Crocheting for the Absolute Beginner

Hi All and Happy New Year,

There is nothing like learning something new.  If you have always wanted to learn how to crochet, I’m here to help.  I have been crocheting for years, but I am no expert.  I love learning new stitches and techniques for crocheting.  What I learn I will share with you.  I will also share when things don’t go as planned.  This way you can learn from my mistakes.  So let’s get started.

The Hook

There are A LOT of crochet hooks to choose from.  Plastic, wood and aluminum are the main materials use. They come in sizes from 2mm up to 19mm.  They also come with different handle types.   The thing to do is to find the one that is the most comfortable for you to use.  The good thing is that they are inexpensive and you can get a few to see what type you prefer.  Here is my collection.  And yes, I use all of them.  It just depends on the yarn.

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The Yarn

For learning/practice I suggest an inexpensive yarn like Red Heart Super Saver. It is a #4 worsted weight yarn.  I know that if you are new to crochet, or anything that has to do with yarn, I just said something that you may not understand.  It’s ok, we will talk about yarn numbers and weight in up coming post.  The best thing about this yarn is it can be found just about anywhere.

 

The Tutorial

You will need your yarn and a hook.  I’m using the Red Heart Super Saver and a size 6mm hook.

The slip knot. It is the beginning of all crochet projects.

Step 1)   Make a loop.

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Step 2)  Take the tail and place it under the loop.

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Step 3)  Insert the hook

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Step 4)  Pull up the yarn on the hook and tighten to make a loop on the hook

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Now you are ready for the next phase.  We are going to learn how to make a chain.  The chain is the foundation to just about all of your future projects.

 

The Chain (Ch)

Step 1)  With the loop on the hook, put the yarn over your hook.

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Step 2) Pull the hook through the loop.  Careful to keep the yarn under the hook as you pull it through.

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Repeat step 2 until you have the total amount of chains needed.

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That’s it.  Pretty simple, right.  In my next post we will start learning stitches.  First up will be Single Crochet.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions please let me know.

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