How to Crochet FasterBy Rachel Choi – 7 Comments
If you crochet faster you can crochet even more in less time! Plus, it’s always fun to impress your audience (friends, spouse, co-workers, or stranger staring at you in the waiting room) with how fast you can crochet. So below are some tips on how to crochet faster. If you have a tip you would like to share, feel free to leave it as a comment on this post!
Practice. I have to state the most obvious tip first. The more you practice the faster you tend to crochet. You become more used to crocheting and are able to get a feel of what works for you and what doesn’t.
Make sure you can pull your yarn smoothly. This means that you should be able to crochet without having to stop and pull the yarn out or untangle it. I recommend using the center of a pull skein when you crochet. If your yarn isn’t in a center pull skin fashion, then you can wind it into one. Using the outer strand of yarn to crochet requires you to keep unraveling the yarn as you go. Also, balls of yarn tend to roll around as you pull them.
Place your yarn in a convenient location while you crochet. The position where you place your yarn can impact how smooth your yarn flows. Depending on where you are sitting and how you hold your work, you may decide that you can pull your yarn better when it is next to your lap or on a table. Try it out for yourself to find out which one works best for you!
Hold yarn and hook comfortably. There are tons of ways you can hold your hook and yarn. But remember, there isn’t one “right” or “correct” way to do it. The best way is the one that is most comfortable for you. Make sure that the yarn flows smoothly and the tension is good when you hold it. Also, be sure that your hand doesn’t cramp up and you have a free, not awkward, motion when holding your hook. You can learn more about ways on How to Hold a Crochet Hook and How to Hold Yarn in Crochet.
Choose the right hook. Pick a hook that works good with the yarn you are using. If it’s too small it’ll most likely split your yarn and if it’s too big it’ll be pretty uncomfortable to work with. Different types of hooks take time to get use to, so pick the ones that work good for you. You can use the table in this post to find the recommended hook size for your yarns: Types of Yarn and Recommended Crochet Hooks and Gauges. Also keep in mind that different hook brands can impact how fast you crochet.
Work on patterns that are repetitive. Repetitive motion is great because you can remember it subconsciously without thinking about it. The less you have to think, the faster you can crochet. Plus, the more times you do something the better and better you will become. Patterns that are repetitive are easier to work and faster to commit to memory, so that you can crochet faster.
Relax. Crocheting is suppose to be fun. So relax your body and your mind. Don’t think too hard and don’t tense up. Just relax and have fun with it and you may notice yourself crocheting faster in no time.
Do you have a tip to share on how to crochet faster? Leave it as a comment!