My craft birthday

Our digital lives are always reminding us what we were up to in years gone by, which is why I know it’s now a year since I first picked up a crochet hook. I really wasn’t crafty up to this point, so I thought it would be fun to think about what I’ve learnt in my first year as a crafter.

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Crochet: getting started

 

Since taking up crochet about a year ago, I’ve been trying to spread the yarn love to everyone I know. I’d never been a practical person before I picked up a crochet hook, so believe me when I say anyone can do it. Here are my top tips if you’re thinking of giving crochet a try.

Learn the basics

All you need to get started is a hook and some wool. Different weights of wool used different sized hooks. The pattern or tutorial will tell you which hook size to use, and there will also be a suggestion on the yarn’s label.

Be careful if you’re using American websites, as crochet terms mean different things in the UK and US. You can find conversion charts online.

Get inspired
Knowing the type of things you’d like to make will help you stay motivated as you try to get to grips with your new skill. You might not actually be able to attempt those complicated designs yet, but at least you know what you’re aiming for. There are so many different styles of crochet, and different uses for it too. I’ve saved some of my favourites to my crochet board on Pinterest.

Find help online

Video tutorials are a great way to learn – Sarah-Jayne at Bella Coco makes brilliant ones. At first written instructions are really difficult to follow, but video tutorials give you enough basic skills to start using written patterns too.

Stick at it

There will be times when you have no idea what you’re doing, and there will be mistakes – lots of mistakes! Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right at first. Recognise your progress, however small, and most importantly enjoy it.

Good luck!