LEARN HOW TO CROCHET

Learn How To Crochet For Beginners

LEARN HOW TO CROCHET

Tools First

Unlike most of the hookers out here in these streets, I was not brought into the hooking game in the traditional sense by way of a mother or grandmother. Instead, I spied my creative writing teacher walking around our classroom crocheting one day and I was officially “hooked”. ( sorry for the pun). After spying love, at first sight, I spent hours, days, and months on blogs and YouTube videos in my mother’s basement; with my plastic hook and incredibly cheap acrylic yarn learning how to crochet. Now, ten years later I want to combine my experience with teaching and knowledge of crochet to teach you.

The first thing to learn for a beginner crocheter is your tools. Many who start out learning this craft can become overwhelmed by all of the options for tools out there. But, the best piece of advice that I can offer a newbie is that you don’t have to buy all the stitch markers, hooks, scissors, stitch counters to learn how to crochet. And no, I didn’t add yarn to this list of all things to buy because WARNING: getting into this does mean developing a yarn habit!

What You Need In Your Bag RIGHT Now To Learn How To Crochet

YARN

There is so much to yarn, from fiber, drape capability, weight, and more. But all you need to know now is that the bigger your yarn the better for you. Starting out with bigger yarn when crocheting is like when a child uses an extra-large pencil to practice their lettering. It allows you to practice your holding grip with the yarn and allows more visibility with the stitches so you’re not putting your hook in the wrong place. So when shopping for the yarn you want to look for yarn labeled bulky/weight 5 or with a picture on the label (yarn band) that looks like this: 

Yarn Label

HOOK

Just like women hooks come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, hues, and materials(metal, wood, plastic).  When looking for a hook you want to buy a hook that is whatever color or material you like but pay attention to the size because again the bigger the better, but also we want the hook to match the size of yarn that you have chosen. Again on the back of the yarn label, you will find a hook size suggestion. If you are buying the recommended bulky yarn then you will want to go for a size 6.5 mm crochet hook. 

SCISSORS

You’ll need scissors because you need to cut the yarn when you’re finished. Can’t go out in these streets wearing a fabulous finished project and dragging a yarn ball behind ya. The great part about this tool is that they’re completely free! At least I hope they will be, I usually have to buy new scissors every week; I think the gremlins in my house steal them. 

DARNING NEEDLE

A draining needle is a little different than your average needle. They are usually thicker, have blunt end instead of a point; and a larger eye to allow the yarn strand to more easily pass. Hookers use darning needles to sew in those wonderfully annoying ends when they’re done with their projects.

What About Later When I’m a Bad Ass Hooker?

So you’ve been out here hooking and yarning it up! And now you want to know what more tools you need to level up your crochet game?

GAUGE

So gauge is more than that little piece of text that you ignore in the written patterns that you’ve bought. It is truly the bread and butter of crochet designing and the first step to diving into creating your own designs, especially if you’re wanting to design garments. In short gauge is the number of rows and stitches needed to attain a certain measurement.

TAPE MEASURE

A tape measure is important to make sure you are meeting the dimensions listed in a particular pattern. Or if you are designing a pattern or custom order.

STITCH MARKERS

As you advance into more intermediate and advanced patterns you’ll likely need stitch markers to keep track of counts, rows, and stitch spacing. In addition you use them to mark the beginning and end of a round or to mark where to make a particular stitch. DIY your own stitch markers and add a little flavor to your next project.

YARN

Yarn to a crocheter or knitter is like fabric to a seamstress or fashion designer. It is essentially the lifeblood of the craft. So, learning the different types and how they move and their characteristics are important to understand the limitations of the yarn or what type of garment is appropriate for the yarn you are using. Read more here to get woke about the yarn game.

What Are You Waiting For?

Get on out there and get shopping for your new crochet tools! Or if you’re like me and hate the outside; get on net get them there. Either way get your tools and begin your journey of learning how to crochet. I hope I’ll see ya’ll next week where the real fun begins!

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