Beginner Tips on Finding the Right Crochet Patterns
If you're a beginner when it comes to crocheting, then finding decent crochet patterns may feel like a confusing or overwhelming task. Fortunately, there are numerous sources available out there over the internet and with the many books on crocheting available, but where do you start or where the best place to look?
When you first start off, try to start small and with the basics. Get an understanding by researching the proper tools used such as hooks and what sizes they come in, as well as what cut-outs are for, even though this will come later on. Following this, study the notations, terms and different types of stitching that are used. If you find that you struggle in this, as many often do, you can also print out this information for future use.
Beginning with a simple starting chain is usually the first step recommend to beginners, all of which you can find many tutorials on, whether they are purely by written instruction, illustration or photo-based. The key is doing what is comfortable for you the most. You can do a simple search for beginners on the starting chain, and also keep in mind the proper hooks you'll need for the pattern.
Once you have figured out how to do a starting chain, the next step is learning how to do a single crochet that comes after the starting chain. Again, there are plenty of resources out there if you search for the proper terms for beginners. Once this has been achieved, try to find guides on how to do a second row and whatever follows next. Once you feel comfortable, you can find patterns that are good for beginners such as a scarf.
As you start to develop and practice your crocheting skills, you may soon come to learn how rows start to narrow. This is a very common beginner's mistake and is due to a last stitch missing in each row. This can be corrected by counting back until you see where the last stitch on each row is missing and what it should look like, and then carefully crocheting in the last stitch of each row. It is, of course, advisable to find a video or picture tutorial with detail written instructions for this.
Once you have reached a comfortable level, find helpful guides on double crochet, how to weave ends, and how to decrease a single crochet. You can also find step-by-step guides with the proper steps to take in your journey at beginning crochet, as well as good crochet patterns such as doll blankets that you can do following this, until you feel ready for more.