Crocheting is a beautiful style of needlework that can be easily learned with the proper set of crochet instructions. Below, I've gone through the basic steps for those just starting out, and a few for the more weathered crocheters. Read carefully, and practice each step a few times before moving on to the next one. This will ensure that you have a good grasp of what you're doing. Remember, the more you practice, the better you'll get. Enjoy!
Starting your crochet:
All patterns of crochet start the same, a foundation chain (also known as the chain stitch), and that's where we will start with these crochet instructions.
Try this stitch several times before you actually choose a pattern just to get the hang of it. This is an easy stitch, and should go smoothly after your first few tries. Don't judge your skill level before you've stitched at least ten or twenty stitches. If it's still difficult to do this stitch after twenty or so stitches, you may want to read the instructions again just to ensure that they were understood properly.
Now that you have your foundation chain, you can learn the stitches.
Let's start with the easiest one, called single crochet.
Repeat the procedure through the whole first row.
The next step you will want to learn is know as the turning stitch. When you've completed your first row of actual stitching (i.e. not your foundation chain), you're going to want to begin the next row. To do so, you will need to stitch a turning stitch (or turning chain). How many of these stitches are needed will differ according to which stitch the pattern calls for. We'll start with single crochet. Complete the entire row of single crochet stitches. Now you're ready to make your turning chain. Many people have a difficult time with this one, so don't get frustrated if it doesn't come to you immediately. It may take several tries before you're happy with the stitch.
The stitch into which you stick your needle will vary depending on the stitch you're using. For single crochet, you will insert the needle into the second chain from the hook, and add one for each ascending stitch (i.e. half-double in the third, double in the fourth, and triple in the fifth). (*Note: This only applies to the initial row of stitches. For all consecutive rows, single and half-double go in the first stitch, and double and triple go in the second.) The number of turning stitches you do will also increase as the stitch gets larger. One chain stitch is made for the single crochet, two for the half-double, and so on.
The following set of instructions is for those with a little more experience. Beginners of the art should probably use the single crochet until it's completely mastered before attempting the more complicated stitches. I will now explain how to make various stitches. These are all built upon a foundation chain, so step one is after you've completed your foundation chain.
This is the half-double crochet stitch. Again, for the second and all following rows, insert the needle into the first stitch and proceed as instructed.
If you can do the half-double, double is no problem at all. It's no harder, and only makes your life easier because you're getting more stitches for each original foundation stitch (therefore projects will be finished faster).
This is the double crochet stitch. Don't forget, for all consecutive rows insert the needle into the second stitch.
Triple crochet may seem much harder, but is really only one step more complicated.
You have completed one triple crochet stitch. As with all the others, though daunting at first, this stitch is far from impossible. After a few practice tries, you will see how naturally it will come to you.
These are the basic stitches used in almost all crochet instructions. Once you've mastered them, a nice challenge is mixing the different stitches within the same pattern. There are numerous combinations to be tried, and the results are simply gorgeous. Whether sticking to the classics, or inventing patterns of your own, you can now enjoy this peaceful and beautiful art on your own.
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| November 20, 2018
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