1.Know your yarns. What’s a skein, and how many and in what weight or type do you need? If you aren’t familiar with all the types of yarn that are out there, take a trip to your local yarn or hobby store and check them out. Weight, type, color and softness all matter, depending on the project you decide to tackle.
2. Now you need to familiarize yourself with crochet hooks. They come in lettered sizes, and most projects will require a hook somewhere between size H and size L. A multi-pack like this one will serve you well. Size N is another good size to have around for projects that require a bulky yarn.
3. There are some basic stitches that form the foundation for any crochet project. These include the slip knot, chain stitch and single crochet stitch. At Make and Takes, there are some excellent step-by-step videos to help you master these and other crochet stitches.
4. What if you find a pattern you like, but you prefer other colors of yarn? This tutorial helps you pick colors that will be complimentary to each other.
5. Use an empty toilet paper tube or even a pill bottle to make a center pull ball of yarn, without having to pay for an expensive ball winder.
6. A plastic container in an 8 quart size will hold 5 or 6 skeins of yarn for the same project. Holes in the lid keep it all organized and tangle-free!
7. If you travel frequently and take your projects with you, this is a genius tip. All you need is a large plastic drink cup with a domed lid. Feed the yarn through the hole in the top of the lid, and now you can easily work on your project in the car or plane without the yarn rolling off your lap.
8. Cheap yarns are stiff, but when you want to save money on a project try this method to soften the yarn once you have finished your project. All you need is shampoo and conditioner, it works great!
9. The Granny Square is a good skill to have in your arsenal, because you can do many projects with this basic square. Here is a great tutorial to learn how to crochet a Granny Square.
10. When you get to the end of a project, do you know how to weave in the ends to finish it off properly? Fiber Flux blog shows you how to accomplish this in several ways. My favorite way is to weave it through the bottom row of stitches using a tapestry needle.
11. A beginning crocheter should definitely learn how to crochet in the round, and this excellent tutorial will help you conquer it.
12. Once you master the basics of the slip knot, chain stitch, and single crochet, one of the next stitches to master is the half double crochet. Click the link for a great tutorial that shows you how!
13. Before you make a blanket, learn the front post double crochet. It is a stitch that gives texture to a project, so it’s definitely one you will want to learn.
14. Looking for a great tutorial to help you master the slip stitch crochet? Check out Fiber Flux.
15. Once you have mastered all the basic crochet stitches, put them all to work in a stitch that will make you look and feel like a pro. It’s the Catherine Wheel stitch, and it uses the basic stitches you’ve learned. It makes little pinwheels throughout your work and it looks amazing!
16. Feeling a little lost with the world of crochet? Try an online crochet class. There’s even a class for lefties!
17. Use mini clothes pins on the first few rows of a project to keep the ends from curling and give you a more accurate look at how your ends are shaping up.
18. Pencil grips are a great thing to put on your crochet hook to make it more comfortable to hold for long periods of time.
19. To avoid hand cramping when crocheting for long periods of time, try these hand exercises for crocheters. Hand pain is a risk when doing any repetitive motion crafts, but this will help minimize it.
20. Finally, know that there are scientifically proven health benefits of knitting and crocheting! So don’t give up—stay with it for a more relaxed, happier you!