Introduction: How to Crochet for Beginners

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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

Step 5: Finish the Chain

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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

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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

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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

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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 (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 (author)arcycat2008-08-04

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 (author)tldudenhoeffer2008-08-04

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 (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!

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

DebbieC150 (author)2018-01-14

You said in step 8 to continue crocheting turn your crochet over and continue, what do you mean by turning it over???

Kate days (author)2018-01-13

I got stuck at step 7 .....can someone explain to me how to do it

JOHN LAURENS (author)2017-05-29

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

EmilyT74 (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 (author)2017-04-15

why are the videos not we working ?

sharma perera (author)2017-03-02

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

sharma perera (author)2017-03-02

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

golferj (author)2017-03-01

Double. Crochet

angeledyam (author)2011-12-19

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

Feyhere (author)angeledyam2017-02-26

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 (author)angeledyam2015-11-15

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 (author)2017-02-04

I think it was helpful. Thanks!

AndreaL143 (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 (author)2017-01-12

Excellent. Thank instructable made crocheting so clear.

T0BY (author)2016-12-05

Very good Instructable.

-moonglade (author)2016-08-27

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

Nasleelisa (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 (author)2016-04-06

Good job.

VeronicaE10 (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

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 (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 (author)2016-02-29


Hai ppl (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 (author)2015-12-14

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

NIcache (author)2015-12-07

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

movinglolly (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 (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 (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 (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 (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

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

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

Leigh MacD

bclark25 (author)2011-11-17

thank you so much

PKTraceur (author)2009-07-09

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

omnibot (author)PKTraceur2011-06-18

I usually make mine out of chop-sticks.

tldudenhoeffer (author)PKTraceur2009-07-10

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 (author)tldudenhoeffer2009-07-10

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

tldudenhoeffer (author)PKTraceur2009-07-10

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 (author)tldudenhoeffer2009-07-11

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

tldudenhoeffer (author)PKTraceur2009-07-11

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

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 (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 (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.

Try these pictures from this tutorial:

I hope they help! Leigh MacD

qwerty (author)2009-02-20

The videos helped a lot.

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