Let’s have a look at the types of pattern available. These include:
- Crochet patterns in general
- Beginner crochet patterns
- Advanced crochet patterns
Crochet patterns in general
The basic idea behind crochet is actually quite simple – although the hook and yarn always form a loop, the combination of yarn strength, color and shape are the most important factors in all crochet projects. To create a crochet pattern, you have to arrange these loops in a particular way to form stitches. For example, in order to create a double (or treble, or double-treble) crochet pattern, you have to first place any number of loops on the hook before pulling the yarn through. This forms long bar-shaped stitches and you can create hole patterns simply by omitting or skipping stitches. Knots or bulges can be formed just by stitching the same stitch in the same place again and again. Once you have mastered these basic techniques, there’s nothing to stop you developing your own crochet pattern.
However, at the learning stage it’s probably better to use finished crochet patterns as not only do they introduce you to the world of crochet quickly but do not require much previous knowledge. Today, the choice of projects is immense and only limited by your imagination. Indeed, it’s our job to make sure that you have crochet patterns for various garments such as scarves, sweaters or socks, as well as more complex projects such as bags, stuffed toys and accessories.
To be more precise, the crochet patterns you’ll find here will outline step by step how to carry out your dream project. You’ll also be given tips for problem areas to help you make progress whatever the difficulty, as well as appropriate images to show you what each of the relevant steps should look like. At the same time, it’s essential to consider before you start whether the project you have chosen is aimed at beginners or whether it actually requires a particular level of skill. Don’t worry though, as this is always displayed in an overview page, allowing you see straight way the level of expertise required and whether the project you’re thinking of choosing is the right one for you.
Beginner crochet patterns
Despite appearances, crocheting is actually quite easy. However, all beginners have to go through learning particular movements and steps, along with the really essential aspects of this wonderful hobby. This is why special crochet patterns for beginners are provided which will enable you to pick up your new hobby speedily and produce your first actual pieces of crochet. Using our beginner crochet patterns, help is not only easily at hand but illustrated with lots of images and featuring explanatory texts. This is aimed at helping you see your progress clearly and what each step of the process should look like, just in case you have gone wrong. The pattern you select will also contain information on the suitable crochet hooks, as well as suggestions for the right yarn and wool to use, in order that your crochet project matches the original design as much as possible.
As starting a new hobby may be a daunting task for some, in case you need more help or information about the basics, such as stitches or the proper way to hold a crochet hook, we not only provide beginner’s guides for you, but also offer access to our own forum. This creates an online space for you to exchange ideas with fellow crocheters, gain useful advice and allow you to display your finished crochet pieces to other users.
Advanced crochet patterns
If you’re someone who has already completed their first crochet projects or are truly skilled regarding more complex crochet patterns, we also cater for you. Indeed, we can provide you with a large range of advanced patterns where your creativity can have free rein. For shawls, scarves and throws, you could use a modern color gradient or make a fashionable blanket, quilt or pillowcase of small, colorful granny squares. Apart from that, our advanced crochet patterns may also be used to learn new types of stitches for you to introduce more variety into the stitch pattern. Another idea is to keep an eye out for especially varied crochet ideas that may be entirely new to you. So whatever your taste or skill level in crochet, our patterns will provide you with new ideas, challenges and knowledge.
However, as even the best of us run into difficulties regarding certain stitches and steps, our advanced crochet patterns, just as the beginner patterns, are illustrated with lots of images and featuring explanatory texts, allowing you to create a piece of crochet as close to the original pattern as possible.
The crochet possibilities with our patterns
If you’re curious as to the number and variety of patterns we offer, all you have to do is explore our site, or use the search functions provided, in order to find a short cut to what you are looking for. To put it simply, if you have the idea, our patterns offer you a way to put this into practice, the limits of your imagination being the only obstacle. If you just want to give the old favorites a try, such as scarves, sweaters and socks, then go for it. On the other hand, the more ambitious crocheter may want to turn heads by creating a truly memorable wardrobe. Why stop at clothing? Crochet can be used to make a wide variety of things, some which you have never thought possible, such as decorative items, stuffed toys, or fashion accessories. Our site provides you with a wide variety of patterns categorized, among other things. as follows:
- Crochet amigurumi
- Crochet baby shoes
- Crochet ballerina slippers and shoes
- Crochet blankets
- Crochet boleros
- Crochet gloves and baby gloves
- Crochet hats and baby hats
- Crochet jackets
- Crochet overalls and pullovers
- Crochet scarves and shawls
- Crochet socks
- Crochet stuffed animals
Originating in Japan, amigurumis are highly varied and unusual small, cute crochet figures which have gained popularity worldwide, especially in Europe. Again, The sky’s the limit in crocheting an amigurumi which can take the form of cartoon-like animals such as dogs, cats, birds or fish and for each of which there patterns to help you complete your first amigurumi crochet project. If you’re interested in producing something out of the ordinary, we also have patterns for fantasy creatures such as dragons and unicorns, as well as everyday inanimate objects may find around the house from cups to household fittings, all of which can be made as part of this whacky and zany trend.
Crochet baby shoes
Crocheting is a fantastic hobby for making homemade gifts, particularly things such as crochet baby clothes which are always attractive and can be made relatively easily. If ordinary items such as hats, scarf and gloves have ceased to provide much of a challenge, then baby shoes may provide an alternative. They not only provide a soft and comfortable way keep an infant’s feet warm, provide protection for when they are crawling around and playing, but also serve as excellent gifts at a baby shower or birthday party. Baby shoes are a gift that parents will certainly appreciate as they will become a memento of their child’s early days long into the future. Even if you’re still a beginner and want to crochet baby shoes, we have step-by-step practical patterns which explain in detail what you have to do to achieve your goal.
Crochet ballerina slippers and shoes
Believe it or not, it’s actually possible to crochet shoes such as ballerina slippers. Although they are the most suitable shoe for crocheting, they are designed for indoor rather than outdoor use, and can serve as a stylish alternative to normal slippers while keeping your feet toasty warm. If you are a beginner hoping to find a easy crochet project for a pair of ballerina slippers that you can make, just have a look at our step-by-step patterns created especially for beginners to put their dreams into practice. For more advanced crocheters looking for a challenge, our slipper patterns provide you with a variety of color gradients, patterns and techniques.
Blankets are an old favorite in the world of crochet and we provide patterns which allow your project to be as big or small as you’d like to be. For large projects, for example, granny-style throw blankets for your sofa are quite trendy right now. If you would rather choose a smaller project, then a cute baby blanket would serve well as a gift, or just for your own children. Regardless of the type of blanket you choose, we provide illustrated step-by-step patterns that will help even beginners to create crochet blankets hassle free. However, if you’re at an advanced level, we also have more complex crochet patterns available. All you need to do is explore our site and find the pattern appropriate both for your skill level and the project your desire.
If you’ve reached the stage that crocheting a sweater or jacket no longer poses a challenge, you might consider making a crocheted bolero, a versatile garment which can be combined with both casual and formal outfits. So, depending on the version, a crocheted bolero can be worn not only around the house, but also during leisure activities, even in combination with a business outfit. However, if you feel unsure about your ability to crochet a bolero, help is provided with patterns for an appropriate model. Not only will you be given an outline of the materials you’ll need and the skill level required to crochet a bolero, but step-by-step advice is also available. So, both beginner and advanced patterns are available for you to use, depending on your level of experience in the world of crochet.
Crochet gloves and baby gloves
As gloves are an essential component your winter wardrobe, you may like to possess a pair that is not only individual but unique. If so, crochet offers you this possibility while our patterns while help turn a possibility into reality. They not only instruct you how make standard gloves but give a step-by-step guide for crocheting cuffs or wrist warmers. These items not only provide with a way of keeping your hands and arms warm but are sure to draw attention. In addition, we also have similar patterns available for baby gloves which obviously require less material.
Crochet hats and baby hats
Among the most popular crochet projects are children’s clothes, including those for babies. This is because not only are they quite easy to make but allow the crocheter to put a personal and individual touch to a gift. One example is how crocheting baby hats offers the beginner the perfect first project from which to launch their crochet career. However, if want to make a hat for yourself, don’t worry – even though you’ll need more material, the pattern is more or less the same. So, whether your choice of hat is for an adult or child, you’ll find large range of patterns to choose from on our site, both those which suit beginners and more advanced crocheters.
As crochet isn’t limited to producing just small items of clothing, you may consider making your own crochet jacket and so create something truly individual and made-to-measure. To make this dream a reality, we offer a variety of patterns, both for experienced crocheters and those just starting out. One idea for a beginner project is a poncho, a garment that not only ensures winter warmth but is also comfortable to wear in summer. Another idea, one requiring less material, is a trendy bolero. Detailed crochet patterns are provided, explaining how to carry out each step of the process so that success is achieved. To cater for the more advanced crocheter, our extensive range of patterns also includes those for crocheting jackets, which may provide more of a challenge and allow you to learn new skills or refresh those you already possess.
Crochet overalls and pullovers
Another old favorite for crocheters are cuddly sweaters which have proved to be eternally popular. If you’d like to take on a such a project, you’ve come to the right place. Here you can find step-by-step patterns for you to make not only sweaters but overalls. It’s as easy as choosing a design that appeals to you while making sure it matches your skill level for the given pattern. For beginners, it’s a matter of starting with a simple design and then moving on to something more complex once you’ve gained the skills and knowledge to do so. If you’d like to get started right away and make overalls and sweaters whose customization will only be limited by your imagination, just get looking at our wide variety of patterns.
Crochet scarves and shawls
One of the best ways to start crochet for a beginner is a scarf or shawl. It’s a great first project as you’ll not only end up with an individual and unique item of clothing but one which is really easy to make. For advanced crocheters looking to make something that will turn heads, we also have lots for you with various patterns on offer. This means we have patterns for beginners and advanced crocheters for any crochet scarf and shawl project you can think of. These include both those in which beginners are provided with step-by-step instructions but also those with unusual color gradients or special embroidery patterns.
The perennial old favorite in crochet must be socks. They are a great starting point for beginners, not only because they are relatively easy to make and have quite a simple basic crochet pattern, but because they don’t require huge amounts of material. For advanced crocheters, however, socks don’t have to be limited in scope and can become challenging projects in themselves. Of course, the level of complexity you choose for your crochet project should depend on your skill level. Although quite simple, crocheting-socks–for-beginners projects have been developed in order beginners to perfect their crochet techniques working on socks, while more advanced patterns feature a greater variety of patterns and color gradients.
Crochet stuffed animals
If you’re a little bored with the old favorites of hats, scarves and socks, perhaps you would consider crocheting a stuffed animal, either for children in your own family or as gifts. Alternatively, they can be used as decorative items in your own home and add to its ambience. One particular variety of crocheted stuffed animal are amigurumi, originating in Japan and now very popular worldwide, especially in Europe. Regardless which project you choose in the end, beginner-friendly patterns are available in order to help you with carrying out your projects, using illustrations and advice to bring them to successful completion.
What kinds of crochet patterns do we have to offer?
We have lots to offer anyone interested in crochet, from patterns for clothes and accessories to stuffed animals and toys. Here you are sure to find not only what you are looking for but creative projects you may have never considered before. For your convenience, we have divided our crochet patterns into two general groups, namely free patterns and patterns available for purchase. Our free patterns have been compiled by the members of our crochet community and may be used at no charge whenever you like. Our patterns available for purchase, however, require a one-time charge which not only entitles you to use them repeatedly but provides you with a comprehensive step-by-step illustrated guide that will lead you through the crocheting process. Apart from this, you may also submit your own crochet designs to us and earn some extra money as a reward for your creativity.
In addition, our crochet patterns are also sub-divided into beginner patterns and advanced patterns. It goes without saying that you should match your skill level to the level of difficulty offered by a given pattern.
- Free patterns
- Patterns available for purchase
Free crochet patterns
So you want to test out the world of crochet but have little or no experience and don’t know where to start? The best idea is to get hold of one of our free crochet patterns which literally have no strings attached. So, with no risk or obligation involved, it’s the perfect way to try out crochet for the first time. The only thing you need to do is set up an account with us, providing a username and your email address. Since we all run into difficulty for time to time, we have our own forum to help you with any problems you may come across while using free crochet patterns. As the name implies, a forum is a space for discussing all sorts of crochet-related matters while allowing you to display crochet projects to fellow users. We also have a Facebook page which provides you with a broader platform you can engage with a wider audience of craft fans. Once you start feeling at home on our site, crochet pattern makers will be delighted to have you explore the creative ideas they have put up for display. Who knows, you may find something right up your street. As the process of creating your own patterns may seem a daunting task, the free patterns provided on our site will serve as a good starting point. They not only provide a model of how crochet instructions are laid out but what requires particular attention when doing so, such as the abbreviations required, how many pictures or diagrams should be included and the level of detail necessary to describe particular steps. Once you’ve mastered this, the next step is to create your own crochet patterns which you can then offer to the users of our site for a small fee.
Purchasing crochet patterns
Once you have exhausted the possibilities with our free crochet patterns, you may want to consider the crochet projects available for purchase on our site. Such projects offer the advantage of being extensively illustrated with photos and featuring very detailed descriptions of the step-by-step process involved in their creation. It goes without saying that it’s only fair that our members who put a lot of time and effort into creating these detailed projects for our benefit deserve a small financial reward in return.
In addition, the patterns-available-for-purchase section features a much more extensive range, allowing you to choose from a wide variety of challenging and interesting crochet projects. All you need to do is to check our homepage regularly for categories of clothes, stuffed animals, decorative items etc. or click onto our SALE page. After you’ve found what you’re looking for, all you need to do is log in using your username and password and download it onto your device. Please ensure that you have topped up your account so you can purchase your desired patterns.
Our site also allows you to save money by allowing you to enter regular competitions in which you can win vouchers and purchase certain patterns at discounted prices. If, on the other hand, you want to earn money from your crochet patterns, you may upload them to our website and offer them for sale.
How do I download your crochet patterns?
After you’ve found a crochet pattern which appeals to you, downloading it is simple. Beforehand, however, you need to have registered with us and have your user account topped up, thereby allowing you to benefit from a 5% discount on each pattern. If this doesn’t suit you, other payment methods are available. Finding a pattern can be done either by using the search function or exploring one of our categories and then selecting the one you want. For your convenience, the pattern price, supplier’s name, and pattern image are displayed clearly, allowing you to make quick comparisons and choices. Further details concerning a given pattern are provided on the following product page.
To make a purchase, you may either click on the blue button, or place your selected pattern into your shopping cart until you’ve finished shopping. Once you have decided on your purchases, you’ll be asked to confirm by clicking on an ‘OK’ button. At that point the relevant amount will be charged to your account, allowing you to download your patterns immediately, either as a ZIP or PDF file or both. Incidentally, as your chosen pattern will always remain available in a digital format, you may make multiple downloads at any time at no additional charge. In order to use the purchased pattern, all you need to do is open the PDF or unzip the ZIP file for it to appear as a complete pattern on your device, allowing you to get started there and then, or print it out for later use.
Can I also offer crochet patterns for sale on your website?
Another feature of our website is that it allows you not only to search for inspiring and challenging crochet patterns, but also upload your own projects to be offered for sale to other members of our community. Indeed, we have created an online marketplace for you to use, one which is visited of thousands of our members on a regular basis. The only thing required is an account which costs nothing to set up.
Additionally, as you may also design your own crochet patterns to your heart’s content, you should be as creative as you like. At the same time, you need to consider that such patterns require detailed explanations and benefit from having a large number of accompanying images in order that the end user finds the crocheting process involved easy to understand. This will ensure that you get good reviews and thereby increase sales of your patterns. Once you have created a pattern and think it is properly done, you may upload it to our portal for it to be checked through before being made available to all fellow members.
Apart from that, we have greatly simplified the uploading process for your benefit, in that uploading is entirely free of charge for you while the payment processing with the eventual purchaser is automatically dealt with at our end. Once a pattern has been purchased, part of the amount received is allocated to you while the remainder goes to us and is used to cover the administrative costs of running this service, among other things. While any money you have earned may be withdrawn at any time you like, you may also choose time-saving collective payments. Moreover, should your additional income require the services of a tax consultant or involve government tax office for the first time, we are happy to provide assistance by putting all the required reports together, thereby removing the necessity of writing invoices.
Left-handed and right-handed crochet patterns
As the standard school of crochet has been mostly designed for right-handed crocheters, the majority of crochet patterns and videos you come across do not cater for left-handers. Fortunately, however, a greater number of patterns are appearing developed especially for this long-neglected group of crocheters. Although being left-handed was formerly perceived as something akin to a disorder, today there is a much more accepting, even positive view of this phenomenon. Therefore, left-handed crocheters no longer need to feel left out.
Although left-handed crocheter’s don’t need any special tools or hooks for crocheting, it may prove more difficult for them to learn basic crochet skills. Unfortunately, in many cases left-handed people will be forced to imagine all the steps contained in patterns, photographs and videos in mirror image. Fortunately, this only applies if the instructor or pattern creator is right-handed. Obviously, left-handed instructors or creators will make life much easier for fellow ‘southpaws’ when learning or practicing crochet.
However, if you’re both left-handed and experienced at crochet, it would be wonderful if you could lay out a pattern for the section of our site devoted to left-handers, thereby increasing the range of what we have to offer this neglected group of crocheters. Indeed, it may also be possible that you are a highly experienced right-handed crocheter who is able to describe the crocheting steps to your left-handed fellow crocheters. If so, the crocheting community would be delighted to benefit from your knowledge and expertise.
What do crocheters mean by the ‘wrong’ and ‘right’ sides?
As with many specialized hobbies, crocheting has a large numerous jargon terms that greatly perplex beginners and may end up causing a lot of confusion. This concerns the terms ‘the wrong side’ (inside) and ‘the right side’ (outside). Generally, “crocheting on the right side” (outside) is that which should face outwards when crocheting in rounds. Then there’s “crocheting on the wrong side”, meaning crocheting with the wrong side (inside) on the outside and then turning their crochet piece over.
If the crocheter turns over their crochet piece after each row, the first right side row is usually the right side. If patterns are used which consist entirely of right side rows, a slip stitch is used to bind off the yarn, which is then cut and then sewn up at the end of each row. Next, the yarn has to be reattached at the front of the crochet piece. Although some crocheters make a clear decision concerning which side of the crochet project is to face outwards or inwards, others will simply follow their instinct in this regard.
Learning to crochet
If you’re curious about learning to crochet, but don’t know where or how to begin, just choose one of our beginner-friendly patterns which allow you to learn the basics for you to soon produce your first crochet projects. For beginners, the choice of crochet hook and wool yarn are probably most important things to consider. Being an experienced knitter is a big advantage as many of the movements are similar and will allow you to slip into your new hobby very quickly. Usually in crocheting, the piece is worked on from right to left, while the left hand guides the yarn. Apart from when making a chain stitch, crocheting is based on drawing a stitch through another previously made stitch, a fabric edge, or thread ring. It’s no problem if you initially make a mistake or two, crocheting allows you undo your previous stitches and fix your mistakes. In any case, should things turn out too difficult to handle on your own, our forum is the place to go, where many fellow crocheters are on hand to support you and answer any questions you may have.
Crochet help for beginners
If you are just beginning to enjoy crocheting and want to discover more about your new hobby, not just what you may have learned at school, then our website is the right place for you. One of the great things about crochet is that getting started isn’t especially difficult and you see the results of your efforts fairly soon. Apart from that, the sky’s the limit when it comes to crocheting clothing, decorative items, stuffed animals and a host of other projects.
At its most basic level, crocheting is based on a very simple concept in which you use a specially shaped needle to form stitches and link them together. Incidentally, the term “crochet” comes from the French for “hook”, stemming from the fact the crochet needles are distinctive for their hooked tip. Apart from one of these needles and your favorite yarn, all you need to crochet is imagination and a desire to create. However, a pair of scissors, a sewing needle and a suitable pattern may also prove useful. As with any new hobby, it’s best first to familiarize yourself with some of the basic equipment, terms, and techniques before throwing yourself in at the deep end.
To help you get off to a quick and successful start in order to get the hang of crocheting, we have provided you with the following advice:
- Beginner crochet video tutorials
- Beginner crochet step-by-step patterns
- Crochet community forum
- Crochet support
- Where can I learn crochet?
Beginner crochet video tutorials
Video tutorials provide beginners in crochet with the perfect way to start out in this interesting and challenging hobby in a quick and easy manner. Indeed, our videos can help you become familiar in a detailed way with basic crochet terms, such as the chain stitch and slip stitch, among others, as well as demonstrating the correct way to hold your hands. Moreover, you can do all this not only in the peace and quiet of your own home, but pause or replay anything you need more time to understand and master. As many videos have been tailored to left-handed crocheters, a lot of assistance has been provided for this previously neglected group, therefore relieving them of constantly having to think in mirror-image. We also have our own video channel which may be found on YouTube. What is more, we provide you with new patterns, tips and tricks and helpful advice on a regular basis for you to slip into the world of crochet as smoothly as possible. Video tutorials also possess the advantage of being free of charge and so serve as a cost-free way of learning crochet until you decide it’s for you. For those who are uncertain about crochet, they allow you to pick up the basics in an effortless manner, while access to our portal is also provided to those curious to browse through it. If videos are not really your cup of tea, there are plenty of alternatives for you to investigate. Indeed, not only are crochet patterns available, many of which are free, but you may also avail of the crochet community for help should you require it.
Beginner crochet step-by-step patterns
Our beginner crochet step-by-step patterns allow you to easily pick up the fundamentals of crocheting, allowing you to produce your first finished crochet projects. Regardless of the project you want to take on, the comprehensive guides produced by community members permit you to follow crochet patterns step by step and achieve your goal in an effortless manner. All you have to do is choose one of our beginner-friendly patterns, download it onto your device, and starting crocheting fantastic projects such as clothing, fashions accessories or stuffed toys. Not only do we have both decorative and practical items available for you to make, we offer you new ideas on a regular basis, as well as the inspiration to make your dream projects a reality. Of particular interest to beginners is the fact that we offer free patterns along with those available for purchase. This means that you can check out crocheting cost-free before deciding to commit.
Don’t worry if a lot of crochet terminology is still baffling to you and you can’t figure out which crochet hooks, yarns or other materials you require. This is because the patterns we offer clearly outline what to buy before starting a given project in order to carry it out. Apart from that, you will also be given access to lots of images during the crocheting process itself, along with many tips and advice which the author of the pattern has provided. If, by any chance, you come across a problem or need a particular question answered, the users of our forum will be only delighted offer their help and support.
Crochet community forum
This is an online space where you can swap ideas with other crochet fans, display your most recent projects or find answers to any crochet questions which have been bothering you, and much, much more. All you need to do to use our forum is to first register and then log in. Here you will get the chance to reach out to other members of our crochet community. It’s also possible to explore the forum’s options, such as the various filters provided, or just view all the posts in the forum – it’s up to you. In fact, you don’t have to limit your search just to crochet but can seek out other forms of needlework, including knitting or sewing. If, however, you have an interest in particular patterns which you would like to find quickly and easily, just simply click on the relevant tab featured in the forum, such as our latest patterns, bestsellers, user recommendations, as well as discounted and free patterns. For those interested, the forum is also linked with a gallery where members of our community display their latest crochet projects and share them with fellow users. However, discussions don’t always have to be strictly about crochet – you can just pop for a chat on the forum or seek help if you encounter any problems on our site.
If you have any particular issues, questions or requests, we are only delighted to provide assistance, either through the contact form provided or our wide-ranging FAQ area. As it may take several days for us to respond to individual emails, it’s first worth checking to see if the question has already been dealt with in our help section. There you’ll find detailed explanations of how our site works and the possibilities it offers for all our members. Let’s say you want to download crochet patterns or would like to upload patterns for other members, but don’t really know how to do either. This and other questions will not only be answered in detail but accompanied by a large number explanatory pictures. However, please keep in mind that as other community members are usually happy to help, you can include your questions in a new conversation thread to see whether the same question has already been asked by someone else.
Where can I learn to crochet?
There are so many ways to learn crochet. What makes it especially easy to take up is the fact that it’s so beginner-friendly and that the results of your efforts are visible within a relatively short time. Fortunately, video tutorials are available to serve as an especially useful way to learn the basics of crochet, such as how to hold the needles and yarn or the techniques behind producing various stitches. Additionally, they clearly explain the crocheting process step by step, allowing you to successfully following their instructions. Being able to pause or replay videos at any point also allows you work at your own pace. At the same time, since videos don’t exist for all the possible hand movements or patterns, other alternatives may have to be considered. For instance, our crochet patterns provide step-by-step illustrated crochet projects explaining each step in detail with accompanying images. If this doesn’t help, advice can be sought on our forum where many fellow crocheters will be delighted offer assistance.
How do I calculate a crochet gauge?
The term gauge refers to the information provided at the start of every pattern as it informs you before you begin how many stitches and rows are required to make up a certain area. This information is crucial as it’s the reference point for all other measurements. Therefore, you must adhere to the required stitch density in order to achieve the right size at a later stage. As this, in turn, depends on the pattern, needle size, yarn type, as well as your individual way of working, you need to crochet such a stitch sample (gauge) before you start your crochet piece. This will become the basis on which you can adapt your own technique in order that the correct stitch density is achieved. Then, in order to check whether the stitch density of your sample piece has turned out correctly, you should use a sample of at least 10 square centimeters. Place the sample piece flat on a table and measure a distance of 10 cm with a ruler or tape measure. Mark the beginning and end points with pins and then count the stitches between these points. Repeat the process vertically in order to count the rows. You may only commence if the gauge matches the specifications in the instructions. If not, you will have to make a few corrections first. It may be sufficient to change to a thicker or thinner needle or just crochet more rows or stitches, depending on the sample piece. If you still have questions concerning calculating a gauge, just check out our blog where this topic is also covered detail.
What is a slip stitch?
A essential aspect of crochet is being able to make a slip stitch. This is a kind of stitch that is always used to finished off a crochet project. As you will come across this stitch in numerous crochet projects, it would be wise to get in some practice before really getting started on making a piece of crochet. In basic terms, a slip stitch is made by inserting your crochet hook into a stitch, picking up the yarn and drawing it through the loop already on the needle. This process needs to be repeated until a kind of border is formed on your crochet work.
Usually used for closing rounds, slip stitches constitute the lowest kind of stitches in crochet. At the same time, they may also be used to crochet highly ornamental decorative edges or to connect several pieces of crochet to each other. In order to gain a better understanding, and eventual mastery of using the slip stitch, we recommend watching a video tutorial or checking out an illustrated guide.
What do I need to get started in crocheting?
To get started in crocheting, you will need a small number of essential items. The two most important things are some crochet hooks and the right yarns. Indeed, the recommendations contained in our crochet instructions allow you to easily know just exactly what you need for a given project before you start. Apart from this, maintaining correct posture and threading are particularly important, although these are skills which you will pick up over time with a bit of practice.
Besides this, although possessing some prior knowledge of crochet would do no harm, crocheting is an especially easy craft to pick up, allowing even absolute beginners to get started quickly. If you’re curious about becoming familiar with the basics before your start, all you need to do is read about the chain stitch, single (UK: double) crochet and double (UK: treble) crochet. If you come across anything difficult, contact the crochet community on our forum and they will surely be of assistance.
- Crochet instructions
- Wool for crocheting
- Crochet hooks
The choice of wool or yarn plays a crucial role in crochet, with an almost limitless number of varieties available, mainly based on their degree of thickness. Fortunately, the most common yarn thicknesses are subject to certain standards and applications of use. Yarn is comprised of several threads twisted together, usually numbering two, three or four.
Therefore, either two-ply yarn or fine yarn is considered suitable for very fine work while three-ply yarn, which is about twice as thick, is used for babies’ and children’s clothing. For a wide variety thicker garments, however, such as sweaters, scarves, hats and jackets, four-ply yarn is considered to be the standard thickness.
Wool is also often used in crochet and is distinguished from yarn by being a material of animal origin. It is available in a variety of strengths, starting with sport yarn which is quite a bit stronger than four-ply yarn and suitable for jackets and pullovers, followed by Shetland yarn, which is considered suitable for warm blankets or jackets, being three times the standard thickness. Thick sport yarn, being four times the standard thickness or twice the thickness of sport yarn, provides even greater warmth and may be used in making pullovers and coarse-meshed jackets.
The yarn you decide to use mainly depends on the crochet project chosen and the intended purpose for the finished crochet piece. This is important since crochet yarns all differ in terms of processing, wearing and care properties or use due to the fact that a broad variety of materials is used in their manufacture. The advantages and disadvantages of these respective materials should be weighed up before beginning a crochet project. It goes without saying that if you’d like to create a beautiful and unique piece of handmade crochet, it’s worth using high-quality materials, if only for the reason that artificial materials are obviously artificial. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that yarns comprise at least 50% natural materials, such as wool or cotton, with information concerning the exact composition of the yarns you buy being clearly displayed on the labels such products. These also include other information such as their entire length, recommended needle size, care instructions or the material processing method. The last of these refers to post-manufacture treatment applied to the yarn. For example, yarns labeled “gassed” have no single hairs sticking out while those which are “mercerized” mean that the cotton has been subjected to treatment with caustic soda by which it gains an especially silky and shiny appearance. Mercerized cotton is generally considered to be a good choice as it is seen as being of particularly high quality. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be afraid of testing out which materials suit the projects you plan to make.
Fortunately, yarn and wool leftovers can be used in the creations of many attractive and interesting projects, such as blankets, where the sky’s the limit. Scraps of wool can also be utilized in adding decorative elements and small details to other crochet pieces or small items which are quick to make, such as mobile phone covers and egg warmers, for example. Since this material can come in handy for other crochet pieces, you don’t need to throw away your crochet leftovers straight away after a crochet project.
As the range of crochet needles available is large, making a choice can be a daunting task for crochet beginners who want to know which needle suits which yarn, and other important things to consider when choosing a good crochet hook.
Moreover, in European countries, crochet hooks are assigned a number which signifies the thickness of the hook. As this number is based on the hook diameter in millimeters, a No. 2 crochet hook, for example, would possess a diameter of 2 millimeters. However, other size labels may have to be considered if you are working with crochet patterns from the UK or US. The type of wool chosen usually determines which crochet hook is right for you due to the fact that this information is generally recommended on wool and yarn labels. Although you may disregard such advice if you feel it’s necessary, it’s still a useful rule of thumb.
Moreover, crochet hooks are divided into the following categories:
- Yarn crochet hooks – designed for all fine and thin yarns, they are especially fine crochet hooks with a thickness of 0.6-2.5 millimeters considered suitable for crocheting lace, among other things. With yarn crochet hooks invariably possessing a hook made of steel, most models come with an additional protective cover.
- Wool crochet hooks – Wool crochet hooks start with a thickness of 2.0 millimeters and end at 20.0 millimeters, and are considered suitable for thicker yarns and wool. They are available in a variety of designs and materials, with crochet hooks made of aluminum or other metals, bamboo, or plastic.
Preferably, crocheters should be ready for anything and have several different crochet hooks available for use. Moreover, a variety of crochet hooks should be tried out first, as some will prove to be more suitable than others.