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Beginner Crochet from the House of Sylvestermouse

Updated on October 03, 2014
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Beginner Crochet in the House of Sylvestermouse
Beginner Crochet in the House of Sylvestermouse | Source

Lets spark an interest in crochet

Would you like to learn how to crochet? I have written this article to give crochet beginners basic instructions on how to crochet and an easy reference for crochet terms, basic crochet stitches and easy diagrams.

When you crochet, you can create beautiful home décor such as afghans, doilies, table runners, table cloths, window treatments, etc. If you are a fashionista, you can crochet sweaters, vests, purses, totes, and jewelry that are truly one of a kind. Why not make gifts like bookmarks, Christmas tree decorations, coasters, pot holders, or crochet lace trimmed frames. And for the little ones in your life, you can make crocheted animals or doll clothes.

Your gorgeous handmade items become priceless heirloom treasures that can be passed down for many generations. So, lets get started!

Crochet Hooks ~ Beginner Crochet in the House of Sylvestermouse
Crochet Hooks ~ Beginner Crochet in the House of Sylvestermouse | Source

Begin a Crochet Project

You will need a crochet hook and yarn.

Hooks come in different sizes. The size of the hook determines the size of your stitch. The thickness of most hooks is indicated by both letter and number. The larger the number, the larger the size. Steel hooks are the exception. They are measured on a reverse scale. A 14 is the smallest size and the 00 is the largest.

When selecting the size of a hook for your project, a good rule of thumb; the thicker your yarn, the larger your hook.

You may also want a pattern.

While a lot of experienced crocheters work without a pattern, as a beginner, you will probably want a pattern. A pattern will take the "guesswork" out of crocheting and a pattern will tell you the size hook and the weight of the yarn recommended for your project.

When selecting a pattern, look for one that is marked "Easy" or "Beginner." Some patterns are marked with stars. You would want to select a 1 star pattern.

Learn to Read A Crochet Pattern
Learn to Read A Crochet Pattern | Source

Decoding the Crochet Pattern Code

Crochet patterns at a glance can look intimidating and confusing. Like so many other things in life, with a simple "glossary", a crochet pattern can be easily deciphered.

Standard Abbreviations


dc...................double crochet

dtr..................double triple (treble) crochet

hdc.................half double crochet

lp, lps..............loop, loops

rnd, rnds.........round, rounds

sc....................single crochet


sl st.................slip stitch

sp,, spaces


tr.....................triple (treble) crochet

yo...................yarn over

Beginner Crochet
Beginner Crochet

How to Hold your Crochet Hook

Hold it like a pencil, with your thumb and index finger on each side of the flat portion of your hook and your middle finger resting against your thumb.

Beginner Crochet
Beginner Crochet

How to Hold your Yarn when Crocheting

Wrap the ball end of your yarn around your little finger of your left hand. Take it under the fourth and third fingers, then over the top of your index finger. This allows the yarn to slip easily across your fingers and to the hook.

Beginning a Crochet Project

To begin crocheting, you start with a simple "chain" of stitches.

To start a chain, make a slip knot about 6" from the end of the yarn and insert the crochet hook from right to left.

Position your fingers and hands as illustrated below.

Holding the slip knot between your thumb and middle finger of your left hand, keeping the yarn taut, push hook forward, at the same time twisting it, so the yarn passes over back to front of your hook, and is caught in the "hook."

Draw the yarn through the loop, thus forming a new loop on the hook. Keep this loop loose enough so the next chain can be drawn through it easily.

Repeat these steps until you have the desired number of chains (loop on the hook does not count as part of total)

Chain Stitch in Crochet

Chain Stitch in Crochet
Chain Stitch in Crochet

How To Crochet for Beginners Video to Help You Get Started

A Crochet Sampler
A Crochet Sampler | Source

Your First Crochet Sampler & Project

Why not use your first sampler as a bookmark to mark all of your future crochet projects!

Since this is your first sampler, I will try to be very specific and spell out the words following each abbreviation. In a published pattern, you would only see the abbrevations.


Approx. 15 yards cotton yarn

Size I, J or K crochet hook

Tapestry or Yarn needle (a needle with a big eye)

(Crochet hook I or larger. You will want to be able to see your work)


ch (chain) 50

You are now ready to work the first row of single crochet.

sk (Skip) the last chain made and insert the hook into the next chain, hook the yarn and draw up a loop.

There are now 2 loops on the hook. Catch the yarn over the hook again and draw the yarn through both loops on the hook. A sc (single crochet) is completed and 1 loop remains on the hook.

rep (repeat) these steps to draw up a loop and make a sc (single crochet) in each remaining chain of the foundation chain.

Make one ch (chain stitch) and turn work.

*Work a sc (single crochet) in each single crochet of previous row, inserting hook under the two top threads of each sc to draw up yarn loop for new stitch.

At the end of the row, ch (chain) 1 and turn.

Repeat from * until you have desired width.

To fasten off on last row of work, cut yarn and draw yarn end through last loop. Tighten to keep yarn from unraveling. To hide the yarn "tails", thread the end of the yarn into a tapestry or yarn needle and weave it into the back of your work.

Single Crochet Stitch

Single Crochet Stitch
Single Crochet Stitch

Half Double Crochet Stitch

Half Double Crochet Stitch
Half Double Crochet Stitch

Double Crochet Stitch

Double Crochet Stitch
Double Crochet Stitch

Triple (Treble) Crochet Stitch

Triple (Treble) Crochet Stitch
Triple (Treble) Crochet Stitch

Double Triple (Treble) Crochet Stitch

Double Triple (Treble) Crochet Stitch
Double Triple (Treble) Crochet Stitch

Crochet Slip Stitch

Crochet Slip Stitch
Crochet Slip Stitch
Beginner Crochet
Beginner Crochet

Illustrations Credit

All illustration pictures were copies from Reader's Digest "Complete Guide to Needlework" ~ See Amazon Link Below

This Crochet Mouse Pattern can be found in "Quick Crochet Gifts" by Sandra Peach. This booklet was published in 1988 and it is very hard to find. I am placing the current Amazon link for this booklet directly below. If it should be sold out at the time you wish to purchase it, please contact me if you really want this book and I will search for it again.

Great YouTube Video Crochet Demonstration

This YouTube video shows you how to properly hold your hook, yarn and how to do the basic chain.

Crochet Needle
Crochet Needle | Source

Finishing Your Crochet Project

How to hide the Yarn "Tails" - Now you knew I would have to mention a mouse

To hide the yarn "tails", thread the end of the yarn into a tapestry or yarn needle and weave it into the back of your work.

This lens only covers the very basic instructions to get started crocheting. There have been many books published on "how to crochet." I have found that you can probably easily learn to crochet by watching YouTube Videos.

Happy Crocheting!

Crochet Samples

Crochet Samples
Crochet Samples

My Crochet

My Crochet
My Crochet | Source

An Excellent Suggestion

Live every moment as it comes;

Take what it brings to you,

Be happy with the things you have

Each day your whole life through.

Take every step, one at a time,

And make the most of it -

Then, looking back, don't wish that

You could change it just a bit.

Make every hour that you spend,

Mean just a little more,

So all the ones that lie ahead,

Will be worth waiting for.

And don't put off those "Little Things" -

Try to fit them in somehow,

For the time when you'll enjoy them most,

Is not "Someday", but now!

JoAnn M. Daugherty

Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ Sylvestermouse ~

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Illustrations scanned from: Readers Digest Complete Guide to Needlework


© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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      Susan Deppner 11 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Funny that I tend to get a crochet "itch" just before summer! Makes more sense to crochet during cold weather, but maybe I should start a doily. Back when I used to never be caught without a crochet project, they were always shawls or other big items. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      I have never learned to crochet and I do appreciate how beautiful it is. I love your sons baby blanket ! Your instructions here look so clear and I think this is an excellent page for anyone wanting to learn crochet.

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      Lisa Auch 2 years ago from Scotland

      ...of course I could not pass by without stopping by. I love reading about others who crochet and picking up new tips.

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I love crochet. I have so many good memories around crochet. My sons watched me and learned how - not that they would ever admit to it! haha. I wish I'd take more time to do more projects.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I love the beauty of home made crochet. There really is nothing store bought that can equal it. Your son's baby blanket is beautiful.

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