It has been two weeks since I decided on what to do for my learning project. After thinking and thinking on what to learn about, finally, came to the conclusion I would learn how to Crochet.
This last two weeks, I have been learning about the basics of crochet and concentrating on the “chains.”
From what I have been reading and watching on different resources, and from what Chela has been teaching me, it looks like there are a total of 8 steps, in single crochet. Once you have your materials; yarn and a crochet hook, you are ready to start.
The article, How to Crochet for Beginners by tldudenhoeffer shows some steps on how to crochet.
1- Making a slip knot
It simply means looping the yarn and making a knot on it to hold the yarn in place
2- Holding the thread in place
“With your left hand, hold the thread around your pinkie and twist it around your index finger. Sometimes you can also grab the short side of the thread with your middle and ring finger. While doing this, hold the hook with your right hand.” While doing all of these process, it is very important to leave enough space to move the hook, while creating tension on the thread, which it is very very important.
There are many ways to hold the thread and hook. You can play around with it to see which method works better and is easier.
3- Begin the chain
Once you have the loop from step one, you can begin the chain by twisting the thread around the hook and pulling it through the loop. However, keep in mind not to make the loop too tight and to continue to the second loop by pulling the thread trough the second loop. And the process just keeps repeating itself.
This is something I have been working on for the past 2 weeks to help me to properly grab the hook and thread in place.
4- Begin the first row
When beginning the first row “insert the hook in second chain from the hook. This will create too loops around the hook.”
5- Finish the chain
Don’t make the loop too tight, or otherwise it will make it hard to pull the thread through. Continue pulling the thread and looping until a chain is created.
6- Begin the first row
“To start the first row of single crochet insert the hook in the second chain from the hook. You now have two loops around your hook” says tldudenhoeffer.
7- Crocheting the chain row
While holding the thread with your left hand, with the hook pull one loop. “This will leave you again with two loops on your hook. Catch the yarn again with your hook and pull it through both loops.” Keep repeating the process until the end of the chain row is finished.
“To finish, cut the long side of the yarn and pull it through the loop.”
In conclusion, I have learned a lot from this project. I have realized that it is time consuming, takes lots of practice, dedication, skills etc. As of right now, I am at step 4, begging the first row, and I am definitely looking forward to the next steps. I can’t wait to have my final product, a head band!!!