Thursday, July 05, 2007

Learn to Crochet

The first step in learning to crochet is to hold the crochet hook correctly, and make sure that you choose the correct yarn and crochet hook. First, you should hold your crochet hook in your right hand (these instructions are for right handed people), if you need to learn to crochet and are left handed, reverse the instructions.
Hold the crochet in your right hand and then bring the yarn over the hook to create a slip knot. Carry the yarn over the hook (from the back of the hook to the front) and hold on to it. With the yarn hooked over, draw the yarn through the slip knot and the hook. Now you have created one chain stitch.
To continue crocheting, simply bring the yarn over the hook, and draw the hook through the yarn and the stitch repeatedly. As you continue to make chain stitches, your chain will become larger and larger. When you learn to crochet, this is the first step and it is important that you understand how to make the chain.
Also, you should check to ensure that your chain stitches are even and have the same tension. It is common for beginners to find that some of their chain stitches are large, while others are small. This won't work to create a nice finished project. It is important that when you learn to crochet, that you take the time to practice your tension.
Some people find that when they first learn to crochet, if they adjust the the tension by holding the yarn in the left hand tighter, they can create better chain stitches. Some find that by adjusting the hook, by sliding it through the yarn (over the widest part of the crochet hook), that they can develop the tension needed to create uniform stitches.
When you learn to crochet, your first step will be to make a chain of the required amount of stitches, and then add one additional stitch for your "turning chain".
If you were to needed a chain of 50 stitches, you would chain 51 stitches, then turn and begin working on the next row. Are you ready? Begin by chaining 31 stitches and turn.
Let's move on to the second row.

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