Crochet Patterns are just like recipes. You have to first check the ingredients list to see if you have everything you need, if not then off to the store you go. Then when you have everything, you follow the recipe step by step until VOILA your beautiful creation that you worked so hard to create is ready to show off to your family and friends.
Just like recipes, once you have some experience and have some understanding how your ingredients compliment each other, you can begin experimenting with different yarns than recommended, maybe see what a change in hook size does, perhaps tweak some of the steps to make the recipe truly your own that others get jealous over and wonder if they could do the same.
And just like recipes, crochet uses just a few basic processes that if you take the time and practice, can be perfected to a precision skill.
You see, 90% of crochet is based on 6 basic stitch building blocks. If you master these 6 basic stitches, then you can create 90% of crochet stitches no matter how complicated they look at first glance. The trick to a stunning crochet piece is to make the simple look hard. In reality it just needs time and practice.
If you’re just getting started with your hooking journey, it can seem really daunting. But take a deep breath and take it step by step. There’s no point worrying about step number 23, when you haven’t done step 1 yet.
Take a look at my YouTube channel for bite size, to the point videos on how to get started. I cover everything from how to attach yarn to your hook to how to create those basic stitches and techniques such as the magic circle and how to easily create texture in your work.
My video tutorials are created to be straight to the point, clear and concise so that you can fit them into your busy life and get cracking with your crochet journey.
Crochet has so many benefits including acting as stress relief, reducing anxiety and just giving you the opportunity to release your inner creativity while curled up on the sofa watching the latest Netflix release.
Crochet is such a convenient hobby, you don’t need any specialist equipment as everything can be picked up from your local craft store relatively cheaply and you can make practical items for your home such as dishcloths, storage baskets, cushion covers or you could even try your hand at clothing and jewellery
You can make some stunning items really simply, so there’s no need to wait until you’ve practised some complicated stitch combinations to make something you can be proud to show off. A cute storage basket can be made using just single crochet and a beautiful patterned t-shirt yarn. A scarf can be made lengthways with several colour changes and a fringe to make a trendy accessory.
If you have any questions about anything crochet or yarn related, you can come and find me in my Facebook group The Cool Crochet Society where you will find lots of tips, advice and you can ask any questions you have.
I hope to see you soon, and happy hooking!