There are several common mistakes that crocheters often make, especially when they are just starting out.
Take a look below at some common crochet mistakes that can easily be avoided.
Common Mistakes Beginner Crocheters Make
Here are some common mistakes that beginner crocheters often make:
- Using the wrong size crochet hook
- Tightening the tension too much
- Not counting stitches
- Not following the pattern
- Not paying attention to gauge
- Not finishing the pattern properly
- Confusing US and UK crochet terms
- Skipped stitches
Take a look below in a bit more detail about each mistake in crocheting that are common for beginners.
#1. Wrong Crochet Hook Size
One of the most common mistakes is using the wrong size crochet hook size for the yarn and pattern. Using a hook that is too small can make your stitches tight and difficult to work with, while using a hook that is too large can make your stitches loose and your project may turn out too large.
Basically, using a hook that is too small or too large for the yarn you are using can result in a finished project that is too tight or too loose.
#2. Tightening the Tension Too Much
It’s critical to keep a consistent tension while crocheting, but if the tension is too tight, it can make the work look stiff and can be difficult to work with.
On the other hand, if you crochet too loosely, the crochet will turn out bigger than expected.
#3. Not Counting Stitches
It’s important to count your stitches regularly to ensure that you are following the pattern correctly. We recommend using stitch markers to mark your place in a pattern, so you will never lose count.
For example, if you are working on a bigger project, you can place markers every 10 – 20 stitches to keep track of your stitches.
#4. Not Following the Pattern
Another common mistake is not following the pattern carefully. It is important to read through the pattern before beginning and to pay attention to the instructions as you work.
Understanding pattern instructions is important for successful crocheting. It is helpful to take the time to familiarize yourself with common crochet terms and techniques before beginning a project
Skipping steps or making mistakes can lead to a project that doesn’t turn out as expected.
#5. Not Following Gauge
Gauge is the number of stitches and rows per inch in a crocheted piece. It’s important to pay attention to gauge because it can affect the overall size of the finished project.
Most patterns will have a gauge listed if it is important to a pattern such as a garment or blanket.
#6. Not Finishing Properly
Furthermore, many beginners make the mistake of not finishing their projects properly.
Be sure to weave in any loose ends with a yarn needle and block your finished piece to give it a polished and professional look.
#7. Confusing US and UK Crochet Terms
Crochet terminology can vary slightly between the United States and the United Kingdom. Here are some common differences in crochet terms:
- Single crochet (US) = Double crochet (UK)
- Double crochet (US) = Treble crochet (UK)
- Half double crochet (US) = Half treble crochet (UK)
It’s important to be aware of these differences in terminology if you are following a crochet pattern written in a different country. A pattern will usually tell you if it is written in US or UK terms.
Below is a symbol chart showing the differences between US and UK terms as well.
|Symbol||US Stitch Term||UK Stitch Term|
|slip stitch (sl st)||slip stitch (ss)|
|single crochet (sc)||double crochet (dc)|
|half double crochet (hdc)||half treble (htr)|
|double crochet (dc)||treble (tr)|
#8. Skipping Stitches
Skipping stitches is when you accidentally skip a stitch when crocheting. This can happen when you accidentally forget to work a stitch into your pattern.
When a stitch is skipped, it can create a hole in your work and makes for an uneven stitch count.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can avoid frustration and achieve the best possible results with your crochet projects.