How to Crochet [Free Crochet Patterns and Videos]


How to Crochet [Free Crochet Patterns and Videos]


A Tutorial How to Crochet with Free Crochet Patterns and Videos

Video tutorials and free, easy crochet patterns are a great way to learn how to crochet, without having to pay for books or classes. Use this guide to learn about crochet, the basic stitches, crochet abbreviations and more.

Find free patterns for crocheting for beginners. Seasoned crocheters can peruse the collection of easy patterns. 


Crochet is the gentle craft of creating fabric through interlocking loops of yarn with the help of a crochet hook, a slender rod with a little hook at the end. Crochet is different from knitting because it uses the one hook instead of two knitting needles and you only work one crochet stich at a time (the active loop on the hook). Pronounced “croshay,” crochet comes the French word croc or croche, meaning hook.

Beginning in the 1800s, crochet was used as a less costly substitute to lace in many parts of the world and became a thriving “cottage industry” particularly in France and Ireland. In the 1840s, the first crochet patterns were being published. Queen Victoria proudly purchased Irish-made crochet lace, bringing popularity to the craft. A resurgence in the popularity crochet came after World War II with increased interest in home crafts and the publication of more non-lace patterns with thicker yarn. 

Beginning Crochet: Part One

To begin crochet, all you need is a basic, medium sized crochet hook and some yarn. Although offered in a variety of materials, popular crochet hooks are aluminum or bamboo, which is warmer to the touch and improves with oil from your hands. An “H” hook, which is size 8 or 5mm in British sizing, is often recommended for beginners and some cheap acrylic yarn. Here is some more information on yarn types.


Crochet patterns use a large variety of abbreviations. Here are the most common and what they mean:

YO or yo or YOH (Yarn Over) - To yarn over means to bring the yarn over the hook of your crochet hook so that the hook can catch the yarn and draw it through the loop. Literally, bring the yarn over the hook. 

Our Favorite Crochet Pattern for Beginners: Crochet Flip Flops

Crochet Flip Flops


Lion Brand 910-113 Microspun: Cherry Red, 1 ball
Crochet hook Size H/8 (5 mm)
Large-eyed blunt needle (set of 6)
Craft glue

Note: Gauge is not critical to this project.


1. Make a slip knot. 
2. Starting at edge of one strap and sole of flip-flop and holding yarn across the top of strap, reach under strap; catch yarn leading from the ball with hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops – single crochet made around strap of flip-flop. Repeat until strap is completely covered, ending at opposite side of flip-flop. Fasten off, leaving a 5 in. 12.5 cm end. Weave in ends.
3. Motifs: Large motif (make 1 for each flip-flop) Chain 5, join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Round 1: Chain 7, double crochet into ring, chain 4; repeat from 7 times; join with a stitch to top of beginning chain. Fasten off and weave in ends.
4. Small motifs (make 2 for each flip-flop): Chain 4, join with a slip stitch to form a ring. 
5. Round 1: Chain 4, single crochet into ring, chain 3; repeat from 4 times; join with a stitch to top of beginning chain. Fasten off and weave in ends.
6. Glue motifs to flip-flops as desired.

Crochet in the Round

Once you’ve learned how the basic crochet skills, you need to learn how to crochet in the round to make hats, toys and eventually garments such as sweaters. When crocheting in the round, you do not have to turn at the end of the row but rather crochet continuously until the piece is complete. The two techniques for crochet in the round are a crocheted tube and a crocheted circle. Learn more and watch videos here.

Use the skills of crocheting a tube to make Crochet Candles, filled with scented potpourri. This is a great and simple Christmas crochet idea.

Our Favorite Crochet Pattern for Crochet in the Round: Crochet Candles

1. Take your medium-size hook and medium-weight yarn.
2. Use an empty Pringles can or a similar, cylindrical container as a base. 
3. Tie your yarn to the hook with a slip knot.
4. Make a foundation chain to fit snuggly around the can. Remember, you join the ends of the foundation chain together with a slip stitch: insert the hook into the loop of the first chain next to the slipknot, yarn over, and full the yarn through both loops on the hook.
5. Single crochet in each chain around the container.
6. Continue to sc continuously around the cylinder in a tube until completely covered. 
7. Fasten off and weave in yarn tail.
8. Fill the container with potpourri. 
9. Make several of differing heights to place together for an interesting display.

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The first learn to crochet video works and I have not crochet in a while and it was nice to be able to go back and watch this video to review how to start my crochet. The other videos are not working and I wish they were but at least I can watch this one. I recommend anyone starting to crochet to watch this. well done video.

the following link still are broken ... Beginning Crochet Part Two How to Make a Foundation Chain Beginning Crochet Part Three How to do the Basic Crochet Stitches Beginning Crochet Part Four How to do a Slip Stitch, Add a Row and Add/Decrease Stitches Beginning Crochet Part Five How to Finish, Weave Ends and Seam

Hello and thank you for your comment! We will look into updating this page as soon as possible. Thanks for helping out and we are so sorry you are experiencing issues with this content. Kaylee, Editor of

What size needles should I use if I am learning how to crochet?

Any size you feel comfortable with.

I just tried to download Beginner 2 but it went to a different site. Please help as I mustn't know how to download these links. Thanks

This sounds great and I'd like to download Beginning Crochet 1 as the links say from 2-5. I'll probably not need 1 or some of them but would like them for my daughter and niece's as they want to learn to crochet but I live too far away to be of much use except for when I visit. So they would be helpful for them and I probably would learn a lot too and maybe unlearn a few no-no's I may have picked up along the way as I am self taught.

I had a good book long ago..put out by one yarn manufacturer called something like 3 in 1. Gave beginner instructions for crochet, embroidery, knitting and I think knitting. Where would I find this book now or could I ever find it?

@muscovy: Thanks for catching this broken link! We have updated the page, and the link should work properly now. Thanks again! - Editors of FaveCrafts

I have tried to download your Broomstick Afagan Pattern but every time it would take me to a different page. And no pattern for the afagan

how can I get this books. Be send by mail.


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