As promised, here are two easy lessons to get you started in crochet. They are a bit… different. These lessons are for knitters, those crafters comfortable with their pointy sticks, who want to try playing around with a hook.
(Last week I had Learn to Knit If You are a Crocheter. So if you are a happy hooker that wants to play around with some pointy sticks, you might want to check those out instead.)
Its a new year and that’s a good time to be taking on new things, like learning to crochet. Why? Because you survived the holidays. If you can do that, you can do pretty much anything. I am convinced its that glorious and often surprising achievement, surviving Christmas, that led to the whole New-Year-Resolution trend in the first place.
Let’s get started.
Step 1) Grab some bulky weight yarn and a Size K (or J or L) hook. Its always easier to learn new stuff with a thick yarn.
Step 2) Forgive yourself in advance for being a cruddy crocheter. You won’t be for long. But do not expect your first hundred crochet stitches to look as good as the knit stitches you were laying down last night while watching TV and ignoring your housework.
Step 3) Grab some knit needles in size…. 10. Or 10.5. Or whatever needles you would usually grab when working with bulky weight yarn. Why do you need needles? Because I don’t believe in treating knitters like total beginners at crochet (or crocheters like total beginners in knitting). You know plenty about making things with yarn already so let’s take advantage of that.
Crochet Lessons for Knitters – Making the Base Chain (part 1)
Crochet Lessons for Knitters – Making Single Crochet Stitches (part 2)
That’s not all of crochet. Oh heaven’s no. Crochet, unlike knitting, is made up of hundreds, maybe thousands of stitches and there is always more to learn. But the base chain and the single crochet stitch are enough to get you comfortable with using a hook and making knots. Once you can do that I’m confident that you, the accomplished knitter, will be off on a whole new yarn-y adventure!
"There is no failure. Only feedback." - Robert Allen
17 Comments on "Crochet Lessons for Knitters"
So cool! Off to revisit the washcloth post and maybe knit up a few for the baby 🙂
Great! And hun, you must be so close with that baby!. You must be just ready to pop!
Getting there! Though most people are like “I couldn’t tell you were pregnant!” I have no idea what they think I am then lol…. I don’t show as much as you expect, but I’m still obviously pregnant lol.
I had a friend who managed to get to 7 months and no one at her work even had a clue. She had been putting off telling her boss so she could nail down a promotion. After that she started showing off her bump. Then she got tired of waiting for people to realize she was pregnant and just told them.
It sounds like your pregnancy is going like that. You may have to wear a sign around your neck. Or put up an ad on a local billboard.
Unbelievable! I think my crochet-resistant left-handed sister might even be able to do this. I’ve been crocheting since I was a teen or younger-off and on. thank you for this.
Then you are most welcome. 🙂 I hope it works for her. We need more bi-craftual crafters.
Thank you! I can crochet – I can chain the base row, and I can do single, double, half double, etc., crochet. But I HATE doing that first row, crocheting into the base chain. Now I can knit the first row, it works!
Great! In theory you can knit all of crochet and in theory you (as in not me) can do it so that the tension is consistent. So I say.. knit as much of that crochet project as you like. 🙂 Maybe it will even become a thing.
That is just about the neatest thing I have ever seen. As an experienced crocheter and learning knitter this gives me a whole new perspective on both. Thanks for such eye opening videos.
You are most welcome. I have to admit I’m pretty proud of myself for developing these methods. I’m sure they are not “new” but I haven’t seen them anywhere else. And I believe that knitting with crochet hooks and crocheting with needles proves beyond any doubt that there is no wrong way to do it.
Jenn, you are a real gem. Thank you for this new approach to learning. Real live thinking outside the box!
You are very welcome! Its nice to have it appreciated as original and not, ummm, labeled as crazy. lol