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.
How To: Crochet A Single Crochet (UK Double 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 (UK Half Treble 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 (UK Treble 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 Crochet (UK 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 Crochet (UK 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,