Over the past few years I have been asked to teach family, friends, and fans how to crochet or provide tutorials on different crochet stitches. After tossing the idea around and making some tutorials and teaching classes, I have decided to start producing crochet photo and video tutorials.
Before we start, you are going to need some materials. I mean you cannot learn to crochet without the proper materials. (DUH) You can get your materials from me SHOP , you can go to your LYS (Local Yarn Store), Fiber Festivals, Michael’s, JoAnn, Amazon or other large stores.
- A set of crochet hooks – Now I am sure you are probably wondering why you will need a whole set of hooks. Here is the reason: depending on the projects they call for different hooks. Hook sizes make all the difference when you’re crocheting. It determines how big or small (Bigger hook, bigger item. Smaller hook, smaller item) the item that you’re making turns out to be. Certain patterns call for certain sized hooks and the majority of the time it’s cheaper to purchase the set verses buying one hook at a time. When I started out, I bought a Boye set (shop link). It was a decent price and provided me with a range of sizes. Now there are a variety of crochet hooks out there so just choose what is comfortable and feels natural to you. Since then I have upgraded to wooden hooks. My favorite set of crochet hooks are by Nelsonwood (affiliate link) hooks and I absolutely LOVE them. They crochet smoothly, handle very nicely, unique and my hands don’t hurt at the end of the day.
- A good pair of Scissors – You will need a very sharp pair of scissors. Yes, you may use a regular pair of household scissors however a sharp pair of sewing scissors will make your life a lot easier especially when you need to cut through 10 or strands of yarn. I have a pair of Gingher Scissors and BIHRTC Gold Vintage Plum Blossom Scissors along with Classic Crane Design (affiliate link) that I absolutely love. I’ve had them for a while and they never fail me.
- Tapestry Needles – That’s right, a tapestry needle. Tapestry needles are crucial for your finished project. When you have those pieces of yarn at the end of your project or from tying on another skein, they have to go somewhere. Right? Tapestry needles are used to weave those ends of yarn back through your work so that the whole thing doesn’t work itself loose. I personally use Clover Chibi Tapestry needles (affiliate link) however there are several different types of needles out there. Remember, use whatever makes you comfortable (and sometimes whatever is on sale!)
- A cheap skein of yarn – Now let’s talk about yarn. I know you are probably asking why buy a cheap skein of yarn? Trust me when I tell you, you do not want to start of using an amazing, expensive, gorgeous skein of yarn when you are just starting to learn how to crochet. The thing is, it will not be pretty and honestly that yarn will most likely get wasted. I went through a few skeins of yarn before I truly learned how to make something that resembled anything pertaining to crochet. You will need a nice soft yarn that is pliable and forgiving. I recommend a nice cotton worsted weight yarn or a nice soft acrylic worsted weight yarn. Lily Sugar n Cream (affiliate link) is one of my go to cotton yarns because it is a soft cotton and has a nice selection of colors. You want a nice bright color something that is not to light or to dark.
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I am beyond excited to be teaching you how to crochet! My granny taught me how to crochet and now I would love to share those skills with you. I will be the friend that holds your hand and guides you along this exciting journey. My goal to have my followers use my website American Crochet, to be the resource guide for all things crochet. Whether you are a newbie or just brushing up on your skills.
Here you will learn valuable information, simple step-by-step guides to several useful stitches and techniques that will help you throughout your crochet journey.
Crochet 101 (Learning the Basics)
Crochet Fundamentals (Beyond the Basics)
Crochet Exploration (Exploring New Stitch Techniques)
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