Learn to Crochet: Instruction on How to Crochet and 5 Free Crochet Patterns for Beginners

May 26, 2011
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A solid understanding of the basics of crochet is the building block of learning how to crochet. Whether you have been crocheting for twenty years or twenty minutes, it is this foundation of basic crochet stitches and tips that allows you to learn new techniques and tackle your favorite patterns.

Here we give you instructions and illustrations for creating the basic crochet stitches, including the chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and more. For beginning crocheters, we have also included a comprehensive abbreviations list and tips on checking your gauge and substituting yarn.

You will also find information on efficiently changing colors or starting a new yarn at the beginning of a row or in the middle of a round. And when you have finished your project, check out our tips and illustrations on the best methods of weaving in loose ends for a smooth, finished fabric.

Prompted by a Crochet Me forum conversation, the 24K Hook Catcher by Marcy Smith was created to keep track of your hook when traveling. This beaded pattern includes instructions for 2 beaded lanyards and directions for bonus stitch markers.

For a fun, year-round project, try Mags Kandis' Gilded Mesh Scarf. Constructed entirely with treble crochet and chain stitches, this scarf adds a scalloped edge of beads to take its opulence one step further.

Once you are ready to begin crocheting, you can join Kim Werker as she discusses color choice and shares the Listening to Color Mitts pattern. This quick and simple pattern will allow you to practice changing colors as you use stitches of differing heights to create the flared shaping.

The Tapestry Crochet Bag by Pam Allen will introduce you to tapestry crochet and crocheting in the round. This little shoulder bag is worked as a tube, eliminating the need for seaming. A perfect beginner crochet project, this easy accessory would also make a terrific gift.

The Wool Bam Boo Scarf by Judith L. Swartz will introduce you to a decrease stitches, and the beautiful sea stitch pattern is easy to learn and memorize. This ruffled scarf is worked in two sections that are crocheted together before blocking.

This collection of crochet lessons and beginner patterns will help you learn to crochet and provide you with a foundation that will aid you as you continue to increase your crochet expertise. And don't forget to check out the links to great technique videos on Crochet Me.


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