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How to Crochet
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.
Half double 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.
Learn How to Crochet
Learn how to crochet with a free lesson to start. Also a full 2 hour DVD with many crochet instructions is available which includes four crochet patterns for beginners.
Crochet Supplies Needed
A Variety of Crochet Stitches
Make Crochet Single Stitch: How to Crochet for Beginners
Learn More About Crochet and the History of Crochet
- Crochet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A history of crochet and more information about crochet and how it differs from knitting.
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.