So you decided to try your hand at crochet. Congratulations on your decision. Personally, for me, I needed an outlet for my stress when I was raising my six children. I loved being a stay at home mom, I loved my children, but I definitely needed something I could do for myself when they were napping, at school, or in bed for the night.
I always loved homemade items as gifts in general. I also loved to have cozy afghans for my kids’ beds and in the TV room. It looked like creating these beautiful items would be fun and exciting to do. I never realized how much it would relax me though and I soon became addicted.
What ever made you decide to try your hand at crochet does not make a difference. There are many reasons for this decision. It’s a wonderful journey you are about to embark on. Have lots of fun with it and enjoy!
Where To Start
After teaching myself some basic crochet stitches, I wanted to try my hand at some very simple patterns. I saw many pattern books in the yarn stores that I could purchase. I didn’t really want to spend money on books at that time. What if I couldn’t understand the patterns or if I didn’t like them once I started them.
I had a wonderful neighbor who also loved to crochet. She would come visit me most days and would exchange easy patterns with me. She would also tutor me if I had any trouble mastering the stitches. We spent many hours together creating beautiful afghans.
Around this time, computers were becoming all the rage. My husband brought home a huge desk top computer for us to use. I played around on it and learned the basics of how to utilize it. I soon discovered that I was able to do searches. I thought I hit pay dirt! I searched for free crochet patterns for beginners and so many resources came up for me to use.
I learned how to bookmark the sites that I enjoyed the most. Soon, I had an amazing collection of patterns I could choose from. This was also how I became more sure of myself, the more patterns I tried out. I learned new stitches and gained much more confidence in my ability to crochet.
Sites I Found
Back then, when the computer age was just beginning, the choices out there were not as elaborate as they are today. I still have some of my favorites from then bookmarked and I still do use those sites today. I have favorite go to patterns for baby gift items, scarves, cowls, etc. that are simple to make and never grow old.
Sites I found back then that I still use are;
A whole New World Of Crochet
Today, there is a whole new world of crochet sites out there. I have many new favorite sites. With social media being so popular, I have also joined many crochet groups where people can display their works, learn new techniques, ask questions, and learn. I have gotten tons of ideas from social media. Most people will post where they got the pattern from with a link so they’re very easy to find.
Some awesome sites out there when I search free crochet pattern for beginners are as follows;
- https://thecrochetcrowd.com/ This site has a wealth of information, patterns, tutorials, specialty stitches, etc. I love this site and also follow them on Facebook.
- https://www.ravelry.com/ Ravelry is a very cool knit and crochet community. There, you can find patterns, both paid and free, information, groups, etc. I have found and used so many patterns on this site. I also have bought many beautiful patterns on here.
- https://www.yarnspirations.com/ Is another site to find patterns, information, community, how tos, and much more
- https://www.freepatterns.com/crochet Also has a wealth of information not only about crochet, but also about other crafty interests and tips and hints
Enjoy Your Crochet Experience
In the end, the above named sites are only a handful of the sites that are out there nowadays. Times have truly changed since I first began my crochet journey. Although I would never give up the bonding friendship I made with my neighbor so many years ago, it is so much easier to get started today.
Make your journey a fun one. Creating artful pieces out of different types and colors of yarn is not a lost art. Many people, men, women, and children alike love to crochet. I taught a neighbor’s child how to crochet many years ago. My eldest daughter also loves to crochet. People love to show case their craft. I love to see their work online. It never ceases to amaze me at the creativity of so many people in this world. It makes my heart happy.
I don’t consider myself an expert, even after all these years. I still fear some patterns that I view as difficult. I hope to get over this fear and expand my knowledge. Maybe one day, when my time isn’t as limited, I will accomplish this goal. I guess I’m sort of novice at my craft. People who don’t crochet look at my work with awe. I look at it with the love that goes into each and every stitch.