Once you have learned the basics of crocheting, you can crochet anything from a pot holder to a wedding dress. The basic crochet stitches start with chain, single crochet and double crochet. Every second stitch is just a variation of these few. Crocheting is relaxing and a great place for your creative talents. Try it, it is not as hard as you think. Once you understand the basics, you can easily move on to the more complicated patterns.
Simple crochet instructions
It is best to keep the instructions at the beginning as simple and visual as possible. Find a nice basic pattern so that it is not confusing, but still very rewarding when finished. There are basic patterns and projects are all over the internet and you will be able to do more than you know how to do.
Free crochet guide
Crocheting can be very cheap or outrageous. But to get started, all you have to pay for is a crochet hook, which only costs a few dollars and one or two skeins of yarn. This is a hobby that can be as cheap or as expensive as your budget allows.
I’ve seen hooks and brand new yarn in second-hand shops and yard sales. On the other hand, you can go to a yarn shop and buy the most exquisite and expensive yarn they have. In any case, a single crochet work is the same. I do not buy the extremely expensive yarn, but then the really cheap yarn is really not a bargain. It will often shred or untangle, pilling and be uneven on the skein. It will not wash well and you will end up wasting a lot of time.
A nice basic yarn to learn is the Red Heart 4-ply. This yarn is very good for scarves, hats, slippers, sweaters, afghanis and blankets. You have a wide range of colors and textures for almost any project you want to create. I suggest that you stay away from lash yarn at the beginning as it would be very difficult to see your stitches and rows.
The hooks vary slightly with the different brands. You will notice that some have a sharper end than others. Some tend to be blunt and slightly flattened at the hook end. I myself don’t care about the blunt ends because they don’t go into the next stitch as cleanly as the pointed tip. However, this is only a personal decision and you may find exactly the opposite.
You must choose your pattern and then decide what supplies are needed. These are selected according to the pattern you want to start with. My suggestion for a beginner would be to use a hook size between H and J. Each of these sizes would be easy to handle and be able to see your stitches and rows when crocheting.
The recommended yarn is a worsted yarn like the Red Heart 4-ply mentioned above. Keep the colour from medium to light. The dark blue, brown and black make it very difficult to see your stitches and rows and if you learn, you will have enough problems without this problem.
Print out the following abbreviations. You should keep them handy until you are familiar with them. This is a short list to help you crochet the basics. With this list you can crochet any of the many granny squares and other projects you are sure to come across and save.