I’ve been learning to crochet this weekend – inspired by friends, and also by looking at all the amazing craft blogs online. If you fancy giving it a go, you may want to check out these great beginners tutorials. I found these very clear and helpful videos by a lady called Beth, whose crochet website you can find here. It’s really worth following the videos carefully, step by step and in order – and if Beth tells you to practise 7 rows then do it!
The first video covers how to hold the hook, how to hold the yarn to get the right tension and how to make a slip knot. At first I found holding the yarn the trickiest bit – it just goes all baggy and slips off. Hmmm, well I need to practise..
The second video explains how to make the chain stitch – the foundation of crochet.
Next, in two parts, is how to make the single crochet stitch, and begin a scarf sampler to practice on.
The second part of how to do the single crochet stitch is here
Next I tackled half double crochet with these videos in three parts
By now you should be getting into it.. this could become addictive! The next two videos cover how to make the double crochet stitch.
Ok.. head hurting yet? The last two videos cover how to make the treble crochet stitch
Putting it all together – How to make a Loopy Flower
After more or less learning all the stitches above, I wanted to make something other than random little practise chains and loops. I found this video by Teresa from http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/. She talks a bit faster than Beth, and I had to keep stopping the video to see exactly what’s happening, but still it’s easier than a lot of flower instructions i’ve looked at. She has loads of great videos on her youtube channel here. I’ll post a picture of my efforts later (if it turns out ok!)
By now you should be able to crochet the basics, and if you’re anything like me you’ll also have sore eyes and a headache… Enjoy!