When you start your trip on the crochet path you will probably have many questions. But do not worry, there are so many wonderful crocheters out there willing to help. One of the best things about crochet is that you can start doing amazing projects when you know just a few basic stitches and there is always something new to learn in this art.
As you acquire skills, you will realize that there are some tips and tricks that make it much easier and more enjoyable. So many times, we found myself asking, “Why do I have to do it that way?” Or “When is this technique appropriate?”
With nothing but natural curiosity and the willingness to test the limits, I began to try … fail … learn, over and over again. Eventually, we could find answers to my own questions, write them down and finally share them.
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Always try something new!
There is no “wrong way” in crochet (in my humble opinion). Several of my designs emerged as an experiment.
The best way to learn is to experiment and discover why a certain method does not work. We will always remember our “failures”. Your hands and wrists will begin to hurt. This is completely normal. Repetitive crochet movements can really alter our joints and muscles, especially if we go more than 2 or 3 hours.
This will improve slightly over time, at least it did for me. The more you crochet, the more your hands will get used to the movements. Keep in mind what your hands are the dolls that are telling you. If it hurts, give them a break.
Learn your limits and stay within them
You’re as good as your hook. Yes, the hooks matter. You do not necessarily need to drop a small fortune on the last and best hooks but finding the hook you love will determine how much you like crochet and how well your projects turn out. A hook and how comfortable you are using it affect the consistency in your stitches and the tension throughout your project.
Learn the four basic points. Almost all crochet stitches are derived from a combination of them: simple crochet, double crochet of half, double crochet and slip stitch.Take the time initially to learn these four points and you will have much more success learning the other points.
Crochet terms vary from the US to the UK. The web is one of the biggest resources for free patterns but pay close attention to the website you are using. The stitch names are the same between the two countries, but the actions are different.
Start round projects
There are several different ways to start a crochet project that is worked in round. Start any project with a chain Crochet chains eliminate the step of creating a single chain before starting a project. This saves you time and makes the work tension more consistent.
Learn different ways to join the yarn
There are many different ways to join the thread when changing colors or adding a new skin to your work. Different methods are suitable for different types of projects so it is better to learn multiple thread joining methods.
One method is the splice. Other options include joining with a slip stitch, joining with a knot, the Russian union, the felt combination and the spit splice.
Take time to study the patterns
There are many different types of patterns for crochet. There are written patterns. There are diagrams and diagrams of symbols. There are graphics for the crochet niches including the crochet of the steak.
It is worth taking the time to learn each of these different techniques because then you will be able to work any pattern you find
Correct your mistakes
What do you do when you realise that you have made a mistake in a crochet project?
Some people give up. Many people start again from the beginning. However, if you learn to solve problems to find the errors, you will be able to solve the errors more quickly and reduce the problems in the future.
Protect yourself from injuries
There are many great exercises for crocheters that you can use to avoid hand pain and arm injuries. Doing these exercises regularly is an important habit to enter. Here are some exercises for the fingers, the thumb and the wrists.
Therapeutic benefits of crochet
Many people see crochet as “just an art”, a hobby they really enjoy, but not a key part of their wellness plan. Those of us who crochet as therapy realize that daily or regular crafting sessions can be a strategic part of mental and physical health.
Learn to crochet consciously to reap the health benefits
Use social networks as a source of inspiration. See what others are creating inspires me to create something myself. We love spending time on Instagram and Pinterest collecting inspiration and sharing with my fellow crocheters. It is rewarding.
You must have some essential elements. Crochet is a very affordable hobby. It’s one of the great things that we love. You do not need to go out and buy everything at once, but eventually you will acquire your own crochet “toolbox”.
Starting you will need at least one darning needle, craft scissors and two or three hook sizes. It’s recommendable a 5 mm, 5,5 mm or 6 mm crochet hook. These are still my most used hooks. For the first months of your new hobby, just choose the supplies needed for your current project. You will have everything you need in a very short time.
Practice makes perfection. So cliché as it sounds, this is so true. It is difficult as a beginner looks at an experienced job and believes that it will never get there. Remember, I’m here to help. The best part of my day and my job is to see it succeed. It’s a wonderful feeling when you finish a project that you’re proud of.
Find top quality wool and more for your creations here at Yarns on Collie. If you need more information to get started in the world of knitting you can contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.