The Beginners Guide to Crochet – part 4



THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CROCHET: WHAT YOU WILL LEARN


The beginners guide to crochet is here for you who’s completely new to crochet. I’ve split it up into 5 bite-size lessons teaching you all the details you’ll need to learn this amazing skill.

Part-1 Make a Loop & Learn the Chain.
Part-2 Learn the Single Crochet.
Part-3 Working in rows & turning your project.
Part-4 Increase & decrease. (YOU ARE HERE).
Part-5 Finishing  a crochet project.

 

 

Through this beginners guide to crochet I’m going to teach you all the necessary skills you need to complete a crochet project, & in the end you will master crocheting a easy but beautiful sweater! The sweater is available for FREE when you sign up by clicking the link together with the beginners guide to crochet workbook.

 

Beginnerg guide to crochet - trio sweater

 

Your reaction when seeing this sweater might be like: “I won’t be able to do that”, but I’m telling you right now. If you follow each step from beginning to end you’ll be able to master this sweater in a breeze. I promise you!

 


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THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CROCHET PART 4: INCREASING & DECREASING


When you’ve finished going through this lesson, you’ll learn to increase & decrease with single crochet stitches. I have split this in 2 steps:

1. Increase

2. Decrease

This is going to be an important step to be able to follow crochet patterns.

 

Related: HOW TO: Read a Crochet Pattern Part 1

HOW TO: Read a Crochet Pattern Part 2

HOWTO: Read a Crochet Pattern Part 3

 

EASIEST WAY TO INCREASE/DECREASE:

For this I’ve used the easiest possible way to increase/decrease to make it accomplish-able without much thought or frustration. I don’t want you to grab your hair in frustration or close the tab before even mastering one of the skills. When you’re comfortable with increasing/decreasing in this easy way you’d be able to start crocheting the sweater designed especially for this tutorial.

 

THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CROCHET PART 4: WHAT YOU WILL NEED


To complete part 4 of this tutorial, you’ll only need only need:

1.  A Crochet Hook (the Waves Hooks from Knitpro is a great choice)
2. Yarn (You can purchase yarn from Love Crochet,  Knit Picks, Wool Warehouse, Annie’s, Amazon, Etsy ect.)

 

Just grab your hook & yarn. If I where you, I’d stick to the same hook & yarn as you’ve used for parts 1-3. Next I’d make sure to download the workbook made especially for this beginners guide to crochet. It comes with all the details you’ll need as a beginner crocheter. Just click the picture below to download:

 

THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CROCHET PART 4: VIDEO GUIDE


1. INCREASE

To increase the number of stitches while you crochet, it is most common to do more than 1 stitch in the stitches from the previous row.

If you do 2 stitches in a stitch from the previous row you have ultimately increased by 1.

You can increase by as many as a crochet pattern instructs you to do, but with many stitches (more than 2-3)  in one stitch you will quickly get a round or circle shape.

2. DECREASE

There are many ways to  decrease the number of stitches in crochet. However the easiest way to do so when you are starting out is simply to skip a stitch from previous row.

Depending on the yarn & crochet hook size the visibility of the decrease variate.

 

This is all that you will learn today!

Now it’s time to practice!

When you’re comfortable with increasing & decreasing you should start crocheting the sweater designed for this beginners guide to crochet, the Trio sweater. It’s as mentioned in parts 1-3 of the tutorial available for free. You can download it together with the crochet workbook for this tutorial.

Next part of the tutorial is all about how you’ll finish up the sweater & how you’d assemble the 4 parts of the sweater easily.

I challenge you to start making your very first crochet sweater!
beginners guide to crochet

 

An overview of “The Beginners Guide to Crochet”:

Part-1 Make a Loop & Learn the Chain.

Part-2 Learn the Single Crochet.

Part-3 Working in rows & turning your project.

Part-4 Increase & decrease.

Part-5 Finishing  a crochet project.