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I had to switch back over due to some well calculated businessey things. I am very excited to announce that I will be recording all those videos I promised very soon because I am finally getting a good video camera! Like a tutorial worthy camera.
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So here is the second part of the post I made the other day. Here’s a link in case you missed it. I’ll just start in with the list then.
- Break it down. If a stitch seems to complex and you feel like you can’t do it, take a moment to look at it. If you break it down, all crochet is is pulling loops through other loops. So really the stitch you’re fearing is generally made up of things you already know how to do. Put them all together and you have something more complex. Do it in steps, and check to see if you did it right. Don’t fear the complexity because it’s really simply, just tedious. It took me so long to figure that out! I cried many times trying to learn how to do certain stitches until I realized I had all the skills I already needed.
- Free Patterns. There are so very many free patterns out there that sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. Though Ravelry has this great feature where you can “hook it” on a pattern’s page and it goes in a list of “projects”. I really love this feature. It keeps them organized so you can go back to it and find it quickly when you’re ready. The favorites is also great because you can add your own tags to search with within your favorites page. I like to use this for Christmas time by labeling things by people’s names so I can compile the list of projects I think would make good gifts for those people. A lot of patterns are written by other people and some people make up terms. This is frustrating at times, though if they made one up they often times have a description on how to do it.
- Keep it simple. There is no need to get too frustrated when learning. Don’t jump in and try to do a project that is really advanced after making your first item. Try to complete as many “Easy” and “Beginner” patterns, and stitch tutorials before trying something too advanced. I made this mistake and put my hook down for almost six months. I tried to make this really complex sweater after I had made three hats total in my whole crochet journey at that point. It made me want to pull my hair out.
- Be proud! (This is more of a social tip than crochet) When you finish a pattern be proud, though keep in mind that your non-crafting friends probably don’t want to hear all about the flaws and the process. They’ll look at it and say “oh that’s awesome!” Try to not be offended when they don’t respond how you expect. I got so many mixed responses from my family and friends that it was discouraging and uplifting all at the same time.
- Don’t give up too easily. If you really enjoy it and hit a bump, push to get over it. Take a break if you have to. There are so many patterns in this world that if you truly love the craft, but have a huge mistake project don’t let it get you down. (I know easier said than done.) Though, you will find a pattern that will pull you out of the hole you fell into if you keep looking.
I hope these help. This is all I have for now, though who knows maybe down the line there will be a part three. Thank you all for reading! Don’t forget to like and comment.
These are just some tips I wish that I had heard or read when I first started crocheting. I will list them and give short explainations for why I feel they are important.
- Hook size and yarn weight are important. When following a pattern specifically these are very important. If you’re using a small hook and bigger yarn your project could turn out very small and not work at all. The hook size determines how big the loops will be. Bigger hooks with smaller yarns can make the project have a lot of holes or gaps, and sometimes this looks bad. Some patterns depend on this. Read your pattern, check your gauge.
- Count your stitches. This is incredibly important and very few people do this. Though if you want your work to be complex or textured you’ll want to count the stitches to make sure you have enough for your more complex stitch patterns to work out and look good. Not to mention it’s imperative to get your work to size when working with patterns.
- Pattern reading… Try it out. I convinced myself I couldn’t do patterns then I found some labeled “beginner” and these seriously helped. They seem hard because they are all in code, dc, sc, slst…it gets a tad confusing. Personally I picture which stitch it is when I see the pattern instructions. So when it says dc, I visualize a complete double crochet. I studied pattern reading keys for so long I finally got it. Do what works best for you, but I implore you to try it out. 🙂
- Try to not focus on the flaws at first. Most work has flaws, though unless it’s a major one, try to not let it stop you. Keep going and when it’s done chances are other people won’t see it as you will. Don’t get too stressed or discouraged if you feel like some of your stitches aren’t the same as others. The thing is, you’re learning you’re bound to have flaws and make mistakes.
- Pattern Difficulty. Don’t stress if you’re trying a new pattern that is rated higher than most you have done and it doesn’t seem to be coming together right. Set the project down, take a walk, smoke a cigarette do whatever calms you and clears your mind. Then try it again from the start. Or even better, try to find a youtube video of the project you are trying. There will probably be one.
These are just the first five I have. Though there will be more. I have known how to crochet since I was six, but I have been doing it as a job for the last six years. The thing is, I had to learn most of this the hard way because I am stubborn and refuse to take advice when I’m frustrated. So try these tips and see if they work.
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