Crochet is more than a fun, relaxing and creative outlet. If you’ve been searching for an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, look no further than crochet!
In this post I will share some of the basics of crochet, including some basic/essential stitches and must have supplies. Discovering the world of crochet and exploring its many benefits need not be expensive or isolating. With today’s technology connecting to other crocheters and creatives is easier than ever. Whether you choose in person classes, joining a crochet club or watching fun, crochet tutorials on YouTube the options are almost limitless. Can I suggest my own YouTube channel, “All Crafts Channel”? My channel contains over 800 how-to videos with a variety of projects for the novice to expert all on my platform.
Here are some playlists that may be helpful for those just beginning crocheters:
In order to create tons of beautiful items there are some basic crochet stitches you will need to master. Below you will find a few, click on the stitch name to see the Video tutorial for the stitch.
Basic Crochet Stitches
Chain Stitch (CH) – The Foundation of Crochet Projects
Single Crochet (SC) – Versatile and Simple to Master
Half Double Crochet (HDC) – Achieving a Balanced Texture
Double Crochet (DC) – Quick and Effortless Stitches
Treble Crochet (TR) – Creating a Beautiful Lacy Effect
Slip Stitch (SS) – One of the foundation stitches
Slip Loop (sl lp) – Loop needed to begin crochet stitches
With just the above stitches you will be able to create countless items from blankets/afghans, shawls, baby items, and even some apparel.
Essential Supplies for Crochet Beginners:
Before you dive into the wonderful world of crochet, make sure you have the following supplies at your fingertips:
Crochet Hooks: Check your pattern instructions for hook size for your project. Hook size makes a tremendous difference
Yarn Selection: Exploring Different Types, Textures, and Colors. Which yarn will be best for your selected project?
Scissors: Finding the Perfect Pair for Smooth Cuts
Tapestry Needle: A Must-Have Tool for Seamless Finishing
Stitch Markers: Keeping Track of Your Progress with Ease
Ball winder: Using a ball winder will enable you to easily be able to draw yarn onto your hook
Health Benefits of Crocheting: More Than Just a Hobby
Stress Relief: How Crochet Soothes the Mind and Body is something that still seems a sort of mystery to me but it is undeniable. Crocheting has allowed me to reduce stress in my life. After my stroke this past April crocheting and knitting have allowed me to keep a handle on the stress in my life and have allowed my body to heal.
Boosting Brain Power: The Cognitive Benefits of Learning New Stitches has allowed my poor damaged brained (due to stroke) to build new pathways in my brain. Learning to stitch all over again has helped to restore my brain power.
The Joy of Creation: Crochet is Fostering Self-Esteem and a Sense of Accomplishment that I feared were lost forever.
Connecting with Others: Crochet builds Community Through Crochet Circles whether this be in person or an online community Crochet can create real connections. I have personally spoken to many people that tell me they feel less isolated and more connected to others thru their crochet hobby. During the lockdowns of the recent Covid pandemics online forums were very helpful, critical most to keeping a lot of people sane. Don’t be fooled some real friendships can develop thru these connections. If you haven’t joined any online crochet groups give one a try and see if it might be a good fit for you.
Mindfulness and Meditation: Crocheting also seems to bring about a sense of mindfulness almost like a quiet meditation. The rhythm of your hook gently gliding over your yarn seems to put me into a relaxed meditative tase.
Crochet for Beginners – A Hobby Worth Exploring
With this short step-by-step guide to crochet basics, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a confident crochet enthusiast. Discover the joy of creating unique and beautiful handmade pieces while reaping the numerous health benefits of this creative hobby. From stress relief to enhanced cognitive function, crochet offers a holistic and fulfilling experience for individuals of all ages. So grab your crochet hook and yarn, and start your crochet journey today! Happy hooking!