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Already know how to knit? Learn how to crochet with the crocheting lessons in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Pattern selection
- Internet access (optional)
Review pattern instructions to ensure you understand them.
Think simple when you start. Patterns are typically identified according to skill level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
Find an unstructured pattern
Find a pattern for a baby blanket or shawl. This will make hook selection easier. Because they are unstructured designs, little blankets, scarves, and shawls render the needle gauge less important.
Search for hook requirements
Search for patterns that use a large crochet hook. Large hooks are easy to maneuver and to pull through yarn. In America, a B/1 is small and an N/15 is large.
Avoid specialty yarns
Avoid patterns that call for specialty yarns, including eyelash, wispy, and chunky types, whose stitches might not be as easily counted and can lead to frustrating mistakes.
Look for Granny Squares
Look for patterns called "Granny Squares" -- easily finished smaller squares -- which allow you to go back and make corrections before stitching them all into a full, final piece.