It is easy to find simple crochet patterns. Just warm up your search engines or visit your local craft or yarn store and find individual free patterns, or books full of patterns for those beginning in crochet. Some simple patterns include blankets, scarves, hats, baby items and dog sweaters.
One thing to consider when starting your first crochet project is the size hook that you will use. Larger hooks and small hooks are more difficult to handle than those in between. You should hold a hook between you first two fingers and thumb to see what feels comfortable to you. Also, look at the actual hook end. This is what will be producing the stitch and it is important that you can see it well.
Sizing hooks can be a bit confusing at first. In the U. S., hooks are often referred to in letters rather than numbers. The larger the letter of the alphabet, the larger the hook. In other words, a J hook is larger than a G. In the British or UK system, which is used throughout Europe, numbers are used, but the larger the number, the smaller the hook. It is best to familiarize yourself with all of this and be careful when reading a pattern to assure that you are using the proper size hook. Often the yarn packaging will list what hook should be used with that particular yarn in both systems. Conversion charts are also available and can be found free on many crochet websites. (See “The Minefield of Crochet Terminology“.)
Types of yarns change with fashion and fads over periods of time. Some yarn is more difficult to work with than others. Beginners should start with 4-ply yarn or baby fingering yarn as indicated on the pattern. With such a wide variety of colors including variegated yarns, it is easy to find something for you.
Choose your first project by the pattern itself. Most patterns will have photos of the finished project and some stores may have samples already crocheted of the item. Look for a pattern that says it is easy or simple. Starting with a more advanced pattern will usually lead to frustration and makes for an unpleasant experience. Many local craft stores offer crochet classes and many people find it easiest to learn through direct instruction. You may know someone who crochets and who would be willing to teach you. Videos of someone crocheting and explaining step-by-step what they are doing are available online.
Your pattern should have only one or a couple of crochet stitches, such as single and double crochet. Try a scarf or blanket pattern. If you are experienced in sewing, you are accustomed to sewing seams, so you may be able to start with a hat or simple sweater.
In picking your first crochet project, choose something that you can accomplish in a relatively short amount of time. Usually this would be a scarf or lap blanket. This will give you the feeling of pride in your accomplishment and motivate you to move forward with your next project which may be similar or maybe a hat. When looking for a sweater pattern, look for it to say easy or simple. These generally will not only have simple stitches, but fewer seams and are easier to complete.
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