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How to Crochet – a Step by Step Guide

How do you crochet step by step? And how do you make the very first stitch?

If you never tried to crochet before or you tried a long time ago and would like to refresh your memory, then this tutorial is for you.

In this video demonstration (see below) I will show you:

  • 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 around for the second row

By the end of the video, if you follow along, you’ll be able to crochet something like this in the picture below!

Single crochet stitch example

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

You’ll need a hook and some yarn to start with. I have a 3mm (D-3) size hook in this video but you can use any type/size of hook you have currently available and any type of yarn. Just a tip, bulkier yarn and a bigger size hook might be more comfortable to work with in the beginning. For the purpose of practise, you can take a 5mm (H-8) crochet hook and worsted /medium weight yarn.

You can 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

HOW TO CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS – STEP BY STEP

As with everything, the more you practise 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 with it! And if you don’t expect a great outcome and just enjoy the process, then 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 Step by Step Photo Tutorial

Slip Knot

Make a loop by placing the tail of the yarn on top of the working yarn. Take yarn from the long end and pass through the loop. Pull on one end of 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 in the beginning.

Chain

Yarn over hook and pull through the loop (chain). Chain 11 (or any amount).

Single Crochet Stitch

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 – single crochet, you might ask yourself, what can I crochet as a beginner? What is the easiest thing to crochet?

Well, there are many things you can already choose from to attempt as a beginner! Scarves are probably one of the easiest to make. You can start with this simple and easy to make Crochet Scarf Cool Ombre. It’s a scarf I originally designed for men but it really is for anyone you’d like it to be. Depending on the colours you choose for your scarf it can be for a toddler, kid, teenager, man or woman!

This particular scarf is using a different stitch which is a combination of chain stitches and single crochets – which you already know how to do. It has a beautiful woven look and if you choose a yarn that changes colour on it’s own you’ll get a very unique look. Video demonstration is also provided!

If you have any comments or questions, let me know in the comments section below.

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6 replies on “How to Crochet – 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!

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