How 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
- Components of a Crochet Hook
- How to Grip a Crochet Hook – Pencil & Knife Methods
- Types of Yarn and their Different Uses
Lesson 2: Become familiar with the Yarn
Lesson 3: Connecting the Yarn & Crochet Hook
- How to Make a Chain Stitch and the Components of a Chain Stitch
- How to Crochet a Foundation Chain
- How to Make a Slip Stitch
Lesson 4: Basic Crochet Knowledge
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.
- Single Crochet
- Half Double Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Triple (or Treble) Crochet
- 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.
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All the best,
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