started with my crocheting very easily.
I learned how to crochet by watching YouTube videos on how to get started. I liked that I could follow along and watch the person and copy their movements. There are also blogs, Facebook groups and websites that can give you a lot of information on how to crochet. It all depends on what kind of learner you are.
However, if you’re not tech savvy, you can pick up books at almost any craft store on crocheting. You will probably also find them at your local library. Some people also may benefit from taking a class in crochet. Check your library, craft store and newspaper for any crocheting clubs that you can attend. My hometown has a crochet night every Thursday. You can learn a lot of techniques and make friends with people who also crochet.
No matter what format you choose, what color yarn you like or even your hook, you can have a lot of fun crocheting. Let yourself make mistakes and don’t get frustrated. It took me four yarn balls to make my first hat, but now just a couple years later I have not only given them away, but sold them. Crocheting can be a great stress reliever, and the pride you get from creating something is a feeling I never get enough of.