How to Start Crocheting

Hello Everyone

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from brand new crocheters is “What sort of equipment do I need to start my crochet adventure?”.  Well, in this post I am going to talk you through the few (and inexpensive) things you will need to get going.  I will warn you though, you will soon have the biggest yarn stash ever and WILL become a crochet addict!  I love crochet.  It is my favourite thing to do.  Crochet has helped me get through bad days, has given me the opportunity to make new friends and even makes me feel valued when I get lovely compliments about my work.  So what are you waiting for?! Pick up that hook and yarn and join the best community that I have ever had the privilege of being part of!

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Firstly, hooks! You do not need to buy yourself a super duper expensive hook.  I started out with a simple 4mm aluminium hook.. These hooks are brilliant for beginners as they are cheap and widely available.  If you have any issues with grip, such as arthritis I would highly recommend a silicone handled hook such as the Clover 4 mm Amour Crochet Hook.  These are my favourite hooks in the whole world and are defiantly worth spending that little bit extra on.  4mm is the size that I would recommend starting out with.  It is the hook size that I use the most and is the size recommended for most Double Knit (or DK) yarns.


4mm Clover Amour Hook


4mm Pony Aluminium Hook

Now for the yarn!  Trust me when I say DO NOT start off with a dark coloured yarn such as black or navy.  Dark colours are really hard to work with and you will end up seriously frustrated which is not what you want when you are first starting out. I suggest a light colour in Double Knit (or DK).  I absolutely love the Robin Yarns from Thomas Ramsden.  They are affordable and come in a huge variety of colours.  My favourites for a beginner would be their Madonna  or Spearmint. Both of these are DK yarns.


Madonna Robin DK Yarn


Spearmint Robin DK Yarn

Stitch markers are also a great accessory for a beginner as they can help you to keep the edges of your work straight.  I use Clover Locking Stitch Markers. These are defiantly the best stitch markers and will be your best friend for straight edges!


Clover Locking Stitch Markers

If you are still feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this information, you can find my YouTube guide here to help you even more.

Please feel free to contact me via the contact page if you have any questions.
Happy Crocheting!
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Easy Beginners Crochet Baby Jumper

Hello Everybody and welcome to my blog!

This week I am going to teach you how to crochet a simple jumper for a baby.  This pattern is really simple and only uses treble crochet.  The size that is in this pattern is for a 6 to 12 month old baby. If you would like the pattern in a bigger size, then please contact me and I will send you the pattern.  I have also done a YouTube video for this pattern so if you are not a confident pattern reader then I have popped the link to the video at the bottom of the page.

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For this pattern you will need –

  • A 4mm Crochet Hook
  • DK (Double knit) Yarn, I have used Robin DK Shade Pale Rose (111)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle (for those pesky ends!)
  • Tape measure
  • A cup of tea and lots cake to keep you going

 

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This pattern is written in UK Terms

Abbreviations:

Approx = Approximate(ly)
Beg = Begin(ning)
Ch = Chain(s)
Rem = Remain(ing)
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
Sl st = Slip stitch
Sp(s) = Space(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)

Tc = Treble crochet
Tc2tog = Treble crochet 2 together
Tcbp = Treble crochet back post
Tcfp = Treble crochet front post
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)

Note: This jumper is worked in one piece from neck edge down.
A chain 3 at the beginning of a round counts as a treble crochet.

Start your jumper by chaining 56 stitches. Make sure you chain loosely as this foundation chain will need to pull over baby’s head. Join with slip stitch to first chain, taking care not to twist your chain (Check out my YouTube video for this pattern for a handy hack to stop your chain from twisting).

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Round 1: Ch 3. 1 tc in the next 7chains. In the 8thchain, we are going to do a V stitch –  1 tc. Ch 1. 1 tc (all in that same 8thchain). 1 tc in each of next10chains. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of next 16ch. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of next 10ch. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of last 8 ch. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

 


Rounds 2 – 9: Ch 3. *1 tc in each tc to ch-1 sp of next V-st. V-st in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Rep from * 3 times more. 1 tc in each tc to end of rnd. Join. 124 tc and 4 ch-1 sps at end of 9th rnd.

 

 

Dividing the Jumper Sleeves and Body:

Round 1: Ch 3. 1 tc in each of next 16tc. 1 c in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Ch 3 for underarm. Skip next 28tc. 1 tc in ch-1 sp of next V-st. 1 dc in each of next 34tc. 1 tc in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Ch 3 for underarm. Skip next 28 tc. 1 c in ch-1 sp of next V-st. 1 tc in each of last 17tc. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc or ch around. Sl st to top of ch 3. 78 tc.

Round 3: Ch 3 1 tc in each tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Rep last rnd until your jumper measures 11 cm from the under arm to the bottom of your jumper.

Ribbing:  Ch 2. *tcbp around post of next st. tcfp around post of next st. Rep from * to last st. Tcbp around post of last st. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Rep last rnd times more. Fasten off at end of last rnd.

Sleeves (Optional):

 Round 1: (RS). Join A with sl st to centre of underarm ch. Ch 3. 1 tc in each ch or tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch3. 31 tc.
Round 2: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc around. Rep last rnd until the sleeve from underarm chain measures 10 cm.

Next Round: Ch 3. 1 tc in each of next 15 dc. Tc2tog. 1 tc in each tc to end of rnd. 30 tc.

Sleeve Ribbing:

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first st). *Tcbp around post of next st. Tcfp around post of next st. Rep from * to last st. Tcbp around post of last st. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Rep last rnd 4 times more. Fasten off at end of last rnd.

Congratulations!  You have finished your jumper.  For a nice touch to finish off your jumper, how about going around the neck line and the bottom of your jumper in a contrasting colour? Just attach your yarn, chain 2, then double crochet into each stitch around and when you reach the starting chain 2, simply join into this with a slip stitch.

Happy Crocheting!

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30 Minute Head Band/ Ear Warmer

Hello Everyone!!

Here in the UK we have been hit by Storm Emma which has involved lots of snow, freezing temperatures and most of the country coming to an absolute standstill with snow days for all.  To keep the cabin fever at bay (I’m such a doer, that if i’m stuck at home for more than an hour I go slightly crazy), I designed this super easy 30 minute head band/ ear warmer.  It really is suitable for beginners as it is only uses chain stitch and Treble Crochet (US Double).  I have done a YouTube tutorial to make it easy to follow.

You Will Need –

    • Super Chunky Yarn (I used Robin Super Chunky)
    • 10 mm Crochet Hook
    • Scissors
    • Yarn Needle (for sewing in your ends)

 

I would love to see your makes!

Happy Crocheting!

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Granny Squares For Beginners

Hello Everyone!

Are you new to crochet or have not had the confidence to try a granny square yet? Well with my super simple and easy YouTube Tutorials you can now give it a go!  I have also included a bonus video on how to join your Granny squares so you can make yourself a lovely blanket!

To purchase any of the Robin DK yarns you see in my video, click on this link – https://www.lovecrochet.com/robin-yarns-and-threads?a_aid=efe2a487

I would love to see all of your creations so don’t be scared to get in touch!

 

 

 

Happy Crocheting

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Yarn Giveaway!!!

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog!

Last weekend I sorted through my out of control yarn stash and thought that I would love to pass on some Crochet pixie dust to one lucky winner!  The haul you can win contains some amazing yarn from TB Ramsden and 4 skeins of Sirdar DK. To win this yarn haul, you need to head over to my You Tube channel, subscribe to my channel, like the video and leave a comment in the comments box. For an extra chance of winning, head on over to my Instagram page, give me a follow and comment on the Yarn Giveaway post! The link to my Insta account is below. I will draw the winner next Sunday (04/02/18). I will ship worldwide so where ever you are in the world, feel free to enter!

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You can find the yarn haul video here – 

Other places to find me Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LexieLovesStitching OR https://www.facebook.com/groups/Crochetbeginnersgroup

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lexie_loves_stitching

Find the amazing range of yarn from TB Ramsden here -https://www.tbramsden.co.uk Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet Along (CAL)!!!

Welcome To My First CAL (Crochet Along) Featuring Pattern By Salters Stitches and Yarn by Robin DK!!!

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EXCITING NEWS!! As some of you know, I start placement in Swindon on Tuesday (16th Jan) so to help with the lonely evenings in my Travelodge (and also because January can be down right miserable) I am going to start a CAL (Crochet Along)!! The lovely Joanne Salter from Salters Stitches has kindly agreed to let us use one of her patterns. Its a gorgeous poncho for those cold winter months! Jo has also given us a discount code for 30% off her patterns. PLUS!!!! The very kind Elaine from The Happy Knitter Wool Shop (www.thehappyknitterwoolshop.co.uk) has also given us a 5% off discount code for her fabulously priced Robin DK Yarn!

So! Heres what you need to do to join in!
1 – Go to this link where you can find Jo’s pattern https://www.ravelry.com/…/libr…/what-a-waffle-sleeved-poncho
2. Enter code cbgcal at checkout to get 30% discount.
3. Go to http://www.thehappyknitterwoolshop.co.uk, pick your choice of colours of Robin DK Yarn. Enter code CBG at checkout to receive 5% discount on Robin DK yarn. Gather
all your supplies and get ready to join in! The CAL will start on Tuesday 16th Jan and will run through until mid March so there is plenty of time to join in!
4. Everyday I will post a CAL thread on Crochet Beginners Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup) for any questions, progress pictures or CAL chat.
5. HAVE FUN!!

I have been checking out the fab colour range of Robin DK from makers TB Ramsden (find their full colour range of Robin DK yarns here – http://www.tbramsden.co.uk), and have decided to go for these 2 pretty shades –

I look forward to seeing all your creations and feel free to send me pics so I can feature them on the blog!

Happy Crocheting

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A 2017 Review

Hello Everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I hope everyone managed to get through the Christmas period ok.  I know Christmas can be a hard time for a lot of people.  As I’ve not written a blog for aaaages, I thought that I would start 2018’s with a review of the past year and what a year its been!!

The highlight of my year defiantly has to be Crochet Beginners Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup).  Not only have we reached over 81k members (crazy to think it started with 4 people!) but we managed to raise over £700 in memory of Jenny Mackin for The Brain Tumour Charity.  Jenny (who was just 19 when she passed away) and her Mum, Amanda started Little box of Crochet together a few years ago.  Sadly, earlier this year, Jenny passed away of a brain tumour.  We wanted to raise some money in her memory and to show our support to her Mum Amanda so held a charity raffle.  It was AMAZING and shows just what a fantastic community that us crocheters belong too. We thought that we would raise about £200 not £700!!! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

The second highlight of 2017 was my trip to Disney World in Orlando.  It really was a dream come true trip of a life time and it was the best 2 weeks ever!!  Not only because I got to hang out at Magic Kingdom with the big mouse himself but I got to experience the magic that is Joanns!!! No words can describe the size of their yarn stash!!  Below is a small amount of what I bought home with me!

 

In August I started blogging for TB Ramsden (https://www.tbramsden.co.uk), which was a dream come true!  They are the company behind Wendy, Robin and Peter Pan Yarns.  I would never have thought that when I started my crochet escapades that I would end up blogging for anyone.  Things like that never happen to little old me!  The people at TB Ramsdens are the most generous and lovely people ever and getting to try all their lovely yarns has been fab so a huge thank you to you guys.

 

I spent a lovely Christmas in Ireland with my family.  I don’t do flying too well especially on Ryanair ha ha!! But I made it there and back ok. News Years Eve was spent at work in the medium secure unit that I am so privileged to work in.  It reaffirmed my passion for helping and supporting others recovery in Mental Health and I know I am doing the right thing by being back at University.

 

So what for 2018??  I am currently working on a blanket for Megan,  I start placement in a few weeks with the community team based in Swindon (8 weeks of living in Travelodge, how lovely for me), which means lots of crochet and blogging time on an evening!  Im going to Disney Land Paris in July (EEEEEK) and back to Ireland in the summer too!

I hope everyone has a magical 2018, that all your crochet wishes come true and most of all, that you are happy.

Lots of love

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Super Easy Cowl/Infinity Scarf

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Hello Everyone!!

Welcome to my Super Easy Cowl/Infinity Scarf tutorial!  This is the most easiest pattern ever and can easily be worked up in an afternoon.  Lets grab a cup of tea and get crocheting!

 

For this project, you will need – 

  • 2 100g balls of Robin Chunky (I used shade 111)
  • 5.5mm Crochet Hook

 

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To Begin – Chain 24

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Round 1 – Treble crochet (tc) into fourth round from the hook and continue to tc into each stitch until you reach the end.

Round 2 – Chain 3 and turn your work. Tc into the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches then 3tc into the next stitch.  Continue working the skip 2 stitches, 3tc into the next stitch until you have 3 stitches left.  Skip 2 stitches then 2tc into the final stitch.  (22 Stitches)

Round 3 – Chain 3 and turn your work. 1tc into each stitch along.  Be careful not to tc into the stitch that has your chain 3 in it.  You want to tc in the stitch indicated below.  (22 Stitches)

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Round 4 –  Chain 3 and turn your work. Tc into the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches then 3tc into the next stitch.  Continue working the skip 2 stitches, 3tc into the next stitch until you have 3 stitches left.  Skip 2 stitches then 2tc into the final stitch.  (22 Stitches)

 

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Round 5 – Chain 3 and turn your work. Tc into the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches then 3tc into the next stitch.  Continue working the skip 2 stitches, 3tc into the next stitch until you have 3 stitches left.  Skip 2 stitches then 2tc into the final stitch. (22 Stitches)

Round 6 Onwards – Keep  repeating rounds 4 and 5 until your scarf reaches the desired length (I like it so it can wrap around me twice, but I can still breath ha ha!).  Make sure that you end on a round 5 round.  To join your scarf together simple, place the 2 ends together on top of each other and slip stitch together.

TA DA!!!!! You have finished your scarf!!!!

Thanks to the gorgeous Megan Daisy for being my model!  Let me know how you get on with your make and feel free to message me if you have any issues with the pattern.

Take care and lots of crochet love

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Easy Peasy Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern!

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I know I shouldn’t even contemplate it, but soon the leaves will start to turn and fall, the days will get shorter and the nights earlier.  I am a total summer person but I must admit that I do love the winter.  Cosy nights curled up with a good book and my electric blanket on making my bed lovely and toasty is just the best thing ever.  So with cold times ahead (and in the words of Game of Thrones – Winter is coming), I thought I would have a go at designing a messy bun hat and here it is!!  Please feel free to give it a go and let me know how you get on! I have included large pictures as I know that following patterns when you are a new crocheter can be very daunting!

Instructions –

For this pattern you will need some Chunky Yarn (I used Robin Super Chunky) and a 6mm hook.  This pattern uses UK terms. This pattern is worked in 2 parts, the band part which is a ribbed effect, then the “hat” part.

 

Part 1 – To start make a chain of 8.

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Round 1 – Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook and half treble crochet (htc) in each stitch (you should have 7 htc), chain 1.

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Round 2 – Turn your work.  Insert your hook into the BACK LOOP ONLY (blo) of each stitch and htc into each of the 7 stitches, chain 1. Take care not to crochet into your chain 1 stitch from the end of round 1, this is a turning chain only!

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Round 3 – Turn your work. Hdc into blo of the next 7 stitches, chain 1.

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Round 4 and onwards – Turn your work. Repeat row 3 until you reach your desired length (this should be the circumference of your head!).

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Fold the band in half then slip stitch through both of the ends to join together.

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TA DA!!! Give yourself a huge big well done (and a G&T or cup of tea) as you have completed the first part of your messy bun hat!

 

Part 2 – Now we are going to work on the “hat” part of the project.  This is worked in a circle around one edge of the ribbed band.

Round 1 – Double crochet (dc) into each of the row ends and ridges of your band.  When you get back to the beginning, slip stitch into your starting stitch to join. Chain 1.

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Round 2 – Htc in each stitch until you are back to where you started. Slip stitch to join. Chain 1.

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Round 3 – Htc in each stitch until you are back to where you started. Slip stitch to join. Chain 1.

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Rounds 4 and 5 – Repeat round 3.

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Round 6 – Half treble crochet 2 stitches together (htc2tog) then htc in the next 8 stitches. Repeat this until you reach the beginning of the round. Slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to join and chain 1.

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Round 7 – Htc2tog then htc in the next 3 stitches. Repeat this until you reach the beginning of the round. Slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to join and chain 1.

 

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Round 8 –  Htc2tog then htc in the next stitch. Repeat this until you reach the beginning of the round.  Slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to join then fasten off your work.  Don’t forget to sew your ends in (yes, its so boring I know!)!!!!

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YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!! You have finished your Easy Peasy Messy Bun Hat!!! I would love to see all of your creations so don’t forget to share them on our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup), or feel free to tag me in them on Instagram (@lexie_loves_stitching).

 

A big THANK YOU to the beautiful Megan Daisy for modelling! You can find Megan’s blog here – http://www.megandaisyblog.wordpress.com.

Happy Crocheting!!! Alexandra xxxx