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Readers Respond: Top Tips for Helping Beginners Learn How to Crochet

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From the article: Crochet Tips for Beginners
If you've been crocheting for awhile, you've probably picked up some valuable crochet tips along the way. Why not share them with other crocheters? If you have helpful hints or time-saving tips, please post them here. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge!

Jules

I always cut a length from the yarn I'm using & tie it around a label from the batch in use. I keep photos of each project with the appropriate yarn labels & references for the patterns in separate plastic slip covers in an A4 folder. Fold the top of each cover over and secure with a paperclip to keep everything inside.
—Guest Tryff

Make note of colors

When I start a new project, I make sure to write down the yarn I am using. I put the manufacturer, color (with lot number), and weight. Also, when changing the colors in a pattern to suit my tastes I note what I substituted (i.e.- Color A green, Color B purple). That way I know what colors I substituted when I come back to the project later!
—Guest Beckie

Make note of colors

When I start a new project, I make sure to write down the yarn I am using. I put the manufacturer, color (with lot number), and weight. Also, when changing the colors in a pattern to suit my tastes I note what I substituted (i.e.- Color A green, Color B purple). That way I know what colors I substituted when I come back to the project later!
—Guest Beckie

Little things add up

I've been crocheting for 40years and anything that makes your life easier or more enjoyable is fair game! Until you are used to the abbreviations and terms, write yourself out a "cheat sheet" on an index card.For keeping count of rows or rounds a pedometer will do just fine as a stitch counter.A handy and free yarn holder can be made by cutting the bottom off a 2litre bottle,putting the yarn in and threading the end thru the pour spout. Duct tape the cut edges to keep from snagging the yarn.When using a ball of thread or yarn a metal bowl will keep it from getting away from you. The plastic or metal tubes some cigars come in are perfect for holding steel {size 0 thru 15}hooks. For sore or tired hands a padded grip can be made by cutting a piece of foam rubber or foam spongeinto a 3 or 4 inch long that is of a depth that feels good to you. Put a hole thru the center lenghtwise with a knitting needle or a piece of wire then insert the crochet hook. adjust the size to suit you.
—Pat.P

crochet hook holder

I used to be in the medical field. We used 60-cc syringes, and the case they come in has a nice cap that can hold a hook, small pair of scissors, pencil/pen/highlighter and folded up directions pretty well. I keep it in the bag with the project I am doing. This way if I have to leave it for a week or so, I don't have to remember which hook I was using, or what pattern I was using.
—lifeguard_911

Pencil boxes

A school pencil box ($1 when school sales oare on) works great for putting hooks, scissors, counter, etc. in. There is plenty of room for most items you need when doing a project and they are all handy. I buy the small plastic carrying cases with lids (different sizes for different projects) and put all items needed in it and I am ready to grab it and go anytime. I usually have more than one project in waiting. If you are new to this hobby please ask any crocheter for help and hints. They love to talk about their craft.
—Guest Sharon

Post-it Notes

I keep a tablet of tiny post-it notes in my crochet bag. Placed upside down, you can stick it above the row you are working on so your eyes go right to that row. It can be moved over and over as you go thru your pattern. And when i put my work away, I jot down "finished row XX" on that post-it note so I know exactly where I left off. The post-it notes are inexpensive and very useful.
—tugboatgrandma

Top Tips for Helping Beginners Learn How

I think its very important learn to read graphics and patterns symbols
—ccremo

Storing Hooks

I have a little case that my hubby received a fancy ink pen in that made a great hook & supply holder. I have several hooks, a pair of cuticle scissors, yarn needles & a nail file in it. Great protection & small enough to keep with me all of the time. I like it because opens in half & allows me to see just what I need.
—Guest Kathy

teach someone to crochet left handed

To teach someone how to crochet left handed, have them watch you crochet in a mirror. It reverses the crochet to left handed. Find a mirror that you can set on a table and start crocheting!
—Guest Linda B

Dont Go Tip Down

When using bamboo or another wooden crochet needle(s) dont put them in your ball of yarn tip down. When I went to pull my bamboo needle out it got caught on the yarn in side the ball and broke :)
—kdizne

Scrapbook for crocheted items.

I am into creating bed dolls, afgans, decorater dolls, etc. I sell them as they are ordered. I have a picture of most of the dolls and afgans I have sold or given as gifts. People over the years have used these pictures to order for gifts. Always keep track of successful items you create. I just created a hat made out of strips of plastic shopping bags. Cool!
—Guest Syndee

Share crochet tips

When crocheting with the bedspread thread, I use a black marker to write the color number and size number on the inside of the yarn holder, which is generally a cardboard roll. This way if you lose the papers that come with it, you still have the important info needed if having to replace or use more of the same color.
—Guest Gerry

Scrapbook

To add to the info on Crochet Scrapbook. I always (now) take a picture of any project, it's amazing how many things you make over the years and how many things you forget you made. Definitely a must do.
—Guest Pam

BLDeBushe

When making crochet gifts, I save at least one label from the yarn to enclose with the gift to show the care instructions. I save a label to store with a photo of the project with the info about who I gave it to and when it was made. I also make notes on crochet patterns in instruction books about who I made it for and when. My crochet photo book goes back only 25 years. Wish I had started sooner!
—Guest BLDeBushe

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