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Grab yourself some yarn and a 4.5 or 5mm crochet hook. Metal is best for beginners, I think. Regular 4ply, 8ply or worsted weight yarn is easiest to work with – but use what you have as long as it’s not too fine. You want to see nice, satisfying results when you are learning -not spindly, wispy daddy-long-legs kind of results! Don’t spend a fortune on your yarn when you are learning, our grandmothers didn’t, in fact they often used odds and ends or unravelled other garments to re-use. You could do that too. Let’s get started.
The first loop on your crochet hook, before you start to crochet some ‘proper’ stitches, is a slip knot. You probably already know how to do this – but maybe you don’t – there are many different ways to make a slip knot, so you do it the way you know best!
Notes on your slip knot ::
Don’t make it too tight because you want to get your hook in and under it when you begin your crochet.
Remember that it’s called a slip knot because it slips about – if it’s too tight wiggle your hook under it to loosen it up.
Hold onto the ‘knot’ part of your slip knot when you begin to crochet – this will keep your work taut, which will make crocheting easier.
The slip knot forms the first loop of your chain of stitches – it’s the very first loop in a granny square!
Crochet School Lesson Two :: How To Hold Your Yarn For Crochet
Here’s how to make a granny square (in ten easy lessons!)
Lesson 1 : How To Make A Slip Knot
Lesson 2 : How To Hold Your Yarn Right
Lesson 3 : How To Crochet Chain Stitch
Lesson 4 : How To Start Your Square
Lesson 5 : How To Make The First Round!
Lesson 6 : How To Make The Second Round!
Lesson 7: Change Your Yarn Colour
Lesson 8 : How To Make the Third Round!
Lesson 9 : How To Sew In Your Yarn Ends
Lesson 10 : Joining Granny Squares