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Beginner's Guide to Crochet

When I started this blog in 2007, my goal was to share my love for crochet with the world. My family was rather cash-strapped at the time (heck, we're still living frugally), so it was important to me to be able to share this love for free. After all, if The Animator's Wife couldn't afford to take hobby classes, why should we assume anyone else could?

This summer we will be going back to the original vision of CrochetKitten.com, so keep your eyes peeled for even more free tutorials and patterns. And to start things off, we thought we'd feature our original how-to-crochet series, presented as a lesson plan below. Even if you've never set hands on a crochet hook before, you can teach yourself to crochet with these tutorials. And if you have any questions, I'll be there to answer questions along the way.

Note: While these tutorials can be used on their own, we recommend downloading our Sampler Scarf and Beginner's Hat patterns so that you can practice your skills as you go!


Lesson 1
The History of Crochet
Yarn 
Crochet Hooks
Getting Started
All About Chains
The Foundation Chain: Three Ways to Begin
About Stitches: Where to Insert the Hook and How to Count
Single Crochet (sc)
Frogging
Finishing Off and Weaving in Ends

Practice
Make two 6x6-inch squares of single crochet. Start with 22 chain stitches, then skip the first chain stitch to work your first row of 21 single crochet stitches. Make 1 chain stitch at the end of each row, then turn and work 21 single crochets in each of the next rows until you have a square.

Lesson 2
Substituting Yarn in Patterns
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Half-Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Changing Yarn or Colors Within a Piece

Practice
Make two 6x6-inch squares of double crochet striped in two colors. Start with 23 chain stitches. Skip the first 3 chains, which will act as your first double crochet stitch, and work 20 double crochets across the rest of the chains. Make 3 chain stitches to turn (again, this will act as your first double crochet in this row), then skip the first double crochet in the last row, and work 20 double crochets across.

After finishing your second row of double crochet, change colors and work the next two rows in the second color. Continue changing colors every two rows until you have a square with 5 stripes.

Lesson 3
Practice
Using the Sampler Scarf pattern, make 3 ripple squares. Add a single crochet border to all the squares made so far.

Lesson 4
Working in a Chain Space
Whipstitching
Mattress Stitch

Practice
Using the Sampler Scarf pattern, make 4 granny squares. Whipstitch together the squares made so far into a scarf shape. Add a single crochet border around the whole scarf.

Lesson 5

Practice
Using the Beginner's Hat pattern, make the Body of the Beginner’s Hat. Be sure to test your gauge before beginning to determine the appropriate size hook! Remember, the hook size you need to make the hat may not be the hook size listed in the pattern. You may need to go up or down a size or two, depending on your tension as a crocheter.

Now that you know all the basics of crocheting, take a look at our more advanced tutorials to further your skills!

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