How To | Crochet| Chain Stitch

Now that we have a basic knowledge of what crochet is, and now that we know how to read those pesky labels, let’s start crocheting!

For this first exercise, you will need a standard size H/8-5.00mm crochet hook.

You will also need medium weight acrylic yarn. I do not recommend using expensive yarn, for people who are just beginning. Get the cheap stuff and figure out how to make this work for you before you go buy expensive yarn. You will be less worried about mistakes using cheap, general, run of the mill, acrylic than you would be on yarns that are softer, fuzzier, finer, and over all more difficult to work with. You want yarn that is simple to pull knots out of and won’t make you feel guilty if you end up cutting knots out.

The Chain Stitch:

Before we can make those classic afghans, or the cute little baby hats, or intricate lace, we need to start with the simplest, and most widely used stitch in all of crochet. This is generally the foundation for almost ALL projects. There are one or two other methods for starting projects, but those are slightly more complicated and not as important to learn for beginners. Now I say this stitch is simple because it is only intimidating before you get the hang of it. It’s not complex in the way of other stitches, but it can be tricky to those who cannot see the way the yarn interlocks. If you struggle with this stitch, the only way to improve is to practice, stare at it, practice, stare at it some more, and practice until you can make a large chain by feel, with you eyes closed.

The first step is to set up your yarn. start with a slip knot. 

The next step is to set up your hands. put the slip knot on the crochet hook and pull tight. Hold the crochet hook like a pencil with the hook facing the ground

To start the chain stitch, wrap the yarn over the top of the hook (as shown above) and pull the wrap through the slip knot.

Repeat this until you have the desired number of chains for your project. This is a great exercise for beginners to practice. it gives you a good feel for the rest of the craft.

If you have never crocheted before, I hope this helps!
 Remember Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes improvement:)

How to Read Yarn Labels

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Before you begin in your crocheting, knitting, or general yarn usage endeavors, it is helpful to understand how to read the symbols on yarn packaging.

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Many people just find yarn they like and go for it. To their dismay, their projects end up ripped out, too small, knotted up, too large, disproportionate, they shrink in the wash, or they felt up and they hours of intricate detail work becomes matted and fuzzy. To avoid this, read the labels, and follow the gauge on the pattern.

Generally, crafters know that a big thick fuzzy yarn isn’t going to be used in a tiny, intricately delicate doily, conversely, a thin light fingerling yarn wouldn’t be used to make a big, bulky, fluffy stuffed animal.

However, there is a gray area in between the two extremes. Yarn companies understand that every skein is different and that the same general type of yarn has certain qualities which make it favorable for different projects and unsuitable for others.

Below are some links to help you understand the different symbols on the bands.

I hope these links give you a better understanding of how to read your yarn label before we begin our projects together:)

God Bless you!
“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.”
  ~*~* Proverbs 31:13*~*~

The (not so) Lost Art of Crochet

Crochet: n. a fabric that is created with yarn and a hooked needle.

The origins of crochet are unknown. However, it became very popular in 19th century England. Since then, crochet has become one of the crucial elements of every picturesque ideal of mothers, grandmothers, and homemakers across the European and Western cultures. For many people, “crochet is that thing my grandma does in her rocking chair”. This nostalgic image is instantly heartwarming. Although crochet is often associated with granny, homemade quilts, pies cooling on the counter, and a roaring fire in the fireplace, it has also become very popular with the trendy chic youth. Crochet styles have evolved from necessity, to the afghans and winter wear given as gifts from grandma to intricate dolls to elaborate forms of modern artists around the world.

This year I will be publishing a new series on this blog about the art of crochet. I will cover techniques, tips, ideas, easy projects, and much more. So find a nice H-8 afghan hook and some basic yarn and come back soon for fun tutorials on the not so lost art of crochet!