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.

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!! :)

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    arcycat

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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???

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    tldudenhoefferarcycat

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    arcycattldudenhoeffer

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Badgergirl

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    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

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    umeko0328

    9 months ago

    Looks like very tricky work to me i mean require skills to do this stuff.

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    DebbieC150

    11 months ago

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

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    Kate days

    11 months ago

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

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    JOHN LAURENS

    1 year ago

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

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    EmilyT74

    1 year ago

    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

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    sharma perera

    1 year ago

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

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    sharma perera

    1 year ago

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

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    golferj

    1 year ago

    Double. Crochet

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    angeledyam

    6 years ago on Step 3

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

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    Feyhereangeledyam

    Reply 1 year ago

    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.

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    diygirl111angeledyam

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    C4ck1c4ck1

    1 year ago

    I think it was helpful. Thanks!

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    AndreaL143

    1 year ago

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

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    You_know_me

    1 year ago

    Excellent. Thank you..you instructable made crocheting so clear.