- Step 1: Review instructions Review pattern instructions to ensure you understand them.
- Step 2: Think simple Think simple when you start. Patterns are typically identified according to skill level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
- Step 3: 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.
- Step 4: 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.
- Step 5: 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.
- TIP: Go online to select patterns on one of the many sites tailored to your skill level. Lots of free patterns exist all over the internet.
- Step 6: 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.
- FACT: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef -- an "environmental version of the AIDS quilt" -- is meant to draw attention to how rising temperatures and pollution are destroying the Great Barrier Reef.
You Will Need
- Pattern selection
- Internet access (optional)