Crochet is such a versatile craft; you can create so many different projects from simple scarves to cute and cuddly amigurumi animals. Understanding the techniques can take a little time but once you’ve mastered the basics it all becomes clear.
When I learnt to crochet I was amazed by how simple it was! I’d been putting it off for a while, as I was sure I’d find it too confusing, but after picking up a few basic stitches I was hooked! Anna, a work colleague (who also happens to be a passionate crocheter), helped out by teaching me how to crochet in my lunch breaks. I chatted to Anna about how she got started with crochet and her recommendations for first projects. Having fully caught the crochet ‘bug’, I’m currently busy making granny squares for a blanket, a chunky cowl for a friend, and a pretty scarf that I hope to have finished by the winter.
I used the How to Crochet eBook alongside Anna’s teaching sessions to pick up my crochet skills. The book covers all of the basic stitches and techniques, including how to follow a pattern, joining pieces of crochet and changing yarn colour. It can seem overwhelming at first when learning how to crochet as a beginner – which size hook to use, which yarn to choose, and even how to hold the hook – but the How to Crochet eBook explains everything you need to know. It even has two inspiring beginner crochet projects: a bold motif shrug made with colourful granny squares and a delicate scarf that can be adapted by changing the type of yarn used. I’ve started to make the scarf with Sirdar Baby Bamboo in Groovy Green, and I love the yarn as it’s so glossy!
When learning the basic stitches, it is worth noting that there is a difference between UK and US crochet terms. The eBook uses UK crochet terms but many free crochet patterns online use US terms. Here is a handy conversion chart so that you will be able to work from both UK and US crochet patterns:
|chain (ch)||chain (ch)|
|double crochet (dc)||single crochet (sc)|
|treble (tr)||double crochet (dc)|
|half treble (htr)||half double treble (hdc)|
|double treble (dtr)||triple crochet (trc)|
|slip stitch (slst)||slip stitch (slst)|
If you’re thinking about learning to crochet, download a copy of the How to Crochet eBook today and find out just how simple it is for yourself! Then pick up a crochet hook and some yarn to get started.
Have you recently learnt to crochet? Tell me about the crochet projects that you’re working on and share a picture of your creations on our Facebook page!
What will you create today?