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Crochet Tip Thursday week 1 and free scarf pattern

For the first one I thought I would share the same basic tips I start all my crochet class with, for experienced crocheters you may already know this, don't worry I every week I will target a different level of crocheter.

If you are a beginner you should stay clear of any textured yarn ( except maybe ruffle yarn as those scarves are a easy step into crocheting project click here for my easy pattern) because it is hard to see your stitches. Learning a new craft is a more enjoyable experience if you take baby steps. So many students would show up in my beginner crochet class with baby sweater patterns and fun texture yarn twice as big as the pattern calls for! When I first started learning ( before I found Mikey and Teresa's videos ) I bought a boucle yarn and could not get it at all!!

However on average I see people learn quicker if they start with a 4ply and a I or J crochet hook

My recommendations are:
Red Heart Soft, Vanna's choice,( Lion Brand) Heartland , lily's sugar and cream cotton, I love this yarn, Loops and Thread Impeccable, red heart super saver, Red Heart with love, Lion Brand one pound, Deborah Norvile, and Caron's simply soft * some people love it! some people have trouble with it splitting*

Now that we have the yarn figured out we need to address what is practical to have as a first project... A baby sweater is the same as skipping pre algebra and going to pre calculus....

Start simple pick a fun color yarn to make it more exciting!
I like to have people chain to 200 so they can get used to it
then unravel
Then 20-30 depending on how thick they want a scarf
and we go over the following pattern

this is made with a J hook and bulky yarn by my student Janice 

 This one was the first project the lovely Janice made!! How talented right??

Row 1
Ch 1 sc in each stitch
Row 2
Ch2, hdc in each stitch
Row 3
ch3, dc in each stitch
Repeat Rows 1-3 until you have a scarf to your liking! 


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