How To: Crochet - For Beginners

Whether you're a crochet newbie or a veteran with a hook, it's always good to brush up on your crochet skills!
I've personally found that visually learning crochet stitches with the help of videos makes the process a lot easier than struggling to understand a written description.

So to help out my future crochet-a-holics I thought I'd create this post detailing all the stitches and steps you'll need in order to crochet almost any pattern.

How To: Crochet A Slip Knot
Every crochet project you begin will start with a slip knot. So here is a quick and easy way to make a slip knot using your crochet hook.

How To: Crochet A Chain Stitch
The chain stitch {abbreviated ch} is the basis for all crochet. Almost every single crochet pattern begins with a strand of chain stitches. If you’re working in rows, your first row is a series of chain stitches, which is not surprisingly called a "Foundation Chain".
If you're working in rounds, you usually just crochet a few chain stitches and join them together to create a ring.

How To: Crochet A Slip Stitch
The slip stitch {abbreviated sl st} is the flattest {and smallest} of all the crochet stitches. The slip stitch is really more of a utility stitch or a technique. You can practice this stitch by slip stitching the ends of a foundation chain to form a ring.

After crocheting a round, you'll need to slip stitch into the first stitch of the round to end that round before being able to start a new round.

You can also use a Slip Stitch to fasten off your yarn. If you cut the yarn about 6 inches (15 cm) from the hook, all you need to do is use your hook, and draw the cut end of the yarn through the last remaining loop on your hook.

How To: Crochet A Single Crochet
The single crochet (abbreviated sc) is the most fundamental of all stitches. This little crochet stitch creates a tight, dense fabric. You can use this stitch over and over again, alone or in combination with many other stitches.

How To: Crochet A Half Double Crochet
The half double crochet (abbreviated hdc) falls in between a single crochet and a double crochet in height, but instead of working off two loops at a time, you draw the yarn through three loops on the hook. It produces a fairly tight fabric similar to one made with a single crochet stitch, just slightly looser.

How To: Crochet A Double Crochet
The double crochet (abbreviated dc) is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet. You can combine the double crochet stitch with other stitches to produce many interesting patterns and textures.

How To: Crochet A Triple/Treble Crochet
The triple crochet (tr), also called a treble crochet, creates longer openings between the stitches. When you crochet a triple crochet, it produces a very loose fabric.


How To: Crochet A Double Triple/Treble Crochet
The double triple crochet (abbreviated dtr) creates a loose and holey fabric.

Hope you all enjoyed this little lesson in the art of crocheting!
Have a lovely day indulging in your new found hobby,


  1. This is really helpful! Thank you.

  2. The videos were really good and easy to follow.... but the loud music was a real distraction.
    It might have been better to have NO music, and maybe talk the viewers through the process
    of each stitch instead.

  3. Can you show how you turn to make a new row?

  4. So great! thank you, it's a really easy to follow video.

    Your triple crochet link goes to a half double crochet video - I managed to find it in your youtube channel but it would help to edit the link.

  5. Amazing! Your videos really helped me master the basic techniques! thank you so much!

  6. You are very good at this. I could see every move you made.. Most people doing these are not clear. Thank you.

  7. Can you show how you make it more than one row? The transition between the 2nd the 3rd video?

  8. Wow...this is the easiest tutorial I've found yet. Can't wait to get started. (Love the music in the background, too)

    1. So glad you found my tutorials helpful! :)

  9. Great info but how do I finish it off? Just tie it or do another foundation stitch?

  10. Really helpful but how do I get past the foundation row? So, in the subsequent videos a few rows have already been done but I would like to know how to get from the foundation row to the single crochet part?

    1. To start a new row, you always Chain either 1, 2 or 3 stitches usually. For Single and Half Double crochets you chain 1, then crochet into the 2nd chain from your hook, and crochet 1 stitch into every chain across. For Double crochets, you crochet 2 extra chains, and crochet 1 Double Crochet into the 3rd chain from your hoo, and crochet 1 Double Crochet into every chain across. For Triple Crochets, chain 3, and crochet into the 4th chain from your hook, and crochet 1 stitch into every chain across.
      Hope this helps out!

  11. Catherine that's where I'm stuck too. Olivia help?

    1. Hello,
      I've just gone ahead and answered Catherine's question, hopefully it helps you out too!