🧶Crochet 101 for Beginners


🙋‍♀️ : I am not crafty at all! Do you think even I can make those popular crochet items?😅 👩‍🏫 : Of course, you can! Let's see how to do it together now.

Crochet_Granny Squares

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Recently, I bought balls of colorful yarns and a crochet hook to decorate my sofa in the living room with a large motif blanket this winter. It's my first doing crochet since middle school, but I'm a little proud of myself for doing better than I thought. 😋

When I continued stitch after stitch imagining the completed blanket, it reminded me of my childhood. My mom was such a crafter, and she used to make many things and decorate our house. I remembered how she was knitting whenever she had time, and I was interrupting her by playing with yarns next to her. When it got cold, she knitted sweaters and scarves for me. And when spring came, she made pretty crochet laces with cotton thread and a crochet hook to decorate TV, shelves, and so on. My love for home styling and craft skills probably is from mom. 💕

So! We're going to learn about the hand-knits that have been loved since a long time ago, especially crochet. We've prepared lots of basic crochet stitches and helpful websites. So please read this post until the end.

 



What is Crochet?

Crochet is a knitting method that weaves thread or yarn using a crochet hook or textiles made in that way. Some of you may have noticed from the pronunciation, but the name crochet comes from the French term "crochet," which means "small hook." In fact, knit textiles have been known to have existed since the 11th century, but evidence that there were crochet textiles emerges in Europe in the 19th century.

19th century crochet from Orvieto, Italy

19th-century crochet from Orvieto, Italy.


This crochet was resurrected as home craft projects from the 1940s to the early 1960s after World War II, especially in the United States, with creative designs in various colors, such as doilies, potholders, and other home items. Then, it faced a new generation with the popularities of granny squares and colorful round motifs between homemakers, but the popularity gradually subsided. However, entering the 21st century, there is a lot of interest in handcrafts and DIYs, and it is getting more interest again. These days the quality of yarn has improved, and the variety has become more diverse. Also, many new pattern books have been published, and crochet classes have become more open.

Granny Square Patterns




 



What Do I Need for Crochet?

There are many materials for crochet, but with only two things, a hook and yarn, we can start to do it right away!


🧶Crochet Hook

The crochet hook comes in various materials, from aluminum to bamboo, steel, and even light-up crochet hooks.

The size of the needle is classified by the diameter of the hook's shaft, and you need to choose a certain size for specific crochet patterns and sizes. Each country has a different size notation, so it's better to buy it by referring to the size table of each country. (In Korea, we follow the Japanese size.)

cCrochet hooks in different sizes