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How to Crochet | Learn How to Crochet for Beginners

Learn How to Crochet and start making beautiful gifts today

Learn How to Crochet and start making beautiful gifts today

Teach Yourself How to Crochet

How do you crochet? Where to start when you want to learn how to Crochet especially if you are a beginner. Undoubtedly the most popular Question I get asked is "How to learn to crochet when you are a beginner." "Is it easier to learn crochet by reading crochet books, or is it better to learn crochet by watching crochet video tutorials" and in today's world you really "can learn how to crochet online". I taught myself how to crochet and indeed learned how to crochet online. I live in the UK but can confidently convert patterns easily from the US.

By the end of reading this page and watching the crochet videos, you will feel confident enough to try your own crochet projects even if you are a complete beginner!

My crochet addiction has rubbed off on my friends, and I keep getting asked How do you crochet? or can I teach people to learn how to crochet when they are beginners. So I have made this page especially for those who want to learn how to crochet, and where to start especially if you are a beginner.

Believe me you will be crocheting in no time.

Image is Authors Own And one of the first Crochet Hats and booties set I ever crocheted.

All images on this page Belong to LisaAuch and should not be used without express written permission

Feel Free to Pin this Learn to Crochet Page and share with your fellow pinners on Pinterest

Easy to crochet Baby Hat and booties set

Easy to crochet Baby Hat and booties set

Learn How To Crochet

When I was learning to crochet I found watching videos helped me learn how to crochet. It was so easy to find out how to hold the Hook and Yarn to create the basic crochet stitches. Crochet really is a series of knots and twists repeated to create the Pattern. and it is really easy to turn those stitches into beautiful crochet items.

In no time at all I was crocheting easy Baby hats and booties sets.

As I started to understand the basics I bought some (and then some more) crochet books. Like the The Crochet Bible: The Complete Handbook for Crochet which really is the ultimate guide to learning crochet and crochet techniques and stitches. I highly recommend this bible as a must read for crochet beginners.

This how to crochet book not only helped me understand easy crochet patterns, but learn the most basic crochet stitches, needed to complete simple easy crochet projects, and I was hooked!

In no time you will be crocheting little baby hats and bootie sets like the one in the picture here.

How Do You Crochet | What Do You Need to Start Crocheting - All You Need to Crochet

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learn to crochet-how to crochet

To Crochet you need: A Hook and a ball of smooth yarn. (worsted or slightly thicker, or UK baby double knit)

There are several sizes of crochet hooks available for a beginner I would recommend a medium sized hook (F,G or H | US) (4.00, 4.50, 5.00 UK) ( for an awesome conversion chart for hook sizes, as it does vary you can print this page out easily for reference later visit HERE

Learn How to Crochet NOW! - this video will show you how to crochet the 5 basic stitiches

Possibly the best ever how to crochet video made, and I guarantee you WILL be able to crochet the 5 basic crochet stitches after watching this!

If you have a basic knowledge and your hook and Yarn then watch this video and get started crocheting.

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Learn How to Crochet Book - ...visually teach yourself how to Crochet

If you know of someone who also wants to learn how to crochet, then i highly recommend buying this how to crochet guide. Makes a great gift too.

If like me you are a visual learner, this is an excellent book, not only taking you from how to hold your crochet hook, but also extras like crochet communities to join, and finding crochet resources on the Internet. This Crochet book even has good clear instructions for left handed crocheters. Explains the basics of how the crochet stitch is made up of parts of the chain stitch. And learning the most important basic crochet Stitches. Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet, Treble Crochet. (I will demonstrate these crochet stitches below)

Great photographs to show you How to increase, decrease in crochet, and then taking you onto more advanced crochet stitches. well worth its money.

How to Start your Crochet Projects | Learn to Crochet for Beginners Slipknot

Learn How to start your crochet project

Chain Stitch is your foundation row to what you will build your crochet on. Crocheted starting chains is also called the foundation chain, and is used to begin crochet patterns.

To start the chain you need to create a simple loop with the yarn and slip the yarn onto the hook. (See Picture) tighten the loop (but not so tight you cannot work it on the hook, loose enough to slip over the hook back and forward as you work)

Learn to Crochet how to Create a Slip knot Start chain Crochet Stitch


How do I Crochet a Chain / Make a Chain Stitch - in pictures

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learn how to crochet

Understanding Crochet Talk

Crochet Terminology explained usually crochet patterns will simply start with

Ch 20 (chain 20)

This means we are going to create 20 chain Stitches.

Holding the yarn in the throat of the crochet hook, draw the hook and yarn back through the slip knot. This brings a new loop with it ( you have now created your first chain) Repeat these movements.

Practice creating chains, just keep practicing until you start to get the tension - a good tip is to move your finger and thumb along the chains and nearer the hook as you work.

TOP TIP: Keep these chains, especially if they are starting to look really good! You can make easy crochet baby head bands using these foundation chains and attaching a crochet flowers to it! so pop them in a bag and keep for later.

What Does The Chain Stitch (Foundation Chain) Look Like

Basic crochet Stitches

Basic crochet Stitches

Learn How to Crochet Slip Stitch - How to crochet slip st (Sl st)

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Slip stitch terminology

You will see

Sl St

slip into next stitch

you will also use a slip stitch to join. = sl st to join

This is also good for making circles to start your crochet projects usually to create a small circle to work into for the start of a crochet hat or the start of a crochet flower you will be asked to

Ch 4,

sl st into 1st chain


make a loop, chain 4 slip stitch into 1st chain you created to join in a circle. You will then work into the circle to start your crochet project.

See you are already understanding how to read crochet patterns

How Do You Crochet Slip Stitch (sl st)

The slip stitch is the shortest of the basic crochet stitches. I use it to form a firm edge, to join when working in the round (such as crochet hats) Or even as a decorative edging for an existing piece of crochet


Single Crochet

Single Crochet is the simplest and shortest of the crochet stitches. Single Crochet is a firm crochet stitch and looks the same on both sides right side (RS) or Wrong side (WS)

At this stage I also want to clarify the difference between US and UK patterns is not very much, but you do need to watch out for the terminology, and with access to millions of patterns available online, why not start learning what each term is, it saves converting patterns when you find a nice one you like you can just carry on to make it!

SC US is Double Crochet (dc) in UK

Crochet for beginners How do you crochet the foundation chain, (CH) Single Crochet (SC)

This crochet tutorial video is more intensive and will take you through the basic crochet stitches to start any crochet project.

How to hold your Crochet Hook

Learn How to hold your Yarn

Learn How to make your 1st crochet loop.

Learn How to chain Stitch (CH or ch)

Learn How to Single Crochet (SC or sc)

Learn how to finish off your crochet project and you will have made a simple crochet washcloth.

The second Crochet video takes you through the Double Crochet (dc) Half Double Crochet (hdc) and Treble Crochet Stitches (trc)

Red Heart is surely the best known yarn for Quality and also for its price. I love the color selections of yarn available from

Crochet Starter Kits - A great gift idea for those who want to learn how to Crochet

A great way to get started learning how to crochet is by buying one of these easy crochet kits, with your yarn, hook, patterns and instructions included. These also make a great gift idea for those who you know want to learn how to crochet too!

Congratulations You can Now Crochet in Rows

Easy crochet headband earwarmer

Easy crochet headband earwarmer

Crocheting in rows you can make lots of crochet projects like easy crochet headbands Scarves, dishcloths baby blankets afghans and so much more

I love crocheting and I want everyone to know how easy it is please let us know you stopped by we love hearing what you have to say. What would you next like to learn how to make?

If you want to see more beginner friendly Free Crochet Patterns you can find more at

Free Crochet patterns and Designs by Lisa Auch

and if you get stuck or need help remember to leave a message

© 2012 Lisa Auch

Did you learn to Crochet? Are you a Complete Beginner at Crochet - and did you find this page helpful?

Freddielyn Quintero on May 04, 2018:

It's really helpful for me. Thanks for this page.

Carol on January 22, 2017:

I am working on the 3-layer crochet flower. In round 4 it says "bpsc." How do I do this?

betty on June 27, 2015:

This is a great tool I have crouched a little bit, very basic.

My grandson wants me to make Star Wars dolls for his boys. I ordered the kit, I think this tutorial will help a lot.

craftdrawer on December 16, 2014:

I have a bunch of leftover yarn purchased from an estate sale and was wondering what to make this gave me some helpful tips and great ideas! Wonderful tutorial!

Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2014:

Such a great article! I crochet a bunch and actually like it as much or more than knitting--maybe because I learned it earlier--passing this around!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on September 08, 2014:

I haven't crocheted in years but this page has just given me the incentive to give it a try again.

VioletteRose LM on March 10, 2014:

This is something I would love to learn, thank you :)

Marie on February 13, 2014:

I'm just learning. This page is incredibly useful with the videos that I can watch too. I have watched lots but there are so many that are really hard for a beginner to follow so it is great that you have picked out ones specifically for newbies. I can knit but crochet escaped me - my mom tried to show me years ago but she's a left hander while I'm right so I never got it! Now I think yes I can do this - just need to practice!

Tamara14 on February 01, 2014:

Such a nice reminder for my very basic level. I've never learned to do boots or hats but I remember enjoying trying different patterns a lot. Maybe it's time for me to bring that joy to the next level :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2014:

I was lucky that my mother taught me how to crochet.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on January 12, 2014:

I'm back again to check out your instructions. I liked it before, so I Pinned it tonight. Thanks again for the tips.

sha-ron on January 07, 2014:

Very helpful lens on learning how to crochet

Rock Artist on December 26, 2013:

I decided one day that I wanted to get over my fear of confusing looking crochet patterns and learn how to read them, so I asked my friend Mary to teach me because I knew her grandmother had taught her. Once I learned the basics, it was easy! Love to crochet, and thanks for this wonderful lens that helps beginning crocheters!

Johanna Eisler on October 06, 2013:

I am not a very advanced chrocheter (does that word look funny to you?), but I've enjoyed doing basic crochet for many, many years. This is an excellent beginning instructional page! Well done!

k4shmir on July 12, 2013:

wow . full of information on how to crochet. thanks for sharing :)

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 01, 2013:

This is an amazing tutorial for learning how to crochet. I both knit and crochet and self taught myself from a book. I much prefer crochet over knitting as it is such a much more versatile craft.

kavalonthatsme on May 15, 2013:

Thank you, this is something I am trying to do again!!

Blueyes01 on April 22, 2013:

Awesome Lens! Thank you so much for breaking it down to easily understand.

sabyanky on March 14, 2013:

very helpful pictures and videos, now i know more about Crochet and thanks to you dear... :)

Lora Riley on February 17, 2013:

Very helpful for me. Thanks.

caketech on February 14, 2013:

Blessed by an angel on this Valentine's day! You have inspired me to pick up my crochet hook again. I want to make some crocheted snowflakes for my Christmas tree this year, and hopefully I can make a few extra to share with family and friends. I would also like to try to the hat and booties!

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on February 12, 2013:

@norma-holt: I love to see you at one of my pages It always brightens my day! x

norma-holt on February 12, 2013:

You have a lovely lens here and great tips and advice. I crocheted a doll's outfit when I was about 8 and it was raffled by the school. It's a pleasure to read your lenses, Lisa, as they are so well crafted. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

gadgetbuff on February 12, 2013:

Great lens! I love to crochet and some of my friends always tell me they want to learn how. I love to show them. For you, "lefties", have some one teach you using a mirror. Then you see it as left handed.

MyBlue1 on February 11, 2013:

I'm a lefty too. Please put the lefty photos in! Thanks for your help

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on February 08, 2013:

@jntnevins lm: Do you want to know something I am also left handed!!! (I flipped the photos hhhmmmm maybe I should just put the left handed ones back in!)....... just practice those chains single crochets and double crochets! just keep going no matter what they look like! I made a blanket just practicing by the end it was gorgeous!

jntnevins lm on February 08, 2013:

I have always wanted to learn how to crochet. I am left handed and I have had a few people

try to teach me without any success. I am going to be crocheting alot now. Thanks

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on February 08, 2013:

I am a complete beginner at crochet, very helpful page. Thanks for sharing. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

irminia on February 01, 2013:

I used to crochet - I've been making crochet cups with lid. Put them in sugar-water syrup, then let them dry on a mold (a glass or something). It gets very firm - a nice trick.

kingston123 lm on February 01, 2013:

Nice tips and tricks , thanks

diy_fun on January 30, 2013:

Loved that headband ! Need to crochet one for myself!

anonymous on January 28, 2013:

I am always on the lookout for new projects. Thanks you.

nanafisher on January 28, 2013:

I like your lens, now I have a place to teach my grand daughter to crochet. I don't think I would be good a teaching her but she will love this instruction..thanks

mrknowitall54321 on January 25, 2013:

I'd love to learn how to Crochet, maybe 2013 is the year!

marsha32 on January 24, 2013:

I learned to crochet in 8th grade home-ec class---been crocheting every since! Of all my crafts, it really is my favorite.

Valentina Cabral from U.S.A. on January 23, 2013:

Congrat's on LOTD, this brought back memories of my grandmother she loved to knit and crochet. :)

dawnsnewbeginning on January 23, 2013:

Nice lens. I crochet and am teaching my grand girls how. This lens will be great!

kimbesa from USA on January 23, 2013:

Enjoyed this lens and I'll come back when I'm ready to re-learn crochet! Thanks, and congratulations on LOTD!

lewisgirl on January 23, 2013:

I love to crochet. I don't do it as much as I would like. Congrats on your LOTD!

poldepc lm on January 23, 2013:

congrats on your LOTD

Marika from Cyprus on January 23, 2013:

Congrats Lisa on your LOTD - a great lens! Blessed.

tiptopcats on January 23, 2013:

My aunt taught me to crochet. I was so suprised at how easy and quick it was to pick up. Great lens. Brought back some lovely memories.

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 23, 2013:

@fredginni: Crocheting is VERY therapeutic! and so relaxing go I know you can do it!

Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on January 23, 2013:

Thank you Lisa for inspiring me to do something I've been thinking about doing for years! Congrats on LOTD and purple star! Now lets see if I can find that crochet hook!

darciefrench lm on January 22, 2013:

Congrats Lisa! Lovely to see you with LOTD. I know where to come to learn to crochet.

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

Very nice lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

Statocyst on January 22, 2013:

I just got into crochet. Picked up a good amount of yarn during the Black Friday sales (with some suggestions from the girlfriend). So far, we're having a blast digging into it.

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

The neighbor lady started to teach me when I was 5... must have been the world's longest chain... well for a 5 year old anyway. I really learned much later, and love the craft, second only to counted cross stitch. I'm not surprised you made LotD, this is a great lens. Congratulations.

happynutritionist on January 22, 2013:

Congrats on the LOTD :-)) You know I love this one, love crocheting!

Kay on January 22, 2013:

I would love to learn and attempted it once. I just could not get the hang of it. Might attempt again!

texan203 lm on January 22, 2013:

Congrats on LOTD. Great lens

MichaelDubrovnik on January 22, 2013:

Lovely lens!!

ohcaroline on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on your LOTD lens. This is a wonderful tutorial.

SuzyShopping on January 22, 2013:

I used to crochet years ago so this page has re-awakened my interest and given me a refresher course, thanks!

fredginni on January 22, 2013:

My mother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was a teenager, but I haven't done it in so many years that I have forgotten how. I had to retire on disability and would love to learn to crochet again so I could do it in the evenings while watching TV with my husband.

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 22, 2013:

@anonymous: thanks for recognising how much it means to me, and why crochet is so close to my heart:)

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

Great instructions, resources and tips! Thanks, Lisa! Congrats on LOTD!

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

I love looking at your crochet lenses and now how wonderful that you have received both a purple star and LotD for your efforts that were born out of a time that was so hard...and what a niche you have created out of love!

aliciamaggie54 on January 22, 2013:

I never tried to crochet before. Thank you for the information.

carocwn on January 22, 2013:

I'm going to start learning how again. The attraction was making neat stuff with just one hook and some wool and quick. Congratulations on LOTD.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on January 22, 2013:

Well done on LOTD!

bookdrawer on January 22, 2013:

This is very well written and informative for beginning crocheters. Well done!

webmavern on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD! I would love to learn to crochet but never seem to find the time. This year I really must make the time to learn and at least try to make something simple. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and tips, I'll be back!

MVSquid on January 22, 2013:

Thank you for the instructions. I have always wanted to learn how to crochet.

soaringsis on January 22, 2013:

Refreshing my memory. I love to crochet and your lens is so helpful. Congratulations on your LOTD.

AlleyCatLane on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on your LOTD and purple star. Excellent tutorial. My mother crocheted a lot and taught me how when I was a teenager. I haven't crocheted anything in decades though. It was much easier to learn than knitting...never could get that hang of that.

Ruthi on January 22, 2013:

This is a great beginner crochet tutorial, Lisa. I plan to get back to crochet this year as I miss the warmth of hook and yarn in my hand and on my lap.

nicey on January 22, 2013:

Thanks for the training.I have all the tools to start-I just need to create time

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 22, 2013:

@MomwithAHook LM: thanks Sara! and thanks for your awesome tutorials too! :)

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on January 22, 2013:

I studied Textile Art&Textile History long time ago and crocheting was one of the embroidery skills we had to learn.

Congrats on a well deserved LotD.

seedplanter on January 22, 2013:

Lisa, you've inspired me! I tried crocheting when I was in my 20s but my round "doily" turned into the shape of an iced tea glass! :) (Are you laughing?) This lens looks like something I could seriously use to try my hand at making a scarf or something for a grandchild. I'm 62 now. It's probably time to try again! Thanks so much, and congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD!

Debbie from England on January 22, 2013:

My nan taught me how to crochet when I was a child and I remember crocheting some very brightly coloured ponchos in the early 70's. I have all her needles somewhere. Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!! ~~Blessed~~

patinkc from Midwest on January 22, 2013:

Congrats! Great lens. After years of not doing any crochet, I started a hat recently. I forgot how relaxing it is. I also have forgotten a lot howto's, so your lenses are very helpful.

Fay Favored from USA on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LotD. This is something I've always wanted to do, but never could. Thanks for the tips and videos. Maybe I'll try it again.

myspace9 on January 22, 2013:

Congrats on Lens of the Day. I used to crochet, when my kids were little, but now I don't do anymore. Thanks for this nice lens.

KimGiancaterino on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD!

Vikki from US on January 22, 2013:

Yay, Lisa! Congrats on LOTD :) Well-deserved!

Sara Duggan from California on January 22, 2013:

Loving that this article got LOTD. Congrats Lisa and here's to more people learning my favorite craft. :)

Deadicated LM on January 22, 2013:

Great Lens, nicely illustrated; congratulations on LOTD.

fifta on January 22, 2013:

Congrats on LotD. I love crochetting, though only the basic ones. My mom loves to make her own tablecloth by crocheting too.

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 22, 2013:

@ThreeQuarters2Day: I know you can do this!!!

rosha-edy on January 22, 2013:

Very good lens , I just squidlike it. Keep good work.

ViJuvenate on January 22, 2013:

I have not learned how to crochet yet. I took on knitting a few years ago and amazed myself. Crocheting looks harder. Maybe because it's more delicate looking? I love this, though and I'd really like to try it. What a wonderful job you did - congratulations on the winning Lens of the Day. It is well deserved. :o)

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on January 22, 2013:

Many congratulations on a very well deserved Purple Star and LOTD!

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on January 22, 2013:

Great lens, and congrats on your LOTD, hopefull I'll earn one at some point. I've tried to crochet many time over the past 30+ years and my problem is I can't keep the same tension, so my scarves get tighter and tighter. That and I drop stitches and split yarn. I'd love to try again though and just might.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 22, 2013:

Congrats on LotD! Wonderful resources here. I know how to knit, but would enjoy learning to crochet. My grandmother was always crocheting wonderful afghans and more. Thanks for the excellent instructions. Appreciated!

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 22, 2013:

@Hurlserv: My goodness, 6 bedspreads!

Hurlserv on January 22, 2013:

Lisa, congratulations on a well deserved LOTD! Additionally, thanks for bringing back warm memories of my late mom and grandmother. They were both crocheters. As a child I often watched them, seemingly effortlessly, converting long pieces of string into coasters, doilies and other useful objects. Mom, in her later years, crocheted bedspreads for each of her six grandchildren.

Kaellyn on January 22, 2013:

Great lens! I haven't crocheted in a while. I need to start again.

youndyd lm on January 22, 2013:

What an amazing, practical and helpful lens. I really enjoyed reading it.

bikerministry on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD. That's awesome and well-deserved. I learned to crochet very young, but didn't really take up the art until last year! Had a request for a baby Christening gown for my new granddaughter, and tried knitting, but that went no where, found a great YouTube video of one, step-by-step. It was so easy to take up again, I couldn't believe what all I remembered after 40 years! Used to make doilies with cotton thread, now baby clothes are so awesome in crochet. Thanks for all the hard work. Off to see your other crochet lenses. Blessings.

dimitry168 on January 22, 2013:

Very interesting thank you! Great way to lose time at home when there's nothing to do.

atala1 on January 22, 2013:

This is excellent! I used to be able to do a very basic stitch years ago but haven't done anything ever since. I'm definitely going to try my hand again using the guidance you've given in your lens.

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on making LOTD! It is certainly well-deserved. This is a wonderful lens for anyone who wants to learn how to crochet.

WebWriteGirl LM on January 22, 2013:

Congrats on lens of the day! I taught myself how to crochet some time ago but it's only super beginner's style lol so your lens is great for learning how to do stitches.

Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on such a well deserved LOTD! :)

Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on January 22, 2013:

Congratulations on such a well deserved LOTD! :)

Angela F from Seattle, WA on January 22, 2013:

I can only do a basic stitch but this might inspire me! *blessed

MrsMaya on January 22, 2013:

love learning new things, great lens!

C A Chancellor from US/TN on January 22, 2013:

YAY for you -- so happy to see you get LOTD! This is a great lens. I've been thinking about trying crochet so I'll bookmark this lens for future reference. :-)

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