Designing Crochet for Beginners
By Patrick Forest

Crochet patterns have been done for many years. Lately it is becoming a trend again in the fashion world. By learning about it, the person will be able to come up with some great designs to show to people.

When people start something original, it is best to start with the fundamentals. This happens in almost everything and crochet patterns is no different. If the person has done cross stitching in the past, it will be simple to recognize how certain designs are done. If the person did not have any experience in the past, then it is best to enroll in a class then after some time, can move on to crochet patterns.

The fashion world is a very good place to learn more about crochet patterns. Since this is dictated by some of the world’s renowned brands, learning from these professionals will keep the person up to date of the latest trends. Fashion shows usually feature the upcoming clothes a few months prior to being launched. By watching then studying the fabric once it hits the stores, the person will be able to make a comparable design that is also abreast with what is new and hot.

Should the person not be able to catch the fashion show, then the next place to learn it is in reference materials such as books and videos that can be bought at the local specialty store. This should have the whole thing including the supplies to be used. There are also some shows on TV and magazines that can be bought which feature some of the basic to the more advanced designs. The person has to simply understand the instructions given and work on it.

Basics should be done only using one color. The person should practice this in making a simple object such as a wash cloth. Should this be successful, then moving on to bigger things can begin.

A slipknot is one of the basics in making crochet patterns. The person does not need to use a needle and simply work it with the hands. While one end is in around the fingers, the ball of yarn can be thrown in the air.

After making a few loops, this will end with the individual making a knot using both hands.

One of the many challenges in crochet patterns is switching from one color to the next. This can be done by stopping with one color then slowly slipping a different color thread into the needle.

Another basic technique that the person should learn is mixing. This is done using 2 needles each with a different color of thread. By making these face one another and letting one of the needles work over the other, the print will become multi-colored.

Purl stitch is another technique used to make crochet patterns. This is very similar to mixing. The yarn is already around one needle. The person will then use the other to work its way inside until both have can be used to work together to create a pattern.

Cross stitching is very challenging and will take a lot of work. After exercising some of the basics, the person can move on to make figures, shapes, lines and others to make it stand out.

The person has to remember that the fashion industry goes by seasons. This means that the individual should work fast so that once it is finished; it can still be used in the appropriate time. Beginners should be able to draw it on paper to analyze how a certain design should be done. By using this as a guide, the person will be able to monitor the progress of the work.

Crochet patterns can be done on almost anything. By working on some small household items then moving on to clothes, accessories and accessories, the person’s crochet pattern skills have dramatically improved.

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