Craft, Strings and Things

Introduction to Crochet


Crocheting is a knitting adjacent craft that turns yarn into tighten woven crafts. 

I am an avid knitter, but crocheting is a relatively new craft to me. While knitting is done with two or more needles, crocheting can be do not with only one. I like to think of crocheting as a sideways knitting.  

There are loops made just like knitting but instead of being side by side, they are overlapping on top of each other. This makes a tighter stitch. This tightness can often be seen in crafts like amigurumi.  

For this introduction, I decided to make two different types of potholders: a square and a round. The round potholder is a more advanced stitch that requires doing an increase stitch. The square is just a simple turn stitch project.

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Supplies

A crochet project is very simple, all you need is a yarn and a crochet hook. The type of yarn needed is wool (see Lessons for more details). But that is all! Pretty simple, right?

Process

The Square Potholder

The square potholder is a simple project. I started by making a simple line string. To crochet the string, I made a slip knot, I wrapped the string around the hook and pulled the string through the slip. By doing this on repeat, I could make a long string.


Then I turned the project and slipped through a previously made loop. Wrapped the string around the hook and pulled the yarn through the previously made lip and the new string making a single loop. I repeated this until had created a square.


The last step was adding a loop to hang the potholder. This was done similarly to the initial loop except that the beginning and end was anchored to one corner of the potholder. I did reinforce the loop by layering it twice.

The Round Potholder

The round potholder was a little more complex. I started the same way, by making a thread but then I connected the loop to make a tight circle. This continued, increasing every five stitches.


I continued crocheting like this, increasing every five stitches until I made the potholder a big enough size. Just like on the square holder, I created a loop and reinforced the loop by layering it twice.


Reflections

This project was a very simple one. Crocheting is very similar to knitting in feel, but it was a foreign craft to me. I was not expecting to get it right from the get-go and I did struggle a little through the process. While the steps were simple enough, crochet did not come as easily to me as knitting does. This is a skill I will need to work out to hone.  

Lessons

Choosing the Right Yarn

I am typically not very picky about which yarn I use but I had to be for this project. Not because I was crocheting but because the final product was a potholder. Typically, a potholder is used to cushion a hot plate before a cold surface. Which means that the yarn will need to take the heat.  

Acrylic is nice but it cannot handle heat and will melt slight if used against a hot surface. That why I used wool yarn. You can tell the difference because acrylic yarn will have a shine to it. This is especially evident when light is shined onto the yarns. Other yarns will look duller under the light.

Quick Recipe

Crocheted Potholders

Crocheting is a knitting adjacent craft that turns yarn into tighten woven crafts. 

Equipment

  • 1 Size 6 Crochet Needle

Materials

  • 1 Skein Wool Yarn

Instructions

  • Create a slip know loop. Wrap yarn around hook and pull through existing loop to create another loop. Repeat until a chain of the desired length has been made
  • Turn project. Push crochet needle through a loop that you want to make an adjacent stitch. Wrap yarn around needly. Pull yarn through both loops to create a single new loop.
  • Repeat until project is finished.

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