What to know before becoming addicted to crochet

Crochet looks fun, but where to start? From gear to online resources, here’s what you need to know.

As a hobby, crocheting might not sound so exciting, but if you think about it, it’s a perfect pandemic pastime, especially if you enjoy slow, quiet days spent at home.

Crochet can be done by anyone, anywhere, as long as you have a comfortable place to curl up, and it gives you the perfect excuse to ignore your phone – because counting stitches is no small feat. case.

What makes the job really exciting is what you can do. The possibilities are limitless. With a few basic stitches, you can create an entire wardrobe and more: earrings, headbands, tops, cardigans, bikinis, and even full dresses. You can also make toys, dreamcatchers, blankets and, in the case of a really obsessed crocheter, a car cover – with fringe.

For crocheter and pattern maker Aly Gene (@mgypsy.ph on Instagram), her hobby (and now, her business) makes her feel productive and also helps her relax.

“My ideal day is to crochet because I feel relaxed and it makes me happy. I find the repetitive motion of the hook soothes and relaxes me. It puts me in a better way of thinking. I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I finally finish what I’ve done,” she told Rappler.

Aly, now 27, started crocheting when she was just seven years old. Now she has a whole crochet wardrobe – tops, dresses, skirts and even cosplay costumes. She also makes patterns and sells them on Etsy.

Here are his tips for beginners:

Use the right tools

Start with a 2.5mm to 5mm hook and a good quality yarn that matches the size of the hook. For thread colors, choose light shades rather than dark ones so you can easily see your stitches.

Here are some shops she recommends:

Master the basics

Before you even think about crocheting your way to a whole new wardrobe, you’ll need to learn the basic stitches such as the slip knot, chain stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. hook.

Mastering these stitches prepares you for pretty much everything else, because as Aly said, “these will be the building blocks for more complicated stitches.”

YouTube tutorials are a beginner’s best friend. Here are some crochet chains (including her own) that Aly recommends:

If the tutorials or videos are difficult to follow, you can also try learning through diagrams and models. Here are Aly’s suggestions for where you can download free PDF pattern tutorials:

Join a community

One of the fun things about pursuing a hobby is being part of a community. As Aly pointed out, joining crochet groups gives you another learning resource because you can get help from other crocheters with any questions. You can also share all completed projects and get feedback.

Aly recommends joining the Yarn Over Facebook group, although some crocheters also connect on Instagram using the hashtags #gantsilyoph or #crochetph.

Choose your design niche

Although you can do just about anything with crochet, Aly advises focusing on one type of project first. There are many choices: baby clothes, clothes, crochet dolls, bags, shoes, costumes.

“The more you can focus on your niche, the more familiar you will be with these types of patterns, stitches, and patterns,” she said.

Take your time

As with any new hobby, patience is key – but perhaps even more so for crochet, where even the most seasoned crafters take time to complete a project. Start with small, simple projects (a coaster, perhaps?) and master them before trying out that blanket or cardigan.

As Aly said, “As long as you enjoy the process, then don’t give up!” – Rappler.com