Hello Homestead Ladies! Finding a way to learn how to crochet can be daunting, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so relaxing!
Homesteading is a way of life that is so rewarding, but it can also be exhausting. Working the land and taking care of animals day after day can take its toll. That’s why it’s so important to find a hobby that you enjoy to give yourself a break. If you have yet to start your homestead journey, check out my Beginners Guide To Homesteading!
For me, that hobby is crocheting. I love the way that I can sit down at the end of the day and just relax with a hook and some yarn. Crocheting is a great way to unwind after a long day of work. And, bonus, I’ve even been able to make some homesteading-related items like crocheted dishcloths and washcloths.
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If you’re new to homesteading, I highly recommend finding a hobby that you can use to relax at the end of the day. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for it later! If you want to learn how to crochet then this post is for you.
My story of how I learned to crochet …
When I first started trying to learn how to crochet, the only resources that were available to me were books and Youtube videos. It seemed like every other person had their own method which made it hard on an already confusing project; all my efforts ended up in Knots! 🧶
But then last fall something changed – I discovered two different kit clubs that helped me learn how to crochet: One was known as the “Hook & Needle Kit Club” by Annie’s, which sent you everything including yarn and patterns each month so you could complete a tiny project every month; the other was called “Crochet Block-of-the-Month Club” by Annie’s, which provided you with materials to make three squares of your afghan each month for 11 months. This was fascinating because each block incorporated a new stitch.
I ended up ordering both kits…
Surprisingly, they both came with a tutorial movie! I began with the “Hook & Needle Kit Club” project since it seemed like a simpler place to start, but I got as lost as I was with all the other Youtube videos.
So, I started to watch the video to make the first three squares of my afghan. Wow! The chick doing the afghan video is absolutely incredible! Within 3 attempts to follow along with her instruction for the first block (Single Crochet), I finally understood. Everything became perfectly clear. This being said, if you are in the same boat as I was, the “Crochet Block-of-the-Month Club” is your answer.
If Annie’s just isn’t something you can afford right now, keep reading below and also check out Kristin’s Crochet Tutorials on Youtube. She hasn’t posted new videos in a few years, but the few that are there are fantastic!
If you would like to sign up, get 50% off your first month with coupon code: SHARE50 !!
Learn How to Crochet with These 5 Easy Stitches
There are five basic stitches that every crocheter should know in order to learn how to crochet:
These five stitches will allow you to make any type of crochet project imaginable. If you can master these five stitches, the world of crochet is your oyster! Learn how to crochet today!
Learn How To Crochet the Chain Stitch (ch):
The chain stitch is the most basic of all the crochet stitches and is also the foundation for all other stitches. To create a chain stitch, you simply wrap the yarn around your hook and then draw it through to create a loop. You will then repeat this process until you have the desired length of the chain.
Learn How To Crochet the Single Crochet (sc):
Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. – Yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on the hook). – Yarn over and draw through both loops. This completes the first single crochet!
Items You Can Make With the Single Crochet:
Learn How To Crochet the Half Double Crochet (hdc):
Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch or chain from the hook. – Yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on the hook). – Yarn over and draw through all three loops on the hook. This completes the first half double crochet!
Items You Can Make With the Half Double Crochet:
Learn How To Crochet the Double Crochet (dc):
Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch or chain from the hook – Yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on the hook). – Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook (two loops remaining). – Yarn over again and draw through the last two loops on the hook. This completes the first double crochet!
Items You Can Make With the Double Crochet:
Learn How To Crochet the Treble Crochet (tr):
Yarn over twice and insert your hook into the specified stitch or chain from the hook. – Yarn over and pull up a loop (four loops on the hook). – Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook (three loops remaining). – Yarn over again and draw through the next two loops on the hook (two loops remaining). – Yarn over again and draw through the last two loops on your hook. This completes the first treble crochet!
Tips for improving your crochet for beginners skills
- Use a light-colored yarn when you are first starting out. This will help you to see your stitches better.
- Use a smaller hook size when you are first starting out. This will also help you to see your stitches better and keep them tight.
- Do not be afraid to frog (rip out) your work if you make a mistake. It is better to fix it now than to have a big mistake in your finished project. Take your time when you are first starting out. Crochet should be relaxing not stressful!
Here are a couple of links to products I’ve used to set up my beginner crochet kit:
Frequently Asked Questions
The benefits of learning to crochet
Crocheting is also a great way to save money. If you know how to crochet, you can make your own hats, scarves, blankets, and more! Crocheting is also a great way to relax and de-stress. So if you are looking for a new hobby that has benefits, give crocheting a try!
I hope this has helped anyone who was as confused as I was when first starting out. If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments below or contact me directly! I would be happy to help in any way that I can.
Happy Crocheting! 🙂 -Sandra Ward