Learn how to crochet using this beginner tutorial. Learn the basics of how to crochet and learn about the different crochet stitches needed to crochet.
Do you want to learn how to crochet? If that answer is a big old YES, then you’ve come to the right place! Learn all about how to crochet using these steps.
Today’s tutorial will be a step by step guide on how to crochet. We will be learning how to create the basics stitches of crochet. All you need right now is some yarn and a crochet hook. I recommend a worsted weight yarn or category 4 yarn. If you need a bit of help with what yarn to buy, check out these beginner crochet post.
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But first, let’s talk about those crochet beginner stitches.
BASIC CROCHET BEGINNER STITCH TERMINOLOGY
The 7 stitches below are listed as the basic stitches on how to crochet. Once you know how to create these stitches, you can make so many different things. So it’s important to note that you need to understand the building blocks (stitches) to crocheting.
- Slip Knot
- Single Crochet
- Slip Stitch
- Half double Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Treble Crochet
Once you understand the basic stitches, you can dive deeper into other stitches that make up part of these stitches. For instance, I love the mesh stitch! The mesh stitch can be used for so many projects. Especially grocery bags or beach bags.
LET’S DIVE A LITTLE BIT DEEPER INTO THOSE 7 BASIC CROCHET STITCHES.
Slip Knot – A slip knot is the very first thing that is created when beginning any crochet project. It’s essentially what holds your stitches and work together.
HOT TIP: In certain crochet project, they might ask you to make a magic circle. Magic circles are just a different way of starting a certain crochet project. They are mostly used for round projects and sometimes for crochet granny squares.
Chains – The chains in crochet are what make up your work. It’s what creates your stitches.
Single Crochet – Single crochet is the most commonly used crochet stitch. You can make a lot of beautiful things with just this stitch!
Slip Stitch – This stitch is used for a couple of different things, like attaching new yarn or joining work together. Like in my Circle of Friends granny square blanket, I attached my squares together using the slip stitch method.
Half Double Crochet – I love this stitch! Half double crochet brings a bit of height then a single crochet. It creates a very nice stitch.
Double Crochet – This stitch is similar to half double crochet, except there’s an extra step. You’ll also notice a height different with this stitch.
Treble Crochet – The treble stitch gives major height to a crochet project. So if you want a fast project, I would incorporate this stitch!
HOW TO CROCHET : TURNING CHAINS
Now that we have an understanding of the basic stitches. We need to talk a bit about turning chains when crocheting. I feel like this is an important step to understand when learning how to crochet.
Whenever you finish a row, you need to make a certain amount of chains to start the next row (this is called a turning chain). However, you do not need a chain for certain stitches.
So your question might be something like this: what stitches need a turning chain?
- Slip Stitch – 0
- Single Crochet – 1
- Half Double Crochet – 2
- Double Crochet – 3
- Treble Crochet – 4
As you can see above, each number starts increasing with the stitch. When each stitch starts to increase, it also adds height to the stitch. This is also good to know when creating your own crochet pattern, because now you know which stitch to use if you want to add height to your project.
Furthermore, it’s also important to note that sometimes the turning chains can count as part of the stitch. Usually the pattern will tell you if it counts as a stitch. This can be found at the notes section of your pattern or sometimes at the end of the row in your pattern.
It will depend on the designer of your pattern.
HOW TO CROCHET: THE BASIC STITCHES
If you’ve made it this far, that’s awesome! I know it’s a lot to digest but I think it’s important to know everything when learning how to crochet.
This guided post will be split up into 2 parts:
I hope you enjoyed reading the first part of my beginner mini series in learning to crochet. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below?!