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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Crocheting For Beginners

So you have decided that you are ready to learn how to crochet. You probably already understand that you will not be able to read one article and learn everything that you need to know. However, after reading this article you will be able to get a good start in your pursuit of learning crochet. Also by the time you complete the article you will learn where you can find more information on learning everything you need to know to crochet.

The first thing that you need to know is what crochet actually is. Answering that is fairly simple. Crocheting is the process of creating a fabric from thread or yarn using a crochet hook. To do this you can choose from an almost countless variety of threads and yarns and many different types of hooks. To make the fabric you pull loops of thread or yarn through other loops. I know that this probably sounds simple. The truth is it really is. The key is that you must have some skill and dexterity in your hands to do it right. You also need the right hooks, yarn, and instructions. You need to be careful that you are doing things correctly or you will end up with something unusable instead of your own work of art.

An important aspect of crocheting successfully is to always pick projects that have clearly written instructions. When you have decently written instructions you will have a guide to follow that will make everything easier. When you have decent instructions you will have the answer to many questions like what type of hook you should use, what type of yarn, and what the proper stitches are and where they should be used. Too many people think they can just improvise instead of relying on clear instructions and only end up with a disaster. These people get frustrated and wish that they had done things differently in the first place.

Knowing how important the instructions are you can probably also see how important knowing the basic crocheting terms are. Crochet instructions are typically written using shorthand and specific abbreviations. Examples of this are DC which stands for double stitch and SC which stands for single stitch. You can see if you do not know these you will end up chasing your tail and wondering what the heck you got yourself into.

A common question that beginners ask me is what the difference actually is between knitting and crochet. There is a simple answer. When you knit you use two hooks and when you crochet you only use one. This is because when you crochet you only have one active stitch on the hook and when you knit you have a whole row of active stitches. This means that if you drop a stitch while knitting it is a complete disaster but in crochet it is not even a big deal.

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