A Beginners Guide to Crochet

Did you know that crocheting is a good way to ease anxiety?

In fact, it’s an activity that gives you a sense of accomplishment. The repetitive motions can help to give you a break from many day-to-day stressful activities!

Crochet is a fun, relaxing, craft that anyone can do! In this Beginner Guide to Crochet I will walk you through the basics of crochet! Everything you need to get started!



What Is Crochet?

According to the dictionary Crochet is a “handicraft in which yarn is made up into a patterned fabric by looping yarn with a hooked needle.”



It’s not difficult to learn. But can seem a little challenging, in the beginning. Like any new skill it will take patience, practice and a little determination!

To learn to crochet you will need to start with the basics stitches ( we’ll dig deeper into that in a minute). Once you have the basics down. You’ll be ready to dive deep into the advanced stitches which are ALL comprised of the basic stitches!

You’ll be making those hats, granny squares, afghans, and garments before you know it!

What Do You Need To Get Started?

Honestly, one of the best things about crochet is that you only, really, need two things to get started! Now of course when you get to the point where you want to crochet all the things you may want to add some gizmos or gadgets to make things a little easier. But, in the beginning you only need the basics!

  • A Crochet Hook- My favorite are Furls !
  • Yarn- There are SO many different types of yarn on the market! In the beginning I would suggest a “big box” yarn from either Micheals, Joanns or Hobby Lobby. Once you’ve decided this is a hobby you’d like to stick with then I would look into more speciality yarns, like those sold in my shop.

Having the right tools can make things so much easier when learning.

Yarn

There are so many different types and weights of yarn.

  • Cotton and Cotton Blends
  • Wool and Wool Blends
  • Acrylic

and more! There are also different weights of yarn. Patterns will suggest what type of yarn should be used to create the item intended. But for beginners I suggest a Worsted Weight (# 4) like I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby, Big Twist from Joanns, or Loops & Threads from Michaels. Or a Bulky weight ( #5) to practice your stitches.

The Craft Yarn Council Of America is a fantastic source if you want to read more about different yarn sizes, average hooks used for each yarn, and their symbols.

Hook

Crochet hooks come in a wide range of sizes, materials, and styles. Yarn labels have a recommended hook size on them which the manufacturer suggests is the right size for that yarn. However, you can’t always go by that. Especially if you are following a pattern. You will want to use the hook that the designer has suggested so that you can replicate the in intended design. For beginners, just learning stitches, I suggest an ergonomic hook, like furls. If you are practicing with a # 4 weight yarn- use the H 5.00mm hook. If using a # 5 – use a L 8.00mm hook.

Other Supplies

There are a few other items that you will need in your crochet tool box to help make your life a lot easier!

  • Stitch Markers
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle (not pictured)
  • Measuring Tape

Stitches

There are several different stitches within crochet from basic stitches, to post stitches, cables, lace and more. However, they are all based upon 3 basic stitches- Single Crochet (sc), Half Double Crochet (hdc), and Double Crochet (dc). Once you learn these 3 basic stitches you can do anything!

Please note that it may be hard for some to follow pictures. Because of this I have also created a step by step video for, both, Right-handed and Left-handed crocheters.

How to hold your hook.

Most crocheters hold their hook in their dominant hand with the yarn coming from their non-dominant hand.

Please note that I am right handed and all pictures will represent me using my right hand in this picture tutorial.

How to make a Slip knot.

The video contains a different way to make a slip knot. All though I find this way easier to follow.

Slip knots are the basis of crochet. We start each project with one.

  1. To make a slip knot start by making a large loop with the tail end of the yarn on the bottom
  2. Pull your working yarn ( the yarn coming from the ball) through the loop from the back
  3. Pull Yarn through

Chain

In order to start crocheting you need to create a chain. The chain is the foundation of, most, all projects.

  1. Insert hook into slip knot
  2. Yarn over, bringing the yarn around the hook from the back
  3. Hook the yarn
  4. Pull through

Single Crochet (sc)

  1. Insert hook under the v, yarn over
  2. Pull through the v ( 2 loops on hook)
  3. yarn over
  4. pull through both loops on hook

Right Hand Video

Left Hand Video Below

Half Double Crochet (hdc)

  1. Yarn over
  2. Put hook under the V
  3. Yarn over
  4. Pull yarn through (3 loops on hook)
  5. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook

Double Crochet (dc)

  1. Yarn over
  2. Insert hook under the V
  3. Yarn over
  4. Pull through ( 3 loops on hook)
  5. Yarn over
  6. Pull through 2 (2 loops left on hook)
  7. Yarn over
  8. Pull through 2 remaining loops

Left Hand Video

In part 2 of Beginners Guide to Crochet we will discuss how to read a yarn label and dive more in depth into yarn weights. Don’t want to miss the next installment, shop updates, exclusive coupons? Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter ( at the bottom of the Home page).

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