50 Things a Crocheter Should Know, Understand or Learn
© 2008 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com
This thing is going around now where folks are listing their top 50 things a crocheter should know. Not one to resist this sort of challenge LOL here is my list. I tried to put it in a reasonable order, but they’re not necessarily in the order in which you’d learn.
This information is available in the form of a self-assessment tool adapted
by Judith White Hughes as a teaching tool for members of the Kitsap Fancy
Crocheters Guild of Washington State. Permission is given for personal use.
My personal thanks to Judith for creating this excellent tool.
Self-assessment form (pdf format)
1. Why crochet is important. Hint: It’s not only entertainment, but a valuable, worthwhile craft, useful for ministering to others.
2. Copyright laws.
3. Have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the Internet and especially e-mail as you can get answers to your questions easily through forums and message boards and just surfin’.
4. Have patience. Learning a new skill takes time. Go slowly and walk before running.
5. If you’re taking a class, make sure you have all the required materials and show up on time, ready to work.
6. How to make a slip knot and also the adjustable ring start.
7. Try different ways of holding the hook to find the way that is most comfortable for you.
8. How to make the foundation chain and be able to count your chains correctly.
9. How to make the basic stitches -- slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and triple crochet, not necessarily in that order.
10. How to turn work, including how many to chain up for height and whether to count the turning chain as a stitch or not and how to crochet into the turning chain
11. How to count stitches and rows.
12. How to keep even tension.
13. How to read patterns and understand instructions, preferably both written instructions and symbols - don’t get frustrated. It will come in time.
14. How to tell the right side from wrong side or front from back.
15. What is meant by front loop only, or back loop only.
16. Very important: How to finish off and weave in ends properly with a tapestry needle or crochet hook. (See Invisible Finish Off)
17. How to use Lil’s Knot or stitch markers when you have to leave your work before you’re done
18. Gauge - when it’s important and when it’s not and what happens if you don’t follow it
19. How to increase and decrease stitches at beginning or end of row.
20. Be familiar with different types of yarn including how to clean, recognize dye lot, and choose an equivalent yarn for your project.
21. Be familiar with hooks made of different materials, sizing of hooks, and how to choose an appropriate hook for your yarn
22. Know what a center pull thread is and what to do if you can’t find it.
23. How to enlarge or reduce a pattern by changing the foundation chain, hook, or yarn.
24. Different methods of joining squares such as whipstitch, single crochet, braid, join-as-you-go.
25. How to work in the round, including spirals.
26. How to work into a ring.
27. How to change colors at the beginning, middle or end of a project worked in rows, and in a project worked in the round.
28. How to carry colors.
29. How to work a graph.
30. What it means to work in a space, skip a stitch, work between stitches, work in same stitch.
31. How to figure multiples.
32. How to correct a mistake when necessary and knowing when it’s okay to leave it in.
33. Know that a knot in the yarn is not a good thing, even if it is in the manufacturer’s yarn skein. Cut it out.
34. Know the difference between American and European pattern terms, and which one your pattern uses.
35. Know what the "post" of your stitch is.
36. How to make the basic granny square.
37. How to do special stitches like picot, popcorn, puff, box stitch, reverse single crochet, V- stitch, cross-stitch, post stitches.
38. How to make different shapes besides the granny square such as the triangle, half granny, rectangle granny, hexagon, octagon.
39. How to read the labels on yarn and have a passing familiarity with the different manufacturers.
40. Become acquainted with specialty crochet like broomstick lace, hairpin lace, Tunisian (afghan) stitch, ripple stitch.
41. How to finish your work with a border, fringe, pom-poms or other ornament.
42. Have a list of measurements for different sizes of whatever item you like to make. For example, for afghans you might have measurements for different size beds.
43. Study color and how it affects the look of your pattern.
44. Know how to store your finished pieces.
45. What it means to work on right side only.
46. Where to go for help when you have a question.
47. Find out about national crochet organizations, local crochet clubs, forums, e-mail lists, magazines and other support systems for the crocheter and choose which, if any, fit in with your lifestyle.
48. If you want to sell your work, investigate how to do that and get all permissions from designers necessary before selling.
49. How to teach others to crochet.
50. How to document your teaching credentials in some way, perhaps by becoming a certified crochet teacher or get a crochet masters certificate.
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