Many of you have mentioned to me lately that you would love to learn to crochet - so here's what you wanted... some tips on how to crochet!
Let me just start by saying that crochet is such an awesome hobby! Not only can you take it with you wherever you go (unlike a sewing machine), but it's easy to learn and there is such a variety of things you can make for yourself or that you can give to others. Crochet is also rather fashionable again, so hopefully you won't get too many people snickering at you, if you are caught doing it in public!
I had grand ideas of taking my own photos and videos of how to do different stitches etc, but then I realised something... I'm left handed! Being left-handed makes it rather awkward to teach the majority of you right handed people the craft (believe me - I tried to force my daughter to learn left handed and it didn't go down too well).
So instead, I thought I'd share a couple of tips and point you to the very best places (in my opinion) on the internet for learning to crochet.
Tip Number 1
Start out by buying yourself a pack of crochet hooks and some inspiring coloured yarn or wool and commit to learn!
Tip Number 2
If you have a grandmother, aunt, parent or friend who knows how to crochet, ask them if they would be willing to show you the basics. Learning from someone else is sometimes the best and easiest way to start out. I remember my grandmother teaching me how to crochet a granny square as a child. I only ever made a few, but what I had learned from her all came flooding back many years later when I decided to start re-learning crochet.
Tip Number 3
The internet is your friend. With youtube and google around these days, I don't know why people even bother to ask questions sometimes... just google it or look it up on youtube! There have been many times, even as a left-hander, where I get stuck with not knowing how to do something and after looking it up on youtube, all my troubles are solved! There are many great clips of how to do certain stitches that you can pause and re-watch until you master it.
Tip Number 4
Get inspired! Find some inspiring crochet creations to encourage you to learn. Check out your local library for modern crochet books and browse the internet too. Here are some of my favourite places to get inspired to crochet...
If you don't have someone who is able to help get you started, here are the best places to get learning...
Learn to Crochet (Pip from Meet Me At Mikes) has done a very simple series teaching you all the basics.
How to Crochet (Tip Junkie is going through a series teaching you how to crochet - perfect timing!)
Learn to Crochet with Lion Brand Yarn
There you have it - you can learn to crochet!!!
I totally encourage you to give it a go, and persevere when you get stuck!