Have you seen blankets which use extremely bulky yarns for crocheting. They will require a great deal of crocheting energy so you may be tempted to purchase these. But it's not advisable because it really makes it more difficult to begin over when you run out of yarn. The yarn itself is very bulky and tends to take away from your power to control your crochet project, leaving you disappointed with an undesirable blank canvas. The worst part is you have to keep buying more when the first batch doesn't look like you expected it to.
Instead, opt for smaller hooks and use fewer stitches on your pattern. If you are working a simple repeat pattern using only one color, then you only need less yarn, thus making it easier on your bottom line and your wallet. When you use smaller hook sizes, you will be able to make finer stitches, therefore allowing you to create thicker and bulkier blankets. This will not only allow you to make a nicer blanket but you will also get a faster and less frustrating finished product.
How long does it take to learn how to crochet? First, it really depends on how fast or slow you want to knit. If you are moving quickly through your patterns, then you only need to learn how to crochet in a shorter amount of time. It is recommended that you complete a swatch first before starting your first project. If you have been working on your project for a while, then you can finish your first crochet stitch in as little as 15 seconds. However, even if you have been working at a slower pace, you still can complete your first project in as little as five minutes.
If you have been following a pattern, you may have already learned how to crochet in a basic hook and no need to purchase additional yarn or a different size hook. The only extra you will need is a very small amount of yarn that will be used to create the fabric edges around the buttonholes. You will be able to find these little extra swatches just about anywhere, including retail stores, online, and even places like Walmart and Target carry a very small amount of this essential item.
Once you have chosen the right size and color of yarn, you are ready to begin learning how to crochet a blanket. The best yarns will be thick and bulky, but will also provide an excellent handle so you can loop the yarn from the neckline to the hem without having to struggle. It is also important to use the right hook size for this task.
Beginning with an adjustable crochet hook, hold the yarn securely by either tying a yarn end over the hook or wrapping a thumb up under the yarn at the hook so that it forms a loop. Use a single or double crochet stitch to continue crocheting as you unravel the yarn. Continue to alternate back and forth. As you make an advancement, slip your hook into the new space created by your last stitch and catch the yarn again. Repeat this process until you reach the desired height for your crochet blanket.
Two of the most popular yarns are 100% cotton yarn and manmade acrylic yarns; these are also referred to as "worsted" and "wool" yarns respectively. Wool yarn has a natural duster that provides additional insulation when compared to synthetic yarns, while manmade acrylic yarns are biodegradable and great for those who prefer a lighter weight option. These two types of yarns are available in a range of weights depending on the intended use of the blanket. Yarns with a medium weight are ideal for blankets to provide extra warmth during the cold winter months. Conversely, those with a super light touch of texture will be better suited for summertime activities.
One final factor to consider when choosing the best yarn for your project is the pattern material that you will be working with. If you are making a baby blanket or other small blanket, then a lightweight yarn such as cotton or manmade acrylic may be best. However, if you want to make a longer scarf or blanket, then you will want to choose a yarn that is stronger and more luxurious like cashmere. Cashmere is the best yarn for sweaters because of its high quality and luster, which helps it to resist moths and keep its shape and beauty year after year.