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An instructable to teach a beginner how to crochet.

Get some fat yarn and a size N crochet hook.
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Step 1: Make a slip knot.

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Begin the slip knot by laying the yarn down and looping it as in pic. 1, making sure your short piece (tail) is on top of the long yarn.

Next, flip the whole thing down, onto the longer yarn, see pic 2.

Grap the middle yarn between your thumb & forefinger (pic 3).
Pull the middle yarn out gently (pic 4).

Hang on to tail and pull the loop tight (pics 5 & 6).

Step 2: Begin the chain.

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Begin the chaining by picking up the loop in your left hand (pics 1 & 2).

Slide the hook into the loop and tighten the loop around the hook (pics 3 & 4) (not too tight, there should be some give).

Note: I started out life left-handed and am now ambidextrous. I prefer to teach the way my nana taught me because it's how all the books are published.

Step 3: Crocheting the chain.

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The following short video called CrochetMovie1 will show how to crochet the starting chain stitch.

Step 4: Begin the first row of single crochet

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In the 2nd chain from the hook (see in pic 1 how I have the 2nd stitch sort of pinched between my thumb and forefinger), insert the head of the crochet hook (pic 2).

Now catch the yarn in your left hand with the hook (pic 3) and draw or pull it through both loops of the stitch (pic 4). This will leave you with 2 loops on your hook (pic 4).

Catch the yarn in your left hand with the hook again (pic 5) and draw or pull it through both loops on the the hook (pics 6 and 7).

Repeat these steps until you get to the end of the chained row. Then, chain one stitch and turn your crocheted row over.

Here is CrochetMovie2 demonstrating how to crochet to the end of row 1:

arcycat6 years ago
What a nice clear instructable! Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to checking out your other posts and hope you do some more. Would love instructions for simple granny squares???
tldudenhoeffer (author)  arcycat6 years ago
I'll try to post one soon. I didn't realize that there weren't any to speak of. Lots of slide shows of them, though. Leigh
Wow, thanks for replying! Your instructions are great and you've made me very glad that I just discovered this website and such a nice person. Peace and Joy, clare
Badgergirl6 years ago
THANKYOU THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU! I've always want to know how to crochet. I got directions off of a different site and I got soooo confused! Thanks!
tldudenhoeffer (author)  Badgergirl6 years ago
Happy to have been able to help!! Funny thing is, I learned how to do most of the crafts I do by watching my Nana. She gave me the basis for wanting to teach. So I do. Leigh

well it would have been helpful if t videos weren't just green... why does my laptop do that sometimes??? ugh!

teni8711 month ago

hi, I'm new to the site and this was my first instructable. I just loved it! You are a great teacher, I'm planning on using this many many times. Thank you


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward
tldudenhoeffer (author)  craftdesigns2 years ago
Yep. It's always ok to share a link. :)
tldudenhoeffer (author)  craftdesigns5 years ago

that's fine! It's for free, public use!!

Leigh MacD

labtecmike2 years ago
Thank you so much for the great instructable.
angeledyam3 years ago
I'm having some trouble understanding the video. Maybe you could add sound or annotations.
bclark253 years ago
thank you so much
PKTraceur5 years ago
Can I crochet with a paperclip? (:P) -PKT
I usually make mine out of chop-sticks.
tldudenhoeffer (author)  PKTraceur5 years ago
I imagine that if you wanted to have a hook that small, it could be done. If you're a wood worker or wood carver, I would recommend you get some good pictures of crochet hooks and try that instead. Leigh MacD
I did have this old aluminium/brass like tubes, (I see your hook is copper,) about 1/8-1/2 inch diameter. -PKT
tldudenhoeffer (author)  PKTraceur5 years ago
I don't know if tubes would work as a crochet hook is generally constructed form a solid piece of metal or wood. (Ask me how I know.... I once cut one down to make it smaller and to customize it for my hands. Leigh MacD
Where can I aquire a hook, of a preferably smaller size? -PKT
tldudenhoeffer (author)  PKTraceur5 years ago
You can generally acquire then at places like Walmart & Kmart. You'll have to call before you go because a lot of the Walmarts have removed their yarn and/or fabric departments.

Otherwise you can go to knitting warehouse (link below) or and order them from there. Leigh MacD
Walmarts without a fabric section usually have a small selection of yarns and hooks in the crafts section, where they stock art supplies and the like.
britelyte4 years ago
This is my email... If you have any videos books, Anything so i can learn more... Thanks!
britelyte4 years ago
I still dont get this part haha.. I just started to crochet its super hard for me right now... Is there any other videos or books i can look at?? IF you have any more ideas let me know.. Thank you!!! I really want to learn how to do this:) Can't wait to learn how.. Thanks again for your help
dammarti4 years ago
Ahh! I've been looking around for a good crochet How-To. This is a great Instructable. Very clear. Thanks!
i still cant do it. when there are 2 loops andd it is time to pull the other loop inside , the first one becomes lose.
tldudenhoeffer (author)  Fantasmagoria5 years ago
Try these pictures from this tutorial:

I hope they help! Leigh MacD
qwerty6 years ago
The videos helped a lot.
Awesome, nice instructable!