Learn crochet -- If you would like to learn crochet stitches and crochet techniques, we provide many free resources that will help. We even provide a wide variety of free crochet patterns for you to try.
If you're brand new to crochet, you should learn the basic crochet stitches first: the chain, the single crochet, the double crochet, the slip stitch, the half double crochet, and the treble crochet are good to start with.
We make free videos available to help you with some of these basic stitches. You can also find free crochet tutorials for learning the basic stitches and more. Once you've learned the basics, visit our crochet stitches photo gallery to browse through even more stitches you might like to learn how to do.
What Can You Do With These Crochet Stitches?
Practice your stitches until you are confident that you know them; then you can start using them to create crochet projects:
- Learn to crochet a granny square
- Learn to crochet dishcloths and washcloths
- Find easy crochet patterns
See also: How to crochet.
Once you've learned a few stitches, it's helpful for you to start learning crochet techniques, which will enable you to begin doing more interesting things with crochet -- creating shaping, crocheting in different shapes such as circles, etc.
Crochet instructions could get long and cumbersome if not for crochet abbreviations. The only downside is that it can take beginners awhile to figure out what all the different abbreviations mean, and to get comfortable using them.
Most of the time, the abbreviations you need to work a crochet pattern will be listed at the beginning of the pattern. If you read through each pattern before you begin crocheting, the abbreviations won't be a mystery to you.
Learn More Crochet Basics
- How to make a slip knot -- If you don't already know how to make a slip knot, this tutorial will help.
- Changing colors in crochet -- Learn how to change colors so that you can crochet stripes or other multicolored projects.
- How to crochet overtop of yarn ends -- This technique saves time because you will not have to weave in as many ends when you finish your project.
- Weaving in ends -- When you're finished a crochet project, you'll have loose ends to deal with. Learn how to weave the ends in securely so that your project will not unravel.
- How to join crocheted pieces
The following resources are intended for left-handed people; they'd also be helpful for anyone who wants to teach a left-handed person how to crochet.