Learning to Crochet can be a little overwhelming at first. You might be thinking, where do I start? What do I need? What do I make? If these are questions you have asked yourself then you are in the right place. I want to guide you through a few simple steps to help you get started on your crochet journey and making your own projects in no time.
First of all, I want you to know that you are NOT alone in this journey. Far too many times have I heard people say they tried it once and then gave up. Everyone will learn at their own pace, be patient with yourself. Why not come and join the ‘Bella Coco Crochet Club’ on facebook and get help and support from other members. It’s a happy and supportive place to be.
Also, don’t forget to check out my Handy Reference Guide Ebook which you can download to your phone or tablet or even print out so that you have everything you need I one place.
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“I highly recommend this e book, instructions are clear and easy to follow, love the tips that are included, its great having the video to go with it, Im a total beginner its helped me understand the different stitches in both UK and USA, and will help me learn to read patterns”
What do you need?
At first, you don’t need to have a huge amount. As tempting as it is to add 100 balls of yarn to your basket you just don’t need it…YET (hehe)
I would always recommend a DK (Double Knit) or Aran weight yarn to begin with. Something like Paintbox Simply DK or Stylecraft Special DK is a great place to start. You will notice that I use these a lot for projects and tutorials. I love them because they come in a huge selection of colours and are very good value for money. Both of which are acrylic yarns so if that’s not your thing then simply search for another fibre.
You will also need a crochet hook. You can buy these individually or in a pack. I would always recommend starting with a 4mm, 4.5mm or 5mm hook.
Embroidery scissors are great for for cutting your loose ends and are small enough to pop in your WIPs (Work in progress) bag.
Tapestry Needles for when it come time to sew in your ends.
You might also want some stitch markers. These come in different shapes and sizes and you may grow to develop your own preference on which ones you like. You may not need them at first but they are a very handy thing to have in your tool kit.
Now that you have your tools, it’s time to get hookin’! The best place to start is your slip knot and chain stitch. This creates the basis for a lot of projects and is often referred to as you foundation chain. The video below should help you get started, and remember, you might not get it straight away…but DON’T give up.
Tips for tension
It’s a common issue to have trouble with tension when you first start to crochet. It could be that you stitches are loose and baggy or so tight you can’t get your hook through. Take a look at the video below to get some tips for tension.
Let’s do some stitches
Okay, so now it’s time to build some stitches onto your foundation chain. We are going to start with a UK Double Crochet (this is also known as a US Single crochet…don’t worry, you can worry about the difference in terms at a later date)
I would recommend that you create a few small practice pieces to begin with until you find your flow. You can then move onto more stitches once you feel a little more confident.
Ready for a project
Yay! Well done to you for getting this far! Make sure you share your first practice pieces with the Bella Coco Community so we can tell you how awesome you are!
You might now be eager to get started on a project? Many people start with a granny square blanket for their first project and it’s also one that I recommend too.
Here is a granny square tutorial which will walk you through step by step of how to create your square. I have also included the joining tutorial below that.
You should now be well on your way with your crochet journey. Now’s your chance to dive into my other tutorials in order to kick start your creativity. You will find a lot of stitch tutorials on my channel. These are designed to teach you the principles of the stitches to adapt and use in your or projects. OR if you want to be guided through a projects, I have tutorials for that too!