When You Want to Learn Crochet but Don’t Know Where to Start

In keeping with my attempt to grow and to Learn New Things this year, I’ve been circling the matter of crochet for some time. I tried to learn crochet last year, and it didn’t go so well. If you want to learn something new, I discovered, it’s best to start at the beginning, and Beginning Crochet with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is an excellent place to start.

Shannon is a force of nature and a fantastic teacher to boot. Check out the clip below. I work with a lot of really great instructors, and I think Shannon gets the gold medal for the enthusiasm and passion he brings to whatever he teaches.


Spend some time with Shannon and learn all about hooks and yarn and basic crochet stitches. Learn to make your first chain, and end up banging out some awesome post stitch ribbing. You’ll be amazed by what you can do with the most basic, beginner-y stitches.

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Single crochet, 4 ways.

In addition to Shannon’s excellent on-screen demonstration, we’ve included a lot of additional materials, including step-by-step illustrations for every stitch. Shannon also demos some easy troubleshooting such as how to clean up any wonky edges. You’ll look like an old hand at something you just learned.

Learn to look this good your first time out.

When learning something new, it’s so easy to get caught up in “the correct way” of doing things. “OMG, maybe I am doing this the wrong way, and people will get all judgy on me, and the whole world will end!” Relax. Shannon points out again and again that however you do something is the right way of doing something. So long as the stitch is correct and you aren’t hurting yourself, you’re good. Watch his takedown of the “right” way to hold a hook—a controversy that has raged for millennia in the crochet world.


Of course, once you have learned all this, you probably want to do more than practice on swatches. We added some free beginner crochet patterns to the mix, so you can try out your newfound skills.

Check out Beginning Crochet with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and learn something new. Maybe your next needlework obsession is just around the corner.

Start stitching!
Allison


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