Try This: Crocheting
Each week, I’ll be featuring my suggestion for a new craft to try. Already tried it? Maybe you’ll learn something new!
Oh, crocheting. I’ll admit, this is probably one of my favorite crafts ever. Some people might think of it as boring, but to be honest, there is a LOT you can do with crocheting. There are advanced techniques (like graphgans) that I haven’t tried yet, and I’ve been crocheting for about half my life!
Crocheting is, by definition, needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle (see here). When you think of crocheting, what items come to mind? Maybe it’s the scratchy wool scarf that your great-aunt made you for Christmas. Or it’s the snuggly, warm baby blanket you’ve never been able to part with. Your memories, either good or bad, tend to define what you think about a subject. So..what are yours?
My memories regarding crochet center around my Mom, and being amazed as I watched her fingers fly over the yarn, crocheting blankets and dainty baby sweaters. HOW was she moving so fast?! Sometimes, I swear that it felt like all I had to do was blink, and *poof* – another set of baby booties were done. I begged her to teach me her yarn magic, haha, and she did (once my hands were big enough to properly hold a crochet hook).
When it comes to supplies for crocheting, it’s simple: for most projects, all you need is a pattern, yarn, a crochet hook, a pair of scissors, and a large needle to weave in your ends when you’re finished. Heck, you don’t always need a pattern, either. Once you get the basics down, you’ll find yourself coming up with your own patterns.
Want to get started? Here are a couple of beginner tutorials on how to learn to crochet:
You might be asking yourself, “There are so many yarn choices out there! What do I use!?”. Well, this depends on what you’re making..but for the majority of projects, a worsted weight yarn, like Red Heart’s Super Saver product line, works great. Bonus: it comes in a LOT of colors!
As far as crochet hooks go, it’s all about preference. For me? I prefer metal crochet hooks for their durability. Here’s the set I have:
So, you’ve figured out a few basic stitches – what’s next? One of my favorite, and easiest, things to crochet are scarves. Try these patterns:
As you get more advanced in your work, check out these patterns:
And when you start to feel REALLY brave (…and I haven’t yet, but whew… I want to!), check out these graphgans! Aren’t they amazing?!
Do you have any questions about crocheting? If you already crochet, what’s your favorite thing to make?