Introduction: How to Crochet for Beginners

This is an Instructable to teach a beginner how to crochet.

All you need is some fat yarn and a size N crochet hook.

Step 1: Make a Slip Knot.

Begin the slip knot by laying the yarn down and looping it. Making sure your short piece, the tail, is on top of the long yarn. Next, flip the whole thing down, onto the longer yarn. Grab the middle yarn between your thumb and forefinger and pull the middle yarn out gently. Hang on to tail and pull the loop tight.

Step 2: Tighten the Loop

Pick up the loop in your left hand and slide the hook into the loop and tighten the loop around the hook. 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: How to Hold the Thread

Turn the long side of the thread around your pinkie and twist it around your index finger. Grab the short side, the tail, with your middle and ring fingers. Hold the hook in your right hand. This way of holding the thread and hook will create enough space to move the hook and it keeps tension on the thread.

There are multiple ways to keep your thread and hook, find out what works the best for you.

Step 4: Begin the Chain

Begin with the starting chain stitch by twisting the thread around the hook and pull it through the loop.

Step 5: Finish the Chain

Don't make the loop too tight and continue to the second loop by pulling the thread trough the second loop. Keep continuing until you have a chain.

Step 6: Begin the First Row

To start the first row of single crochet insert the hook in the second chain from the hook. You now have two loops around your hook.

Step 7: Crocheting the Chained Row

Catch the yarn in your left hand with the hook and pull it through the first loop. This will leave you again with two loops on your hook. Catch the yarn again with your hook and pull it through both loops. Repeat these steps until you get to the end of the chained row.

To crochet more rows, chain one stitch at the end of each of the end of your row and turn your crocheting over to start the next row.

Step 8: Finish

To finish, cut the long side of the yarn and pull it through the loop.

Remember, it doesn't matter what you're crocheting, it only matters that you're doing it!! :)


arcycat made it!(author)2008-08-03

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 made it!(author)2008-08-04

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

arcycat made it!(author)2008-08-04

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

Badgergirl made it!(author)2008-06-07

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 made it!(author)2008-06-07

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

JOHN+LAURENS made it!(author)2017-05-29

This is the best tutorial of actually doing simple crochet. Thanks , It helped me a lot!

EmilyT74 made it!(author)2017-05-12

Thank you so much!!! For the first time in 5 years of trying to learn how to Crochet I'm finally getting the hang of it. <3

Littlemissrossi made it!(author)2017-04-15

why are the videos not we working ?

sharma+perera made it!(author)2017-03-02

I like to continue this what is the next step. Please I'am waiting.

sharma+perera made it!(author)2017-03-02

Instructions are very clear, thank you so much, I'll start this soon

golferj made it!(author)2017-03-01

Double. Crochet

angeledyam made it!(author)2011-12-19

I'm having some trouble understanding the video. Maybe you could add sound or annotations.

Feyhere made it!(author)2017-02-26

I am having trouble with the video to, expecially when it gets to step 5 to the end. I'm having trouble following the instructions there.

diygirl111 made it!(author)2015-11-15

all u have to do is get yarn then fold in to two then take the top pinch hold the other part other hand

C4ck1c4ck1 made it!(author)2017-02-04

I think it was helpful. Thanks!

AndreaL143 made it!(author)2017-01-22

Thank you so much for this. Such clear instructions and video clips. I am now crocheting after never having done it before.

You_know_me made it!(author)2017-01-12

Excellent. Thank instructable made crocheting so clear.

T0BY made it!(author)2016-12-05

Very good Instructable.

Horse_Lover made it!(author)2016-08-27

This is an AMAZING Instructable!! Good job!! :)

Nasleelisa made it!(author)2016-08-05

Hi there! I am new to this side and this is the first instruction i read. Actually i already know the basics but i came to look for more..
I have to say that your instructions are very nice and clear. I really liked to read your instructions even if i knew how that work. :)

I also know how hard it is to explain to others how to do it.

Robert5678 made it!(author)2016-04-06

Good job.

VeronicaE10 made it!(author)2016-03-24

I'm at a point in my afghan that says to do (10 sc, chain 6, then ssslst. 23 times evenly across by working 2 sc in each row end) The special stitches section shows a ssc and sslst but not the ssslst the instructions show so I'm confused as to which one I'm supposed to be doing. Also where on the row end do I start the sc's

tldudenhoeffer made it!(author)2016-04-05

If it's at all possible, could you post the part you're stuck on as will as the special stitch section, so I can analyze it?

DDUDE15 made it!(author)2016-03-07

This is one of the better instruct ables out there this one is nice and clear when some just don't explain it correctly

SahibaH made it!(author)2016-02-29


Hai+ppl made it!(author)2016-01-07

im kind of confused. I don't understand like how crochet the chained row. It could just be because I'm a right though.

ratih85 made it!(author)2015-12-14

Hello! Really glad found this guide! It's so easy to follow! Thank you so much :)

NIcache+ made it!(author)2015-12-07

how do you count the number of double crochet rows mad?

movinglolly made it!(author)2015-08-24

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

mazzy+mitchell made it!(author)2015-06-15

Hello! Good job! I have rules when it comes to youtube, so if you could possibly show ending a row with pictures? That would mean a lot to me. :)

AlyssaVanDuker made it!(author)2015-02-13

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

teni871 made it!(author)2015-02-08

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

craftdesigns made it!(author)2009-10-12


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 made it!(author)2012-11-05

Yep. It's always ok to share a link. :)

tldudenhoeffer made it!(author)2009-10-12

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

Leigh MacD

bclark25 made it!(author)2011-11-17

thank you so much

PKTraceur made it!(author)2009-07-09

Can I crochet with a paperclip? (:P) -PKT

omnibot made it!(author)2011-06-18

I usually make mine out of chop-sticks.

tldudenhoeffer made it!(author)2009-07-10

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

PKTraceur made it!(author)2009-07-10

I did have this old aluminium/brass like tubes, (I see your hook is copper,) about 1/8-1/2 inch diameter. -PKT

tldudenhoeffer made it!(author)2009-07-10

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

PKTraceur made it!(author)2009-07-11

Where can I aquire a hook, of a preferably smaller size? -PKT

tldudenhoeffer made it!(author)2009-07-11

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

YiffDragon made it!(author)2010-12-13

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.

dammarti made it!(author)2010-05-27

Ahh! I've been looking around for a good crochet How-To. This is a great Instructable. Very clear. Thanks!

Fantasmagoria made it!(author)2009-07-30

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 made it!(author)2009-07-31

Try these pictures from this tutorial:

I hope they help! Leigh MacD

qwerty made it!(author)2009-02-20

The videos helped a lot.

aliceownsj00 made it!(author)2008-04-11

Awesome, nice instructable!

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