Wednesday, October 26, 2011

crochet 101, kind of

Sorry if you are tired of my yarn, there is lots of it.
If you want to know how to crochet this post is hopefully for you.
If you don't, well, you might like what I am making so stick around.

my crochet bag, yes a tote bag from aPearantly sew,
it has pockets for my hooks and holds about 4 projects at once

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If I told you how many skeins of yarn I have at my house right now you would probably choke.
Technically they are not all mine. My friends have purchased some of them so I can make them a circle scarf or 30 (I am not kidding, but that's another post).

I posted some of my cowls on Instagram and had several questions about crocheting. Since I am SO new and am just learning as I go 
I decided to point y'all in the right direction.

First things first.
When I started I felt like I had 10 thumbs. I got very frustrated. VERY. Like forget this junk. I didn't understand a THING I was reading or hearing on videos because I didn't know the terminology. 
I still don't know how to make a granny square.
The ONLY things I have started and finished are circle scarfs with a double crochet stitch, nothing fancy, and I didn't use a pattern because I don't know how to read them yet.

If you want to get started - watch videos like these.
Also, this blog has a wonderful picture by picture tutorial 
on some basic crochet.
If you already know the basics of crochet you can use this very helpful tutorial on how to make a circle scarf like the one I made (thanks mama for finding it for me). 
Mandipidy did a whole series on yarn & crochet, Yarn It All. I was totally out of the loop (you liked that didn't ya?) when she did this, but now I have it as a reference for some great tutorials.
Pinterest is also full of tutorials. You can click here for a search of crochet tutorials.

Here is a little Crochet 101 for you:
(I am doing this more for myself to learn the correct terms, but if you are an absolute beginner like me you have no idea, so this helps.)

-crochet is basically hooking yarn (or other strands of material) together to form something like a blanket, scarf, coaster, earrings, flower, etc.
-crochet is done in chains and rows
-stitches are the different ways you can loop the yarn around the hook before you pull it through the main loop you are working with when you are creating a chain, here are some basic stitches
-a skein of yarn is a bundle of yarn like you buy it in the store
-a crochet hook is the hook/needle thing you use to crochet
-and from my research I have found you are supposed to have a tapestry needle to weave your ends into your project when you are done, but I have used my little hooks to do the work
-if you look on the back of a skein of yarn you will see what size crochet hook is needed for that yarn (there will be a letter) 

this thin yarn suggests an H
this thick yarn suggest an N
-Buy a variety pack of hooks, that way you can experiment with different sizes and you will have them available for the future when you are a pro and make fancy things.
-Buy two different sizes of yarn, thin and thick to experiment with. I found suggestions to use the thin yarn so it's what I started with. When I tried the thick yarn I was able to work much faster, so everyone is different.
-Watch a YouTube video over and over again. Watch it, try it, pause it, rewind it, keep doing it until you kind of understand what the heck is going on.
-Know that the wonderful thing about crochet is you can completely undo whatever you have done and start over, so try, try again :)

PLEASE if you have questions ask them.
If you have suggestions or links share them in a comment and I will do a follow up post later for others. 
Good Luck!


  1. This is awesome. I'm really bad at crocheting, but I love to knit. My yarn collection is probably way more offensive than yours, hahah.

  2. Thanks, Lindsay! Great post. I will be referencing it for sure. I purchased some yard and hooks on Sunday but haven't had a chance to try it all out :) I'm so encouraged by all your stuff though!

  3. No wonder I haven't heard from you this week--your fingers have been tied up in yarn! Glad I could be of assistance in this your newest learning experience. I'm proud of you.

  4. Now I know why I haven't heard from you this week--your fingers have been tied up in yarn! Glad I could help you on this, your newest learning experience. Proud of you.

  5. Love those pretty circle scarfs! I'm currently working on a granny square blanket for my newest nephew - they're pretty easy once you get the hang of it! :)

  6. I LOVE your circle scarves :)& your bag, and that bright yellow yarn! I think crocheting can be so... zen! My problem is - when I pick up the hook, which isn't consistently OR often - I can get so deep into 'the zone' that I get muscle aches in my thumb (...) that last a week ;) Pacing, too, is a great thing ;)

  7. I'm so excited to know someone else who crochets aside from my grandmother. She is quite the expert and has taught me well! I make baby blankets for my friends but I love your circle scarfs and can't wait to check out the tutorial to see how to make them!!- Leah


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