To the beginner crochet may at first seem daunting and complicated, but really it is very easy. Many would say that it is easier than knitting. It is certainly far quicker.
You want to learn to crochet? You are joining a community of millions, and there is plenty of help out there
All you need is a crochet hook and a ball of wool.
There are just three things you will need to learn to start yourself off:
How to make a slip knot
How to hold the hook and yarn
How to make a basic chain
The instructions. plus ideas for things to make using just these 3 techniques can be found here: free beginner instructions.
........ you can quickly go on to learn the four basic crochet stitches.
Double crochet (US single crochet)
Half trebles (US half double crochet)
Trebles (US double crochet)
Double trebles (US trebles)
These can be used as they are, or together with the slip stitch, can form the basis of a vast variety of looks, crochet fabrics, styles and stitch patterns
Go also to crochet techniques to learn how to increase and decrease and other useful techniques .
Another useful skill is the use of the slip stitch (sometimes known as single crochet in the UK) which is a useful joining stitch and is also often used in fancy stitch patterns
Also it is fundamental to be able to understand the turning chain (tch) and how and why it is used. this often causes much confusion for beginners. if you don't have a basic understanding of this you may find your rows will mysteriously get either longer or shorter. Go to this page, turning chain , which deals with and clarifies any problems
So now, if you are ready to try out your new skills, here are a few easy
Beginner Patterns for you
Once you have mastered the basic skills of crochet, you will no doubt want to go further and try new stitch patterns and techniques. There are plenty of good books and websites to help you on your way such as this one
You are going to be totally amazed at the vast scope of ideas, patterns and styles that will open up to you. Just like a good book, you won't be able to put your hook down once you start.
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Try holding the hook in your left hand and the yarn in your right hand as if you are knitting. Be careful that you do not twist the stitches as you crochet
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