Crocheting for beginners

Crocheting for beginners instructions are widely  presented all over the Web. They usually are well written, informative, and  teach you how to crochet a few basic stitches. Believe me, to know just basics of crocheting is quite enough to design and create various beautiful crochet projects.

 Level of your mastery  is not based on the number of different crochet stitches you know. Much more important is your creativity and ability to make SOMETHING from NOTHING. In other words, to know EXACTLY what to do with three stitches will provide your much more flexibility  than if you try to learn all imaginable crochet stitches at once.  Based on this idea, we will make a key statement for all our crocheting for beginners instructions.

 THREE basic stitches

There are only THREE basic stitches in crocheting:

   1.Chain Stitch

   2.Single Crochet (US) or Double Crochet (British)

   3.  Double Crochet (US) or Treble Crochet (British)

Due to this statement, I am taking a big risk to be severely scolded by those experienced crocheters whose high skills and amazing creativity I admire a lot. Nevertheless, there are only THREE Basics Stitches in crocheting. That's all you need to know to create not only some simple designs but  a lot of glamorous tops, sweaters, hats, cardigans. You name it, everything can be done with the simplest techniques.

Doesn't it sound strange? What about those fan and shell stitches, clusters, bobbles, popcorn, and puffs? Don't they look different than single and double crochets? They do. But the majority of them is just a simple variation of three basic stitches. You only have to know how and where you have to insert your crochet hook and how many basic stitches have  to be crocheted in order to create something more interesting than just a plane basic stitch pattern.

Crocheting for beginners it is not about learning how to crochet numerous crochet stitches. It is about ONLY THREE basic stitches and different ways to combine them.  We are going to apply SYSTEM APPROACH here. -:) Before we begin to learn how to crochet them, let's consider how to avoid unexpected "surprises" while crocheting and to make your crochet experience enjoyable.

Crocheting for Beginners. Typical Mistakes to Avoid.

Crocheting is really a very simple process. Meanwhile, there are a few typical for the new crocheters mistakes. Forewarned is forearmed. To avoid frustration, let's always keep in mind a few major rules.

Rule # 1. To learn how to crochet, take at least 3 mm diameter crochet hook and medium-weight yarn. Do not crochet tight. Pool every time long enough loops in order to let it slide easily on the hook.

Rule # 2.  If you decided  to make a swatch which is 12 stitches wide, for instance,  count those 12 stitches in EVERY row. Your first  row and every next row has to have EXACTLY 12 stitches. How to count number of stitches?

Crochet project usually begins with a series of chain stitches called a foundation chain.
To begin a foundation chain, a slip knot has to be made on the hook first.

How to Make a Slip Knot

Step 1. Leave a 4-inch tail of yarn and make a loop with yarn. Free tail end is below. Working end (from the skein) on the top.

Step 2. Insert the hook through the center of the loop and hook the working end. Pool it through the loop.

Step 3. Pool the free end of the yarn to tighten the loop until it fits the hook, but slides easily. Now we can begin to crochet  a foundation chain.

Rule # 3. At the beginning of the new row you will never crochet your first  stitch  into the first chain following the loop on the crochet hook.  For single crochet  your first stitch has to be worked into the 2-nd chain from the hook. For double crochet skip three loops and work into the 4-th chain from the crochet hook. Be sure to crochet a stitch into the last  chain at the end. REMEMBER (!) Each row has to have as many stitches as many Vs your foundation  chain has.

Let's  look at the chain. The front of the chain  looks like a series of interlocking Vs. The number of chains, is equal to the number of Vs.

REMEMBER (!) Neither slip knot nor the loop still on the hook are never counted. Hence, our foundation chain has 4 (four) loops in it.

Rule # 4.There are two loops at the top of each stitch (Vs). They are formed by the back and front loops of each crochet stitch. To crochet a stitch, you usually insert the hook under the both loops in the row below. Crocheting in the back or front loop only, is used to produce  interesting decorative effects.

Keeping in mind these four ideas,  we will continue our crocheting for beginners instruction. We will learn how  to crochet three basic easy crochet stitches: chain, single crochet and double crochet. Video instructions are available. 

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