Looking for a new hobby? Try crochet! This craft is perfect for folks of all ages, whether you’re familiar with other yarn crafts or not. All you need to get started is a crochet hook and some yarn and you can start creating beautiful projects. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the crochet information out there, check out these quick tips to get you started.
1. Start with Worsted Weight Yarn
There are a total of 8 yarn weights, from lace (which is very, very thin) to jumbo (which is super thick and chunky). Worsted weight yarn, which is classified by the Craft Yarn Council as a Medium/4, is a great place to start. It’s not too thin, not too thick – it’s just right. When shopping for your yarn, look for the yarn weight symbol on the yarn label to know you have a worsted weight yarn.
You can use Worsted Weight yarn to make just about anything. It’s great for beginner-friendly dishcloth patterns and can be used to make crocheted baby items and sweaters. The sky is the limit with this versatile yarn!
2. Try Different Hooks
Just like there is a wide variety of yarn out there to choose from, the same goes for crochet hooks. They vary in style and materials, and you might find that you prefer one style or brand over another. If you plan to get serious about your crochet hobby, it’s important to take a little time and try different hooks to find the ones you like best!
3. Keep Things Loose
When learning a new skill, we tend to tense up as we concentrate. Oftentimes, with yarn-related crafts, this tension in our bodies turns into tight stitches as we crochet or knit. Do your best to stay relaxed and not to tug on the yarn too tight. Be sure that you are pulling the loops on the crochet hook up to the thickest part of the hook in order to keep the stitches even and at the proper tension.
Remember, even seasoned experts were once beginner crocheters. Practice a little bit every day and you’ll be on your way to making amazing projects!