How to Crochet

Crochet Beginner LessonsHow to Crochet Beginner Lessons

Materials You Need to Get Started

Crochet Hook – A Clover Soft Touch 5.0mm Crochet Hook is a great brand and size hook for beginners to start with.

I have the Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook Set because they give me maximum comfort when I crochet. These are the hooks that I use most of the time for my crocheting. It’s important to use a comfortable hook when you learn how to crochet so you don’t get sore hands and wrists.

Yarn – If you have any medium sized yarn (worsted weight yarn, category 4) then this is fine to start with. If you haven’t purchased any yarn yet then get a few balls of Red Heart Yarn in a color that is easy to see. They have an excellent selection of colors and Red Heart is my favorite brand of yarn because they are very easy to work with.

Yarn Needle – You will need a blunt eye yarn needle to weave loose ends of yarn into your work once you’ve finished a project. You probably have one kicking around the house somewhere but if not then get a pack of yarn needles.

Craft Scissors – These are a must. A good pair of sharp craft scissors ensure you trim your yarn properly.

Learn to Crochet Book – The best beginner book I have found so far is Crocheting for Dummies 2nd Edition.

There are other things you will require later on but these are the bare minimum items that will get you started.


Lesson 1: Know Your Tools & Materials

  1. Components of a Crochet Hook
  2. How to Grip a Crochet Hook – Pencil & Knife Methods
  3. Types of Yarn and their Different Uses

Lesson 2: Become familiar with the Yarn

  1. Making a Slip Knot
  2. How to Hold the Yarn

Lesson 3: Connecting the Yarn & Crochet Hook

  1. How to Make a Chain Stitch and the Components of a Chain Stitch
  2. How to Crochet a Foundation Chain
  3. How to Make a Slip Stitch

Lesson 4: Basic Crochet Knowledge

  1. Parts of a Crochet Stitch
  2. Crochet Round and Crochet Row

Lesson 5: Basic Crochet Stitches

Here are the video tutorials of how to crochet the most basic crochet stitches for the U.S. and U.K. These basic stitches will allow you to make most crocheted garments from a pattern. These stitches are the basis of all crochet patterns so they are the most important stitches when learning how to crochet. Both U.S. and U.K. crochet stitches are the same except they are named differently.

Example 1: U.S. single crochet stitch = U.K. double crochet stitch.

Example 2: U.S. half double crochet stitch = U.K. half treble crochet stitch.

This can be confusing for beginners.

You can learn the stitch conversions with my Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart.

If you are wondering whether you should learn from the U.S. or the U.K. video tutorials then I’d recommend learning the U.S. crochet stitches. There are more free and paid patterns and Youtube video tutorials available to you with the U.S. stitches and they are used a lot more than the U.K. stitches.

You may see some repetition in the videos below but the more exposed you are to each technique and stitch, the faster you will learn.

Basic U.S. Crochet Stitch Video Tutorials

I’ve placed the basic U.S. crochet stitches in size order, going from the smallest to largest.

In each tutorial you will see how to make a slip knot, foundation chain, turning chain, and making the stitch on the 1st row and 2nd rows.

  1. Single Crochet
  2. Half Double Crochet
  3. Double Crochet
  4. Triple (or Treble) Crochet
  5. Double Treble (or Double Triple) Crochet

Basic U.K. Crochet Stitch Video Tutorials

These basic U.K. stitches are in size order, going from the smallest to largest basic stitch.

In each tutorial you will learn how to make a slip knot, foundation chain, turning chain, making a stitch on the 1st row and 2nd rows.

  1. Double Crochet
  2. Half Treble Crochet
  3. Treble Crochet
  4. Double Treble
  5. Triple Treble
  6. Quadruple Treble

If you have questions please take a look at the basic crochet beginner techniques as these tutorials may answer your questions.

For Video Tutorials subscribe to the Crochet Hooks You Youtube Channel, and you will be able to crochet along with me making new crochet stitches and projects!

All the best,

Paula Daniele


Crocheting for Dummies 2nd Edition

An updated classic covering the latest techniques and trends in crocheting.

Crocheting for Dummies 2nd EditionAre you hooked on the art of crochet? Looking for a fun new hobby that you can take with you virtually anywhere? Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you easy-to-understand instructions on how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work to make beautiful pieces of art. From learning to create consistency with gauge swatch to decoding crochet patterns, symbols, and diagrams, this easy-to-follow guide is all you need to start creating beautiful designs in no time!

This revised edition contains completely new content, including fresh new patterns, stitches, and techniques reflecting crocheting styles from around the world.

Plus, it’s packed with new and refreshed photos and line art throughout, along with step-by-step instructions that will easily guide you from your first stitch to your first sweater.

A new section covering common crocheting mistakes and how to correct them.

Crocheting with eco-awareness: using organic yarns, as well as free trade and sustainably sourced fibers.

The best resources for purchasing supplies, as well as choosing and buying patterns.

Whether you’re a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skills, Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the skills, techniques, and confidence to crochet like a pro.


About Paula

I'm the Crochet Designer, Teacher & Video Producer of Crochet Hooks You.

I taught myself how to crochet when I was a young girl and quickly picked up how to crochet the granny square and got hooked. Read More.


  1. rhoda says:

    do you have a crochet pattern/video tutorial for crochet booties using thread..i’ve already search for this,and what i’ve found are in spanish i find it hard to follow their instructions.thanks.more power.thanks for your tutorial. i’ve also learned from it especially as a beginner.

    • Paula says:

      Hi Rhoda,
      I don’t have any crochet booties using thread at the moment and I’ve done a search for you to see if anyone else has and I can’t seem to find anything to recommend to you unfortunately. I will be putting this on my to-do list to come up with a cotton thread bootie pattern.

  2. barbie says:

    hi,Ii get half double and double crochet mixed up can you tell me what is the difference please,thank you.

    • Paula says:

      Hi Barbie,

      Are you using U.S. or U.K stitches? Just so I can explain it to you properly.

  3. Judith A. Callen says:

    Hi Paula… I am proud to write I made my first pair of “posh booties” this evening with the awesome video you posted on Youtube. My crochet history is the good ole “Granny Square.” However, I did learn basic sts. You are simply a wonderful teacher Paula, and I thank you so very much.

    Thank you so very much for sharing your craft with me. I will send a photo of my items for charity. God bless you.

    Sincerely, Judy Callen… Moline, Illinois, USA ( Near Chicago )

    • Paula says:

      Hello Judith,
      Well done on making your first pair of ‘posh’ booties! Thank you for saying that you think my video tutorial is awesome, it’s very nice to know. Ah, yes the good ole granny square gets us all, doesn’t it! 🙂 I appreciate your lovely comment and am looking forward to seeing a photo of your projects.

      All the best,
      Paula Daniele

  4. Amy says:

    Hi, Paula! I love your videos! Because of your videos I’m now branching out to do lots of things I’ve never tried before! Thank you! I want to use up some of my “scrap” yarn so I thought I would make squares and then stitch them together. Do you have a video of how to join granny squares or blanket strips? Thank you! Amy

    • Paula says:

      Hello Amy, Thank you very much! That’s great you are branching out and taking on new crochet challenges. Sorry but I don’t have a video tutorial yet on how to join granny squares but I will be doing one in the future. For now, you can search on Youtube as there are plenty of video tutorials by others that show you how to do this.


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