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How to Crochet

Updated on November 25, 2011

Crochet Photos

Crochet needles (they come in a variety of sizes)
Crochet needles (they come in a variety of sizes)
Crochet yarn (comes in a variety of weights and materials)
Crochet yarn (comes in a variety of weights and materials)
Crochet blanket
Crochet blanket
Beautiful crochet design on a blanket
Beautiful crochet design on a blanket

Basic Crochet Stitches for Beginners

If you want to start the art of crochet you'll first need to practice some of the basic stitches.

Single crochet
Double crochet
Half double crochet
Triple crochet

There are actually hundreds of different types of crochet stitches. But don't be overwhelmed! You just need to learn the basics and practice them until you get them looking really great. Then you can learn more of the advanced stitches when you need to use them in different patterns.

The four basic crochet stitches (single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and triple crochet) will be used in many beautiful patterns so they are a great place to start off. You'll be able to make blankets, hats, scarves, and a whole lot more just by learning the basic crochet stitches. It's a great craft to learn and much easier than knitting. You just need to use one hook (instead of two used in knitting) and it's more simple for a beginner to pick up and learn.

Crochet Supplies Needed

A Variety of Crochet Stitches

A beautiful stitch in pink yarn
A beautiful stitch in pink yarn
A shell stitch in red yarn
A shell stitch in red yarn
A simple crochet stitch with a multi-colored yarn
A simple crochet stitch with a multi-colored yarn

Make Crochet Single Stitch: How to Crochet for Beginners

How to Double Crochet

Some Common Crochet Problems for Beginners

If you have just started to crochet, there are a few common problems that you might run into. There are 2 basic problems beginner crocheters sometimes face.

1 - Not using even tension. If you do not use even tension throughout the whole project it will be uneven. Some of the rows will appear to be longer and others shorter. You need to be sure that through the whole project you are holding the yarn and hook with the same tension to avoid this.

2 - Not counting completed rows. It's very easy as a beginner to crochet to create uneven rows if you do not count each one when you are done. Your pattern will tell you how many rows it should be and you need to be sure you have that EXACT number of rows in order for the finished project to be even and looking perfect.

While these two suggestions might seem simple, they are VERY important for a beginner crocheter to understand and practice. Once you get the hang of this down, you will be making beautiful crochet projects in no time at all.

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      craftdrawer 5 years ago

      Good information for those who want to learn howto crochet. I wish I had something like this way back when I learned how (before the Internet).

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I use to help my mom with her crochet and it was hard because she crocheted so tight and I crocheted loose. She kept me busy at times. Great hub to teach ones who want to learn, I have to see it done to learn anything. These videos are great. Voted up.

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      AllieRambles 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Nice Hub!

      I have been crocheting for years now and I learned even more stitches through watching videos. These will definitely help newbie crocheters.

      I'm putting this one in my "best of" November 2011!

      ~Allie

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      Brett Foster 5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      While I do not play crochet I found this hub strangely interesting. Good article.

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      Dedmoroz 5 years ago

      Awesome hub!

      I haven't learn to crochet until stumbling upon your hub.

      Really loved the videos and pictures of different stitches you presented.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Great article. It looks so cool, and your steps make it looks easy.

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      Mai 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing that, but what is the name of that stitch in pink, it is really beautiful

      Thanks in advance :))

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