MATERIALS NEEDED TO LEARN CROCHET OR CROCHET
To crochet or crochet we only need a crochet hook or a ball of wool. With one hand we will move the hook to get the fabric of threads and form the fabric, while with the other hand we will hold the fabric or the thread.
Chain or base points.
We make a sliding knot in the strand, insert the needle into the loop and with the needle of the hook we pull the strand from the bottom to the top, we squeeze the thread a bit, it should make us a spike or thin v shape. The chain will be the base points to start a job so knit the corresponding number.
This point is the simplest and is hardly used in employers, however, it is important that you know how it is because it is very helpful especially in circular work.
It consists of threading, inserting the hook at the corresponding point and taking out the strand and that same ring that we just formed by passing it inside the ring that we had previously.
Low or medium point.
The base point or half stitch is the simplest and “smallest” point (bypassing the slipped stitch) that we can crochet, it consists of, with the hook, passing the strand inside the bottom stitch and then stranding it through the new point.
High midpoint or double crochet.
This point is slightly higher than the half point, but not as long as the double point, it consists of making a loop with the strand just before inserting it in the point below, in this way we will have 3 rings left in the needle, we take strand and spend the 3 rings together.
High point or double point.
It is one of the most common basic points, because it is simple and provides a lot of height, so it is ideal to work around and that rapid progress is noticed, it is the point that is usually used in basic granny frames.
With the ring on the needle, we put a strand and insert the needle at the point that would correspond to us, when we take out the needle we should have 3 rings on the needle that we will take out in 2 batches, for this we first strand and take out the first two rings, we return to strand and remove the other rings until leaving only 1 ring.
In this image here I show you, so you can see better, the real differences in height of the different basic crochet or crochet points, so that it is much easier to differentiate them.
In this image I also show you the “triple point”, which is like a double high point but instead of 2 ties at the beginning it has three.
I, just in case, and to make it easier, I made a video with the basic points to make it easier for you to catch the trick.
Tips and advice for beginners.
At the end of the row and turning the work always remember to make a low point before turning in the bag that you are knitting with a low point, in this way the fabric will stay straight.
If you are knitting with a medium high stitch make a chain of 2 stitches and if you knit in a high stitch double a chain of 3 stitches. This will help you when you turn the work and continue to weave the height to match you.
Above all, both the crochet and the point with two needles (or any craft) requires a lot of practice, experiment with different fabrics, or threads, with different needles, and give it hours and hours; if you like knitting they will fly away!
With imagination, as my friend Justin says, the sky is the limit! Idea your own patterns and experience new techniques!
Get inspired by looking at different crocheted objects, you’ll see how impressive what can be achieved with a needle and thread!
Crochet or crochet rice
Yes, as in the point with two needles, there is also a crochet rice stitch. It is very simple and is very beautiful texture. It is reversible and is dense. Easy peasy. As easy as:
If you have a chain of 7 stitches (for example)
Knit: low stitch (pb), high stitch (pa), pb, pa, pb, pa, pb. 3 chain stitches and turn the work.
Knit: pa, pb, pa, pb, pa, pb, pa. 1 chain stitch and turn work.
As you can see, it is as simple as knitting the opposite point of the previous row alternating low and double stitches.
Magic ring + knit in circles
Knitting in circles opens an infinite universe of new creations to crochet, you can start creating round structures such as rugs, coasters, amigurumis, baskets …
Taking the trick to make the magic ring can take a couple of attempts, but the most important thing is to calculate the points when knitting in circles.
Think that crochet knitting in circles means knitting in “spiral”, so you have to increase points proportionally if you want a uniform and expanding round shape, not to bulge or be weird. The most normal is to start with a magic ring and 6 low points in the ring.
At each low point we knit 2 low stitches, so we will have 12 stitches, we join first and last stitches with slipped stitches.
We have 12 points in our work and we have to reach 18 points by increasing 6 points in a balanced way that means, knit 1 normal point and in the 2nd point weave 2 low points, and so on until we reach the last point.
If you have decided to start the work with 6 points so that it is balanced you will have to increase 6 points at each turn, if you have decided to start with 8 you will have to increase 8.
At first it may sound a bit messy, if you need help you can always insert a marker at the beginning of the lap so you don’t miss the points, you can also be guided by tables that will help you calculate the points you need. I have designed a simple point chart so you know how to guide yourself better.
Simple pattern for knitting a shawl
I really like shawls (or stoles) because they can be worn in multiple ways.
With this pattern we will knit an easy one (and when I say easy I mean super super easy) but it turned out to be a basic shawl to use in a thousand different ways!
The good thing about this pattern is that the point is always the same, so to the one who catches the trick for the first two laps the rest is rolled!
It is woven with chubby and warm wool, which makes it even warmer!
3 balls of Drops Andes wool or 300 grams of wool of group E, for this shawl I have used THIS WOOL.
Crochet needle number 9.
The first thing we have to do is a magic ring. In the ring we knit 4 chain stitches, 3 double stitches, 3 chain stitches, 3 double stitches, 1 chain stitch and one double stitch. We turn the work around. This will be the first round.
2nd round : Knit 4 chain stitches, in the space of the previous round of the chain, knit 3 double stitches, 1 chain, in the space of the previous round where there were 3 chains we knit 3 double stitches, 3 chain stitches and 3 double stitches , we knit 1 chain stitch, in the space of the previous round where there was a loose chain knit 3 double stitches, 1 chain and a double stitch. Turn the work around.
3rd round: Knit 4 chains, in the space where there was a chain knit 3 double stitches, knit 1 chain, in the space where there is a chain knit 3 double stitches, knit 1 chain, in the space where there are 3 chain stitches 3 stitches doubles, 3 chains and 3 double stitches, knit 1 chain. In the space where there is a chain knitting 3 double stitches, knit 1 chain, in the space where there is 1 chain stitching another 3 double stitches. Knit 1 chain and 1 double stitch, turn the work around.
Knit 16 more laps following the same pattern as the 3rd round. In this way we will have 19 laps.
20th round: knit a low stitch in each double stitch and chain as an edge.
With the wool needle hide all the remaining strands and cut.
You have your shawl ready! Now it’s time to wear it