10 Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them

When you first start crocheting, there are so many new terms and techniques to learn that it is so hard to keep track of them all. From things like how to read crochet patterns, keeping your project straight, gauge, and so many more, you might feel like you’re drowning in everything you need to know. When I was a beginner crocheter, I had such a hard time learning everything that I had to know to feel like I had a hand on what I was doing. I kept making mistakes, and didn’t know how to fix them. That’s what I’m here to do today. If you a beginner (or even an experienced) crocheter, this blog post is here to help you with 10 of the most common crochet mistakes that beginners make and how to avoid them. This crochet guide is filled…

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Part 6: How to Shell Stitch

Guys, we are almost done with the Learn How to Crochet for beginners series! We’ve gone through so many different stitches, and if you’ve been making the Cake Slice Coaster with this series, then you’re almost done. So far we’ve covered yarn weights & hook sizes, how to hold your yarn, chain stitch, the slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, switching yarn colors, and triple crochet. Phew, so much! Today I’ll be teaching you one of my favorite stitches, the shell stitch. I love using this stitch as a decorative edge on a project, such as with the Cake Slice Coaster pictured above. It’s also a fun stitch to use to make those fun mermaid blankets you see on Pinterest. Let’s get started!     How to Shell Stitch 1. (Before we begin…

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners: How to Triple Crochet

Welcome back maker to the Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Series! We are nearing the end of series, and the stitches we are learning. Just three more techniques to learn, and then you’ll be ready to start your crochet journey with confidence along with completing your first crochet project if you’ve been following along with the Cake Slice Coaster pattern. Today we’ll be learning the triple crochet stitch, which is the stitch that adds the most height per row in your crochet projects. It is the middle layer of the Cake Slice Coaster pattern. Triple crochet isn’t used very frequently in crochet patterns, but is still a very useful stitch to learn how to do. Let’s go ahead and get started on it!   How To Triple Crochet 1. (Before we start, if you’re following along with…

Learn How to Crochet for Beginners Part 5: How to Switch Colors & Half Double Crochet

Hello Maker! Are you ready to learn more about crochet in this next installment of the Learn How to Crochet for Beginners series? Today we’re talking all about how to switch yarn colors and how to Half Double Crochet. Switching yarn colors is used for color work in crochet such as stripes in my Cake Coaster Pattern. The half double crochet is similar to the double crochet, but includes less steps than a double crochet while still adding height to your work. If you’re following along with the Cake Slice Coaster pattern, this post covers row three. Let’s get started!     How to Switch Yarn Colors 1. (If you’re following along with the Cake Slice Coaster, this will be row 3.) If you’re working on a project that requires a color switch, take the yarn you want to switch…

Learn How to Crochet Part 4: How to Double Crochet

It’s that time of the week again for another part in our Learn How to Crochet for Beginners series! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this series so far, and that it’s helped you learn how to crochet or helped refresh some techniques you’ve known. Today’s post is covering how to Double Crochet, which is another essential stitch for crocheting. This stitch creates a larger stitch since it doubles the single crochet. It is a helpful stitch when making crocheting garments, accessories, or blankets because it helps the project go faster while creating a beautiful stitch. You’ll notice that it is almost identical to the single crochet, but just involves more yarn overs and loops on your hook. Knowing how to single crochet will make this stitch very easy to learn. Let’s get started! (Like Video Tutorials…