Lily Sugar’n Cream Flowers Dishcloth, Rose Pink

Crochet was once seen as something only grandmas did. Today it is considered a handicraft and many people want to learn the most diverse stitches to make crocheted rugs and various crafts using the material. The coolest of all is that crocheting helps to distract and relieve stress, which can be great for those who need to find an activity to unwind a bit. Not to mention that there are several stitches that can be practiced, working not only with the hands but also encouraging the head to learn more about the technique. This explains why crochet can be recommended for people who are stressed or suffer from anxiety. If you want to learn how to crochet, but have no idea where to start, check out these tips that will explain to you everything from the types of needles to the stitches used in this craft technique:

Needle and thread types – There are several types of needles and threads. And yes, the choice of one is directly related to the other. Depending on the thickness of the yarn, you will need a thicker needle, while for thinner yarns you can invest in thinner needles. Crochet needles can be made of wood, plastic, steel, aluminum, colored aluminum, and even with a rubberized handle. The choice of needle style is up to the individual. The sizes vary from 0.5mm to 10mm and the choice of needle size will depend on the type of craft work you intend to do. Some pieces require thicker threads or more open stitches while others require finer threads. For those who are just starting out, it is best to go for thinner threads, because they are easier to work with. So, choose your thread and check on the packaging which needle size is the most indicated. A good tip for those who are still not sure how to make the stitches is to work with a slightly thicker thread and a thinner needle. This way you will make tighter stitches.

Lily Sugar'n Cream Flowers Dishcloth, Rose Pink | Yarnspirations

Types of stitches and their abbreviations – Crochet can be done with several stitches, but every project always starts with the simplest of them, which is the little chain. Learn now a little more about each type of simple stitch used in this handiwork, remembering that if you are just starting out in this art, the ideal is to learn the basic stitches and then learn the more complex ones. What you will need to crochet:
Needle and thread are the minimum you will need to crochet. But you should also keep nearby other materials, such as:

  • Scissors, to cut the yarn.
  • Measuring tape to measure the piece and the size of the initial chain.

Tips for beginners – Learn now the main essential tips for beginners in crochet:

  1. Before making the piece you want, work on a test piece, so that you get used to the stitch chosen.
  2. Prefer slightly larger needles at the beginning, such as 2.5mm and finer threads. This way you can learn how to do each stitch well.
  3. If you have a lot of difficulty with crochet thread, you can try and gain practice with a medium needle and knitting thread.
  4. Practice the chain stitch a lot before moving on to the other basic stitches.
  5. When you feel you have more practice, practice the low point and the high point.
  6. Prefer threads of a single color while you are learning, as they are easier to work with.
  7. Besides the abbreviations for stitches, it is interesting to know others such as: sp, which means space; pq, which means stitch; rep, which means repeat; ult, last; and sec, next.


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