I hope you have been enjoying my crochet tips. Today is all about the basics. If you’re new to crochet, I know how exciting it can be to find a pattern you love and want to jump into trying. I also know how frustrating it can be when you start the pattern and realize it’s a little beyond your skill level. It is 100% okay to not be at advanced levels right off the bat. When I started crocheting in 2012, I found myself getting ahead of where my skills actually were. It was discouraging and made me want to put my hook down on multiple occasions. From my own experience, one of the best pieces of advice I can offer those new to crochet is to invest time in the basic stitches. I promise you, it will pay off.
The basics: slip stitch, chains, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet are building blocks for other stitches. Combine the basics and you can create more complex and intricate designs. It’s worth the time to focus on the basics to build your confidence and skills.
Don’t underestimate a simple single crochet. I consider it to be one of the most lovely and practical stitches. Not only does it create a fairly solid piece without holes if worked continuously through a project but, I find it to be a stitch that often compliments yarn really well. Red Heart Super Saver Ombre works up beautifully in a simple moss stitch, which is an alternating pattern of a chain stitch and single crochet stitch.
A classic granny square is most often worked up using chains and double crochet. Combine it with some bright and vibrant yarn and you have a gorgeous project with endless possibilities for use!
Patterns like chevron, V-stitch, bobbles, basket-weave and fan stitches (to name just a few), might look complicated but when broken down, all depend on the basic stitches to create. Don’t let them intimidate and discourage you! You’ll get there!
Start with your chains. Practice your tension until you can create them evenly and comfortably. From there, add rows of single crochet and focus on that stitch until you’re happy with the result. Keep building on the basic stitches until you’re ready to combine them to create more elaborate ones.
When you’re comfortable with the basic stitches and you’re feeling ready to tackle a project, consider the following:
– Look for a pattern that uses the stitches you know
– Keep it simple
– Start with small motifs or things like a basic scarf or hat
Most of all, take your time. There are no races or competitions when learning crochet (or any craft!). Keep it enjoyable and just do your best whenever you are able to. You’ve got this! The crochet community is filled with resources and other makers who will encourage you on your journey.
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