Returning to Crochet: 3 Tips to Refresh Your SkillsBy Tameko Barnette – 5 Comments
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced crocheter from way back, you probably have had times in life where you took a break from your all-time favorite craft. There are some die hard crochet fans who have never missed an opportunity to hone their skills. But what about those of us who can get swept up in life, wake up one morning, and realize how long it’s been since we’ve picked up a crochet hook and some yarn? What in the world can we do to return to crochet? Here are a few tips to get you back on the stitching track again.
Tip #1 – Go Back to the Basics. Sit down with your favorite color of yarn and size I or J crochet hook and make a very long chain. Do not spend time counting the chain loops. Just chain. Have fun with it. Then, you can start to single crochet stitch for awhile. Doing this helps you back into the swing of things, so when you tackle that new project, your mind is set to crochet with ease as you read the instructions. No more feeling like a fish out of water for you. You can practice chaining, single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch, double crochet, and triple crochet stitch to help you get back into the game.
Tip #2 – Grab Some Books. You can go to the library and check out a few crochet books to help you along as well. You can practice with various stitch patterns, such as picot, popcorn stitch, bobble stitch, etc. Just make sure you are not investing too much energy in big projects right off the bat. The idea here is to practice, practice, practice. You’ve been away from crochet for awhile and you want your mind to get acclimated to it again. Make a small swatch gauge for each new stitch pattern to just see if you can do it. Remember…have fun with it.
Tip #3 – Join a Crochet Group. This is a must for anyone who loves to crochet. Crochet groups welcome all comers – new and experienced. Usually there is someone who started the group, who will check on each person attending the meeting to see what type of project they are working on and how they can help. You can learn a lot of tricks of the trade. You can swap patterns and make some new friends. So it’s a win-win for everyone.
Regardless of how long it has been since you have taken on a crochet project, you can use any of these tips at any time to help you get back into your favorite craft.
Do you have any suggestions on how to get back into crochet after taking a long break from it? Please share. We’d love to hear from you.