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How to Crochet

If you have an itch to stitch, this guide will help you weave your dreams with needles and yarn in no time.


  • Step 1: Choose a large hook and yarn Choose a large hook and thick yarn when you first begin. As your skills progress you can transition to smaller materials.
  • TIP: Both the hooks and string are measured in weight -- the heavier they are the thicker they will be.
  • Step 2: Hold hook Hold the hook in your dominant hand, like you would a pen or pencil, with the point of the hook facing up.
  • Step 3: Wind yarn Wind the yarn over the pinky, under the ring finger, and then over the middle and forefinger of your other hand to easily feed it as you work.
  • Step 4: Start with a slipknot Start with a slipknot. Make a simple loop and then use the hook to draw the long end of the string through the hole.
  • Step 5: Tighten knot Tighten the knot by pulling both ends, and then repeat by looping the yarn around the hook and pulling it through the loop to complete a basic chain stitch.
  • TIP: The first five to 10 rows of the chain stitch are often the most difficult, even for a seasoned veteran, so stick with it.
  • Step 6: Start single crochet Poke the hook through a chain stitch, grab the feeder yarn and pull it through to create two loops on your crochet hook.
  • Step 7: Finish single crochet Wrap the feeder yarn around the hook and pull it through both loops to complete a single crochet stitch.
  • Step 8: Finish Cut the yarn, pull one end through the last loop, and tighten the other end before tying the final loose string into the back of the piece.
  • FACT: The modern art of crochet was developed during the 16th century.

You Will Need

  • Large crochet hook
  • Heavy yarn
  • Practice

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