Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks

Blossom Lady
Dec 20, 2020 04:35 AM
Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks

Want to be a better crocheter? Check out some of these everyday crochet tips and tricks to improve your skills! I will continue to share with you my collection of crochet tips and tricks, that will make your crocheting easier, more fun, and more productive. Some of these secrets are about the crocheting itself. Some of them are about keeping your supplies organized and in good order, and avoiding common problems and pitfalls that happen in crochet work. I’m always surprised to find how the little things can make such a big difference in crochet, especially crochet for beginners. I hope they help you out!

Change colors easily

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
When a pattern has several color changes a short distance apart, you can carry the color you’re not using across the previous row and crochet over it, then start using it again when you reach the next area where it belongs.
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Keep yourself motivated

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
If you tend to get frustrated with tough projects and burn out, keep an easy, fun project on hand at all times so you can work on it until you’re ready to face the more difficult one again.
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Use Excel for your projects

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
Map out your pattern in Excel. This is a great crochet tip for techies! Print your pattern off so you can mark off your rows as you go. This helps you remember where you were when you get interrupted. You can also make the pattern print larger for less eyestrain. And you can color-code the cells by filling each of them in with a color. Don’t have Excel? Google Sheets is 100% free.
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Use a binder clip and plastic sheets

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
Also you can put your pattern down in a plastic sheet protector and use a dry erase marker to mark off rows on the plastic. Use a binder clip to make sure the pattern is secure enough not to move a row up or down from your marks.
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A simple way to make a pom pom.

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
Wind the yarn around piece of cardboard about 40-50 times, depending how full you want it to be. The cardboard should be about 3-4″ wide. Slide the wound yard off and tie a piece of yarn around the center of it. Cut both looped ends of the yarn. Holding it by the string of yarn you tied it off with, shake the pom pom out and use scissors to trim it until it’s round.
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Fimo for the hooks

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
To make your hooks easier to handle, use Fimo or Sculpey modeling clay. Mold them around the handle, impress your grip on them so it’s customized for your fingers, then bake them according to instructions.
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Avoid ironing

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
Ironing isn’t always great for crocheted projects. Instead, mix equal amounts of water and starch, spray the project with it liberally, and leave it to dry on a flat surface.
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Get rid of the gaps on single crochet decrease stitches

Secrets to Being a Better Crocheter: 8 Everyday Tips & Tricks
This is quite the unusual crochet hack. There is a great technique of getting rid of the gaps created when we do single crochet decrease stitches (think Amigurumi)! Here are the steps on how to do this magical crochet hack: Insert your hook in the front loop of the first decrease stitch. Insert your hook into the front loop of the next decrease stitch. Yarn over. Pull yarn through 2 loops. Then complete like a normal single crochet by yarning over and pulling through the last two loops on your hook. That's it! Easy, right?
If you’ve got more crochet tips and would like to share, please feel free to put them in the comments below!
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Tamara A Hamilton
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Mar 23, 2021 09:59 AM

Love the tips...soooo helpful. Thanks Tami H

Carolynn Emrick
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Oct 16, 2021 08:04 AM

Great tips.  Never took lessons.  Just learned in knit, crochet group for charity with a walker bag.  My favorite thing to do is granny squares.  Thank you for sharing free.  Carolynn