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October 2018
October 2018

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

When you begin your crochet journey there are likely to be many things that you'll need to learn along the way. To help you navigate through these confusing waters, we've listed 17 top tips that will make the transition into your first project just that little bit easier. If you're a seasoned crocheter, you'll know all too well about these minor bumps in the road, but read on and you might just find some surprisingly helpful advice.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

1. Yarn Control

Yarn control is super important, so try placing it inside a baby wipe container to keep it from rolling around. Gently poke the end of your yarn through the hole that the wipes came out of, and invest in extra storage once your stash gets bigger.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

2. Easy Does It

While it's tempting to start with a pattern that's exciting to create but a little bit harder, you may end up frustrated, confused and eventually lose interest. It's best to try a simple project instead and build on your skill set.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

3. Yarn Count

There's nothing more frustrating than running out of yarn mid-project, so before you start you should always work out how many rows your project requires, to see how much yarn you'll need.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

4. A Real Addiction

Yarn is addictive, therefore hoarding will be normal. You may realise that you'll start visiting the craft store a lot more as your desire to create new makes increases.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

5. Tangling Yarn

Tangled yarn will become a thing, and the process of untangling will be something that you'll come to learn as you go from project to project. You'll try your best to not do it often, but when it does occur, just sit back and enjoy the task.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

6. Organisation Is Key

Keep your yarn organised, so you can spend less time searching and more time crocheting!

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

7. Use Scraps Wisely

Once you delve into your crochet projects, you'll soon notice a yarn scrap pile start to develop... but don't even think about throwing them away. You can use them up by creating mini pom poms or jewellery, or even tie pieces into bows before adhering them to a gift box.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

8. Take Flight

Fancy flying with your crochet pattern in hand? While you won't be able to take a pair of scissors on the plane, nail clippers are a great alternative.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

9. Take A Break

Crocheting for long periods at a time can be hard on your hands and wrists, so make sure you take short breaks, ideally every 20-40 minutes. Stress balls are ideal for bringing back the circulation and will provide a great deal of comfort.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

10. Build Your Skill Set

Don't be afraid to experiment with a variety of crochet patterns once you begin to get more confident. Navigate your way through creating striped projects, changing stitches or customising things like sleeves and necklines.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

11. Crochet Gatherings

Making friends with people who also crochet is a great way to expand your knowledge, and even if you are a seasoned crocheter, you may learn something new at each gathering.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

12. Increase Your Hook Stash

Get to grips with using a variety of crochet hooks. Various projects call for different-sized hooks, so it's best to buy them all in one go. This prevents having to delay a project owing to the fact that you may not have the right equipment.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

13. Keep Pets At Bay

Playful pets can sometimes interfere with crochet projects, so it's best to keep your makes in a separate room. One pull of your yarn and your pattern could unravel!

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

14. Get Ergonomic Hooks

If you suffer from arthritis, tendinitis or repetitive strain injuries you may wish to consider ergonomic crochet hooks as they are designed with a grip to aid in reducing pain.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

15. Educational Outlets

If you'd prefer a bit of guidance, downloading an app, visiting a website or joining an online forum are all great ways.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

16. Pick Up The Pieces

If you suddenly get interrupted, the best way to know which row you were on is to make an exceptionally large loop so that it's obvious where you stopped. To continue, simply unpick the loop and carry on with your pattern.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

17. Label Your Projects

Label your ongoing projects, or you may find yourself leaving a pattern lying around only to come back two days later and not remember the hook size or the pattern you were trying to follow. Your best bet is to put each into a zip lock bag with a label stating the hook size and the weight and colour of the yarn you've used.

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet

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