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How to Crochet for Beginners – a Step by Step Guide

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If you’re interested in picking up a new hobby that’s both fun and relaxing, consider learning how to crochet. Crocheting is a wonderful way to make a variety of items, such as stylish scarves or cozy blankets. Whether you’re a complete beginner or simply looking for a refresher, this tutorial is perfect for you. With step-by-step guidance, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of crocheting in no time.

How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners

In this crochet tutorial, you will learn the following:

  • How to attach the yarn to the hook and make a slip knot
  • How to make the first chain
  • How to make the first stitch – single crochet
  • And how to turn and start the second row of single crochet stitches

Watch the video demonstration on how to crochet below, or scroll down to see the written instructions with pictures! By the end of the tutorial, if you follow along, you’ll be able to crochet something like this in the picture below!

crochet hook and crochet stitch example

What materials are needed to start crocheting?

To learn how to crochet, you’ll require a few essential materials. First, you’ll need a crochet hook and some yarn. Crochet hooks are available in various sizes and types, and the size you choose will depend on the yarn you plan to use. Yarn also comes in a range of weights, textures, and colours, so it’s best to begin with a solid, light-coloured worsted weight yarn (4) to make it easier to see your stitches.

If you already have a crochet hook and some yarn, then that’s all you need to learn to crochet! But if you want to create a basic item like a washcloth, you’ll need scissors to cut the yarn at the end of your project. You’ll also need yarn needles for weaving in the ends to give your project a polished look. Weaving in yarn ends is necessary, so the item looks finished. It’s an easy process that helps give your work a professional touch. So, with these essential tools, you can easily begin to learn to crochet and create stunning handmade items.

Let’s get a hook & some yarn, make yourself comfortable, and make a few crochet stitches together!

Watch the video below or scroll down to see the step-by-step photo guide.

How to Crochet Step by Step – Video Tutorial for Absolute Beginners

In the video demonstration, I’m using a 3mm (D) crochet hook and some light worsted weight (3) yarn. But you can use any type/size of hook you have currently available and any type of yarn. Initially, it might be easier to work with a larger hook and thicker yarn. For the first time practice, try using a 5mm (H) crochet hook and worsted/medium-weight (4) yarn. Have fun experimenting and finding what works best for you!


As with everything, the more you practise crochet, the better you’ll get at it. Don’t expect your very first stitches to look perfect. Nobody ever made their very first crochet stitches perfectly.

Just have fun learning how to crochet! Don’t try to make it perfect. 🙂 And if you don’t expect a perfect outcome and just enjoy the process, you’ll come back to it more and more often, and that’s what will make a difference!

The only rule here is to enjoy the process and have fun 🙂

How to Crochet for Beginners – Photo Tutorial

This photo tutorial provides step-by-step guidance to help you learn the basic skills for crochet beginners. You will learn how to make a slip knot, which forms the first loop on your crochet hook and serves as the starting point for your work. After that, you’ll learn how to make the foundation chain and do the very first basic crochet stitch, known as Single Crochet. Once you master these fundamentals, you’ll be ready to learn other stitches!

How to make a Slip Knot

Make a loop by placing the tail of the yarn on top of the working yarn. Take yarn from the long end (the side where the yarn is coming from the skein of yarn) and pass through the loop. Pull on one end of the yarn to tighten the loop.

Insert your hook in the loop and pull one side of the yarn to tighten the knot around the hook (don’t pull too tight though, as it will be harder to chain!)

Hands Position

Loosely wrap the working yarn around your little finger and your index finger. This will create some tension for the yarn to pass through your fingers. You still need to regulate the tension a little but don’t worry too much about this initially. The tension will improve naturally with practice as you get used to holding the hook and making the stitches.

How to Chain

Yarn over the hook and pull through the loop (That’s one chain). Chain 11 (or any amount to practise foundation chains).

How to Single Crochet

Insert your hook in the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull through the chain.

Yarn over again and pull through two loops. That’s one single crochet stitch.

Work single crochet stitches into every chain stitch until the end of the row. Chain 1 and turn at the end of the row.

Second Row. Work a single crochet in the very first stitch.

Continue working single crochets into every stitch to the end of the row.

single crochet two rows completed

What Can I Crochet as a Beginner?

Now that you know how to crochet one of the basic stitches – the single crochet stitch, you might ask yourself, what can I crochet as a beginner? What is the easiest thing to crochet?

As a beginner, there are several crochet projects that you can try your hand at. However, I recommend starting with simple square or rectangular items like scarves or washcloths. For instance, you could begin with this beginner crochet dishcloth pattern or this simple and easy-to-make crochet scarf.

Beginner-Friendly Crochet Patterns

Ready to learn the next stitch? Next stitch to learn after the single crochet stitch is the Double Crochet Stitch! Have fun and enjoy the new stitch! 🙂

If you’re still reading this, let me know in the comments section below if you enjoyed learning to crochet! After all, learning a new skill and being creative should be fun! And when we enjoy the process, that in itself is beneficial for our mental and physical health. There are many creative handcrafts you can still explore and find the one you like the most, and that makes you happy! 🙂

Easy Crochet Tutorials for Beginners

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11 replies on “How to Crochet for Beginners – a Step by Step Guide”

dee ramirez de arellanosays:

I like the video but it didn’t say how to tie it off when done. But that is the only negative, it showed how to do the single stitch very clearly and has gotten me farther than some books.

Best video I’ve seen for a beginner.Thank you.
Nice and slow and clear.
I just love the fact that I can play it over and over.
Thank you

I have been trying to get the hang of crochet for the past 2 weeks with books, images and people showing me but to no avail. Your video has been the first to help me achieve a sample of crochet. Thank you for taking the time to explain so clearly. I still struggle with holding the thread in the left hand though.

Hi Rachel, happy to hear that!!! 🙂
You can try to hold the yarn in a different way and find your most comfortable position. When I was learning to crochet I used to hold it by wrapping the yarn around my index finger and hold the rest in my fist and and let it slide through. There is no right or wrong way, it’s just what’s comfortable for you. And as you practise more you can always re-adjust it!

Marlys Thomsensays:

your fingers were on the way to show me which one or both loops to insert hook into to start sc row

Hi Marlys, sorry if it wasn’t clear for you. You should be going under both loops in every row. Hope this helps! 🙂

Myrna Altshulersays:

I love your Single Crochet Cross Stitch Potholder but am having difficulty when it comes to turning and crocheting into the back loop in the same row as the front loop that I was just doing. Is there any video as to how to do the second part of Round Two or any directions you can give me to clarify this? I would so appreciate any assistance that you can provide.

I have looked through so many videos to fine the correct one to learn to crochet. You have the best site! Thank you for sharing and teaching.

This warms my heart, thank you, Linda! I’m happy it was helpful! 💚

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