The first step to enjoying this wonderful craft is to purchase crochet hooks and yarn. You will learn that crochet hooks come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. A good hook size for beginning crochet is the G hook. It is recommended that you use a G hook for practicing basic stitches.
If you have ever looked at a crochet pattern, you may have thought that you were reading a foreign language. That is because crochet patterns contain abbreviations, to keep things simple and orderly. To begin crocheting with a pattern, you will need to know what the abbreviations stand for, as well as have a clear understanding of the basic stitches. First we will take a look at various types of crochet hooks and yarn, and then we will discuss the numerous crochet stitches.
Some crochet stitches are very simple and basic, and these are the ones that all beginners should start with. However, you will soon discover that as your profitability grows, you will soon begin to use some of the more difficult stitches. It is simply amazing the effects you can create by using various stitches, combining stitches, and alternating stitches with yarn colors.
The first rule of thumb, when learning to crochet, is to remember to have fun. This means that you should not get stressed out if you make a mistake or if you do not understand a pattern. Just practice making chain stitches. Your goal will be to create a length of chain stitches that look uniform and even.
Before you even begin to think of tackling your first pattern, you will practice your stitches by crocheting various swatches. These are crocheted blocks of a square shape, you can determine the amount of rows that you would like, but the object is to practice your stitches until you feel comfortable with the shape and appearance of your crochet swatch.
Do not worry about wasting your yarn either. In fact, if you like, you can save your swatches and stitch them together to make other projects. It is recommended that you make crochet swatches to test your gauge before beginning other projects as well. So relax and enjoy crocheting swatches, they are the groundwork for your future crochet designs.
It is also important to realize that since your crochet experience is intended to be fun, that you may want to test the limits of your creativity. Once you begin to memorize different stitches, you may find yourself working on a pattern then decide that you would like to take it in a different direction. Never fear to stray from the patterns and experiment. Many times you will learn that you can take the knowledge that you have and experiment and create your own unique styles. This is how I have developed some of my favorite patterns.
You will also learn that you can create many beautiful crochet pieces from simple shapes such as squares, circles, and rectangles. This is a great way for beginners to branch out into a variety of projects without necessarily having the experience or the proficiency to tackle more complicated projects.
However, you will discover that just a few simple stitches and the ability to follow a pattern will have you crocheting numerous amounts of projects in very little time.
If you fancy afghans, then you may want to begin learning the Granny Square after you master the basic stitches. Many beginners create one giant Granny Square afghan with matching pillow as well.
The most important thing is to make sure you have fun and take your time. Enjoy your crocheting and you will find that in no time at all, you will be crocheting like a pro.