I hope this post is informative to all you crocheters out there. (I’ll make a similar post for the knitting world within a couple of days, don’t you worry!)
When I was starting out, there were a lot of things that made me frustrated and almost give up, but thankfully I didn’t!
The most important thing I do is read the pattern before hand, that way I know how it’s worked, the stitches that are being used, and you can figure out where the “tough” spots are going to be. Also, if you keep doing this, you’ll learn more about how patterns are written and you’ll be able to start designing and making your own!
Another piece of advice I am going to give you is to always, always, always keep count! When you’re first starting out, counting is essential, but there’s also plenty of room for error. Use some stitch markers to remind you where you were, or where the beginning of the round or pattern is. Stitch markers aren’t expensive, but if you have some extra yarn or string or any sort of fabric laying around then those will work well too!! Another great thing to use as a stitch marker would be those little ties you get at the grocery store in the produce section. Best part- they’re free!
It is important to make sure you don’t get frustrated. Don’t give up. Patience really is a virtue. If it’s a specific stitch that’s tripping you up, look it up on youtube and just keep watching, pausing, and re-watching. A little bit of practice and you’ll get it in no time, I promise.
Sometimes when I work in rounds or I’m trying to make a circle for something, it ends up looking like a hexagon, or some weird shape. If you want your circle to be truly round, place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round and slip stitch or single crochet in each stitch around. This will round out the edges for you.
You know that little bit of yarn that sticks out when you switch colors? instead of cutting it, just stitch over it! Crocheting over allows you to hide those ends and it looks more professional and seamless!