22 Dec

Did you know you can make anything by crocheting with yarn? Yes, I am serious. Anything! Did your mind just explode with ideas like mine did? If you are new to the idea of crocheting but eager to learn more than read on!

Crocheting can be difficult to learn. But don’t get caught up in the word difficult, because it can be also easy to learn. It just depends on your perspective. In this article and the next several articles, I’m going to talk about and show you a glimpse of things you can make with crocheting. 

This weeks item will be a hat. What can be more simple than a hat? Maybe a dishcloth? Haha. Yes you’re right, but a hat comes pretty close. Obviously you can get very intricate and add all kinds of extra detail, but with extra detail comes more difficulty. So if you are a beginner, I highly recommend starting with just something plain and basic. Look I know what your thinking, “no I want to make something cool like you see pictures of!” If you so please, go ahead.. however be warned I tried that and I met ultimate frustration because I wasn’t familiar enough with crocheting yet. Heed my advice start small work your way up, don’t go for that intermediate pattern when your not ready for it.

This is an example of one I designed. Taking over 7 hours to crochet. So yes, this is a complicated intermediate pattern. 

How do I tell if a pattern is beginner or intermediate?

Usually at the top of the pattern, sometimes it will have a star/bar ranking of easiness, but commonly it will be labeled. “Beginner”, “Intermediate”, “Hard” or “Advanced”

Or a example from Yarnspirations.com

As you can see both are listed by skill level. You’ll see this on most patterns, but obviously there will be some that aren’t categorized by a certain skill level.

Another thing to keep in mind and look at before you start a pattern and also a easy way to tell the skill level of a pattern is it’s supplies and stitch guide. Here is an example of a pattern. It lists the abbreviations used, supplies needed, and what stitches are used.

A typical beginner pattern will only use 2-3 types of stitches or just one type of stitch throughout the whole pattern. The goal being to make it as simple and easy to follow as possible without switching things up frequently; as things do with more advanced patterns.

Stay tuned for:

A blouse

A blanket

A foot stool

A dish cloth

A purse

And much more

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