Hey hey hey! Are you ready to Learn to Crochet the Easy Way? I am beyond excited to teach you this amazing craft. This series will start off at the very beginning. The basic materials needed, how to hold your crochet hook, reading a written pattern, and a whole lot more! Get your hooks ready and let’s get started!
Skrrrt. Wait. Have you purchased your hooks yet? If not, don’t fret! Reading over the Basic Materials list will get you started on the right foot!
What is Crochet?
Crochet is a handcraft consisting of the simplest, basic materials: a crochet hook and a skein of yarn. No, crochet is not the same as knitting. Personally, I think it is a whole heck of a lot easier! Crochet is a craft where you work up a project using yarns of different fibers one stitch at a time. Then it magically turns into a blanket, a shawl, an outdoor toy! The list is endless.
Did you know crochet helps reduce stress, anxiety, depression, AND the risk of Alzheimer’s? Well, it does that and a whole lot more! Crochet gives you the chance to relax after a hard day, be creative, and create awe-inspiring gifts for friends and family that will 100% make their jaws drop! 😉 You could even start your own crochet business one day!
How I Learned
I personally learned how to crochet through YouTube. For me, it was the perfect way to learn because I am a very hands on person. I’m hoping to create my own YouTube channel for you at some point in the future!
However, when I first started learning I remember feeling like no matter how many times I paused the video, I was always missing something. I would tilt my head and squint my eyes until I saw that one stitch that they neglected to mention or a mistake they made and not corrected. It would throw me off and get pretty frustrating. I also wanted to be able to find someone who had EVERYTHING I needed and although there probably is someone out there who does have a complete guide, I couldn’t find them. I couldn’t find someone who really understood what I was thinking and where I was coming from.
I’m not going to lie, when I start a new craft or hobby, I have a hard time starting from the beginning. Instead of starting with the basics, I just wanted to start making things immediately! Instead of starting by learning each stitch and how to read a pattern, I just jumped in. Basically, I learned by crocheting tons and tons and tons of different patterns and learning new techniques along the way.
SO now that I’m a bit more experienced, I want to be the one people come to because they know I will break things down and make it super simple. That’s why we’re calling it, Learn to Crochet the Easy Way! YouTube is amazing, I’m definitely planning on creating my own channel in the near future, but photos are still. That way you can see each step up close and personal.
Enough chit chat, it’s time to actually introduce the series, Learn to Crochet the Easy Way!
In this series you will learn everything you need to know as a crochet beginner.
- The Basic Materials to Get Started
- How to Hold Your Crochet Hook and Yarn
- How to Make a Slip Knot
- Chain Stitch
- Single Crochet Stitch
- Half Double Crochet Stitch
- Double Crochet Stitch
- Treble Crochet Stitch
- How to Create a Magic Circle
- How to Read a Written Crochet Pattern
Learn to Crochet the Easy Way Series
The very basic materials needed to get started with crochet is simply some yarn and a hook. It’s as simple as that! However, there are additional materials you will need when working with more difficult projects, things to keep you organized, and a few other things that can make crocheting a little easier.
This is probably one of the trickiest things to learn, but in this tutorial I tried to make it as easy to understand as possible. Before you head over to the post I feel the need to tell you now, it will take a lot of practice and patience! Don’t give up on yourself.
A slip knot is extremely important because it is used to start almost ALL of your crochet projects! I’m going to teach you three different ways to create a slip knot and each one is easy peasy. You’ll get the hang of it in no time.
After the slip knot comes the chain stitch. You will need to learn how to chain in order to start many many crochet patterns. Sometimes it is also used within a pattern.
8. Treble Crochet Stitch
A magic circle is used when starting a hat or creating amigurumi. It can seem tricky at first so be patient with yourself. When I first saw this being used, I thought there was no way I would ever be able to do it. It took lots of fails before I finally succeeded and I’ll tell you what: I will never not use the magic circle method when working in the round. It looks so much cleaner and with practice, you’ll be making them easy as pie in no time!
10. How to Read Written Crochet Patterns
Each one of the first three basic stitches can be used on its own to create a beautiful pattern if you wished! The Treble Crochet Stitch isn’t normally used on its own to create a project, but is usually paired with other stitches to make designs like cablework. When you see gorgeous patterns with all kinds of different textures, is it all because of these four stitches being used in combination with each other. It’s an amazing thing.
By going through this series one step at a time, you will learn to crochet the easy way in no time. Don’t move on to the next until you’re completely comfortable with how you’re coming along! Before you head to the store to grab your supplies, I have a few more essential tips that I strongly encourage you check out!
If there is every anything you’re having trouble with understand, please don’t hesistate to ask! You can either leave a comment below, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a message over on Facebook or Instagram! Those are the two social media platforms I am the most active on. Don’t be shy, I’m here to help!
How excited are you to start learning?!
What are you most excited to create? Why did you choose crochet to be your new hobby?