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Crochet has made a huge comeback in the last decade. It’s no longer a hobby restricted to grannies in their rocking chairs. Everyone from the older generations to millennials to teenagers, and even children are joining the ranks as experienced crocheters. But everyone has to start somewhere!
If you have always wanted to crochet, but have never started because it looks complicated or you don’t think you have the patience, well…..ANYONE can learn with the right instruction and tools. Personally, with a few instructions from my mother and A LOT of help from Youtube, I was able to start selling my wares in just a few months. This post will give you a few simple instructions to help you get started. For me, crochet is a way to relax and it’s a great way to give gifts that will mean so much more than anything you can buy in a store.
The first things you need are yarn and hooks. Some good places to go to buy basic yarn are Michaels, Walmart, and Joanne’s. These are chain stores that have locations in just about every state, and they almost always have great clearance sections and sales on yarn, and you can also buy online. I plan to make a future post on where I shop the most for my supplies, so stay tuned.
Acrylic or cotton yarns are the best yarn for beginners, in my opinion. Every yarn will have a score for thickness which is called “weight”. On every ball of yarn there should be a number, usually 1-6 that will tell you how thick the yarn is. For beginners, I suggest getting a #4 yarn because it’s easiest to work with and the most readily available. Below is an example of what will you see on your skein label. Most labels will also suggest the hook size for the yarn.
You can usually buy a set of hooks at any of the craft stores I mentioned above. Most are metal and are different colors based on which size they are. They will have the size of the hook etched into the hook. Most basic hook sets range from size 3.0-6.5. You can get a really nice, affordable beginner’s set of hooks from Amazon here. It also comes with a set of needles, stitch markers, and a cute pouch to keep them in.
The last thing a beginning crocheter should know is how to read a basic pattern. To make a pattern easier to write, we use abbreviations for many of the stitches you will make with your crochet hooks. The Red Heart yarn company has compiled a great list of crochet abbreviations you can find here.
If you are just starting out on your crochet journey, I recommend you start with a very basic pattern that has just a couple of basic stitches, such as a scarf or blanket pattern. Repetition will help you create your own unique rhythm with your hooks. If you get frustrated, it’s okay! This is not a hobby that is learned overnight. It has taken me years to get where I am, and I still get frustrated sometimes.
To help you get started, I will list a few Youtube videos that are similar to what really helped me in the beginning. The ladies in these videos explain the basics very well and if you like them, please subscribe to their channels, as they have many more videos available.
Of course, none of my blog posts would be complete without recommending some books. Although I am more of a hands-on learner, there are a few books that are helpful when learning to crochet. Most crochet books have a section in the front for beginners that list basic materials needed, basic pattern and stitch instructions, and abbreviations you might encounter in the patterns. Here are a few that I have used.
This is one of the first books I bought when first starting out, and I use it all the time. The patterns are super simple and the end products are adorable!
Thank you so much for reading this post, and if you are considering starting a crochet journey, I hope it is as rewarding for you as it has been for me! Please share your comments below and any projects you have completed!