Getting Started: From Zero to (Crochet) blogger

I have been procrastinating… I have not been as focused as I should be around my blog, so here is my challenge – blog every day for 30 days… I was going to start on May 1st, but since I had made the decision to do it why wait!

I have the feeling that this is not going to be easy, in fact I have been warned as much, but here we go.

One of the first things to get inspirations for posts is to think about what questions people ask most frequently,   If you have any crochet or knitted related questions then please do ask, if I don’t know the answer I can look around the web and find someone who can – which is exactly what I would do in the shop when I had it!

I know that one question often asked by beginners is:

Does it matter how I hold my hook and yarn?

My answer is simple – NO!

There are two main ways to hold a hook – top row of piccys are knife hold, bottom row pencil hold, left and right handed.

knife left knife right pencil left pencil right

and there are as many ways to hold yarn as there are crocheters.  I was teaching on Friday at a Women’s Weekly workshop and as long as the yarn is in one hand and hook in the other you can get started!

To help illustrate this I took some videos at a group that I go to, many of whom I have taught to crochet.  I have recorded in slow motion and as short clips.

As long as you can maintain an even tension ( and that only comes with practice, patience my newbies…) you can hold however you like, personally I discourage using a knitting type hold, with the yarn and hook in the same hand, but if you really can’t mange any other way, then try that way until you are confident with stitches, and then see if you can change.  If you are likely to be crocheting for long stretches at a time, it is also helpful to be able to change hold – even just slightly to reduce the chance of injury…

I will be publishing some learn to crochet posts soon, but I look forward to your crochet and yarn questions…till tomorrow!

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