You’re new to crochet. You’ve got yourself a hook and yarn. Now you’re wondering, where do I start?
If this is you, fret not, I’m here to share with you the steps I took as a crochet beginner while it’s still fresh in memory.
I only started crocheting in November last year. So I am still considered a newbie but I’ve really fallen in love with crocheting. After purchasing my first hook and yarn, these were the steps I took to start crocheting as a beginner. I hope you’ll find this useful. Of course, different people learn new things differently, so please do your research and explore options that best suits your learning style.
There were a few crochet classes available in my area but I decided not to sign up for one. I wanted to explore and learn crocheting on my own and get a feel for the craft to see if it was something that I would really like to take up as a hobby before I spent money on classes, tools etc.
That said, I think we are living in a wonderful era. We can literally learn about anything we want with a few clicks of the mouse. I mainly learned what I needed to know about crocheting from blogs and YouTube.
The First Step: Getting Used to Holding the Yarn and Crochet Hook
The first two weeks I took up crochet, I learned and explored the best way to hold my yarn and crochet hook. I also learned how to do a slip knot and also practised every night doing only one thing; a single crochet stitch.
I watched YouTube videos and practised making the slip knot and single crochet stitch over and over again. I used the same yarn for practice, would undo my stitches on the yarn and do it all over again the next night.
I did this for about half an hour almost every night for two weeks.
The Second Step: Choosing Your First Project
Once I was a bit more comfortable holding a yarn and hook in my hands, I felt confident enough to explore making my first project. I wanted to make something really easy that would allow me to better my crocheting skills. If you’re serious about learning crochet, then maybe these tips from my own experience would be helpful:
- Pick a crochet project that is easy to do. One stitch repeats all the way is best. I decided to pick a pattern that I felt was easy to do so that I wouldn’t get frustrated and give up halfway.
- Start with patterns that use a bigger hook. Smaller hooks are harder to manage for a newbie.
- Create a project that you will end up using after you finish, for me, it was a shawl or a blanket.
- Don’t get upset if your work is uneven (well, you can get a bit upset, we’re humans after all but don’t give up!). My first three projects were pretty uneven and the workmanships was really meh…Some had big and some had small stitches. I’m still doing this and I’m currently on my fourth project. I read somewhere that your workmanship will get better as you do more projects so I’m not worried. Just enjoy the learning process.
- Once you’ve picked a pattern, get your arsenal ready and start doing your project. Then it’s just practise, practise, practise.
The Third Step: Three Easy Crochet Projects You Can Start With
These are the three easy crochet projects I started with which I found on YouTube.
My first ever project was a simple shawl that I intended to use over my jacket, in the freezer I call my office. This was pretty easy to do but it took a couple of weeks to finish because I could only crochet for a couple of hours in a week.
When I started crocheting, my kids asked me what I was doing. After some explaining, the kids were intrigued; though my eldest son did ask why I was taking up a granny hobby…🙄
Anyways, that aside, my kids had requested that I made something for them for my next project. So the second crochet project I ventured into, was a headband for my daughter. The headband turned out a bit too big for my daughter to use so I’m using it now. Like I said earlier, enjoy the learning process.
The third project I worked on was a blanket for my son. I picked a yarn that was all too wrong in colour and completely underestimated the amount of yarn I would need to use but it turned out really nice and BIG. This project, unfortunately, ended up in the storage closet cause the yarn was too thick and too warm for the kids to use in our weather. That’s another thing I need to learn about, the types of yarn and what’s best to use them for.
My Current Project
As I mentioned, I am now on my fourth crochet project. I’ve been wanting to do a couple of triangle shawls to wear for work and found a YouTube video on a triangle shawl that seems pretty easy to do. It’s still a work in progress but I am absolutely loving it already.