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Crocheters Helping Crocheters

Crochet Enthusiasts Share Tips, Advice, Resources and Encouragement

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This collection of resources is a tribute to the concept of crocheters helping other crocheters. No matter what it is you're trying to accomplish with your crochet, our readers have shared advice and encouragement that will help - whether you're trying to learn how to crochet, organize your supplies, crochet for charity, or learn new skills.

Crochet Forum at About.com

If you came to this this page because you need someone to help you with a specific crochet question you have, our crochet forum is a fantastic resource. Our forum members have helped each other solve all kinds of problems. Chances are good that someone there could help you, too.

While you're there, we hope you'll look around a little and join in some of the other discussions as well. Our forum is also a great place to see what other crochet enthusiasts are up to, and to find new project ideas.

The crochet forum is always open, so please drop in any time!

Readers Share Their Best Crochet Tips

This collection of crochet tips covers a range of topics. When we started it, our goal was to try to help beginners who are just learning to crochet. As tips were added, it grew into a resource that I think will be helpful to any crochet enthusiast at any level; there are so many great tips that you're likely to learn something new here even if you've been crocheting for years.

Our Favorite Crochet Hooks

Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks
A Set of Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks -- Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com.

You can crochet with any old hook, but many of us have our favorites. Read about other crocheters' favorite hooks, and learn why they are their favorites. Then tell us all about your favorite hook too.

Learn How to Crochet With Your Left Hand

Left-Handed Crochet
Left-Handed Crochet -- Photo © 2009 M. Solovay, Used With Permission.

Crochet classes, instructions, and patterns are typically created with the right-handed crocheter in mind. How frustrating for people who want to crochet left-handed!

Luckily, we have a talented, and experienced, group of left-handed crochet enthusiasts in our community. They have generously shared their methods for learning how to crochet left-handed.

There are several reasons why you might want to learn how to crochet with your left hand. If you're left-handed, it makes perfect sense. A right-handed person with an injury to the dominant hand might also like to learn how to crochet left-handed. If you can switch back and forth between hands, it's a great way to keep your hands from getting tired.

Organize Your Yarn Stash

Photo of Yarn Stored in a Hanging Shoe Organizer
Yarn Organized in a Hanging Shoe Holder -- Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

It can be a challenge to keep yarn, thread, wire, and various other crochet materials stored neatly. As far as I know, there isn't any perfect way of doing so; most organizational systems have both strong points and shortcomings. (If you disagree, please be sure to hurry over and explain your system so we can all give it a try!)

Our readers share insights regarding their methods of organizing; they provide tips and advice you'll be able to use too. Where their systems fall short of ideal, they also discuss what they'd like to do differently.

If you need some help with getting your own yarn stash organized, hopefully the ideas they've shared will motivate and inspire you.

Learn About Crocheting for Charity

Many crochet enthusiasts use their time and talents to crochet for charity. Some focus on making blankets and warm apparel for the homeless; some donate to charities for children; others crochet items for the troops; still others make chemo caps, or hats for preemies.

When a person is inspired to get started with crocheting for charity, (s)he usually has questions:

  • What should I make?
  • Who is in need of these items?
  • How can I best connect with the people in need of my work?
  • Are there organizations who accept these types of donations?
  • How do I best approach them?
  • What kind of yarn should I use?

If you're wondering any of these things, I encourage you to read the responses posted to see how others have answered these questions. You'll be inspired!

Learn About Freeform Crochet

Having a hard time wrapping your head around what freeform is all about? Check out the tips and advice shared by experienced freeform crochet enthusiasts.

If you're into freeform crochet, you're invited to inspire others by sharing your freeform crochet projects.

Find Tips and Advice for Blogging About Your Crochet

Do you want to start a blog about crochet, or improve your existing crochet blog? Find out what other craft bloggers have to say on the topic of blogging about crochet:

  • What they write about
  • What they think makes a crochet blog interesting
  • Where to set up a blog -- what host to use, etc
  • Whether or not they've been making money with their crochet blogs

Even if you don't want to start your own blog, this is a fantastic resource for finding interesting crochet blogs filled with crochet tips, free patterns, and useful project ideas.

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