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Crochet Stitches, Detailed Instructions With Videos to Help You Follow Any Pattern or Create One of Your Own

Is it just me or do the blue stitches look like people dancing in a line?  half double crochet stitches.

Is it just me or do the blue stitches look like people dancing in a line? half double crochet stitches.


Looking for great lists for free crochet patterns? Hubber Barbara Kay has all sorts of hubs to find the pattern your looking for! Really! She has hubs on finding free patterns for Scarves, Amigurumi, Socks, Vests, Hats, Rugs, Shawls, Jewelry and more... ^_^

Hubber Tammyswallow has great hubs on vintage crochet patterns for a Victorian Boot Ornament and Fingerless Gloves.

For the beginner... don't make these common mistakes ^_^

Crochet is a huge passion of mine. A passion I want to share with you as I create new patterns and designs. I hope this will be a quick and easy reference for anyone wanting to complete a new pattern or even design one of their own.

The crochet terminology used is American. Be careful to check where your pattern was published to ensure you're looking up the right stitch. Everything is described for a right handed crocheter, simply reverse for left-handed use. Tunisian stitches aren't included in the guide. I've never attempted any tunisian stitches and didn't feel I had any place teaching them. If there is anyone who would like to make a supplementary hub I will gladly link to yours for a truly complete crochet stitch list.

All the photos and videos are my own. Keep in mind that there are many ways to go about crocheting. How you hold your hook and yarn should feel comfortable to you. So when watching the videos focus on how many loops and where to pull yarn through to create the stitch. How you go about it is entirely up to your comfort. Samples are all created using worsted weight yarn and a size I/9, 5.50mm hook. All stitches can look very different depending on the yarn or string used plus the size of the hook.

Table of Contents

Quickly find the stitch your looking for by pressing ctrl and F on the keyboard at the same time. Type the code in parenthesis into the find box and hit enter.

  • (CR1) Slipknot
  • (CR2) Chain
  • (CR3) Slip Stitch
  • (CR4) Single Crochet
  • (CR5) Single Rib Crochet
  • (CR6) Crab Stitch
  • (CR7) Half Double Crochet
  • (CR8) Double Crochet
  • (CR9) Raised Double Crochet
  • (CR10) Triple Crochet
  • (CR11) Double Triple Crochet
  • (CR12) Triple Triple Crochet
  • (CR13) Solomon's Knot
  • (CR14) Magic Ring
  • (CR15) Single Crochet Foundation
  • (CR16) Cluster Stitch and Decreasing
  • (CR17) Puff Stitch
  • (CR18) Popcorn Stitch

Slip Knot


This is the very first thing any crocheter needs to learn how to make. Every project starts with a simple slip knot. A completed slip knot will fit as one loop on the hook. One string will be mobile to adjust the size of the loop and the other will remain stationary. I have found that the best slip knot is when the tail end (the string that is not connected to the rest of the skein of yarn) is the one that controls the movement of the knot. This way when the project is completed the tail can be pulled tight allowing it to fully disappear into the project. This is especially helpful when working in a very uniform, tight stitch.

Start by holding the tail end in your right hand and hold the yarn about 8 inches over with your left hand. Wrap the yarn loosely around the first three fingers of your left hand once. This should shorten the gap between your hands. Allow the tail end to hang behind the circle you've just created. Place your hook over the circle but under the hanging tail end. With your left hand hold both ends while you pull up with your hook. This will create a nice loop on your hook. To tighten it further pull on the tail end. To loosen it, hold the end connected to the yarn and pull the loop with your hook.


Chain (ch)


I think its safe to say that I have never created a project without using chains. Even a solomon's knot starts with two chains. These are a must! You could even get by and make interesting designs using just chains and slip stitches.

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Start with your one loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook once and pull through the loop. That's it... all done!