I learn so much from my readers and from the other crochet sites I visit online as well as in books and magazines. I’d love to round up all those tips and have them in one location as a resource. So, I’m asking my readers to post their best tip in the Comment Section below. I’m really hoping we’ll get a lot of information gathered in one place.
I have a few tips I’ll start us off with. Some of them may be well known to most of you. For newbies, some of these will quite helpful (I hope). Here are some of my most useful crochet tips:
1. Use the right hook for the right job. Just because a pattern calls for a certain size hook, don’t forge ahead until you’ve checked to see if you get the same results with that hook that the designer did. If you crochet tighter or looser than average, you may well need to change hook sizes to attain gauge. There’s a very useful article about gauge here (the origin of the picture above).
2. Always check gauge (especially for garments)! If you successfully complete a garment that fits you without having checked gauge, it was just a fluke! This should probably tip #1.
3. Invest in good hooks and yarn. Don’t spend a month making a lovely afghan with inferior yarn. Your time and energy are as important as the finished product. If you’re a bit flexible and shop wisely for yarn, you can often find discounted sources for yarn that might otherwise be out of your price range. Those hooks featured here are my absolute faves! (Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks, widely available.)
4. Make a photocopy of a pattern for your own use so that you can make notes and mark it up as you need without having to worry about it.
5. If a pattern appears complicated or difficult for you, use note cards or small pieces of paper and write down each step of the pattern on one card or piece of paper. Turn over each piece of paper as you complete that segment of the pattern.
Okay. This is my Top Five. I have lots more, but I’d rather read what you have to add to the conversation here. Please post as many tips as you’d like. Feel free to add a link to a website or video if that will better demonstrate your idea.
By jd wolfe