10 Crochet hacks for any crocheter
If you’re a lover of crocheting, whether you’re just starting out or an experienced crocheter, these hacks will make your life as crocheter a lot easier!
If you’re a lover of crocheting, whether you’re just starting out or an experienced crocheter, these hacks will make your life as crocheter a lot easier and we all can use a bit of help right?
Here are 10 tips you should know and use to stay on top of your crocheting game:
There’s nothing more annoying than to have your yarn roll away from you and head directly under the couch, now you have to crawl around to find where it went. Using a colander to store your yarn and stop it from being all over the place is one of those methods all crocheters should know. The holes in the colander are also quite useful as you can pass your yarn through one of the many holes to prevent it from tangling, this way you’ll have the yarns you’re using in one place neatly stored and ready for use.
2. Crocheting in the round
If you’re about to crochet in the round and make a circle, this tip will help you to not create a twisted circle. This is what you want to do to prevent that from happening: you want to chain five and then follow by dropping your chain, once you've done that, pick up the first chain you made. Ensure that it’s not twisted then pick back up your last chain, then continue to chain. Now once you have the number of chains desired, you then need to pass it through your very first chain. This will allow you to crochet in the round without having a twisted circle.
If you’re working on multiple projects simultaneously, moving from one to the other, once you take a break from those projects your furry pets or little humans can turn your pieces into toys. Now you’re left with projects that are unraveling which can be a bit frustrating. Here’s one tip to avoid this, take a paper clip and pass it through the very last stage of your project, this will prevent your kids or pets from being able to unravel it when they tug and pull at it.
4. Ziploc and sharpie
Bored with one project? Ready to move on to another project? Sometimes you may want to begin something new but the previous project is incomplete and it may take you months before you return to it. However, often times when you do get back to it you may not remember what it is that you were doing. One way to prevent this is to place the project in a Ziploc bag and use a sharpie to write on the bag what it is that you were doing, this could include the type of yarn used, hook, color, stitch type and anything else that’s important.
5. Fabric glue
Ever had the ends of your completed piece unravel or when you granny from the middle, specifically if you started with a magic circle? One way to help stop your piece from unraveling is to add a drop of fabric glue to the area where you fastened off. The fabric glue is transparent, washable and ensures that your work doesn’t come apart.
Another tip is to get yourself a good pair of scissors to cut your yarn, the aim is to have neatly cut yarns that will not fray.
7. Stitch markers
Stitch markers are very essential to have, however you may not have them with you at all times, like when you’re traveling. So if you’re in a situation where you may have forgotten them, what you can do is to use a scrap of another color to do the same job. You do this by taking your hook and then wrapping your scrap of yarn around the piece, pull it through the stitch then over and through the loop and there you go, a very inexpensive, secure and easy to make stitch marker.
8. Popsicle sticks
If you have lots of little ends that you may not want to discard, but you are uncertain what to do with them or how to store them neatly? then is a nifty little solution for you. Grab two popsicle sticks, place them parallel to each, then take your yarn and run it through the middle between both sticks. Place the popsicle sticks on top of each other to close the gap with the yarn and then wrap the yarn around the sticks two to three times. Once you’ve done that, open the popsicle sticks into the same parallel position and wrap the rest of the yarn around it, while keeping the yarn more towards the center of the sticks. When you’ve gotten to the end, place the end of your yarn in the middle of the two sticks. You can then follow up by writing on the stick with your sharpie the type of yarn it is and any other relevant information you can add.
9. Hair spray
Threading your yarn through the eye of the needle can be frustrating when it doesn’t want to go through and is constantly fraying, if you’re a knitter, sewer, crocheter this tip is for you. If this is happening take some hair spray and spray the ends of your yarn with a liberal amount and allow it to dry, this will harden the ends of the yarn making it easy to go through the eye of the needle.
This recommendation is very important for all crocheters, if you crochet for hours on end take moments to stretch your hands and arms. One technique is to put your hands in front of you and lace your fingers together and pull. The second stretch is to put one hand out, push your fingers out in front of you while your using your other hand to provide some resistance, by pulling them towards you. The next stretch is for your arms, take one arm and place it behind your head, then use your next arm to gently grab your elbow to pull it down to your shoulder, repeat on the other side. The final stretch is for you to place both arms behind you and hold your hands together and pull for a good long stretch.