Start With Top 11 Crochet Tips
Check out these Top 11 Crochet Tips and make your crocheting easier!
If you are a beginner and just getting started with this awesome craft, these top tips are designed to help you prepare and organize.
Before you launch into your first project just take a step back and make time for these suggestions, you’ll find that they save you time in the long run.
If you think of any we’ve missed out, please let us know, and we’ll add them to our list!
- This one may be obvious, but many people don’t know that you can simply ask the internet if you have a question you cannot answer. If you’re confused over converting grams to ounces or vice versa, use a search engine like Google. Type in a phrase like this: “convert 10 cm to inches” The search engine will give you the answer.
- Before you start crocheting, turn your skeins of yarn into balls, with a center pull: This will help you avoid tangles and improve tension. To see a photo tutorial on how to do this, without a shop bought winder, please click here How To Make A Center Pull Ball Thank you to Emmett at Knits with Balls.
- Organize your yarns and keep your balls of yarn from falling and rolling. eg Re-purpose a cylindrical container or a tea pot!
- Dealing with Interruptions which always come when you are least prepared for them. Print your pattern off so you can mark off your rows as you go. This helps you remember where you were when you get interrupted. You can also make the pattern print larger for less eyestrain.
- Keep a list of the types of hooks and yarns you currently have, and keep it with you. So when you shop, you won’t buy stuff you already have.
- Crochet hooks are not all the same. Some hooks give you less strain than others. Try different hooks such as Soft Touch or Amour hooks by Clover. Also remember metal hooks are better than plastic when using homespun yarn.
- Make an easy-to-handle personalized hook. Use Fimo or Sculpey modeling clay. Mold them around the handle, impress your grip on them so it’s customized for your fingers, then bake them according to instructions. This is a great tip for keeping hands from aching.
- Storage is so much easier with zipper bags. I hate to say it, especially with all the problems we are having with plastic, but they are a great tool for storing yarns and unfinished projects. Add a sticky label too, so you can also name the contents inside, and you’re all set.
- Buy yourself a pair of fold-able scissors. They are great for snipping ends, plus they won’t snag anything in your bag.
- Mark your rows. To mark your rows, insert a tail of a contrasting yarn color into the valley of the first stitch. You can just fold it over to the front or back when you’ve reached the beginning of the round and repeat.
- Soften scratchy yarn. This is a great suggestion if you have completed a project only to find that the yarn just isn’t soft enough for someone to wear and it feels scratchy. Check out this suggestion by the team at Forgotten Fox. Please click here: How To Soften Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.*Please note!* if you are crocheting/knitting for hospitals or preemie babies this may not be a good method. They prefer no product has been used on yarn of donated hospital items.
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