Over time I have realized that people do really like crocheted things. Whether that be a blanket, scarf, mittens, stuffed toys etc., people just like them. Often I hear people say ‘wow, that is beautiful but I could never do it’. My hope is that I can show someone that they can make these beautiful things themselves. Just like anything we have learned to do in life, crochet is simple once you get the hang of it. I used to look at a ball of yarn and my mind would explode with ideas of things I wish I could make with it, the trouble was that I didn’t know how. Crocheting is basically a bunch of loops pulled through itself in an order that we know as a pattern. I am going to do my best at showing you how to get started with crochet and a few basic stitches to get you going. In this post I will include my first ever video tutorial as well so please leave a comment and let me know if this post was helpful for you.
WHERE TO START?
The beginning of almost every project will be to chain a certain number of stitches. The chain is what you will work off of to get your work started. A chain does not count as your first row unless that pattern specifically says to use it as such. Your first row will be whatever you work into the chain. The abbreviation for chain in a pattern is ch.
To begin your chain, tie a slip knot.
Step 1: Put your loop onto your crochet hook.
Hold your yarn in one hand and your hook in the other hand. You are going to want to hold onto both ends of your slip knot, one end being the ‘tail’ and the other end being your ‘working yarn’. To keep the yarn on your hook from sliding around, you’ll want to use your index finger to keep it in place. IT is a little hard to explain the placements of your hands and fingers so hopefully the below picture helps you to see what I am meaning.
Step 2: Using your other hand, loop the ‘working’ yarn around the hook. Make sure that it is positioned between the slip knot and the end of your crochet hook.
Step 3:Pull the bottom yarn (slip knot) over the top yarn (looped working yarn) and let it go off the hook.
You have just completed your first stitch. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as your pattern calls for. Each time you pull yarn over the top of the hook, it is one stitch.
A useful and very important tip for beginners is to keep your tension loose on the hook. The tighter you pull the yarn, the harder it is pull over the hook.
Positioning your hands in a comfortable manner will come with time and practice. Every person I know who crochets, holds their hook and work differently. Once you find a way that works for you, it will be as easy as pie.
A single crochet is your next basic stitch to learn. It is sort of the foundation to all other stitches. Many patterns use single crochet throughout the entire pattern, including crochet stuffed animals! You can make millions of things with just this stitch. The abbreviation for this stitch in crochet patterns is ‘sc’.
Working from your chain, we are going to move into ‘row 1’. **Remember, whenever you ‘move up a row’, you will need to chain an extra stitch to make room to move up. A single crochet stitch only requires 1 chain to move up. In the video I will show you why this is important.
Step 1: Begin your first stitch of the row by putting your hook into the second stitch from your hook. (For every other stitch in the row, you will simply work into the next stitch without skipping any)
Step 2: Yarn over your hook and pull it through the stitch
Step 3: Yarn over your hook once more. You will have 3 ‘loops’ of yarn on your hook.
Step 4: Pull your top loop through both the bottom ones.
Your stitch is complete. Repeat steps 1-4 until there are no more chain stitches to work into. To move up a row, simply chain 1 stitch after the last single crochet and move up to the second row.
Like any new thing we learn in life, the more you practice, the better you get. If you are just trying crochet for the first time, I hope that you persist in order to get the hang of it. I know that you will make incredible things! If you are having difficulties, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my absolute best to help you! Happy crocheting and have a wonderful time learning!