Crocheting is such a wonderful hobby! It gives me such a sense of accomplishment to take a skien of yarn and make it into a beautiful afghan (my favorite thing to crochet). Maybe you would prefer an article of clothing to wear or to crochet a gift to give to someone you love. There is quite an assortment of items to create, as vast as the numerous patterns already made and waiting for you and me. Mastering the art of crocheting could open up a whole new world to you.

I have a lot of people tell me they would like to try their hand at crocheting but really do not want to invest a lot of money into a hobby until they know for sure that they like it. A person can try their hand at crocheting for right around seventeen dollars. That is a pretty small investment to start a new skill, don’t you think?

Crochet hook – (Cost around $3.00 at most stores)

In my beginning class I recommend starting with a regular crochet hook, usually an H, I or J. The smaller crochet hooks can be too tedious for beginners and the large hooks can make your yarn too loose. With larger stitches it makes it difficult to control until a crocheter learns to control the yarn with more ease.

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Pattern – (cost $.0.00)

I still have the first crocheting book I every bought it was Susan Bates “Learn how to Crochet in Eight easy steps” for left or right handers. (pictured above) As soon as I finished my first pot holder of single crochet’s I was hooked. I had crocheted through the entire book in three months.

Today with the internet there are so many free patterns that you can pick from. There is also the option of going to your public library and taking out a book on beginning crocheting where you will find instructions on how to make the crochet stitches usually with diagrams and pictures.

You will want to pick a small pattern to start with if you are a newcomer. For example, I suggest a pot holder, a dish cloth or hot pad, book marker or something similar. This is because it is to better to start with a small, straight edged project. Most patterns will be marked for beginners but if it isn’t, then you should look for a pattern that only has sc (single crochet) and ch (chain) stitches in the pattern. Theres are the best stitches to begin with. This is the type of hobby where you want to start small and work your way up to the larger projects.

Yarn (cost around $5.00 at most stores)

Start by buying just one skien of yarn. You can always go back and buy more if needed, and if you find you do not like the craft you will not have put out that much money. I would like to suggest staying away from dark colors like black, brown or dark blue and I have found out through my classes that worsted yarn (4) seems to work the best for beginners.

Scissors- (cost 3.00)

If you have some around the house that cuts well use them. If not you just need a small pair.

Bag (cost $0.00)

You will want something to keep your supplies in. If you have an extra tote bag laying around then confiscate it for few days and use that. If not I have had a lot of students use the plastic grocey bags you get from the store.

Large eye needle known as a yarn or darning needle ($1.50)

This will be used for sewing in your ends.

Measuring tape or ruler (Cost $4.00)

Which is used for helping you check your gauge and the final measurement of your project.

If you are looking for a new hobby to try I hope you give crocheting a chance. It is best to develop this art in a local class if possible. The problem with learning on your own, is that there is no one there to help you as you work to make suggestions or to glean from their wisdom. Also for some people learning on their on can be frustrating. How many of us have had the opportunity for a wise grandmother or mother leaning over us to encourage us to keep practicing? So take advantage of an instructor. The classes can often be found in stores, colleges, parks. Locally several of our libraries have crochet clubs, so you should check into that. The crochet clubs are usually free and have many advance crocheters to help the less experienced.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.