Crocheting box set the complete guide on learning how to crochet from beginner to expert

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  1. 1. BoxSet:TheCompleteGuideonLearningHowtoCrochetfrom BeginnertoExpert
  2. 2. Book1 CrochetforBeginners
  3. 3. TheCompleteGuideontheBasicsofCrochet Helloandthankyouforpurchasingthisbookonbeginningcrochet.Togetherwewilllearnthebasic stitchesandtechniquesusedintheartofcrochet.Wellalsolearnaboutthehooksandequipmentyou needtostartoutandallaboutyarnanditsvarioususes.Nextwellpickuphookandyarnandget startedonsomebasicprojects.Mygoalforthisbookistosparkaloveofcrochetinyouandhelpyou getstartedonthispopularandtimelessfiberart.Evenifyouvenevercrochetedbefore,onceyouve completedtheprojectsinthisbookyoullbeabletoreadandworkbasicandbeginningpatterns.Iwill alsosharesomegreatcrochetresourcestohelpyouexpandyournewfoundskills.Soareyoureadyto getstarted?Wellthen,letsbegin!
  4. 4. Contents ChapterOneTheRightEquipment ChapterTwoKnowYourYarn ChapterThreeBasicTerminology ChapterFourReadingPatterns ChapterFiveBasicCrochetStitches ChapterSixBasicCrochetTechniques CrochetResources VideoLinks PatternLinks ImageAttributions Ahashare.com
  5. 5. ChapterOneTheRightEquipment Beforewebeginyoullneedsomebasicequipment.Thisincludescrochethooks,shears,stitchmarkers, arowcounter,andabagortotetostoreyouryarn,worksinprogress,andequipment.Youdontneedto spendafortuneongoodqualityequipment.Anicesetofaluminumcrochethooks,agoodpairof shears,andsomesimplestitchmarkersareallyoureallyneedtogetstarted.Inthischapterwellcover thebasicequipmentyoullneedandtheproperwaytouseit. CrochetHooks Crochethookscomeinvarioussizesfromverysmallalmostneedlelikehooksusedwiththreadtohuge hooksusedtocreaterugs.ForthebeginnerIrecommendpurchasingagoodqualityhooksetwithsized fromUSEtoUSK.Thesewillbethesizesusedformostpatternsforallskilllevels.Youcanfind hookswithcomfortgripsifyouhaveproblemswitharthritisorholdingahook.Youcanalsomakeyour owngripswithclay.Someoftheothermaterialsusedforhooksincludesteel,bamboo,variouswoods, andplastic.Agoodqualitysetofaluminumhooksareperfectforthebeginner,andwillserveyoufor manyyears.
  6. 6. Acrochethookisprettystraightforward.Mosthookshaveanindentationinthehandlecalledthegrip orpadthatyouusetogripthehook.Therearetwobasictypesoflipsandthreadguides.Boyehooks haveamoreroundedthreadguidewhileBateshooksaremoreangular.Whichtypeofhookyouuseis purelypersonalpreference.Iveusedbothtypesandreallycanttellmuchdifferenceinthem.Butsome diehardfansswearbytheirfavoritebrand,socheckthemoutandseewhichonesyouprefer. AsyouadvanceinyourskillsyoumaywanttotryoutTunisiancrochet.Thistypeofcrochetusesa longhooktoholdthestitches.Itlooksverysimilartoalongknittingneedlewithacrochethookonone end.YoucanalsofindTunisiancrochethookswithalongpieceofplasticormetalusedtoholdmany stitches.Theselooksimilartocircularknittingneedleswithahookononeend.CircularTunisian crochethooksareusedforverylargeprojectssuchasakindsizeafghan.Youcanalsofinddouble endedcrochethooks.TheseareusedformoreadvancetechniquessimilartoTunisiancrochet. CrochetHookSizes Crochethookscomeinmanysizes.AsImentionedbeforesteelhookswithverysmallhooksizesare usedfordelicatethreadandlacework.Steelhooksaresizeddifferentlythanotherhooks.Whenusing steelhooksyoumustrememberthatthehigherthenumberthesmallerthehook,forexamplethelargest hooksizeis00whilethesmallestissize14. MostpatternsusecrochethooksizesfromUSE/4(3.5mm)toUSK/10.5(6.5mm).Patternsuseboth thelettersizeandthemillimetersize.UsethishandychartfromtheCraftYarnCounciltorefertothe varioushooksizes.ThischartisalsoahandyreferenceifyoufindpatternsnotwritteninUS terminology.
  7. 7. HowtoHoldaCrochetHook Therearetwocampsofthoughtwhenitcomestoholdingacrochethook.Oneisthepencilholdand oneistheknifehold.Asthenamesimplyifyouuseapencilholdyoullholdyourhooklikeapencil.If youuseaknifeholdyouwillholdyourhooklikeyouwouldatableknife.Bothtechniquesarecorrect, andbothtechniquesproducetheexactsamestitches.Whichholdyouuseisuptoyou.Trythemboth outandseewhichonefeelsbesttoyou.PersonallyIvealwaysheldmyhooklikeapencil.Thatishow
  8. 8. mymotherandgrandmothertaughtme.ButMikeyfromTheCrochetCrowdusestheknifeholdinall ofhisvideotutorials,butwebothendupwiththesamefinishedproduct.Sodontletanyonetellyou thatyouholdyourhookwrong.Eitherwayisfine;justdowhatfeelsnaturaltoyou. Inthisimageyoucanseethehookisheldlikeaknife.
  9. 9. Thisimageshowsthehookheldlikeapencil. StitchMarkers Stitchmarkersareusedtomarkthebeginningofapatternrepeat,thebeginningofaroundwhen crochetingintheround,andcolorchanges.Therearemanydifferenttypesandstylesofstitchmarkers youcanfindfromsimpleplasticclipononestoornatebeadedones.Youmightevenwanttotryyour handatmakingyourownstitchmarkerswithsafetypinsandbeads.Iveevenusedabobbypinina pinch,oracontrastingpieceofyarnasastitchmarker.Justbesuretousestitchmarkersthatare removablesothatyoudontcrochetthemintoyourwork. OtherEquipmentforBeginners Youwillneedapairofscissor(shears)whichyouonlyuseforcuttingyarn,thread,andfabric.Let everyoneinyourfamilyknowtheseshearsarehands-offandonlyforyourcrochetwork.Thiskeeps themniceandsharp.Cuttingpaperwilldullshearsandwhenyougotousethemyoullnoticeabig differenceinhowtheycut.
  10. 10. Arowcounterisanotherhandylittletooltohave.Youuseittokeeptrackofwhichrowyouareonin yourpattern.Manypatternshaverowrepeatstoachievetheproperlook.Youcanfindrowcountersin manydifferentstyles.Youcanevenuseapieceofpaperandapenciltokeeptrackofyourrowsby writingdowntherownumbersorusinghashmarks. Youwillalsowanttopurchaseabagortotetostoreyourcrochetsupplies.Thiswillkeepyourprojects awayfromcuriouslittlehandsorpaws.IhavecatsandIhavetokeepmyyarn,supplies,andworksin progressinacoveredtote.MycatslovetoexploreboxesandbagssoIneededsomethingwithalocking toptokeepthemoutofeverything.Asyouexpandyouryarnstashandskillsyoumaywanttogetsome sturdyshelvingtoorganizeyourcrochetsupplies.Idreamofturningmyguestroomintoacraftroom andImalwaysonPinterestlookingatthemanyideas.Agirlcandreamright? Thisisahandyidea!
  11. 11. ChapterTwoKnowYourYarn Ihaveaconfession:Iloveyarn.YesthereIsaidit!Onceyoudiscoverallofthedifferenttextures, materials,andcolorsoutthereintheworldofyarnImsureyoullbeayarnaddict,too.Whenyouare startingoutinvestingoodqualityyarn,butdontbreakthebank.Whilehandspun,handdyedartisan yarnisatreasureandadreamtoworkwith,savethistypeofyarnforlaterwhenyouremoreconfident inyourskills.Theresplentyofgoodqualitymediumpricedyarntobehadinawidevarietyofcolors andtextures. Inthischapterwellgooverthedifferenttypesoffiberusedtomakeyarnandhowtoreadayarnlabel. YarnFibers Yarnismadefromthreebasictypesoffibers;animal,plant,andsynthetic.Eachonehasitsbestuseand eachonehasitsownpropertiesforcaringandworkingwithit.Mostyarnfiberarrivestothefactoryin bales.Thesebalesarecombedandwashedandthenspunintoyarnthroughvariousmethods.Mostyarn fibersarriveattheyarnmanufacturingfacilityalreadydyed.Handdyedyarnisexpensive,butitis uniqueandnottwoballsareexactlyalike. AnimalFibers
  12. 12. Alpacasusedforyarnfibers Wool,mohair,alpaca,mohair,angora,andsilkareexamplesofthevariousanimalfiberstoproduce yarn.Woolisaverypopularchoiceandcreatesasoftfabricwhichhasalotofwarmthandhasalotof give.Woolcomesfromsheepandisfoundinmanydifferentcolorsandweights. Alpacayarnisfromtheanimalofthesamenameandhasabitofsheentoit.Itisalsoverywarmand softtothetouch.Alpacayarnisanicealternativetowoolandthefabrichasanicedrapetoit. Goatsproducethefibersusedformohairyarn.Softmohairyarnisfromyounggoatswhilecoarser mohaircomesfromoldergoats.Mohairyarncanbedyedwithveryvividcolorsandholdsthesecolors verywell. Cashmereyarnisproducedfromthefurfromtheunderbellyofaspecificbreedofgoat.Angorayarn comesfromtheAngorarabbit.Bothtypesofyarnareveryluxuriousandsoft.Bothtypesofyarnalso haveabeautifuldrape.Theseyarnsarequiteexpensiveandarealtreattouse. Silkfiberscomefromthesilkwormandarenormallyblendedwithotherfiberstogivetheyarnstrength, shine,andtexture.Silkisaveryprettyadditiontoyarnandyoucanfindsomeverybeautiful PlantFibers Yarnmadewithplantfibersisverystrongandholdscolorwell.Plantfiberyarnscanbeabitstiffto workwithuntilyougetusedtothem,buttheyareperfectformakingkitchenandbathitemsaswellas summergarments.
  13. 13. Flaxfield Cottonfibersareusedtocreateaverydurableandsturdymaterial.Itcomesinmanydifferentweights andcanbeusedfordelicatecottonthreadusedinlaceworkanddoiliestobulkyweightyarnusedfor matsandrugs. Bambooisalsousedtomakeaverysturdyyarnwhichhasmoresheenthancotton.Fabriccrocheted withbamboothreadhasaveryprettystitchdefinitionandanicedrape. Flaxfibersareusedtocreatelinenyarn.Linenisanexcellentchoiceforsummergarmentsbecauseit wicksawaymoistureandthefabricbreathes.Itisverydurableandcomesinmanyshades. Hempfibersareusedtocreateanothersturdyplantbasedyarn.Hempyarncanbeusedinanyproject whichcallsforcottonorbamboo.Itcomesinawidevarietyofcolorsandtextures. SyntheticFibers Oneofthemostpopulartypesofyarnisacrylic.Acrylicyarnisproducedfromsyntheticpetroleum basedfibers.Itcanbedyedintomanydifferentcolors,isdurable,andveryeasytoworkwith.Thereare manydifferenttypesofacrylicyarnrangingfromthinfingerlingyarntobigchunkybulkyyarn.Acrylic yarnalsocomesinmanytextures.Itiseasytoworkwithandhassomegive,makingittheperfect choiceforthebeginner. Youcanfindacrylicyarnwithsequins,beads,andothertypesofembellishments.Eyelashyarnisafun acrylictoworkwith.Ithaslittlefiberswhichresembleeyelashesandisusedwithothertypesofyarnto createveryprettyembellishmentsonmanyprojects.Funfurisanotherfunacrylicyarn.Youcancreate
  14. 14. fauxfurpieceseasilywiththistypeofsyntheticyarn. VariegatedAcrylicYarn Othertypesofsyntheticyarnincludenylon,polyester,andmicrofiber.Thesefibersarenormally blendedwithothertypesofyarntoaddelasticity,sheen,andtexture. YarnWeights Yarncomesindifferentweightsfromfingerlingusedforlaceworkandbabyitemstosuperbulky.Yarn manufacturersuseastandardizedsystemforyarnweight.TheCraftYarnCouncilhasahandychart whichshowsthedifferentyarnweightsandwhattheyareusedfor.Youcangotothesiteanddownload aPDFfilesoyoucanprintitoutanduseitasareferencewhenyoushopforyarn. StandardYarnWeightSystem Categoriesofyarn,