Monday, September 3, 2018

How to Start Crocheting

Last summer, on a family visit, my daughter-in-law began to teach my daughter how to crochet. Unfortunately, it was a short visit, and by the time we got home, all my daughter had learned was how to make a chain. She turned to me for help to learn more.

There was only one problem - I didn't know how to crochet!

So, together we turned to Youtube for lessons. We found great tutorials on everything from how to get started, to how to make more complex stitches and how to read patterns.

In the course of teaching my daughter, I learned too, and now we BOTH have an enjoyable hobby.

I never thought I'd enjoy crocheting, but much to my surprise, I love it! I especially love that it gives me a way to occupy myself so that I can focus better on homeschooling my daughter. It helps me avoid the temptation to surf the web, when I should be focusing on listening to her read. It also gives us both something to do while listening to audio books, or audio Bible reading. We've found that far from being distracting, crocheting helps us be still and focus on what we're hearing.

Crochet is an inexpensive hobby. Many Hooks are well under $2., and skeins of yarn are from 1 - 6 dollars for most common types (although fancy yarns can be MUCH more!). Many patterns are free on the internet.

Here is how we got started learning, and you can start, too!

For basic lessons, we started with Simply Daisy. She has a great channel!

After our basic lesson, we moved up to our first projects. We found these tutorials fun, and they gave a great sense of accomplishment, as well as helping us perfect our basic stitches.

Bella Coco has a great channel, with lots of helpful tutorials:

A Coaster My Daughter Made from the Above Tutorial
This was made with Caron Simply Soft

Even and "Oops" can be happy - this heart shaped Trivet resulted from the first coaster making attempt

My daughter is still young, and so is taking it more slowly. Our first big project was this: My daughter made a Shawl for her 18" doll, while I made a Shawl for my daughter : )

The Shawl My Daughter Made - Being Modeled by "Natalie"
The Shawl was made with Peaches & Creme yarn

The Shawl I Made
For this one, I used Lion Brand, Hometown USA, Honolulu Pink
and an N Hook (10mm)

We both kept our first projects simple, using only a single crochet for the first project - and I used a bulky yarn with a large hook for the large project. These first projects didn't even require patterns.

After a couple of basic  tutorials, and some practice, I was ready to move up to reading patterns. 

 I found this tutorial on pattern reading very helpful:

After that, I was ready to start following the easier patterns that can be found for free on the internet. Yarn-making companies have great pattern libraries, like these:

Lion Brand Yarn

Yarnspirations - Bernat & Caron Yarns

Within a month or two after starting, I was able to make projects like these:

Caron One Skein Summer Wrap

First Few Rows Of Caron One Skein Summer Wrap in Progress
This is with Caron Simply Soft, Orchid (I changed the gauge and used a different yarn, so needed more than one skein)

Finished Wrap with Scalloped Ends

American Girl Doll Summer Seashell Top
American Girl Doll Summer Seashell Skirt

American Girl Truly Me "Natalie" in Her New Outfit
This is also from Caron Simply Soft

Of course, in learning to crochet, I've also started following innumerable crochet blogs. Rather than play favorites, I'll let y'all list YOUR favorites in the comments below. And, don't be shy! Feel free to list your OWN crochet blog as your "favorite" ; )

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  1. Did you make that last American Girl dress in the last picture? If you did, you learn really fast.

    1. You're very sweet! Yes - I made it : ) The pattern link is right above it, if you'd like to make it. It only requires a couple of kinds of stitches : )

  2. I am going to try and teach my granddaughter, wish me luck #happynow@_karendennis

    1. Oh- that's great! I'll be interested to hear how it goes! Best wishes : )

  3. love these ideas and tips! My youngest daughter has started crocheting and she amazes me!
    Love that orchid one skein shawl you made (I'm crocheting a temperature afghan using Caron yarn now. so lovely!)
    and how fun for you and daughter to be working on similar projects together. I'll check out these videos with my daughter soon.

  4. How fun! Thanks for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on!

  5. I wish I had learned to crochet years ago when my mil tried to teach me. Good thing youtube is here now! Visiting from Sweet Inspiration Link Party where I'm featuring this post:


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