The basics of crocheting

Crocheting is a very relaxing activity. If you’re doing an easy, simple job where you knit stitches automatically, your thoughts can flow freely: you’re thinking about something exciting or watching your favorite series.

Crocheting according to the pattern looks a bit different, where you have to be focused, count the stitches, move the marker, stuff the filling.

It all depends on the degree of your initiation into the art of crocheting.

A pot holder or a simple headband is made differently than a crochet mascot. And I’m not talking only about the degree of complexity, but about the stitching itself. Because simple projects, such as the above-mentioned paw or headband, can be made with eyelets without stretching the thread too much. Just make sure the stitches are even.

However, in the case of amigurumi, cuddly toys, mascots, not only the nice effect of even stitches counts, but also the strong stretching of the yarn. Then we knit the stitches tightly so that the filling does not come out from the inside of the cuddly toy to the outside between the stitches.

For this reason, I think that you should start by making a rectangular pot holder or a square mug coaster. These are the simplest projects. If you throw yourself in deep water, there is a certain risk that you will get discouraged and give up crochet.

Where to start crocheting?

In my opinion, from choosing the right yarn. Don’t choose any fuzzy, fancy weed or mohair yarn. Choose a thread that is as tight as possible and will not split into 6 or 8 filaments. I suggest you start with YarnArt Jeans. This yarn is very popular among knitters and makes very nice mascots. It may not be as pleasant to the touch as the Himalaya Dolphin Baby plush, but I think it will be the best to start with. It has a tight weave, which makes it easy to grab this yarn with a crochet hook. In addition, it is smooth, without lint, and you can clearly see where you need to put your crochet hook in for the next row of stitches.

And now a cheat sheet on making basic stitches. I will gradually expand the database of videos to help you get through the beginning of learning. I hope the following videos will help you master this art and develop your passion for crocheting. Invite a friend to study together: it’s always better with two people!

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Magic Circle
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The basics of crocheting
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