Crochet guide for beginners

ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS

Welcome to my blog and if you are here, chances are that you are interested in learning how to crochet. If you are then you have come to the right place! I have set up a series of videos divided into individual segments for an easier form of learning. This way you don’t have to be moving the timestamps to one of the 8 (or more) lessons in one video. I wish I would have had this way of learning when I was first starting out.

All these steps by steps will create a foundation of the fundamental stitches needed to crochet your own masterpiece. Take the first few videos slow and I highly recommend not skipping through videos. Start off with my introduction video that you can find HERE

HOW TO CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS – INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO SERIES

In this video, I share with you what to expect to see in this series, the techniques you will be learning, and how the videos will be divided as. I also go over a couple of yarn and crochet hook recommendations for those who need to pick up some materials before starting. And, why I love the hook I mention for those of you just starting out! I am so excited to be sharing this how-to crochet series to better serve you in all your crochet needs in one place!

Then we move right into learning our first step…

HOW TO TIE A SLIP KNOT – PART 1 

We are starting off this series on learning how to tie a SLIP KNOT. This technique is extremely helpful when crocheting and knitting. It can be adjusted in size and magically removed! Unless a pattern calls for a magic ring or magic circle, this is how you will start then move into making your chains which is up next.

HOW TO CHAIN – PART 2

Chaining the required amount needed will not determine the exact length of the finished product but it is important if following a multi stitch pattern. Every chain counts! Don’t worry though, I am keeping it nice simple for you today! Learning these basic steps and practicing each one until mastered will help you achieve the knowledge and techniques needed to crochet. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you see my future videos!

HOW TO SLIP STITCH – PART 3 

A slip stitch (abbreviation – SlSt) is one of my favorite stitches to use. It does take a bit of practice to get the hang of the tricky part of this which is not making the slip stitches too tight. If you are going to work over them in the next row, they need to have a little wiggle room to insert your hook for a new stitch. This can be used when making the “knit look” which is when you finish making a row of half double crochet’s, you can slip stitch in the 3rd loop in the back and it gives the pieces some awesome stretchy knit effect to it! So don’t underestimate the power of this little guy!

Insert hook through the next stitch or chain, yarn over and pull up a loop, use that same loop you just pulled up and pull it through again in the right loop on the hook.  slip stitch made.

HOW TO SINGLE CROCHET – PART 4

We keep going and next up is the single crochet (abbreviation – SC). You can do SO MANY things with this stitch. Dishcloths, ear warmers, blankets, and more! The one thing to keep in mind with this stitch is that it does eat up a lot of yarn. That is why we like to stick with the smaller projects for this or using it sparingly in a pattern also helps. And I can’t forget dolls, Amigurumi is my absolute FAVORITE thing to make and single crochet stitches are basically the most used stitch of mine! The reason it is mostly used for amigurumi/softies/dolls is that it also has the capability to have zero holes when you have the right tension and hook according to the yarn of course. But this allows holding the Poly-fil/cotton inside the doll from showing through.

Insert hook through the next stitch or chain, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through the two loops on the hook. Single crochet made.

HOW TO HALF DOUBLE CROCHET – PART 5

Making this post has made me realize how excited I get talking about these simple yet super important crochet stitches! Half double crochet stitch (abbreviation – HDC) may also be a yarn eater, meaning it will use up a lot of yarn. But it adds a little more height and thickness than just the single crochet on its own.

Yarn over, insert hook through the next stitch or chain, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. Half double crochet made.

HOW TO DOUBLE CROCHET – PART 6

The double crochet stitch is a taller stitch (abbreviation – DC). You can achieve a faster blanket using this one. The taller the stitch the chances are you are going to get a look with “holes”. Not necessarily a bad thing but good to know when deciding to use it in a project. I like using double crochet stitch as a shell stitch which is several double crochet stitches in the same space to fan out and create a curve. Some other favorites are also bags, garments, and other accessories, like bows for my daughter.

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