The Beginners Guide to Crochet

Ever wonder what crochet is, or how to get started? Keep reading!

This image shows a group of wooden crochet hooks in a green velvet pocket.

When I first learned how to crochet I was 9 years old from my grandma and at first I wasn’t great and had the attention span of a goldfish. I attempted to make a baby blanket for my sister who was about to be born and I got about 5 ” through it and gave up, she’s now 10 and that blanket is still sitting in a box somewhere unfinished. After the baby blanket attempt, I kept crocheting on and off but I didn’t really fall in love with it. I created a facebook page for my crochet when I was about 12 but didn’t really stick with it.

At the beginning of last year, I picked up my hook again and decided to start an Instagram for my crochet business, and shortly after an Etsy shop. This was the moment I really fell in love with crochet. Crocheting opened me up to a huge community of yarn-loving makers who are so amazingly supportive and encouraging. The community crocheting brought me to was so inspiring and uplifting

What is Crochet?

So what is crochet?

The dictionary definition is: a handicraft in which yarn is made up into a patterned fabric by looping yarn with a hooked needle “a crochet hook”

But crochet is so much more to me. It is a way to relieve stress, to express myself, to create anything I can thing of with some yarn and a hook. Crocheting is a hobby, a business, a livelihood. When I spend too long away from yarn I feel like I’m losing a part of myself. Crochet is so much more than something a grandma does, but when I’m a grandma that’s exactly what I’ll be doing too.

Also, I feel like I have to mention crochetingknitting!

This is crocheting!

This image shows two hands crocheting a stitch.

This is knitting!

This image shows two hands knitting to illustrate the difference between crochet and knit.

Knitting is done with 2 knitting needles and crocheting is done with 1 hook.

How to get started crocheting

To get started crocheting there are only a few things that you need:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Once you’ve got these things on hand I suggest heading over to YouTube, there are tons of helpful videos and tutorials that can help you learn how to crochet. I have learned many new techniques and stitches by searching YouTube. I plan on starting a beginner series on YouTube myself so stay tuned for some super beginner crochet tutorials!

Here’s a good place to start! Super beginner tutorials for how to crochet are the best because they get down to the basics of crochet.

Tips for Success in Learning how to Crochet

  • Don’t give up! It is super hard in the beginning when you learn any new craft and as much as it may seem cliche its true, don’t give up!
  • Practice consistently, I have had 10+ years of practice to get where I’m at currently in my skill level and I continue to practice and learn more every day
  • Learn in the way you understand best (visual, audial, etc.)
  • Phone a friend 😉 Don’t be afraid to ask for help or attend an in person class

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Crocheting

Crocheting is pretty simple when you get down to its bones, a few simple stitched some yarn and a hook can get you really far. These simple stitches such as the single crochet or half-double crochet can be combined in a variety of ways to make scarves, blankets, headbands and more!

So now you know some of the basics, what are you waiting for?! Head to your local craft store and pick up some yarn and a hook and get to it! 😉

If you already crochet or want to, what inspired you to learn?

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