When I first started crocheting, the first row of crochet after the chain stitches was the most frustrating part of any project. Either I was missing a chain here and there or putting two stitches into the same chain. My stitch counts were never right and it was enough to put me off a pattern. Sometimes I even wanted to totally give up crochet.
I know your first thought is to bypass this post. Please don’t. It’s important to know your crochet hook because it is the tool you will be using. It is your partner in this endeavor. It is an extension of your hand like a pencil is when you write.
In the beginning you might hate your crochet hook. It’s awkward and doesn’t listen to what you are telling it to do. But it’s just like picking up a pencil for the first when you were a child. You need to train your muscles so they use the correct movements to make your stitches.
Welcome to my Beginner Crochet Series! Whether you have never picked up a crochet hook before today or you have only dabbled just a tiny bit only to have a wonky something-or-another as a result, I hope to help you learn and improve your crochet skills.
Crochet is so much more than your Grandmother’s doilies and Granny Square afghans, though both are staples in the world of yarn. And yes, it will take many hours of practice to master the basic stitches. However, your biggest challenge will be training your hands and fingers to effectively use a crochet hook. I understand you will feel awkward and clumsy in the beginning. This is a new skill that requires fine tuning your motor skills. And you know what? That’s okay. You are not a robot that lacks programming. You are a human being that needs to make mistakes to move forward and improve yourself.
After some well needed time alone, I am looking forward to bringing you some exciting future plans for my website. It has been a long time coming and I am ready to begin this new adventure!
I’ve been trying to find a way to bring my love of crochet to others. In-person teaching has been a good way to start, but I feel that something is missing in a two hour class. Learning the very basic chain stitch is not easy for someone who has never touched a hook. The beginner is concentrating so hard on one or two steps that they can’t process the rest of the entire dance.