7 Common Mistakes of a Newbie CrocheterBy A Guest Writer – 19 Comments
A Guest Post by Caren Wilson.
We all make mistakes, whether we admit it or not. Below are some of the mistakes that I’ve made when I was new to crocheting and also some mistakes that I’ve noticed from others. If you are a crochet newbie, hopefully this list will help you learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of others. If you have a mistake that you would like to share, feel free to leave it as a comment for others to read!
- Miscounting stitches. Although this is a common newbie mistake, it is also a mistake that is made by many crocheters regardless of skill level. Miscounting stitches is probably the single most common mistake amongst all crocheters, since it is so easy to do. When you first start to crochet, try to make it a habit of counting your stitches carefully and using crochet stitch markers to assist you.
- Crocheting in the wrong loop(s). Often times when crocheters are self taught or even taught by friends/family, without formal crochet instructions from a class or instructor, they over look the obvious. Hey, I was guilty of it! Normally when you crochet, you are to insert your hook into both loops of a crochet stitch. Other times you may find it necessary to only crochet in the front or back loops. To learn more about the different loops check out this post: Crochet in Front, Back, or Both Loops
- Skipping the gauge. Gauge is important! It is how you know your crochet project will turn out to be the correct size. It is written in a crochet pattern for a reason. You can learn more about gauges in this post: What the Heck is a Gauge?
- Over thinking it. I’m often asked for crochet help on the most simplest things. I’m not saying this to put anyone down, but to tell you not to over think when you crochet. Crocheting is not rocket science and it isn’t as hard as you may think it is.
- Getting frustrated, frustrated and more frustrated. I’ve been frustrated plenty of times, especially when I first started out learning and crocheting new things. Crocheting is suppose to be fun, so I learned to just relax. Walking away and coming back to a crochet project with a clear head always seemed to work for me. It helps solve whatever crochet obstacle I had to overcome.
- Not asking for help. Don’t be stubborn. If you need help, just ask! Simple as that. If you don’t know where to find help, here is a post that can help: How to Ask for Crochet Help
- Trying to be perfect. Being a perfectionist is great for some things, but give yourself a break when it comes to crocheting. When you are first starting off, just have fun playing with the stitches and learning something new. You can worry about it being perfect later, because chances are it won’t be perfect your first few times. It’ll come with practice.
If you would like to add one of your crochet mistakes to the list, feel free to leave it as a comment!
Caren is a life long crocheter and self proclaimed yarn junkie. In her free time she enjoys crocheting items for charity and playing with her two children. Caren wishes to inspire others to crochet more, learn more, and live more.