Easy Crochet Stitches
Crochet Crafts for Beginners
Learn How to Crochet
If you are new to crocheting, some easy crochet stitches for your projects are single crochet, double crochet; half double crochet and slip stitch. With these stitches, you will be able to make a number of beginner crochet patterns.
First, you want to insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and then draw through both loops on the hook. When you see sc in a written pattern it just means that you will be making a single crochet stitch.
To make a double crochet stitch you will need to yarn over your hook first, then insert the hook into the stitch indicated in your pattern and then pull up a loop. Next, you want to yarn over again and draw through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over one more time and draw through the remaining 2 loops on your hook and you just made a double crochet stitch. The abbreviation for this crochet stitch is dc.
Half Double Crochet
A half double crochet stitch is a little bit smaller than the double crochet stitch and a little bit bigger than the single crochet stitch. You start out by yarning over your hook, insert your hook into the stitch being worked and then pull up a loop. Yarn over again and draw through all 3 loops on the hook. When you see hdc in a pattern it is referring to this stitch.
This stitch is usually used at the end of a project to join one end to another. You’ll see it abbreviated as sl st or simply written out as slip stitch in written crochet patterns. For this stitch, you need to insert your hook in your stitch, yarn over your hook and draw through the stitch and the loop on the hook.
Now that you know how to make these crochet stitches where do you find free crochet patterns for beginners?
The first place to look is Crochet n Crafts. This site is owned by Rhelena who learned to crochet when she was young. She started her site as a place for all of her patterns as well as a means of earning an income. You’ll find patterns for accessories such as hats and hair scrunchies. You’ll also find patterns for babies, the kitchen, and bath.
Second, you can visit Crochet Pattern Central. This site has over 17,000 links to crochet patterns and tutorials. She has patterns for doilies, afghans, clothing, baby items, bags, totes, potholders, amigurumi and granny squares.
You can also visit yarn supply websites such as Lion brand yarn, Bernat yarn, Patons yarns and Red Heart yarn. They have quite a few crochet patterns for beginners. Many times you’ll also find answers to your crochet questions on their blogs or forums.
A couple of more sites you can visit are Crochet Me and Ravelry. Both sites are social hot spots for crocheters. Ravelry tends to have more of a knitting community but you’ll still find plenty of crochet pattern designers and crafters. Crochet Me is strictly crochet and has a number of beginner crochet patterns submitted by users.
What if you don’t know how to read a crochet pattern?
Simply choose a stitch or a combination of the stitches I presented here and make up your own design. For example, if you want to make a scarf, make a chain as wide as you want your scarf. Now just crochet until you have the length that you need.
Want to make a hat? You can make one in the round by crocheting in a spiral or you can make one by crocheting a flat piece that fits the circumference of your head. You also need to make the piece as long as you need it to be – a slouchy hat will need to be longer than a beanie. Now just sew up the seam and cinch the top and you have yourself a simple hat. Add a flower or a crochet appliqué for added flare.
In order to make a blanket otherwise known as an afghan, you need to chain a long foundation row as wide as you need it to be. If you want to make a twin size blanket the measurements are 39 inches wide and 75 inches long. This means if you are using single crochet stitches you’ll need to make a chain 155 to 186 long. Now just crochet rows until your blanket measures 75 inches long.
Another way to make a blanket is to crochet granny squares. Make a number of different designs in a variety of colors and then sew the squares together. Alternatively, you can just make a great big giant granny blanket.
With these easy crochet stitches and beginning crochet patterns you’ll be making crochet gifts for your family and friends in no time. Get out your yarn and hook and start hooking.