A person beginning to crochet should take a class, test a pattern before beginning, count stitches and rows, and remember that tension matters. Each of these tips help ease the stress and help avoid mistakes.
Taking a class is possible by watching a video online, and it helps beginners learn and master foundation stitches. Once this has been learned, it is useful to test and practice a pattern on swatch before beginning. Also, a beginner should always remember the importance of counting stitches and rows to keep to the pattern and maintain an even shape. A crucial element often forgotten by beginners is to keep tension on the hand holding the yarn, to ensure tight, neat stitches.