CrochetCrochet is a popular needlecraft which is named after the French word crochet, which means hook. It involves using hooks and material such as yarn or thread to create projects like clothing, accessories and home décor pieces.

If you’ve been wanting to start using the Crochet technique, then take a look below at our guide to everything you need to know!

What you need:

A Crochet Hook -small hooks for fine material, large hooks for larger material, size 4 hooks are the standard yarn size. The below image shows difference in a size one thread to a size six thread.

Some Fiber – usually yarn or thread.

Scissors

Here’s what you need to know as a beginner:

Slip Knots

Slip knots are the first thing to learn for crochet, which is how you begin all projects.

To create a slip knot you must:

  • Grasp the yarn around you index finger
  • Hook facing upwards, insert the hook between your finger and yarn
  • Twist the yarn around the hook and keep hold of the yarn
  • Wrap one end of the yarn back around the hook
  • Using the hook, pull that yarn through the original loop to create the slip knot

Stitches

Units in Crochet are called stitches, which are a series of yarn wraps around a hook. Each project is made up of a series of stitches.

The stitches include:

  • The chain stitch
  • The slip stitch
  • The single stitch
  • The double stitch
  • The half double crochet stitch
  • The treble stitch
  • The double treble stitch
  • The triple treble stitch

The above are they key stitches to learn as a beginner, with chain stitch being a common and popular stitch to learn first and the single stitch being the most important stitch to learn for projects.

How to crochet:

Here’s a helpful video by SimplyDaisy on how to Crochet for beginners:

SimplyDaisy

Stitch Patterns

Stitch patterns are a combination of different crochet stitches to create new and interesting stitch patterns. There are multiple possibilities and can be as intricate, detailed or as simple as you want. As you progress, you can combine more of the new stitches you learn to create new patterns and styles.

For example, a V-Stitch is a combination of a double crochet stitch and a chain stitch alternated.

Patterns

A pattern is a set of instructions for crocheting a certain project, whether it’s a scarf, hat, blanket or handbag.

The patterns normally include abbreviations for different stitches and parts of a project. Here’s a link to all of the abbreviations from the Craft Yarn Council.

Top Tips

  1. Try not mix two different fibres of yarn, such as cotton or acrylic. They can shrink at different rates, especially when washed.
  2. Don’t cut the ends of your work to short, weave them into the pattern instead to avoid them coming loose.
  3. When you put your work done, ensure you don’t lose your yarn by threading it through a small area of crochet pattern.
  4. Make sure your ball of yarn is positioned in a way that lets it unwind easily.
  5. If your work is too loose, choose a smaller hook.
  6. If your work is too tight, choose a larger hook.
  7. The larger the yarn you use, the bigger the project will be. Bear in mind that one project can end up a different size depending on the thickness of yarn you use.
  8. If you notice you’ve made a mistake half way through, unravel the pattern and re-do. There’s always opportunity to undo any mistakes.
  9. Unroll your skeins of yarn and roll into a ball before starting a project, it makes it easier for the yarn to un ravel
  10. Experimenting with different stitches and patterns is the best way to progress.

Check out our guide to die-cutting here.

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