Lesson 2 – The Super Basics

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It’s a lot harder to break a habit than to just learn it the way you want to learn it to begin with and there is a lot of good information out there in a lot of different places. My goal is to put it all together so that you don’t have to run around like I did to get the most efficient information. If you watch it, read it or learn it in the order I’ve compiled it here, it WILL pay off! Basically, I’m handing you a year of trial and error, and putting it in the order that you need to learn it and handing it to you in one full package and saving you the trouble that I had to go to. You’re welcome!

I also hope to teach you the same techniques in a few different ways so you aren’t caught off guard, like I was, when you see something done differently in a pattern. I was so confused by this for a long time and when I saw someone do it another way than I learned, I got little alarm bells that said “Hey! They’re doing it wrong!”, when really, they just knew a better way. There is a lot of gray area, it’s not all black and white. So just remember, if you see someone doing something in a way you don’t understand it, that there is more than one way to skin a cat.

The first two videos here are 12 minutes and 15 minutes long, the others are all 2, 3 or 5 minutes. Each are worth watching for different reasons. Please watch them in order. This is the longest part of the learning process, but like any hobby, property groundwork ensures success! Play with your new hook and yarn and see if you can complete some of these. You’ll want to play a little each day this week with these videos handy.

These are The Crochet Crowd Super Basics

1.  Proper posture, how to hold the yarn in your hand, and the importance of tension

2. How to make the beginning slip stitch easily, hook size tutorial, understanding gauge and basic chaining

Moogly Blog teaches some other of the above techniques in a different way:

3. How to perform a basic chain (ch) stitch

4. How to do the beginning slip knot

Yarn Obsession teaches the same techniques in yet another way:

5. How to hold the yarn

6. How to perform a basic chain (ch) stitch

Putting it all together:

There is no wrong way. These lessons are not to make anyone feel badly for the way they do things, which is why I made sure to include as many different correct ways to do things as possible. In my opinion, I feel like the Crochet Crowd way, (the first video) is the best way for new learners to learn. Especially since those who crochet using the way the crochet crowd video shows you (and it’s a wonderful video for a lot of reasons) can use the same hold and move easily over into knitting and not have to change the way they hold yarn or the needles. (Quick knitting trivia: Knitters hold their yarn in their right hands. Those who crochet most commonly translate over as what is called “continental knitters” which is a fancy way to say they hold their working yarn in their left hand, like crocheting.) There is no way to hold a knitting needle in the grip hold, you must hold it vertically. So this is why I feel the first way is good to translate into knitting easily. But if it just feels really wrong, any way you can hold it your crochet hook and comfortably make the stitch is fine.

If you’re a beginner, practice making your slip knot, practice holding your yarn, and practice chaining! Try to make your tension even; not too tight- not too loose and even the whole way. And when you’re done with that, pull it and try again! Do nothing else but start and chain this week. You need this ground work because we will be adding the stitches next week.

 At this point, you should have no problems at all following and completing this pattern, this pattern or this pattern!

Please let me know in the Learn to Crochet! by Articles of a Domestic Goddess Event that you’ve read this, understand and that you are ready to move forward.

If you have any questions, please notify an admin by posting your question to the wall in the Learn to Crochet! by Articles of a Domestic Goddess Event.

 Finished? Move on to

Lesson 3 – The Basic Stitches and Turning Chains

 Need to take a step back? Move to

Lesson 1 – Gathering Your Materials


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