Sunday, July 15, 2012

Things I Wish I Knew Sooner

Learning to crochet has been a process for me, and I've come a long way in a few short months. I still have a long way to go, but in the mean time, I figured if you've just been reading my blog and looking at all the pretty projects I'm doing, now YOU can make one all by yourself! Well, of course you'll have a little help from me, the tutorials I'm about to link you to, and the patterns. I'm always available if you're stuck on a project and need some help! Trust me, I've been there. (:

Tip #1   Patience!
Yup. The very first thing I learned when I began crocheting was that you need to develop a whole new sense of patience. Learning the stitches, trying to figure out how to hold your yarn and hook, and of course, unraveling (or "frogging") your project and starting over. Trust me, once you learn the stitches and how to hold your yarn and hook, it gets so much better. People stare at me because I crochet so fast now! I still frog MANY of my projects, so that I have yet to get over.

Tip #2   Loose!!
This is the second most important tip I've ever learned. Especially in the beginning, the looser you crochet, the EASIER it is! And I'm all about doing things the easy way, aren't you? Also to help aid in having you crochet looser, I recommend using a larger hook size. H, I or J is great (or anything above 5.00 MM). This makes your stitches bigger, therefore they're easier to see, which is extremely helpful when learning!

Tip #3   Light Yarn Color!
The lighter your yarn color, the easier it will be to see where you are sticking your hook. So for your first project, I don't recommend using black or something just as dark. (Unless you have one of these awesome hooks!)

Tip #4   Videos!
My mom tried to teach me how to crochet once, and if failed. I never picked it up again. You'd be surprised how helpful youtube videos can be! You can pause, rewind, and rewatch it as many times as you want! This was a savior when I was just starting out.

My favorite beginner patterns:

All of those require the use of simple stitches. Remember, youtube is your friend! I want to see what you come up with, no matter what it looks like!

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