After teaching a few beginner classes, I wanted to share a few tips for those who are interested in learning and to encourage those who are just starting out. I fully remember when I first started to crochet and the confusion of holding the hook and yarn at the same time, the awkwardness of figuring out all of the stitches and just honestly, how silly I felt. BUT I am so glad I stuck with it!!!!! AND you will too!
Now, just to start off--the crochet police are not out there watching your every move. Have fun, if you make a mistake, just pull it out and start over!
How to Hold the Hook
There are 2 main ways that you can hold your hook.
Option 1: Hold the hook between your thumb and forefinger just as you would a pencil.
Option 2: Place your hand over the hook with the handle resting against the palm and thumb and your index finger on the thumb rest. This is how I hold my hook.
Look at your hook. Most will have a flat section right below the hook. Use this section to help guide and turn your hook as needed when crocheting. It is not just for a grip.
This adjustable knot will begin every crochet project. It takes some practice, but it very useful in starting your projects.
To begin, make a loop in the yarn.
With your crochet hook or finger, grab the yarn from the skein and pull through the loop.
Pull tight on the yarn and adjust to create first loop.
The chain provides the foundation for your stitches at the beginning of a pattern. It can also serve as a stitch within a pattern and can be used to create an open effect. You will need to practice this stitch and practice your consistency of your stitches. DO NOT PULL THE CHAIN TIGHTLY.
To begin, insert the hook through the slip knot and yarn over the hook by passing the hook in front of the yarn.
Keeping the yarn taut (but not too tight; see Tip below), pull the hook back through the loop with the yarn. Chain 1 is complete.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create multiple chains.
If a pattern says 'Ch10' you will repeat steps 1 and 2 10 times and you will have 10 chains.
Need a few beginner patterns? You can find a variety in the 'store' tab at the top of the page (on www.RAKJpatterns.com). All patterns are instant downloadable too!
Double Pom Hat