By Amy Solovay
Learn the basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning.
If you’re brand new to crochet, the vast array of available hooks, yarns, stitches, and patterns can seem overwhelming. What should a beginner learn first? Which hooks and yarns should (s)he use? When there are so many options, how do you know where to start? Let's explore the possibilities.
You don't need many supplies to get started with crochet. The basics include
A tapestry needle is also nice to have; you can crochet without one, but if you have one, it'll make your life easier when you've finished a project and it comes time to weave in the ends. A tape measure or ruler is helpful for checking your gauge.
That's it! Those are the basic supplies you need to get started.
If you've never crocheted before, and you have no clue what yarn you should buy for working your first crochet stitches, these suggestions will help.
If at any point you decide that you'd like to go beyond the basics, there are plenty of additional items to consider. You can find out more information about some of them by taking a look at my page dedicated to crochet supplies.
A slip knot is one of the very first things you need to know to get started with crocheting. You might already know how to make a slip knot; if you don't, this tutorial will help.
Beginning crocheters usually start out by learning the chain stitch first. The chain stitch is one of the most important basic crochet stitches you'll need to know; chain stitches form the foundation of most crochet projects.
Enjoy these resources for learning the chain stitch:
In order to save space, certain words in a crochet pattern are usually abbreviated. The abbreviation for the chain stitch is "ch," or sometimes "chs" for the plural form. You'll usually see "ch" followed by a number -- for example, ch 135; this would mean that you should crochet 135 chain stitches.
After you've learned the chain stitch, you'll want to learn the other basic crochet stitches. Single crochet stitch is one of these; it is an essential stitch to know.
We've posted several resources which will help you get comfortable with the single crochet stitch:
The abbreviation for the single crochet stitch is sc. So, every time you see this abbreviation appear in your crochet pattern, remember that it means you're supposed to work the specified number of single crochet stitches.
See Also: Single Crochet Patterns
Double crochet stitch is an important stitch to know. It is one of the most essential basic crochet stitches.
Here are some resources for learning how to work double crochet stitch:
The abbreviation for the double crochet stitch is "dc." If this abbreviation appears in your crochet pattern, you'll know that it means you're supposed to work the specified number of double crochet stitches.
Slip stitches are very easy to learn, and they come in handy too. They serve multiple purposes:
We've published several different resources to help left-handed people learn how to crochet.
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