Crochet often enjoys a niche existence compared to knitting, because the feel of a crocheted piece is usually very firm. This gives the finished piece a rougher feel than, for example, a smooth knit stitch piece.
But who actually says that you can not take advantage of these characteristics? That's why we've put together a colorful potpourri full of crochet inspiration for all crochet fans and those who want to become one. Recommendations for suitable needles and yarns are of course on top!
For beginners: Basics and first designs
In crochet, there are a few techniques that you can use to recreate many designs.
The basis of many designs are often chain stitches, which can be worked as a row or ring. This chain (or ring) of air stitches serves as the first row or round, into which single crochet, for example, can subsequently be worked. If a crochet piece consists exclusively of solid stitches, the result is a very firm and dense structure.
If the feel is to be a little more flowing, crochet stitches are often used. These can be worked as half double, double or treble crochets . The name results from the number with which the thread is placed around the needle and pulled through the stitch of the previous row.
Another variant is the post double crochet, which in appearance is close to the knitted brioche.
With these basic techniques you can crochet your first accessories, for example.
Crochet for advanced and professionals
If you can crochet solid stitches, double crochet and air stitches in your sleep, you need new challenges. We have something for you!
Still need a bigger project for the summer? Take a look at the Calad Shirt. The lace stripes give the top a vintage look - and it can still be combined with jeans in a modern way. Semilla Silkbloom from BC Yarn is your yarn of choice here.
Crochet yourself happy with Paula_m
Paula who? Behind the pseudonym "Paula_m" hides Susanne Müller, who has published numerous knitting but also crochet designs for several years.
Her designs are characterized by classic cuts and timeless beauty. Susanne writes very detailed patterns, with which even beginners can achieve great results. All her patterns are also available in German!
The variety of materials for crochet hooks is almost infinite. Ultimately, your preference decides whether you choose needles made of wood, metal, with plastic handle or, or, or....
If you prefer to buy your crochet hooks individually and as needed, you should take a look at the needles from Addi. Both the variant with olive wood handle and the one with plastic coating we like very much!
For passionate crocheters*innen is certainly worth the purchase of a set. The advantages are obvious: You always have different needle sizes at hand and the whole thing is also practically stowed. Often there are even little helpers in the case ready.
The agony of choice in material
The solid structure of crocheted pieces is ideal for accessories that need to withstand a lot - such as bags or potholders.
The yarn can additionally support the durability. It should be equipped with as little stretch as possible, and what could be more natural than cotton?
If you want to take your crochet to a new level, the best way is to try Papyrus from Kremke Soul Wool.
As the name suggests, this original yarn is paper. Due to a special manufacturing process, it is nevertheless water resistant!
Papyrus appears quite rigid(headed) when processed, but provides a great hold for hats and bags, for example.
The world of crochet books is now huge. From home furnishings to clothing and cozy animals, there is something for everyone.
Häkeln - Das Standardwerk is best suited for beginners and advanced crocheters. It is designed as a reference work and contains explanations of almost all conceivable techniques. In addition, you can access online tutorials to perfect your crochet skills. Please note that it is only available in German.
If you have already acquired some basic knowledge, you can decide whether you would prefer to spruce up your home or make the children in your family happy. And a new bag for your own outfit is always good, isn't it?