ok so, I realised that there are a few things I forgot to Include with some previous posts.. Important Information like Learning to Hold your hook and your yarn. I learnt in my own way.. I totally hold yarn and hooks wrong after seeing this diagram!! And this diagram is for right handed folks!!
*How To Crochet - Right Handed
Crocheting has long been a folk art that is both functional and beautiful. This How-to was written to give southpaws the basic stitches and their abbreviations often used in standard crochet with left-handed images. You may find that it is helpful to use this information as a reference guide, especially since most guides are for right-handers! The instructions are designed for a beginner or for someone coming back to the art after a long period. I hope you enjoy using the information!
Let's start at the very beginning...remember, as always, practice really does make perfect!
How To Crochet: Holding the Crochet Hook
Hold the hook between your thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand with the hook pointing back towards your thumbnail. This grip should be firm, but comfortable. You will find, as you become more comfortable, that your hook will find its own comfort zone.
How To Crochet: Holding the Yarn
Having an even tension on the yarn is crucial to getting even stitches in crocheting. This is especially important if you are doing patterns that are size-specific, such as clothes. This picture shows the working loop being held between the thumb and middle finger of your right hand, looping over the index finger to control tension. Lace the yarn through the other fingers to also help with tension control and tangling. Again, as you work, you will find a comfort zone...nothing says you have to do it EXACTLY like this!
How To Crochet: Beginning Loop
A slip knot is used as the beginning stitch. I usually insert my hook through the working loop in the opposite direction that I will work, twist, yarn over then pull it through the loop. Some people prefer to tie the knot by hand, then insert the hook to begin working.
How To Crochet: Yarn Over
Yarn over means just that; you are twisting the yarn over the hook from front to back so that the hook catches it and can draw it through the loop.
How To Crochet: Chain Stitch
The chain stitch is the most basic and is used to form the base row and rings. You simply yarn over and pull through the loop to make on stitch. Practice this until you can get a chain of uniform looking loops; its all about tension control and can be easier said than done!
How To Crochet: Making a Ring
Abbreviation: r# (example: r5 is a chain of 5 stitches made into a ring.)
A ring is made of a desired number of chain stitches with one end attached to another. Chain the desired amount, then slip the hook through the beginning stitch. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. Rings are used to start blocks, such as Granny Squares, or can be used as decorations, such as a popcorn stitch.
How To Crochet: Tying Off
Work and extra chain stitch, cut the end and pull it completely through the loop. Pull firmly on the end to create a knot.
This How To Crochet project was contributed by Machele Bailey here
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