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10 Crochet Problems and How to Solve Them

Do you use Pinterest a lot? You are not the only one! Pinterest is a very popular platform for people who enjoy crafts.

Just read some of these stats:

Pinterest has an approximate of 335 million monthly users, representing an increase of 26% each year, and has doubled in size since 2016, when they had 160 million users.

It is the fourth most popular social platform in the United States, but Pinterest grows faster internationally, where it has grown 35% compared to 8% in the United States.

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Regarding males and females, it is mostly a platform used by women, who represent 72% of its users. Regarding age, 41% comprise users between 25 and 34 years old.

Pinterest is used more on mobile devices than on any other type of device, with 85% usage on them.

In 3 years, Pinterest users have doubled their number of pins: at the beginning of 2017 they were 100 billion and by the beginning of 2020 they were 200 billion.

The 75% of people in Pinterest is “very interested” in new products (compared to 5% 5 users on other social platforms).

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Pinterest is a very useful platform for brand promotion, as it is estimated that 75% of its users are “very interested” in new products.

This extends to a 29% chance that Pinterest users will try a new product within the first 10 months of launch.

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When crocheting there is a lot of space make a mistake. It is such an exact and precise art, that it is very easy to encounter problems and errors that may seem like the end of the world at the moment.

Many crocheters have had times where they have spend hours or days on a project only to come to the end and see that they got off track a bit in the beginning.

When you’re faced with those issues, the only solution that comes to mind is likely to be throwing the project away or trashing everything to start over.

Frustration is our first instinct, but we come to tell you that the first instinct must be to solve the problem, and here we bring you some tools for it. Here are 10 crochet problems and how to solve them.

Lost in a pattern

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In order to create a project on your own from scratch without reading any patterns, you must be very skilled and have followed many patterns before.

For this reason, one of the basic things to learn in crochet is to read a pattern. This will be very helpful to avoid silly mistakes.

Usually the patterns have a legend that explains each abbreviation, and over time you will need this legend less and less.

Know your points

While you are learning, it is necessary that you recognize how the stitches you make look, thus avoiding one of the most common beginner mistakes: not knowing where to pass the crochet.

The stitches are looped with two threads, one forward or toward you, and one back.

For most of the simplest stitches you must pass the hook through both threads, with some exceptions. But the important thing is that you are able to see where each point is and know how to identify them.

I bet you skipped a point

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It has happened to all of us: you have been knitting for a while and you realize that it is not going right, or maybe it is coming out very small or very big, or maybe you are shrinking or enlarging a circle. And there you ask yourself the question: did I miss a point?

Knitting is a very relaxing activity where it is very easy to put your mind to blank and continue weaving without concentrating too much.

But after finishing your lap, you need to count the points to make sure everything goes well. A very big help for this are the famous point markers.

Wool is important

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In another article we talked about the different properties of wool and how important it is that you choose the right one for your project.

If you are following a pattern they may tell you the recommended material and gauge, but this knowledge also comes with experience and learning.

Do not use any type of wool, research and start your project in the best way.

Irregular edges: low and high points

Many have not realized this, but when you start a new row of fabric, the place where you place the first stitch is different depending on whether it is a high or low stitch: if you are doing low stitches, after making the free stitch you should start knitting over the first stitch in the previous row.

On the other hand, if you are knitting with double or treble crochets, after making the two free stitches you must start the next row in the second stitch of the previous row, since one of the free stitches that you knit counts as the first stitch of your new stitch. row.

This may seem confusing, but with practice it will make more sense to you.

Using the same crochet for everything

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Crochet hooks have different gauges for a reason, so research and determine which hook to use for each part of your project.

Problems with tensions

A very tight or very loose fabric can make you throw in the towel. To avoid problems with tension, we recommend first knitting a test to find the appropriate tension with which you want to do your project. Then you can start the real one.

Learn how to finish the tails properly

Although it may seem silly, poorly finished queues can ruin a perfect project. Take the time to pass the tails at least 6 or 7 times with your wool needle.

We recommend a “Z” pattern: first through the bases of your stitches, up through the middle of the stitches, then through the bottom of the next row, and then down.

“That point is very difficult, better not even try”

Once you have mastered the easier points you should not stay there. No matter how difficult it looks, at first the easiest points also seemed impossible to you, so go ahead!

Discourage you and give up

Nothing will be perfect for you the first time, so you should think about the following: your first projects will be ugly and nothing will go right. But that’s the way it is in life, and practice makes perfect. If you give up, you will never reach excellence. Keep knitting!

What problems have you encountered with your crafts?

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