I am a self-taught crocheter. Actually, I am a self-taught crafter in general. I am frequently asked how to get started in crochet and how to learn the various stitches. I do not use “proper form” when crocheting, so this makes it a bit more difficult for me to teach others the basics of crochet but I can point you in the right direction.
My advice to anyone who is wishing to get into this craft is to drive right in! Surround yourself with YouTube tutorials. There are several crafters willing to share their techniques with others. Two of my favourite YouTube crocheters are SimplyDiasy and Naztazia. Both of these channels have videos on crochet basics for absolute beginners.
The internet is your friend and is an invaluable resource when learning a new craft. There are so many free crochet patterns, anyone just learning will not have to spend money on patterns right away. New crocheters should join Ravelry. This website is an amazing community. In addition to both free and paid patterns (both knit and crochet), you can connect with other crafters (almost similar to Facebook, but for yarn artists). I have been a part of several groups over the years, including crochet-a-longs, Crochet Swaps and more! If you are a member of the community, please feel free to friend me (I have been slacking in updating my profile and projects there, but that is on my To Do List today).
Do not spend a fortune on a craft you are just learning. Give yourself time to learn the stitches before buying expensive yarns and hooks. Read some free patterns, check out the YouTube videos. Crochet can be a very affordable hobby to start. Dollar stores sell both yarns and hooks. I suggest that you learn the basics before upgrading to more costly hooks and supplies.
Do not overwhelm yourself with your first project – start small and work up to a more difficult project. This is advice I did not take – as my first project was an amigurumi cupcake. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my crafts and as soon as I learned the basic stitches, I jumped into amigurumi.
What advice would you give someone who is just starting out? What was your first crochet project?
Next week, we will dive into the stitch basics.