So you want to learn to crochet but not sure where to start, what to buy, what to do, and how to do it? You’ve come to the right spot! I’m going to give you a brief intro to crochet, give you the minimum items you’ll need to start, and show you some of the most simple stitches so you can start crocheting! Excited? I am!!!
Crochet is a process of using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or any string material to create fabric.
1) Crochet Hook (comes in various sizes, you might need a different size depending on the project) – To start I recommend a beginning set but if you must buy only one, I suggest a 4mm or 5mm
2) Yarn (usually worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart — no need to buy expensive wool or anything yet since you’re still learning)
4) Yarn/Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
5) Stitch markers if working in the round (continuously in a circle without turning over back and forth) — I just use a bobby pin or safety-pin
6) LOTS of PATIENCE!!!
*I suggest you search around your local thrift stores prior to investing in the supplies from a craft store. If you decide to buy from a craft store, I love Jo-Ann Fabrics since they always have coupons for 50% off one item or sale on yarn and if you join their site, you can combine the emailed coupons with the ones on their website sometimes.
Crochet hooks vary in the material used to make them (wood, aluminum, plastic, etc), the style of the handle, and the head shape. It just depends on preference really. If you use thinner yarn then it’s better to use a smaller hook and vice versa.
So let’s start!!!
First off, you have to learn how to make a slip knot and chain your beginning chain. Crochet Guru from YouTube has a very thorough video of the slip knot.
If you’re wondering how to HOLD the yarn and hook, here’s a video by TashiaB (I don’t actually hold the yarn this way, do what feels most comfortable for you that works):
Okay, now for starting your chain (via Crochet Guru):
Now let’s learn our first stitch: The Single Crochet (via I Am Kristin on YouTube):
And if you’re a real fast learner, you can practice the double crochet after mastering the single (via Crochet Guru):
You might be anxious to learn more stitches or prettier stitches but trust me, practice makes perfect. There are tons of stitches and you’ll only get overwhelmed right now. You want to get use to holding the yarn and hook, you want to find the hold that’s most comfortable for you, and you want to find the right tension for you.
Now you know how to work in rows which is when you work back and forth in rows. At the end of each row, you crochet a turning chain of 1-4 stitches depending on the stitch you are doing (1 for a single crochet and 3 for a double crochet — for now). So practice the single and double crochet and make a small project like a pot holder or scarf.
New Stitch a Day on YouTube has a great video for when you want to add a new ball of yarn or change yarn color. He shows you how to do it with single and double crochet:
Here’s how you will weave in the ends when done with your project (via Red Heart Yarns — she shows how to weave in ends for a granny square as well but you can just make a mental note of that for future endeavors):
YOU ARE NOW A CROCHETER!!! (For those lefties, Crochet Ever After on Youtube has a series of How-to’s for the left-handed crocheter. I didn’t forget yall!)
Stay tuned for further posts on working in the round so you can make hats and amigurumi! Get practicing and let me know how it goes. Feel free to ask questions as they arise!