Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crochet Tips I've Learned

I've been crocheting for many years, and have learned a few things along the way. Unfortunately most of these things I learned the hard way. But hopefully someone can benefit from my mistakes, and make different ones instead.

  1. When you stop a project part way through, either stick the hook you are using in the project or write down exactly which one it is. This way, when you go back you don't accidentally use a hook that is smaller or larger and end up with a lopsided project
  2. Gauge is important! Especially when making clothing, as being off a small amount on the gauge can end up as quite a bit off as it adds up and your project will be the wrong size. 
  3. It's OK to admit you don't know a stitch in a pattern. There are sites, groups, and videos all over the internet where you can ask for help, of view a video of someone doing the stitch. It's better to take the time to understand a new stitch, than do it wrong and have to start all over. 
  4. When you are using a yarn with a dye lot, heed the warning of buying enough for your project. There is nothing worse than finding you don't have enough, finishing with a skein from another lot that you think looks the same, and finding that it is totally obvious after you finish a long project. 
  5. Double check your yarn when you purchase, and be sure it is the same. Sometimes people grab something and change their mind and put it in the wrong place. You don't want to get done with a blanket only to notice there is a section that is a slightly different color/feel than the rest. 
Stay tuned, I'll add more as I think of them. 

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