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Crochet For Beginners

Crochet For Beginners Crochet For Beginners 2nd Edition

Crochet has boomed in recent years, offering craft lovers a new way to make thoughtful gifts, inexpensive accessories and homemade decorations. Master all the essentials with Crochet for Beginners, from choosing your tools to learning basic techniques and various stitches, before getting creative with our starter projects. Featuring: Getting started - Master all the essentials, from selecting your yarn to learning basic techniques. Develop your skills - Get to grips with some more advanced techniques to make crochet more enjoyable. Perfect your stitches - Take your crochet skills further and create different effects with our choice of stitches. Get creative - Enjoy our selection of starter projects and start making beautiful crocheted items.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome to crochet for beginners

Crochet as a hobby has boomed in recent years, with the art being passed down to younger generations. Making your own garments, gifts and decorations has become all the rage. In Crochet for Beginners, we will show you all the different techniques, stitches and starter projects you need to get started with Crochet, from foundation chains to your first single crochet, from adding embellishments to making your first unique project. Crochet isn’t all about hats and scarves either. In the starter project section you will find easy-to-follow patterns on how to make your own vintage bunting, fetching bag and pretty triangular shawl. So what are you waiting for? Grab your hooks, yarn and buttons and get started with your long-awaited Crochet projects today! Enjoy the book!…

3 min.
choosing your yarn

So which yarn should you use, especially when you’re new to crochet? A smooth yarn that feels good in your hands is the best choice when you’re just starting. Choose a plain, soft yarn in a color you love, but avoid very dark colors at first. Your stitches will show more clearly with lighter-colored yarn. Novelty yarns with loops, bobbles, fluff, or glitter might be tempting right now, but they’re more difficult to work with. Because the texture obscures your stitches, wait until you have a thorough grasp of the basics of crochet before you attempt to work with one of these yarns. Whatever yarn you choose, it will likely come wound in a skein, ball, or hank, most often with a paper ball band surrounding it. The ball band contains…

2 min.
all about crochet hooks

Hook Anatomy A crochet hook is made of a few basic parts – the tip, throat, shank, head, thumb rest, handle. A pointier tip can get into tight stitches more easily, while a more rounded tip is less likely to split the yarn. The throat catches the yarn, and the shank holds your working loops and determines your stitch size. The shape of the head varies by manufacturer. In-line hooks have the head directly in line with, and the same size as, the shank, whereas tapered hooks have a more curved shape and a narrower throat. The thumb rest helps you control and rotate the hook, and the handle helps balance the hook while you crochet. If you have large hands, you might find a longer handle more comfortable. If holding a…

2 min.
the tools you need

Essential Tools Scissors are an essential tool for crochet. You’ll use them to cut the yarn at the end of each piece and to trim off yarn tails when you finish your work. A small, sharp pair is best, to make clean, accurate cuts. You’ll need a yarn needle (also called a tapestry needle or darning needle) to weave in your yarn tails and to stitch pieces together. Yarn needles are thick and blunt-tipped and have a large eye to fit the yarn into. Metal needles are preferable; plastic needles bend easily and can snap. Take care when shopping for stitch markers. Ring-shape stitch markers are only used for knitting; crochet stitch markers must have an opening so you can remove them when you’re done with them. Plastic split-ring markers, locking stitch markers,…

2 min.
holding your hook and yarn

The most important thing when you are crocheting is that you’re comfortable. If you feel any discomfort or pain, try a different hold or position until you find one that feels natural to you. Holding Your Hook The two most common ways to hold a crochet hook are the overhand or knife grip and the underhand or pencil grip. For either grip, grasp the hook’s thumb rest between the thumb and index finger of your right hand so the throat of the hook faces you. “Your left hand plays an important part in your crocheting, too – it controls the tension in your yarn” Holding Your Yarn Your left hand plays an important part in your crocheting, too – it controls the tension in your yarn, which influences how tight your stitches are. You can…

1 min.
crochet for left-handers

“Left-handed crochet produces a mirror-image of the same article made by a right-hander” To follow the photos in this book, hold them up to a mirror. The reflection will show each photo from a lefty’s perspective. Left-handed crochet produces a mirror-image of the same article made by a right-hander. This means that almost all crochet patterns are perfectly fine for left-handers to use without making any changes to the pattern. Any diagonal details will slant the opposite way, and spirals will rotate in the opposite direction, but that rarely presents a problem. The only times you have to be careful are when the left and right sides of a piece are not interchangeable. If you follow a colorwork pattern involving text, for example, the letters would all be back to front unless…