Up next in Crocheting 101 (13 videos)
Already know how to knit? Learn how to crochet with the crocheting lessons in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Crochet hooks
Decide between free or store-bought patterns
Decide how you want to search for your pattern. Many patterns can be found online for free and others can be purchased from craft or yarn stores.
Find a pattern matching your crochet skill level
Think about your crochet experience and look for a pattern that matches your skill level -- most patterns are rated as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
Understand filet crochet pattern schemes
Learn how schemes are displayed in filet crochet patterns. Typically, empty squares represent open mesh spaces, and a square with an X is used to represent a filled space.
Understand pattern abbreviations
Understand the most common crochet abbreviations to make reading patterns easier. Consult crochet books or web sites to help you interpret abbreviations.
Crochet a swatch to test the pattern gauge
Crochet a small swatch of approximately 10 by 10 stitches using the crochet gauge given in the pattern. Use the yarn and crochet hook specified in the pattern instructions.
Check the gauge and measurements
Check the gauge and measurements of your swatch against the pattern. Make sure that the stitch count is consistent and that the outcome will be the size you want.
Start your crochet project and check your gauge as you go along to make sure that you are staying on track. Feel confident knowing that you're using the right pattern to get the product you want.