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Learn to Crochet

Here’s a stress-free introduction to crocheting. If you've never crocheted before, this information will help you get started. Our step-by-step photo tutorials will introduce you to the fundamentals of this enjoyable craft. This section is also recommended for people who haven't crocheted in awhile, and need to brush up on the basics.

Beginner Crochet -- Crochet for Beginners
Learn how to crochet, starting at the very beginning. Here you'll find links to all the most important crochet videos and tutorials you'll need for learning how to crochet.

How to Hold a Crochet Hook
We're here to help you get started with crochet! Let's start off with a few different ways you could approach holding your crochet hook.

Loops
Loops are an integral part of crocheting. The following resources will help you understand loops and how to work with them while crocheting.

Learn How to Crochet - Basic Stitches, Plus Beginner Patterns…
So you want to learn how to crochet, and you're wondering how to get started. Or perhaps you knew how to crochet at one point, but you've forgotten how. Either way, here's a stress-free guide to learning the basics of crochet. Find free crochet videos, tutorials, patterns and instructions for beginners.

Basic Stitches
Find a list of the basic crochet stitches plus links to tutorials, instructions and / or videos for learning how to crochet them.

Crochet Videos
Crochet videos are a fantastic way to learn how to crochet, especially if you don't have access to an experienced teacher. We invite you to grab a crochet hook and a ball of yarn, and follow along with these videos. You'll be crocheting in no time!

How to Make a Crochet Slip Knot / Slip Loop
Learn how to begin your crochet projects with a slip knot, also known as a slip loop.

How to Crochet a Chain Stitch
This photo tutorial shows how to crochet a chain stitch.

Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial | How to Single Crochet
Learn how to single crochet using this illustrated step-by-step tutorial.

Single Crochet Video
Edna Kurtzman demonstrates the single crochet stitch.

Double Crochet Stitch Instructions
Learn how to do double crochet The instructions are free. This stitch is essential if you want to make most basic granny squares; it's also an important part of many other crochet projects.

How to Slip Stitch in Crochet
Find free crochet instructions for the slip stitch, which is one of the most basic stitches in crochet.

Half Double Crochet Stitch
Want to learn how to do the half double crochet stitch? This tutorial includes step-by-step pictures and complete instructions that will teach you the half double crochet.

How to Treble Crochet
Learn the treble crochet stitch with these free instructions.

How to Crochet a Granny Square
The granny square is a popular first crochet project for beginners. Learn how to crochet a basic granny square with this free tutorial.

Crocheted Granny Square Comparisons
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you increase or decrease the number of chain stitches in the corners when you crochet a granny square? How about if you increase or decrease the number of chains separating the double crochet stitches? Check out this comparison of several different granny squares.

Free Crochet Patterns With a Skill Level Rating of Easy
Practice your new crochet skills using any of these free crochet patterns.

Left-Handed Crochet
Tips, instructions and resources for helping left-handed people learn how to crochet.

Tips and Advice From Left-Handed Crocheters
Left-handed crocheters tell their stories - how they learned to crochet, plus advice for other left-handed people who want to learn how to crochet.

Easy Basic Crochet Scarf Pattern
This beginner-friendly scarf is a fantastic starter project for people who are brand new to crocheting. The scarf is a unisex design that works for both ladies and gentlemen.

How to Crochet a Blanket
Blanket-making 101, with pictures, examples, and links to lots of free blanket patterns.

Crochet Tips for Beginners
These crochet tips will help beginners get more out of the time they spend crocheting.

Crocheters Share Their Best Crochet Tips
If you're new to crochet, you'll be sure to find these tips helpful. If you're an intermediate or advanced level crocheter, you probably have some crochet tips to share. Please post them, and enjoy the satisfaction of sharing your knowledge with others.

Is Crochet the Right Craft For You?
Discover whether crochet would be a good choice of hobbies for you.

Which Yarn Should a Beginner Buy?
Yarn shopping can be overwhelming when you have no idea what to look for. Need help? Check out these suggestions.

Crochet Tutorials

Want to learn a new crochet stitch or technique? Perhaps you'd like to see every step involved with crocheting a project before you start. We have posted a wide variety of crochet tutorials that will help you accomplish any of the above.

Learn the Shell Stitch
This popular stitch is a good one to have in your crochet knowledge base. Many interesting crochet patterns utilize shell stitch, plus it's fun to work this beautiful stitch.

Differences Between Crochet and Knitting
If you're brand new to crochet, you might be wondering how crochet differs from knitting. These two techniques seem to have so many similarities. Here you'll find out what makes them different.

Place Marker
What does it mean when your crochet pattern says to "place marker" or "place a marker?" Find out here.

Crocheting in the Round - Creating a Crocheted Circle
Learn how to crochet a circle with this free tutorial for crocheting in the round.

Crocheting Through the Loops Tutorial
Learn how to work through the front loops or back loops of a crochet stitch.

Turning Chain -- What Is a Turning Chain in Crochet?
Wondering what a turning chain is, or how long to make the turning chain in your latest crochet project? This glossary page will help.

Learn How to Join With a Slip Stitch to Form A Ring
Learn an important crochet technique -- how to join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Check out this step by step photo tutorial.

Shell Stitch
Shell stitch is a beginner-friendly crochet stitch pattern that you can learn after you've mastered all your basic crochet stitches. Ready to give it a try? Check out this page for free tutorials and patterns.

Free Crochet Instructions
Find free crochet instructions for beginners; learn how to crochet a wide variety of different crochet stitches and projects using our free crochet instructions.

Learn to Crochet a Baby Hat
Want to learn how to make a baby hat? Here's a free tutorial to walk you through the process. This is an easy, beginner-friendly pattern recipe which allows for lots of customization along the way.

Learn to Crochet Three-Dimensional Flowers
Learn how to crochet gorgeous three-dimensional flowers using our free step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and crochet flower patterns.

Crocheting Baby Hats
Learn everything you need to know about crocheting baby hats, and find links to our free baby hat patterns.

Learn to Crochet a Baby Beanie
Baby beanies are easy and fun projects to crochet. Want to try your hand at customizing a crocheted beanie for a special baby? If so, this easy pattern recipe is just what you need!

Learn Crochet
The free resources provided on our website will help beginners learn crochet.

Reader Question: Do You Offer Crochet Classes?
A reader emailed me to ask whether we offer any crochet classes. Find current information here!

How to Crochet a Scarf
Learn how to crochet a scarf using this complete guide; these instructions include links to many free crochet scarf patterns and scarf-making tutorials.

Beginner Crochet -- Crochet for Beginners
Are you in need of a total beginner's guide to crochet? This is it -- you've found one! These free videos and tutorials will help you learn the basics of crochet, starting at the very beginning.

Goals, Benefits and Advantages of Crochet
Why learn to crochet? If you're not sure what the advantages are, this page will help you to understand the most common goals and benefits that crocheters can achieve.

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