How to Teach Yourself to Crochet
I taught myself to crochet. It has taken many years, but I have worked up to an intermediate level. Maybe one day, with a little more work, I will be able to teach myself to crochet at an advanced level. Everyone has to start at the beginning, though.
Here are some pointers to help you teach yourself to crochet.
Start with the basics when learning to crochet on your own
You will need to buy a few basic supplies to help you get started: crochet hooks of various sizes, yarn for practice, and a yarn needle for weaving in the ends of a project (once you get that far). You will also benefit from an instructional crochet book with the basic stitches to help teach yourself to crochet. Start out by learning the most basic stitches; learn how to "chain" and how to stitch a "single crochet." Practice, then move on to more complex stitches once you feel comfortable.
Try an easy project after mastering the basics
After you have learned how to chain and know a stitch or two, attempt an easy project. It will give you an idea of how the basic techniques work together to make something useful. A dishcloth or a scarf might be an easy, yet useful first project. Once you feel confident, take on some new stitches and even some bigger projects as you learn new techniques. An afghan is a good project to work on once you have learned a few more crochet techniques.
Utilize the Internet to look up anything you are unfamiliar with
If you come across a pattern with a technique you are unfamiliar with, utilize the Internet to look it up. Most patterns you find will have abbreviations; if you come across one you aren't familiar with, simply look it up online. I have even looked up YouTube videos on several occasions when I didn't know how to make a particular stitch. I won't claim that it is easy to teach yourself to crochet; I have been frustrated on many occasions when a project didn't work out the way it was supposed to. But if you start at the beginning and work your way up, you might find that learning to crochet can be fun.
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