How to Find a Good Crochet Pattern

Learn how to find a good crochet pattern from Lion Brand Yarn's Andrea Lemire in this Howcast video.

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Wish someone had taught you how to crochet? It's not too late! In these videos, Andrea Lemire of Lion Brand Yarn Studio shows you how to do a chain crochet stitch, a half double stitch, and a slip stitch; how to crochet a baby blanket, a baby hat, a bag, a beanie, a scarf, an afghan, and a flower; how to join motifs or make seams; how to join a new ball of yarn or color; how to tie a slip knot; and much more. You'll be knocking out baby booties in no time.

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Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started. When you are looking for a crotchet pattern, there are a few things to keep in mind. A lot of people get hung up on skill level, such as beginner, intermediate, advanced. My advice to you is just read through the pattern. It's just like a recipe. You need to read through it first to figure out what your prep work is, what you need to know to do it. And a lot of people get daunted if they don't know, maybe, one or two things in it, but I say, try it out, go to your local yarn store for help, give it a shot. Because at best, you're going to learn something new. At worst, maybe you're not ready for it yet, and that's okay. There are many different resources in terms of finding patterns out there. The Internet is a huge database for patterns. LionBrand.com has a ton of free patterns. We have over 3,000 free patterns on there. You can search for them through the pattern finder, but besides LionBrand.com, there's a lot of other stuff out there. You can just type in 'free pattern,' print them out at home. You should definitely check out your local yarn store for patterns, too. Most local yarn stores do have a large magazine database. There's some really gorgeous magazines out there that have great patterns in them. Books will also have how-to's, not just the patterns, so that's one good thing to think about when buying a book. Start building that library at home. I don't know any yarn crafter who doesn't have at least a couple yarn crafting books at home because that's going to be your resource to go to if you're not sure of a technique. So keep in mind, patterns do use abbreviations. They asse you know what they mean. Obviously, if you're starting out, you probably don't know what they mean. So you can ask at your local yarn store. You can also check out lionbrand.com under the 'learning center.' There's a whole list of what all those tricky abbreviations mean, and a lot of them do actually link to a video of how to execute that stitch or step. You should definitely use that as a resource as well.

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  • Lion Brand Yarn Company

    Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn Company is a 135-year-old brand that has been family-owned and operated for five generations. The company is devoted to inspiring and educating knitters and crocheters with yarns, patterns, how-tos and ideas that elevate their yarn crafting experience. Lion Brand yarns are available throughout the United States in craft chains and discount chains and internationally in 17 countries. You may also purchase our yarns directly from our website.