Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Crochet Lessons

Lesson 1 The Basics

The Basics of crochet are often overlooked when just starting and for a beginners this can be really confusing and frustrating. So in this very first lesson I am going to try my best to answer all those questions. 

Crochet Hooks

The hook I use the most is a size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook. When I first started out I would buy all aluminum hook because they were the cheaper, but after a while I realize that a hook with handle on it takes most of the stress off your hands make it easier to crochet. Yes they cost more but it is worth it.
Now there are 2 types of hooks that I have come across the one on the right is the one I like the one on the left my yarn kept getting snagged which really made it hard to crochet.
The way I pick my hook when I start a project is I go by the thickness of the yarn.  If the yarn is little and thin I use a small hook, if the yarn is big and really thick then I use a big hook.  Holding a hook is up to you everybody is different and holding a crochet hook should feel comfortable.  I feel as if the H hook comes right in the middle not being to big or to little comfortable to hold in your hand, making the movements of crocheting easier. Which yarn you use is up to you too, you will need to find the yarn you like most of the yarn I use is acrylic or some mixture of acrylic and I also use cotton. Also I would choose light colors as they are easy to see, when using dark colors they tend to be harder to see.

Slip Knot 

The slip knot is a way of tying the end of the yarn to create a loop that can be adjusted to fit the size of the crochet hook. 

1. Create a loop by taking the long end of the yarn  and winding it over the top of the shorter end. Hold the point where the yarns cross tightly between your left thumb and forefinger.

2. Using your right or left hand, pick up the standing line of yarn to form another loop. 

3. Feed this second bite through the back of the loop. This will create a loop in a loop.

4. Pull on the tail of the knot to tighten the first loop around the second.

5. Feed your crochet hook into the remaining loop and pull the long end of the yarn to close the loop over the hook.

The foundation chain is the base for making all the crochet stitches it's a series of loops called chain stitches that are linked together. 


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