Before we get into the crochet fun, I need to announce that the winner of last week’s giveaway is : Alice! Congrats! I’ll email you with details on how to get your lovely pattern from TheMinersWife. Hope you enjoy stitching up something gorgeous!
Now on to the crochet! It’s just one more week until we begin the In a Spin Crochet Along. I am so excited about it and to be honest a little overwhelmed with just how many folks are interested. Hope its all you want it to be.
As I have only recently become a crochety type, I know I went looking for a lot of help when I first started. So I thought before we start our crochet journey together, I’d put together a quick list of tips and tricks to help you out if you are just starting to crochet. Thanks to the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook ladies, this list is pretty long! This is by no means the definitive list of the info out there, it’s just a taster really. Much more is out there – google is your friend.
Tips and Tricks for Terrific Crochet
- My hot tip – weave in your ends as you finish each week’s block. Its not much fun when you finish making something and you still have the job of dealing with a bazillion ends. Do it as you go and you’ll thank me 🙂 This link has a mountain on info on ways to do it.
- New to crochet? Check out this great beginners guide by Renate Kirkpatrick of Rensfibreart, The Humble Granny Square/ Loads of great step by step instructions and illustrations
- Are you a leftie? Search YouTube for “tjw1963” – she has lots of videos that will help all you left-handed folk.
- A very extensive US/UK terms and symbol conversion chart to be found here.
- Need to hook UK/US conversion info? Look here
- Changing colours in a block can add a lot of interest and variety to your blocks. A tute on how to is here
- Holding your hook and yarn can be tricky – this article has the basics
- Some patterns will include such words as “gauge” and “tension” “test swatch” – if it’s all gobbledygook to you, this article may help
- If you want to get all technical about yarn weight and comparisons, good old Wikipedia can help here
- The term “blocking” will probably come up at some stage in our throw. Now I confess here and now that I have never done it. Basically, it is a way of straightening and making your crochet look that little bit more finished. There are lots of methods out there. This article has a couple of them. I know, I know I should do it! UPDATE I’ve now tried it and I am a convert! Check out this post for a tutorial on how I did it.
- These tips come straight from the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook ladies
- Jen says “I usually go up 2 hook sizes when I make foundation chains for bigger things like blankets to avoid that tight puckered look. it helps to keep your work flat”
- Also from Jen ” when you’re experimenting or making something & don’t know how big you want it or how many stitches you need for your foundation chain, use 2 balls of wool, one for the foundation chains & one to work with, that way you can unravel if you have too many or extend the chains if you’re too short. learned that from an older lady at my craft group.”
- From our Krista guru Kim ” Using a smaller hook for that final round of dc, it really does make a big difference.”
- I like to start my blocks with a magic circle as an alternative to a chain loop. This video shows you how if you want to learn
- Hate weaving in ends? The Russian Join may be for you
- This great if you dislike how a starting chain stands out – you don’t have to do it that way!
- This tip is probably for your more advanced crocheter – starting without a foundation chain – must learn this one myself!
Well I think I have rabbited on enough! But if you still have questions – please ask away and I’ll do my best to help you out.
See you next week for our first block! Don’t worry, the first one is easy 🙂 Its going to be such fun!