I’ve taken up crochet recently… like just a few weeks ago. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for ages, but once the weather turned cold this year, I finally got myself organised to start. So when I was in town I picked up a crochet hook and a couple of balls of wool. It turns out, that I choose the wrong sized hook for the wool – of course!
I then started googling away ‘crochet beginners tutorial’. There were thousands of links to all sorts of information. It was overwhelming trying to sift through them all and choose the ones which were actually good. So once I got going, I decided to pool all the resources I used and found useful into one post to make it easier for the beginner to sift through the good, bad, and down right confusing.
This tutorial shows you the absolute basics and is a good place to start! I sat with my hook and yarn and followed along, pausing it every now and then.
Here is a tutorial showing you how to double crochet – so many terms to learn!
Once I had the basics, it was straight to a granny square using this tutorial which was super easy to follow.
One thing I did notice is that there are loads of different ways to hold the hook and tension the yarn. It took me a few goes before I found one that felt comfortable for me. If the first way you try feels super awkward, try another until it feels right.
After I got the idea of how to make a granny square, I went straight to the ripple blanket, which is what I really wanted to make. I used this tutorial by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes. She has several other tutorial ebooks for different projects on the sidebar of her page. Definitely look them up.
I also like this link by By Number 19 which lists all the term used in patterns and their equivalents in symbols. Also it turns out that American patterns and European patterns use different terminology. Possibly because they want to make things difficult for those of us trying to wrap our heads around crochet. I found By Number 19 via Pinterest and there are some other interesting free patterns on her site. Take a look.
Hooks and Yarns
Need to know about hooks? Here is a link to a page that can help you out. It seems there are different ways of sizing them, depending on whether they are US, or Australian. To make things more confusing, my mother gave me some of her old hooks, which are different again. I think if you’re unsure of the size of your hook, get out a ruler and measure it. If you buy a new one in a store, it will be marked for you, making life easier! I bought a 5mm hook, which was easy to use for a beginner.
The type of yarn you use really does depend on the project you are doing. To begin with I picked up a couple of cheap balls of 100% wool yarn(we are sheep farmers here, so only Australian wool for us!) from the knitting shop in town. I really had no idea about what I was looking for. I think just grabbing a few balls worked well for me, because I was just experimenting and didn’t want to invest a lot of money to start off with. Wool is sold by weight, with a small ball being about 50 grams. If you read the label it will tell you how many stitches you get in a 10cm length using different sized needles or hooks.
Once I got the basics down pat on some cheaper wool, I ordered some yarn (yarn is the name for the twisted wool string – see I’m learning) from Bendigo Woolen Mills. They have lots of different types of yarns for different projects, but I just got the regular balls in a couple of colours to get me started. I’m sure I will be heading back there to get more for beanies, slippers, and other projects I have in my head. For me, having the wool delivered is a bonus, but if you live in a town, there is probably a local shop where you can get some wool easily.
So there you have it! How I taught myself (with lots of help) to crochet, and where you can find some resources to get you started. If you’re a crochet guru, or even if you know just a little bit, please share your advice and links below so we (I) can build on our knowledge.
Hit me with all your crochet knowledge!