Pom poms on branch

We can scarcely believe it, but 2019 is here! It’s time to reluctantly take off our Christmas jumpers, replace Christmas cake with, well, regular cake, and carefully pack away our lovingly-crafted decorations until the arrival of next festive season…

But as we bid a very fond farewell to 2018, it’s time to look ahead to a new year full of crafting and learning new skills. If your New Year’s resolution was to learn to crochet but you’re not quite sure where to start, fear not! We’ve put together this handy quick guide that will help you get started.

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Step 1: Get kitted out

The first thing you’ll need is a crochet hook. When it comes to choosing the right hook, an important thing to consider is how comfortable a hook is to hold. There are a few different grip types to choose from (‘pen’-style, flat, ergonomic, hard or soft), and also different hook materials (wood, plastic or metal). It’s really down to personal preference but, if you’re not too sure, Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks would be a great place to start. We find them to be very comfy to use, and they’re available in a big selection of sizes.

If you’re following a pattern, the pattern information will indicate the size of hook you need. If you aren’t following a pattern, check the recommended hook size for the yarn you’re using. The most common size of crochet hook would probably be 4mm, which is the hook size that’s usually needed for working with double knit (DK) yarn.

Speaking of yarn, that is, of course, the next thing you’ll need! Stylecraft Special DK is a fantastic yarn to begin crocheting with. It’s available in over 80 shades, so there are plenty of colours to choose from for your project. It’s 100% acrylic, so is very hardwearing and machine washable—making it an ideal choice for blankets. It’s lovely and soft, too!

If you’d prefer to use a cotton yarn (which you may do if you want to try your hand at amigurumi), then Scheepjes Catona would be a great choice. It's available in a range of different sized balls, including 10g - perfect for colour work requiring just a small amount of several different shades.

Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks

.... Stylecraft Special DK ....

Scheepjes Catona 10g balls

Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks .... Stylecraft Special DK
.... Scheepjes Catona 10g balls
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Some other essential items:

Stitch markers

Hand sewing needles Row counters
Stitch markers (particularly useful for marking the start of a round) Hand sewing needles for sewing in your ends (as much as we hate it, it has to be done... Row counters (because, no matter how intently you’re concentrating, we can guarantee from experience you’ll inevitably lose count at some point!)

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Step 2: Get inspired

When it comes to finding crochet inspiration, blogs are a must. The fabulously colourful blogs by Lucy from Attic24 and Dedri from Look at What I Made are full of crochet patterns, ideas and tutorials, with clear photos and step-by-step guides to help you along the way. If you decide to make one of projects, be sure to take a look at our Attic24 packs and Look at What I Made packs, which each contain the yarn and pattern information you’ll need.

There are some fantastic crochet magazines out there, too. We’d recommend checking out Simply Crochet, Inside Crochet and Crochet Now, which are all bursting with gorgeous designs and inspiration, as well as guides and tips.

Finally, remember to check out our Free Pattern Friday series for oodles of ideas as well! We publish a free crochet or knitting pattern on our website each week here.

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Christmas Tree Bunting by Happy Berry Crochet .... Santa's Wardrobe .... Wool Warehouse Christmas Bunting
The latest crochet project by Lucy from Attic24 - the beautiful Sweet Pea blanket ... Crochet magazines, such as Simply Crochet, Crochet Now and Inside Crochet, are full of ideas! .... The lovely Memory Lane blanket by Dedri from Look at What I Made


Step 3: Practise, practise, practise!

Why not join a local knit and natter group to share ideas and tips? Whether you want to crochet, or just natter, being with other like-minded crafters is a great way to learn and be inspired. (Plus there’s often cake, too!)
 
If you’re new to crochet, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on! Remember to stay in touch with us on Facebook and share your progress.

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