Crocheting sounds nice, but where do you start? From devices to online resources, here’s what you need to know.
Crocheting may not seem that exciting as a hobby, but when you think about it, it’s a perfect pandemic pastime, especially if you love slow, quiet days at home.
Crochet can be done by anyone, anywhere, as long as you have a cozy place to curl up, and it gives you the perfect excuse to ignore your phone – because counting stitches is no easy task.
What makes the craft really exciting is what you can do. The possibilities are endless. With a few simple stitches, you can create an entire wardrobe and a few more: earrings, headbands, tops, cardigans, bikinis, and even full dresses. You can also make toys, dream catchers, blankets, and in the case of a really obsessed crochet maker, a car cover – with fringes.
For crochet and pattern maker Aly Gene (@ mgypsy.ph on Instagram), her hobby (and now her business) makes her more productive and also helps her reduce stress.
“My ideal day is crocheting because I feel relaxed and it makes me happy. I find the repetitive motion of crocheting to calm and relax me. It puts me in a better mindset. I love the sense of achievement I get when I’m finally done with what I’ve done, “she said to Rappler.
Aly, now 27, started crocheting when she was just seven years old. Now she has a whole crocheted wardrobe – tops, dresses, skirts, even cosplay costumes. She also makes patterns and sells them on Etsy.
Here are her tips for beginners:
Use the right tools
Start with a 2.5mm to 5mm crochet hook and good quality yarn that fits the hook size. For thread colors, choose light tones over dark so you can easily see your stitches.
Here are a few stores she recommends:
Master the basics
Before you can even think of crocheting your way to a brand new wardrobe, you need to learn the basic stitches such as warp knots, chain stitches, single crochets, half double crochets, double crochets, and triple crochet.
Once you have mastered these stitches, you are well equipped for everything else because, as Aly said, “these are the building blocks for more complicated stitches”.
YouTube tutorials are a beginner’s best friend. Here are a few crochet channels (including hers) that Aly recommends:
If tutorials or videos are difficult to follow, you can also try using charts and patterns to study. Here are Aly’s suggestions for where to download free PDF sample tutorials:
Join a community
One of the funnest things about getting started in a hobby is being part of a community. As Aly pointed out, joining crochet groups gives you another learning resource as you can get help with questions from other crochet workers. You can also share completed projects and receive feedback.
Aly recommends joining the Yarn Over Facebook group, although some crocheters also connect on Instagram using the hashtags #gantsilyoph or #crochetph.
Choose your design niche
While you can make practically anything from crochet, Aly suggests focusing on one type of project first. The selection is huge: baby clothes, wearables, crochet dolls, bags, shoes, costumes.
“The more you can hone your niche, the more familiar you will become with these types of patterns, stitches, and designs,” she said.
take your time
As with any new pastime, patience is key – but maybe even more so with crocheting, where even the most skilled artisans take forever to complete a project. Start with small and simple projects (a coaster maybe?) And master them before trying this blanket or cardigan.
As Aly put it: “As long as you enjoy the process, don’t give up!” Rappler.com