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Beginner's Guide to Free Crochet Patterns

Learn how to crochet with our five-part beginner's guide to crochet. Read beginner crochet instructions and watch a beginner crochet video in each section to master the techniques used in all crochet projects.

How to Hold the Crochet Hook

As a complete novice to the craft, knowing where to begin in crochet is difficult. First, you need a crochet hook and basic yarn. An “H” hook is often recommended for beginners with some inexpensive acrylic yarn. American sizes range from B (smallest) to S (biggest), so you can get an idea of where this size sits. Use the image above as a guide to how to hold the hook and yarn.

For background information on crochet, abbreviations and free crochet patterns for beginners, see this article.

Table of Contents

Beginner Crochet Part 1: Yarn Over and Initial Knot

 

Beginner Crochet Part 2: Chain Stitch and How to Join into a Ring


Beginner Crochet Part 3: Four Basic Crochet Stitches


Beginner Crochet Part 4: Slip Stitch, Adds and Decreases

 

Beginner Crochet Part 5: Finishing

Beginner Crochet Part 1

Yarn Over (abbreviation yo)- Don’t laugh crafters! I’ve seen this several places now and basically it means bring the yarn over the hook so that the hook can catch the yarn and draw it through the loop. Literally, the yarn comes over the hook ... hence the name.

Initial Knot- The initial knot in crocheting is generally a slipknot. You can tie this knot by hand or use the hook. You wrap the yarn around the hook, bringing the end portion of the yarn on top into a working loop. Then you “yarn over” by bringing the bottom thread over the hook so that the hook can catch it, twisting, and pulling it through the loop. Don’t tighten it too much!  Here is a great video on how to make that initial slipknot. (I had to watch it several times!)

 

 

That’s the beginning. Read on for the first stitches!

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