Learning How to Crochet

Learning how to crochet for me was not something I had thought of doing. 

Having mastered the craft of knitting years ago, I tried and tried but couldn't get the hang of the single crochet hook and tangled up all the wool. So this craft went on the back burner....until this year.

When learning a new craft it is best to break it down into small bits which I didn't do before as I quickly wanted to make something there and then, most of us are guilty of thinking a little along these lines.

This year I thought I would try again and began learning the first three basic stitches and turn some wool into an item to use.

How to crochet - The Basics

Crochet is very similar to knitting and to a certain extent sewing as it is made with different types of loops that hold onto each other. These types of loops form a pattern and then these can be made into many things.

As with knitting there needs to be a stating or foundation line in knitting it is the casting on row and in crochet it is the chain stitch that is used as a foundation row.

Holding the Crochet Hook 

The crochet hook is held,in your dominant hand, much like a pencil but it is really how it feels in your hand and that you can comfortably push the hook through the loops to hook the wool for the next stitch.

I prefer to hold the hook almost like a spoon, that way the hook can scoop into the wool chain.

The way that will suit you will almost come naturally as you progress with learning to crochet.

Holding the Wool

Holding the wool viewed from the front of hand
Holding the wool viewed from the back of hand

In the other hand the wool is held not too slack but also not too tight as just like knitting the tension of the wool is important to the end result.

Again the way the wool is held depends on you. Some wrap the wool around more fingers especially if just starting out so that the stitches are not too loose. The more you crochet the wool hold will come naturally to suit you way of crocheting.

The wool should just slide between your fingers and allow you to crochet easily if the movement of the wool is tight then your item will not look right. Likewise if the wool is too slack then the item again will be too open in the weave.

When I started out I tried to do a few rows and then pulled them back and starting again many times.

The Chain Stitch

Start the first stitch as making a loop or slip stitch with the wool. 

The crochet hook can then go into this loop and pick up a strand of wool that is in the other hand. Then it is pulled through the first slip stitch. This makes another loop.

Wrap wool around hook
Close up of wool around hook
Pulling wool through first slip stitch
Close up of pulling wool through first slip stitch

This is then repeated until you have the correct number of chains on the hook without counting the chain that is on the hook itself.

How the chain stitches will look.

The front of the foundation chain stitch row will appear as little chevrons or "V" shaped stitches.

The back will have little bumps so you can tell the front from the back.

Enjoy learning how to crochet as once you have mastered it there are a lot of things you can make.

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