Happy New Year, everyone! I started 2015 with 2 fabric purchases for some upcoming projects for a friend and then did some crocheting. I have had several people mention to me that they wished they could learn to crochet which started me thinking...why not teach the basics of crochet right here on my blog? So, let's get started!
What you will need to start:
1 set of your basic crochet hooks (you will only need 1 for practicing, however)
1 yarn needle (for finishing off your projects and tucking in stray ends)
1 set of stitch markers (small safety pins will also work)
1 small pair of scissors
A bag to keep all of this stuff in (I use a zippered make-up bag to hold all of the above)
Some yarn to practice with - get some worsted weight (size 4 on the label) in some fun colors
Crocheting is very repetitive, requires a lot of patience, and can become tedious while you are practicing or creating a project. Changing colors is a good way to keep going and let's you know you are making progress, so choose a color you like or maybe 2 or 3 or 4! Whatever you choose, you can use it to practice with over and over then you can rip it all out and re-use it to make your first project.
During this tutorial, I will be providing links to some videos that will show you the techniques we are learning. I am not affiliated with any of these videos, blogs, or websites and they have only been chosen because I felt they best represented the technique I am showing you at the moment. If you have any questions about these techniques, please comment here or, for a faster response, you can post your question on my Facebook page.
STEP 1 - Pick a hook of your choice (it may be easier to work with a larger hook to practice with) and make a slip-stitch with your yarn and insert your hook through it and tighten.
I looked at several videos for slip knot demos and most were more confusing than helpful and never did I find one that makes it the same way I do. If you already know how to make a slip knot, you are good to go - there is no right or wrong way. If you have no clue, this video explains it in the simplest way and basically makes it the way I do - I just use my fingers instead of my hook.
STEP 2 - Figure out how you are going to hold your hook.
Again, there is no right or wrong way - it is your choice and is what is more comfortable for you. A lot of tutorials are confusing because the person demonstrating holds his/her hook differently than you do. How you hold it doesn't really make a difference, the stitches are basically executed the same.
Hold #1: Pencil hold - hook head is down
Hold #2: Knife hold - hook head is up
You can check out this wikihow post that shows both holds and also shows the left-handed version of both.
STEP 3 - Holding your yarn.
Tension is key to successful crocheting and holding your yarn is what creates your tension and tension is what makes your crocheting consistent. There is also no right or wrong way to hold your yarn, but you will need to find a way to hold it that is comfortable for you. If you scroll down through this post there is a short video that shows how 3 different people hold their yarn and hooks.
STEP 4 - Make a foundation chain.
You should now have a hook with a loop on it. All you have to do is hook the yarn and pull it through the look. Continue to do this about 25 times until you have a good sized chain.
PRACTICE - I suggest practicing this chain several times until your stitches are consistent and you are comfortable with holding your hook and yarn. Just rip it out and start over or you can just keep going and make a really long chain. Keep in mind, when you are finally happy with your tension and holds, we are going to move on to our first stitch and begin to create a small project or two, so you don't want your chain to be really big.
Happy hooking! I will be back shortly with STEP 5! Make sure you subscribe to my blog or follow my Facebook page to be notified when the next steps post.