Why is it so hard to pull my hook through a stitch?
There's lots of reasons why this might be happening. Here's a few tips to help you out:
- Rotate the tip of your hook to the ground as you pull your hook through the stitch. This minimizes the chance it'll get caught on yarn.
- As you get ready to pull the hook through the stitch, pull your crochet piece away from the hook with one hand, while pulling the hook in the opposite direction with the other. This temporarily makes the gap under the stitch bigger, so that the tip of the hook has more room to move through.
- Double-check that the hand holding the working yarn is working with the hook instead of against it. Sometimes people forget that the working yarn that's on their finger is the same yarn that's being pulled through the stitch, so just make sure you aren't fighting yourself by pulling the working yarn away from the hook at the same time that you need to be pulling the working yarn with the hook.
- Make sure the hook isn't caught on other yarn. It's possible that your hook is getting snagged on some yarn under the stitch, and splitting that yarn. If that happens, come out the way you came, and try again.
- Sometimes the stitch is just too tight. The only way to fix this is by undoing the stitch.
How do I undo stitches?
By pulling on the working yarn veeeeery slowly. Watch a demo here.
I undid my magic loop! Help!
Never fear, there are tutorials here!
How do I make my stitches looser?
The size of the loops on your hook determine the size of your stitch. If you have tight stitches, try making those loops a little bigger.
How do I make my stitches more even?
There's a part of the crochet hook that was actually made for this! It's called the shaft, and it's the part of the hook between the tip and the handle. Every time you have a loop on your hook, bring it down the shaft so you can make all the loops the same diameter.
Where should my round end?
Your round should end right before the stitch marker. That's because the stitch marker always marks the first stitch of every round.
I keep losing count. Any tips?
- Never count more than 10
- Count in the smallest increments possible
Say a pattern says "24 sc." You could count this in your head as:
1 2 3 ... 10 1 2 3 ... 20 1 2 3 4
If a pattern says "[sc, inc] x 4", you could count those 2 stitches as a group of 3. 1 for the sc, 2 for the first sc in the inc, and 3 for the second sc in the inc. Therefore, you can focus on counting the number of repetitions that you're on. It'd sound something like this:
1 2 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 4 2 3
Where every bolded number is the repetition you're on.