Learn How To Crochet – Helpful Resource Guide

Here’s a collection of step-by-step tutorials available online (for free!) that will teach you how to crochet. I’ve included both videos and illustrated tutorials and more than one example of each to help you understand easier.

Collection of YarnAll of the below are for beginners, there are also a few dishcloth patterns toward the bottom that are good projects to start with.

Step One – Getting Started:

The first thing you need to learn is making a slip knot and attach the yarn to the hook as well as holding the yarn and hook.

You’ll also need to learn chain stitches, these are “chains or loops” that you’ll use to get your stitches started. If you’re a knitter, the chains serve a similar purpose to “Casting On”, they’re the foundation of the project.

Slip Knots & Chains:

Holding The Yarn And Hook:

Step Two – Basic Stitches:

With your foundation chain made, now you’re ready to practice a few stitches. At this point why not make a chain of 20 and then practice each of the stitches below, do a row of each until you’ve got them down pat.


The slip, single and double stitch are the basics and are used most often. Sometimes though you’ll be working on projects with more involved or complicated stitches. Here is an online Directory you can refer to.

  • Magic Circle: Several images showing the steps how to do this.

Tip: It’s worthwhile purchasing a book of stitches, I’ve found a few at yard sales for just a couple dollars and they’re life-long references–keep your eyes out for these treasures. If there’s something that you just can’t figure out, do an online search for it…you can also search on sites like YouTube, plenty of videos available teaching examples. Another idea is to print off online tutorials as you find them and make your own binder or book to have as a reference.

Step Three: Working With Yarn:

Chances are you’ll run out of yarn in the middle of a project and need to start a new ball, or you may need to change colors. Here is a tutorial showing you how: Changing Yarn Colors – Video (suggests making a slip knot on the new color before adding–not everyone agrees this is necessary but it can be done).

Step Four: Finishing Up Your Project:

After a project is complete, you’ll have some loose ends to clean up (both from the beginning and end of a project). Clean up is simple, here are a couple tutorials:

Working With Patterns:

Now that you know how to start a project and the basic stitches, it’s time to work with patterns.

First you need to figure out how to interpret or read them, here are a few resources:

Next, work with basic patterns at first until you’re comfortable holding the yarn and working the stitches. This also gives you practice reading simple patterns. Whip up a few dishcloths and you’ll have the various stitches down pat in no time! Here are some easy dishcloth patterns available online (both free):

Finding Help:

Just like I mentioned in the knitting reference, yarn & wool shops are staffed with very knowledgeable crafters and are normally happy to help anyone stuck on a project. You can also find help in online groups and forums like this one.

Once you’ve conquered the dishcloths and are comfortable with the basics, you can start on larger projects such as afghans or more complicated projects like sweaters, hats, vests and more. There are a tonne of patterns online for you to start with, try choosing projects that teach you new stitches as you go, once you learn the basics the more advanced stuff comes easy. Have fun!

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    • MamaMay

    Thank you for linking to my site!

    • TipNut

    You’re welcome 🙂

    • Bren

    Hi! your website is the best how-to
    site and the vidoes helped me to do double and triple stitch!!
    this is the site I’ve been looking
    for! thanks alot!!!

    • Nic77

    I’m teaching myself to crochet. The problem…I have NO freaking clue how to understand and make sense of the patterns, intsructions, ect. I wanted to make a one color rippled-design afghan, and I don’t understand any instructions I’ve found. Any help would be…helpful!

      • TipNut

      There are two resources listed above to help with reading patterns, but another good idea is to join a crochet forum–there are some very experienced crocheters who enjoy teaching or guiding newbies. There’s a link to one in the article (towards the bottom), but there are more forums too I’m sure–find one that’s fairly active and you’ll have no trouble getting tutoring.

    • connie worthington

    Patterns often say “single crochet in the top of your chain, what are they doing to make this happen, I just can’t see how in my mind to do it and can find no refrence for it.

    • Averil Savage

    Lovely dishclothes – but prefer the more open type ( 1 Treble 1 chain)

    • Annie

    I am also teaching myself to crochet. I knit and write HTML code which also helps.
    This is a very easy to understand and easy to work with site.
    I WISH there was a Translation bar i.e. type in the crochet instruction from pattern and have it spit it out in English.

    • Jackie B

    @ Nic77, I’m chuckling at your comment because I’ve been trying to teach myself crochet for 6 months and can’t get past the first chain- LOL.

    Some people just have that special knack teaching those of us who can’t even use use the Crochet for Dummies Books (I’m referring to myself only. 🙂

    Great videos!! Thanks for sharing your talent & knowledge!

    • Courtney B

    ok I am making a stocking and i am at the heel where it says to “draw up a lp next sc, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hook- dec made; sc in each sc to last 2 sc; dec; turn” what does this even mean? I’m new at this so I just dont get it.

    • Lane Lent

    I am just finishing an afghan (crocheted) and for reasons unknown to me it isn’t straight on the sides. I have heard people talk about blocking to make it straight. Do you know how to do this and if so, can you please help me out or refer me to someone that can. I am desperate here since my afghan is so pretty.

    Thank you in advance,
    Lane Lent

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