Banana's for Beginners!!
Welcome to Upper Crust Crochet School! So you've dabbled a little and are ready for more? Great! You're in the right place. You know the basic idea of crochet and want to jump into a project! I have a project picked out for you that's fun and practical. It's a simple beanie. One of the first things I moved onto and helped me to understand many different concepts about crochet.
Below are a few basics you'll need before we begin.
Let's get started:
TWO WAYS TO LEARN. Feel free to do ONE or BOTH.
1. Learn on your own using the videos.
2. Schedule time with me for your face-to-face personal instruction.
Either way you choose, I'm here for you! Feel free to message me 24/7 to schedule your instruction time or just for any questions you may have and I will get back with you as soon as possible. Usually within a few hours, always within 24 hours.
These little babies are amazing when it comes to getting your fiber through the eye of a darning needle and can usually be found at your local super center.
This is the set I have. Any darning needle set will do. I do recommend getting a set, because there will be times that you need a different size. Some are plastic, some are metal.
A Crochet Hook
There are many different crochet hooks to choose from ranging in sizes, colors, and brands. We are going to start with a size I. This is a larger hook and will make it easier for you to manipulate the yarn while getting started.
Also, if you go to your local super store you will tend to find a I hook in a 3-pack with the H and I hooks. These are both common as well, the 3-pack is a good starter pack and not very expensive at all.
Yarn or Fiber
There are an infinite number of different types of yarn (or fiber) that you can use to create projects. The type of project you choose to work on is going to determine the kind and size of yarn or fiber you will want to use. We are going to start with a simple pattern with basic stitches just to get you used to using the hook and yarn.
My recommendations are pictured to the right and linked to where I purchase my fiber. However, you can use ANY #4 worsted weight fiber. I've shown in the top picture where on the label you can find what the weight is of your fiber. Pictured below are other popular yarns, but I don't use the top 2 because they aren't soft enough for the project we will be doing for my taste. The Red Heart SUPER SAVER is usually very rough, yet a durable yarn for certain projects. The Red Heart WITH LOVE can go either way...sometimes it's soft, sometimes, not. As for the Caron SIMPLY SOFT, it is one that I use often, because it IS very soft. However, it tends to split while working with it, so I do not recommend it for beginners. All three below can usually be found at your local super store. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, their "I Love This Yarn" is great!