I'm new to hooping too, I've been at it for a few weeks now! I'm still struggling as well, there is so much to learn and every time I watch other people's videos I'm amazed (and envious) at how good they are and how much they can do! But then I remind myself that they too had to start from square 1. I'm learning bit by bit and practicing everyday - if you can already maintain it around your waist, try some tricks from there, like bringing it from your waist into lasso and back down again (one of the first tricks I learned...it took me 2 weeks to nail it!) If you can knee hoop fine then you can try taking one leg out and putting it back in again. Then you can work on things like hooping around your hips, neck, chest, etc. Don't give up, you'll be mastering that hoop in no time!
I got in to hooping really randomly - I'm into aerial circus arts and I met a girl at a silks session in the park. She had brought her hoops with her for the fun of it and I was immediately interested. She showed me a few moves to try and then even gave me one of her hoops to keep! I haven't put it down since...
If you can knee hoop already, that's pretty good! It took me a month to be able to waist hoop at all. So good for you! I got into hooping to lose weight/to prove to myself I could do it. Unfortunately, I never knew it was an addiction waiting to happen. When I'm struggling with moves, I love to read some hooping blogs or just move with the hoop, even if it's crazy things. I did a lot of interpretive dancing with my hoop the first few months. lol
You can do it! Don't give up!
welcome! you sound like you're doing great. my advice would be to practice a little everyday and just keep trying things. i never thought i would get shoulder/chest hooping and then one day it just happened! i got introduced to hooping at a music festival. enjoy