I learned to crochet by making slouchy beanie hats. My first crochet project was a Boshi crocheted hat. After that I was hooked and had a great desire to learn more about the secrets of crochet.
The main reason I was hooked so fast on crochet was the speed at which my first hat was completed. The patterned called for a large hook and worsted/chunky yarn, thereby enabling me to whip through the hat in less than eight hours.
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and Crochet Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family (Leisure Arts #75358), picked out a few patterns and started crocheting.
cast on 128 stitches
k2, p2 for one inch
increase to 195 stitches by knitting one stitch in the front and one stitch in the back in every third stitch
knit for 3.5 inches
decrease over 24 rounds:
k11, k2 tog
k10, k2 tog
k9, k2 tog
and so on until there are only a few stitches left on the needles
thread yarn through remaining stitches and bind off
weave in loose ends
*change to double point needles when stitches become too tight
It came out nice but took months to complete because I used small needles and thin yarn, and I don't have that much crafting time.
Learning to crochet went fairly quickly once I understood the basic stitches. A few times I got stuck, but the tutorials on youtube quickly came to the rescue.
Following the patterns in the new crochet books I quickly learned that I crochet loose, just like I knit. Therefore, it was
necessary to make some adjustments in order for the hats to fit. The solution was to remove several holes from the crochet project. Although there are other methods, this was done
simply by skipping holes when crocheting around the hat.
Each new project taught me a new stitch or two.
Knitting VS Crochet
I think it's interesting how similar style hats can be created by both knitting and crochet, but the most interesting thing about knitting verses crochet is the stitches.
In knitting there are two basic stitches: Knit and Purl stitch. Aside from casting on and binding off, everything is a variation of those two stitches.
In crochet the basic stitches are:
Like knitting, the designs are all created with variations of the basic stitches.
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