Cluster (not done yet)
|Front and Back Loops|
|Front and Back Post|
|Half Double Crochet|
|How to Hold a Needle|
|How to Hold the Yarn|
to Manage the
End of the Row
|Links to Patterns|
|Start to Crochet|
|You are begining a worth while craft.
To begin, you must purchase a needle and some yarn.
I recomend either I, H, or G size hooks to learn with. Smaller sizes are harder to manipulate.
Yarn is not difficult. Please do not start with Chenille or wool. The regular yarn you can find at Wal-mart and other stores in good enough.
Also, purchase a light colored yarn to be able to see what you are doing.
Once again, smaller size yarn such as thread is difficult to manipulate
To test the strength of the yarn, take your thumb and index finger and rub a couple of strands between them. If it frays alot, don't buy it. Test a few types and you will understand what I am talking about.
Also you need a good pair of scissors. Not a pair that you would use on anything but your projects. Dull scissors are a crafter's nightmare.
Lets talk about dye lot.
What is it? The lot number on a skein of yarn tells you which skeins have been dyed together. When buying nice yarn, make sure, I repeat, make sure that all your lot numbers match up. And if you don't? The colors won't match exactly. Sometimes the variation is very noticable.
Which brings me to another important tip. Buy at least one skein more than the directions call for. Sad to say, I learned this the hard way. I have been working on a ripple bedspread. I thought, I'll buy the yarn as I need it. BIG mistake. Two months into the project, the company quit making it. I didn't know until 5 months later when more couldn't be ordered for me. Always, I mean, always buy the yarn you need.
Another reason is that you may run out of the lot and more can't be ordered. Same situation. No more yarn. (By the way, the afghan isn't finished but when I bought more yarn, it's very close to the same color. I got very very lucky,)
One more thing I need to mention about yarns. If you get a bad spot in the yarn. Cut it out and treat the ends as if you were changing yarn. Do the same if the yarn has a knot in it. Cheap yarn, cheap company. Sometimes, instead of throwing out the yarn if it breaks, the company will knot it and not leave very long ends. See loose ends for the importance of this.
Just go ahead, grin and bear it and cut out the bad part. It will be worth it in the long run. (I once got a skein of baby yarn that had thin spots an thick spots. I should have taken it back because it bad parts all through it. Unfortunately, I worked with the bad spots, and my blanket came out all lumpy. Weird.)
Congratulations on your interest and if you have ANY questions e-mail and I will respond as quickly as possible.