I don’t know where to begin.
When I posted a poll in my crochet learning corner facebook group recently and asked members if they hadn’t learned crochet yet, why that was, the most common reason was that they didn’t know where to start. So instead of a stitch tutorial this week, I decided to dedicate this blog post to those that want to learn crochet but haven’t started yet because they don’t know where to start.
Learning to crochet is something that I recommend learning from the ground up. It can be so tempting to find a you tube tutorial of something you want to make and just start trying to follow it, but if you haven’t mastered the basics then you may quickly find yourself feeling frustrated and annoyed. When you get those feelings you’re likely to give up before giving it a realy chance.
So what do I mean about mastering the basics?
You need to start from the very beginning. That means learning to hold your hook and yarn, making a slip knot and starting with your first stitch – the chain. All of the skills that you establish from these learnings are the foundation for everything else in crochet. We don’t expect a baby to learn to walk before they have mastered crawling and standing, so we shouldn’t expect the same of any skill we’re trying to learn.
Once you are comfortable holding the hook and yarn, and can make a chain with consistent tension, then it is time to start learning to make stitches. And you should start with the simplest stitch and build on from there. When I teach crochet, I teach single crochet first, then half double crochet and then double crochet (note that those are all US terms for the stitches). Once you start to learn them you’ll see that each on adds on a new step to the previous one so it makes learning each stitch that much easier.
After you are comfortable making each of those stitches, you can start to work them into rounds and rows. And from there you can start on your first projects.
So now that you know the steps for learning crochet, let me help you out with the doing part!
I have a free beginners guide that gives you picture and written instructions for everything that I have outlined above. You can also join my facebook group – crochet learning corner – where you can view my recent bootcamp which was a crash course in learning and ask for help with learning. And then there are also my you tube tutorials where I also cover everything in the beginners guide.
If you’re wanting to gain more confidence with crochet you will want to consider joining the Hooked on Crochet Club. It’s an online membership that is the only one of it’s kind. Every month we provide you with projects that help you to increase your crochet skillset inside a private community. And each week there are live tutorials, with week 2 being dedicated now to a grannie square project. It’s the ideal way to improve on your crochet, which in turn brings more calm and satisfaction to your life. If you want to learn more, be sure to head on over here and add your name to the waitlist! Doors are only open a few times of year so you don’t want to to miss out.
I hope that breaks it all down for you. I’d love to help you on your crochet journey as it is such a rewarding craft and brings me so much joy to see others learn and improve on the craft.