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..

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The second video explains how to make the chain stitch – the foundation of crochet.

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Next, in two parts, is how to make the single crochet stitch, and begin a scarf sampler to practice on.

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The second part of how to do the single crochet stitch is here

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Next I tackled half double crochet with these videos in three parts

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Part 2 of Half-Double crochet
Part 3 of Half-Double crochet

By now you should be getting into it.. this could become addictive! The next two videos cover how to make the double crochet stitch.

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Part 2 of Double crochet

Ok.. head hurting yet? The last two videos cover how to make the treble crochet stitch

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Part 2 of Treble crochet

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!)

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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!