So you want to learn to crochet? Brilliant! I hope you come to love it as much as I do. It is definitely a useful skill to have and, aswell as being an amazing hobby, you will have a way to make money for yourself if you ever need to.
Learning a new skill can be hard though, especially if you are learning it online. When I taught myself to crochet, eleven years ago, it was through craft blogs and YouTube videos, so I know it can make things that bit trickier.
With that in mind, I hope that this series will offer some useful advice and help you as you learn how to crochet. I am planning on writing a new lesson every two weeks, to make sure I still have plenty of time to share free patterns and all of the other loveliness I have planned for the blog.
In this first post of the series, I want to show you just how easy it is to get started with learning to crochet. Luckily, you do not need lots of fancy, expensive tools to get started, although you may wish to buy them as you learn more. The fact is that most of them are just not necessary, and you can make plenty of things with just the basics.
In my opinion, the only tools you can not do without are a crochet hook (start with 4mm if you are not sure which size to get), a small pair of scissors, a tape measure and a blunt yarn needle. You will also need a yarn of your choice. I would recommend sticking with a basic double knit yarn when starting out. You will usually find that double knit yarn is available in lots of different colours, is washable and is nice and soft.
When you have your tools ready, I will show you how to start your work, how to do some basic crochet stitches and how to finish your work when you are done.
See you next time!