As a beginner, it’s best to start with making a pattern row and single stitches. Here are some basic steps that will help you learn how to crochet.
- First, assemble some crochet supplies like a size G crochet hook, small scissors, worsted-weight yarn with any colors, and a big-eyed yarn needle.
- Holding the crochet hook in your right hand (if you’re right-handed), create a slipped knot on the hook.
- Slide the hooked yarn to the slipknot of the hook. This process will create a continuous stitch or a chain-like row of stitches. Bring back the yarn on top of the hook, making the thread go into the hook and grab the slip knot into the hook.
- Pass on the first chain stitch allowing the knot to be properly hooked on the knot of the thread. This will allow the thread to be properly in place so that it will not loosen. A much tighter knot would be better to create a chain stitch.
- Insert the hook to the hole of on the next chain stitch, and then slide the yarn, passing through the center of the second chain stitch going to the upper part of the hook. You have now created two loops on the hook of the threads.
- Bring the yarn back on the hook from back to front and slide the knot in the center of the loops that you created on the hook.
- From the second loop, create another one-chain stitch to make a counter clock wise loop. This allows the hook to remain in the chain stitches. Start again in creating the following rows, creating the same loops on the previous rows.
- Create a single crochet stitch in the first loop tightened going to the following loops of the previous rows. Be sure to create the hook on the last stitch to retain the stitches on their places.
To finish the work, cut the excess yarn but keep at least 6 inches of the thread on the last chain stitch. The extra yarn will allow you to slide the hook up to the upper part of the loops and bring the thread into the last loops of the hook.
As a beginner, detailed crochet patterns will be frustrating and written steps might not make a lot of sense. Start with basic steps to get used to the techniques.
Never Touched a Hook? Here’s a SLOW video tutorial.
Sometimes “how to” videos are so fast that it’s hard to follow, leading to frustration. Kristin’s Crochet Tutorials, and she has posted a video that goes slowly (see below). She recommends Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.