20 Tips for New Crocheters

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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.

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20 comments for “20 Tips for New Crocheters

  1. Jorge MacLaren
    March 2, 2017 at

    I really enjoyed this site and learned a lot.Thanks.I’ll have to save this as a guide

  2. Louie
    March 3, 2017 at

    1992 Auntie Annies mile a minute is excellent for someone just learning. She has you doing five different stiches.
    You have some great tips also.

  3. Marisa
    March 5, 2017 at

    A really helpful list for a beginner

  4. Kay
    March 7, 2017 at

    Thank u for all the help!! Love this!

  5. Gwen
    June 3, 2017 at

    This is an OK list, but I’d edit the hook information. A size G by one manufacturer is not the same as a size G by another. It would be more accurate to discuss actual size–3.75mm, or 5.0mm for example. Additionally, there is nothing in your list that speaks to the importance of guage. Gage is probably one of the most important things a new crocheter can learn to improve his/her projects.

    • Linda Miller
      September 29, 2017 at

      I have a neat little tool that has holes of varying sizes. Find the hole where your hook fits exactly and it tells you the size in letters and millimeters. It helped me find the sizes of some vintage hooks and a couple that the printed sizes had worn off. It also has knitting needle sizes and a gauge check section. Mine is a Susan Bates brand and came from Joanne Fabrics, but I bet there are other brands and dealers available.

  6. Judi
    August 31, 2017 at

    whhat crochet hooks are true to size

    • Kate
      January 15, 2018 at

      Hooks C and D are true to size. Sizes E-K are actually known to be one size bigger than their marked sizing.

  7. Babs
    September 27, 2017 at

    Great tips!

  8. Linda Miller
    September 29, 2017 at

    I’ve been crocheting for a lot of years, but have recently been asked to help some new crocheters learn. i learned some new things, and was reminded of some basics that I haven’t thought of for awhile that will help my learners. Thanks, for this collection of ideas!

  9. Kim
    February 26, 2018 at

    I have been crocheting for 40 years, and some of your tips I have never heard of. Thank you so much you made my life easier. I make a lot of baby blankets and baby had some baby sweaters and baby shoes and some of the tips on exercise taking it with you in a Starbucks cup or a down lead was awesome, also using hair conditioner to soften less expensive yarn. Your tips are awesome thank you so much.

    • Kate
      March 1, 2018 at


      Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad these were helpful for you!

  10. Chell Abrahmz
    February 28, 2018 at

    If you use the wool from the middle instead of the outside, the ball won’t going rolling around all over the place when you pull out more wool.

    • Cindy Jowers
      November 26, 2018 at

      What if you can not find the middle if the yarn skein without tearing up the whole skein?

      • Yvonne
        February 4, 2019 at

        I am new to knitting and now would like to crochet. The lady told me to put your fingers in the left of the label facing you and just grab a bit out. It’s in there

  11. Jodi krukowsko
    April 2, 2018 at

    I am new to crocheting. I was told by my Papa, who taught me, that my grandma would cut a hole in the side of a gallon milk jug and put her ball of yarn in It, pull the end through the top.
    Then your ball of yarn stays in place and won’t roll around. I have done this and it works awesome ! I have pets and that means pet hair! It keeps my yarn free of pet hair!😊

  12. Charlotte Kidwell
    April 14, 2018 at

    Thank you for an excellent blog with your “20 Tips for New Crocheters”. I’m not new at it, but I still learned a LOT that I can use to help me crochet smarter and with less hand fatigue! You’re never too old to learn something new! Wonderrful tips!

  13. Anwen Dutson
    April 28, 2018 at

    I cannot just sit in front of the TV and watch only it, I have to be doing something, so I crochet (my mom used to hand sew quilt appliques). I just retired in July ’17, so now I am presently making afghans for my grandchildren. While I was working I had a lot of down time so I would make hot pads, coasters, doilies, or granny squares for future afghans – I mean a LOT – so I will selling those this summer at our local farmers market.

  14. Pia
    October 15, 2018 at

    Where can I find those 20 tips. ‘?

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