Beginner: - Projects for first-time crocheters using basic stitches. Minimal shaping.
Easy:- Projects using yarn with basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping and finishing.
Intermediate:- Projects using a variety of techniques, such as basic lace patterns or color patterns, mid-level shaping and finishing.
Experienced:- Projects with intricate stitch patterns, techniques and dimension, such as non-repeating patterns, multi-color techniques, fine threads, small hooks, detailed shaping and refined finishing.
ALWAYS read the pattern to the end before starting. ALWAYS check your gauge and ADJUST if necessary. ALWAYS change colour at join with sl st stage, unless mentioned otherwise. ALWAYS check stitch count after each round or row. ALWAYS check abbreviations and Special Stitches, before your start. ALWAYS pay attention to instructions on where to join with the slip stitch at the end of each round.
Always match Gauge and Hook recommendations on yarn label to the yarn used in the pattern. Always substitute yarn with a similar fibre, for example wool with wool, cotton with cotton, and also consider the texture of the yarn, smooth yarn or textured yarn. Always make a gauge swatch and check your gauge carefully, adjusting hook size as needed.
Always keep yarn label from each project you complete as a reference for washing instructions.
Crochet and knit items are best washed gently by hand and dried flat, to keep their shape.
Crochet and knit garments should not be hung on coat hangers, but folded and stored flat, away from dust, damp, heat and sunlight.
Clean acid-free tissue paper is better than a plastic bag.
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