When starting out as a beginner, choose simple projects that require a larger hook (size H or larger).
When making a basic washcloth/dish rag, single crochet around the edges for a smoother look.
Alternative to the magic ring: chain 6, slip stitch into first chain, work loose end into next round, then pull tight to close the ring.
Here is a great pattern for beginners!! It will teach you crochet basics while also giving you something you can use at home (surprise!!):
Round 1: ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a loop/ring
Round 2: ch 1, 10 sc in ring (10 sc)
Round 3: ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3, [skip next sc, sc in next sc, ch 3] 9 times, sl st into first sc (5 sc, 5 ch-3 sp)
Round 4: [sc, hdc, dc, 3 tr, dc, hdc, sc] in each ch-3 sp, sl st into first sc (10 sc, 10 hdc, 10 dc, 15 tr)
Glue a piece of magnet to the center and there you have it: your first crochet fridge magnet! Enjoy!!
Use this quick and easy cheat sheet to remember some of the basic stitches and their corresponding abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
If you are a beginner, start practicing with simple projects such as wash clothes, or the classic granny square blankets.
Avoid buying new markers by using a piece of yarn to mark the end of a round.
When making amigurumi, reduce the number of parts you need to sew together by crocheting the head and body continuously.
Use a smaller hook to get a finer look.
Work ends into your crochet work to avoid having to weave them in at the end.