Want to learn how to single crochet for beginners? I have gathered tutorials and videos to share on how to single crochet both right and left handed.
I will share my tips for crocheting and my free beginner crochet patterns. All my patterns tutorials will be shown left-handed but I will try to include a video or written tutorial link for right handed crocheters.
Crocheting is a great hobby. I think is easier to learn than knitting. All you need to crochet is a crochet hook and some yarn.
A great beginner crochet project would be a headband, washcloth, mug rug, or a scarf. A simple beginner blanket would be a great next project like this blue and gray striped baby blanket or this how to crochet a blanket.
For a crochet beginner, I would choose gauge 4 worsted yarn in acrylic. This is an average yarn that is easy to get and work with.
You can find the gauge of the yarn on the label, as well as, what it is made out of. You will be looking for gauge 4. I would stay away from cotton, velvet or chenille yarn for your beginning projects.
For the crochet hook, I would purchase a set of metal hooks, including a size H or 5 mm hook. I have found that the metal hooks are easy to work with.
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How to do the Single Crochet Stitch for Beginners
How to Tie a Slip Knot
The first thing you need to know, after the hook and yarn for how to crochet for beginners is a slip knot. You use a slip knot to put the yarn to the crochet hook.
- Cross the yarn and hold the x between your fingers, with the short piece on the left.
- Then, holding the x, put your fingers in the loop.
- Form a loop, you pull on the short side of the yarn into the loop, while holding on the the short end of the yarn.
- Pull on the loop you made until small enough to fit snugly around the crochet hook. Make sure you hold both pieces of yarn while you pull through the loop. Then pull on the short end to tighten around the hook.
More Tips on How to Tie a Slip Knot
- Learn to Crochet
- How to Tie a Slip Knot – Right Handed Written
- How to Tie a Slip Knot – Right Handed Video
- Left Handed Written- How to Tie a Slip Knot
- How to Tie a Slip Knot – Left Handed Video
How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch
The first crochet stitch you will need to learn is the chain crochet stitch. This stitch is how you will start all of your projects. The chain stitch is usually abbreviated ch. You count your chain stitches by the top curve. You will want to count as you chain.
- First, you have the slip knot snug on your hook, holding the hook in your preferred grip, and your yarn threaded through your opposite hand. The slip knot needs to be close to the indention on the hook with the hook part facing up.
- Next, lay the yarn over the hook using your opposite hand. This is called yarn over. Then twist the hook to catch the yarn. Then pull the hook through the loop.
- You repeat the steps for the number of chains that are required for your pattern. You want each chain a similar size.
I hold the tail of the slip knot with my right hand (opposite of the hook). A little lose for chain stitches is better than too tight stitches If your project starts to ripple, then your chain stitches are likely too tight.
You will want to practice the chain stitch until you have an even stitches of the same size.
How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch Right & Left Handed – Video & Tutorial
- Learn to Crochet for Beginners
- Written Right Handed – How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch
- How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch – Video Right Handed
- Written Left Handed – How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch
- How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch – Video Left Handed
How to Single Crochet Stitch (UK – Double Crochet) Photo Tutorial
After you have the chain stitch mastered, you will want to learn the single crochet stitch. In the UK, the same stitch is called double crochet.
When you get to crochet pattern reading you will want to double check the terms and abbreviations used so there is no confusion.
After completing your chain stitches, insert your hook in the 2nd chain from the hook.
Next, yarn over. Then pull up a loop, twist the hook and put the yarn through making 2 loops on the hook.
Then, yarn over again and pull through the 2 loops on the hook. Single crochet stitch completed.
After finishing your row, chain 1 and turn (in a pattern you would follow the steps stated).
Next, row 2: insert your hook in the top of the stitch next to the turning chain you just made, and make a single crochet. You want to insert your hook under the V shape formed. Repeat across to the end of the run. Chain 1 and turn. Then repeat row 2 until you have the number of rows you want.
Tip: Make sure you put a single crochet stitch in each stitch, not including the turning chain and make sure every row has the same amount of stitches. Don’t forget the chain 1 you made the row before. It can be hard to see.
How to Crochet for Beginners Single Crochet Stitch Right & Left Handed – Video & Tutorial
- Learn to Crochet for Beginners
- Written Right Handed – How to do the Single Crochet Stitch
- Video Left Handed – How to do the Single Crochet Stitch
- Video Right Handed – How to do the Single Crochet Stitch
Free Beginner Crochet Patterns to Try
- Beginner How to Bulky Yarn Baby Blanket
- Even Berry Dish Cloth
- Herringbone Dish Cloth
- Ocean Stripe Baby Blanket – free pattern
- Blue Stripe Baby Boy Crochet Blanket Pattern – Free
- 19 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns – Great for Cleaning
- Moss Stitch Crochet Cowl Pattern Free
- Moss Stitch Winter Headband Crochet Pattern Free
- Beginner Moss Stitch Scarf
- Chunky Herringbone Throw
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