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
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,
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
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