How to Crochet

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Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Our very own Jeanne stars in this crochet instructional video about how to crochet. We hope you enjoy it!

How to Crochet - right-handed

To learn how to crochet, you need the following materials:

  • -crochet hook (US size G is a good size for practicing with worsted weight yarn)
  • -Worsted weight yarn that is smooth and not splitty, meaning that the plies of the yarn don't come apart easily.

Making the foundation chain:

  1. Make a slip knot and put the slip knot onto the hook. Hold the tail of the yarn in your right hand with your crochet hook to keep it out of the way.
  2. Tension the working end of the yarn in your left hand in a way that feels comfortable and allows the yarn to slid easily but maintain some tension. Be sure to keep your hands relaxed but controlled.
  3. With the thumb and middle finger of your left hand grasp the slip knot under the hook and extend your forefinger with the yarn coming from over the top. Now you're ready to make your first chain stitch.
  4. Dip your crochet hook under the yarn coming from your forefinger and grab it with the hook. The yarn will be wrapped over the top of the crochet hook.
  5. Draw this hooked yarn through the slip knot, rotating the crochet hook towards you so that the hook faces down and slides through the slip stitch without catching. Allow the yarn to slid through your fingers on your left hand as you draw the yarn through the slip knot or your tension will be too tight.
  6. Keeping an even tension and your hands relaxed, repeat this wrapping and pulling through the loop as many times as needed to create the foundation for your crochet project (this number is usually specified in the pattern). Move your thumb and middle finger up the chain as you go to maintain stability. You'll know how many stitches/chains you've made by how many little "V's" you see along the chain. So you know where your are, try to keep the little "V's" under your left thumb and don't let the chain twist around as it will be inclined to do.

Making a Single Crochet:

  1. Once you have your foundation row, crochet an extra chain to start your new row.
  2. Insert the hook into the top leg of the 2nd chain or "V" from your hook. (You will be working back along the chain now.)
  3. Dip your hook under the yarn and wrap in the same way as above (this is called yarning over) and pull through the chain. You now have two loops on your crochet hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn around the hook a second time (yarn over) and pull the yarn through both of the loops on the hook. You are back to having only one stitch on the hook.
  5. Repeat the steps above, working single crochet stitches into each chain stitch across the row.
  6. After the last single crochet, chain 1 and turn your work.
  7. Begin single crochets in the second stitch from the hook but on this row and all subsequent rows you will be going under both legs of each stitch or "V" across the row.
  8. Repeat these steps until your piece measures the desired length.

Tip: to keep your work even and square be sure to count your stitches on each row so that you always have the same number of stitches.

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