Crocheting is a wonderful way to slow down and be more mindful, and it feels good to make something beautiful for you or your home. I love sitting down each night and crocheting – it’s relaxing and soothing. After a crazy day when nothing seems to have gone right, it feels good to crochet and succeed at making something real.
Learning to crochet with “normal” sized yarn and crochet hooks is fiddly and painful, and I can understand if you’ve tried and have been frustrated – this is not what crocheting is all about. I’ve been crocheting for many years and have talked with lots of crochet students, and to help you I’ve put together my top tips for learning to crochet the easy way.
Chunky crochet always looks amazing, the big stitches have an amazing texture that will have everyone amazed that you made it, especially when you’ve just learnt.
The added bonus of chunky crochet is that it’s quick to make – the big yarn and stitches work up very quickly and it’s possible to crochet a chunky scarf in a day. This is so much better than it taking weeks, or even months!
To make learning to crochet even more enjoyable:
There are lots of different ways to learn how to crochet. I recommend trying a few different methods of learning to crochet to find out what works best for you. Also, try making different kinds of things as this is a great way to learn and improve your crochet skills.
If you have a friend or family member that can crochet ask them if they’ll teach you. They’ll be able to sit beside you and show you what to do.
These are classes that you can go to and learn to crochet with a group of people. You’ll generally all make the same thing, and you many meet some lovely people at the same time. Your local yarn store will generally run learn to crochet workshops.
There are lots of good books available on learning to crochet, and you’ll be able to find these in a good book store or at the library.
There are lots of videos available online for learning to crochet. Keep searching until you find one that’s easy to follow and understand.
Look for a crochet pattern that is suitable for beginners and is from a reputable designer. The internet is full of free crochet patterns which is great, but these are generally not tested or edited and can be difficult to follow which means lots of frustration for you. When you’re learning to crochet you want a crochet pattern that is easy to follow and understand.
Chunky crochet kits are a great way to learn to crochet as they come with everything you need. Look for one that’s suitable for beginners and includes yarn, hook, stitch markers, pattern and online classes.
Learning to crochet via online classes is great because you can do it whenever it suits you and you can do it from home. Make sure the online classes you do have detailed video tutorials because this is just like the teacher is sitting beside you showing you what to do. You can then play the same section over and over until you understand exactly what to do. Also, look for an online class that has an online community with live calls.
Traditionally, crocheting has been taught by making granny squares. Stay away from these when learning to crochet because it involves lots of different stitches and going in rounds which can be confusing and difficult to master.
As a crochet teacher and expert, I recommend learning to crochet with the following methods because they involve soft, natural fibre yarns, bamboo crochet hooks with double indents and exceptional patterns:
It won’t be long and you’ll be crocheting each night to relax and become more mindful, and you’ll fill your home with beautiful crocheted blankets, scarves and cushions.