Beginner Crochet

Getting Started
  • If you've been perusing crochet boards on Pinterest and had a jonesing to start the craft, you've come to the right place. Even if you've never held a hook before or don't know a slip knot from a single crochet, use this guide to pick up basic techniques and tips. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to crochet in rows, which is all you need to make a scarf or even a simple blanket.
    Kathryn Vercillo
  • Get a better understanding of yarn as Salena covers some important essentials including yarn weights, fibers and colors, plus tips on choosing the best beginner-friendly yarns.
  • Just as in a boxing match, the best way to win at crochet is to use a good hook. But choosing the right crochet hook from among the gazillions on the market isn't always easy. For one reason, what's right for one person may not be great for another. What's more, different projects and types of yarn call for different shapes and styles of hooks.
    Kathryn Vercillo
  • Meet crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and begin by learning how to evaluate a pattern for skill level, schematics and gauge, and determine which materials and tools you need. Then, compare both a garment and accessory pattern to spot their similarities and differences.
Skills to Learn
  • red crocheted chain
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    Once you understand the basics of hooks and yarn, start using them together as you learn to hold your hook and make a slip knot. From there, practice stitching chains, one of the most fundamental crochet stitches and your foundation for things to come!
  • row of single crochet stitches
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    Now, start building on your chains with the single crochet stitch. Salena shows you how to work into the chain, turn your row and examine the fabric to help you gain an understanding of the swatch you're working.
  • row of half double crochet stitches
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    Next up, the half double crochet stitch! Similar to the single crochet, work this slightly longer stitch together into a starting chain, then turn the row.
  • row of double crochet stitches
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    Ready to tackle your next stitch? Building on the stitches from previous lessons, work a practice swatch to learn about placement and get familiar with the fabric you're creating.
Best Beginner Projects
A companion to Salena Baca's class Startup Library: Crochet, this beginner-friendly kit includes the pattern and yarn to make a reversible cluster scarf.
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