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Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Crochet chain how-toSo you’ve been eyeing an adorable amigurumi pattern. But you’ve never tried to crochet, and the sight of a hook makes you a teensy bit nervous. Not to worry—we’re here to take the anxiety out of learning how to crochet. After all, we love to hook and think everyone should try it! If not for the sake of learning a new skill, at least to make some of the downright adorable crochet designs available at ShopMartingale.com.

That’s why we’ve added a set of step-by-step, downloadable-right-now, FREE how-to-crochet PDFs to ShopMartingale.com. Did we mention free?

With these free downloads, you can quickly and easily learn how to get started with crochet. We cover gauge, basic crochet stitches, and techniques for tackling patterns, such as how to work in the round or back and forth in rows. So if you’ve been even the slightest bit curious about crochet, we encourage you to try it now. Just download these free PDFs to get started:

Crochet Guild of AmericaSpeaking of excellent crochet reference, we want to take a moment to congratulate Rita Weiss, the coauthor of All About Crochet and the upcoming Big Book of Crochet Stitches, on receiving this year’s Hall of Fame award from the Crochet Guild of America. Jean Leinhauser, who coauthored both books with Rita Weiss, was awarded a place in the same Hall of Fame posthumously in 2011, for her impact on the world of crochet. If you’re learning to crochet, let two experienced hall-of-famers be your guide: you can download the eBook version of All About Crochet right now on ShopMartingale.com; the Big Book of Crochet Stitches will be released in February 2014. For more information about the prestigious award, visit CGOA’s website.

Need a beginner pattern or two to practice on? Check out the designs in these books:

Beginning crochet books
Crocheted Snugglers, Amigurumi Toy Box, and Eye-Catching Crochet

Looking for more comprehensive guides to crochet? Check out these how-to books:

Crochet reference books
All About Crochet, A to Z of Crochet, and The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques

Stuck on a tricky technique or pattern? Ask for help in our Martingale Books Group on Ravelry. Not yet a member of Ravelry? It’s free to join!


What’s the biggest hurdle you face in learning to crochet? Tell us below in the comments!


10 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My biggest huddle was getting the tension right. My first afghan stared off really tight and then when I had it completed I realize one end was much wider then the other. It remained this way for several years and then after my crocheting became easier I took it all apart and started over again. I’m still using it after 30+ years.

    —Rita on November 22, 2013
  • My biggest hurdle in learning to crochet is holding the wool!! For some reason it feels difficult, and the wool always has a mind of its own.

    —Sue White on November 22, 2013
  • I’ve taught myself to crochet by reading books and watching videos at various websites. My difficulty with crocheting is that I haven’t found someone to demonstrate stitches so I can watch how to make them. I find this very useful since I learn best by demonstration, and then return-demonstrating the stitch to make sure I’m doing it correctly. I also have trouble reading a pattern.

    —Amy Cofer on November 22, 2013
  • My biggiest hurdle in learning to crochet is that I’M LEFT HANDED. I have to reverse everything being taught.

    —Pam on November 22, 2013
  • My biggest hurdle is getting my hands and fingers in the right place at the right time and making sure that they stay that way and work the way that they are supposed to so I can create the cute amigurumi creatures that I see all over the net.
    I also struggle to keep my projects square – the first couple of pieces I tried turned into skirts for dolls instead of squares. I think I started with 12 chains and ended up with 64 on one of my practice pieces!! At least my daughter thought they were great!!

    —Mhairi on November 23, 2013
  • My biggest hurdle is tension. For years I have been afraid to try crochet and just recently tried my hand at it and am surprised at how easy it is to learn. I just made hats for my kids and they both love them.

    —Jamie Todhunter on November 24, 2013
  • I often have a difficult time reading the crochet pattern directions. I know all the stitches but that doesn’t seem to help.

    —Mary on November 24, 2013
  • My biggest hurdle is that my Daughter crochets—so why should I??
    Now that my children are grown—I have time for myself, and I am trying to do all the tings I had no time to do before. Years go fast, lets all learn to do something new with yarn this year!! That is my goal.

    —Diane Schwarz on November 26, 2013
  • Following a pattern is the hardest for me. I am fine as long as I can just keep going back and forth but one can only be excited about so many scarves and/or blankets!

    —Alison on August 26, 2014
  • I lost my leg and can’t ever get new things to learn to crochet. I’m knitting a scarf right now.

    —Jolene on October 24, 2017

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