The resource below will explain different part of basic crochet knowledge including what a crochet hook is, crochet abbreviations, simple crochet stitches and more so you will be able to start your first crochet project with confidence! All you need to do is add yarn!
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Be sure to check the links to see a more detailed post about each technique. As a beginner, you will learn about basic crochet knowledge & even learn how to crochet a scarf!
What is Crochet?
Crochet is the art of creating fabric by looping yarn with a crochet hook.
What is a Crochet Hook?
A crochet hook is a tool used to form all crochet stitches. The different parts of a crochet hook are below. Familiarize your self with the hook and the parts before you read down below. You can learn more about the different types of crochet hooks in the RPD crochet hook guide.
Crochet abbreviations are a way to shorten a crochet stitch in patterns. Many designers, publishers, and companies will use abbreviations when referring to crochet stitches. Learn more about crochet abbreviations that are good for beginners to know.
Beginner Crochet Techniques
Chain Stitch (CH): a simple crochet stitch that often forms the foundation of what crochet stitches are worked into during projects.
- Make a slip knot.
- Insert hook into slip knot point first, bring yarn over the shaft of the hook from back to front and grab it with the throat of the hook.
- Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto the hook. This movement will make one chain stitch
- Repeat Steps two and three until you have the desired number of stitches for a pattern. One loop will remain on hook.
Turning Chains: a chain made at the start of a row with your hook to bring the yarn up to the height of the next row. Learn more about how to chain “here.”
Single Crochet (SC):
- Insert hook from front to back in the center of the second chain from the hook.
- Bring the yarn over (YO) the hook and pull the yarn back through the chain from back to front (2 loops on hook).
- YO and pull through both loops on the hook.
- Learn more about the single crochet stitch.
Weaving in Yarn Ends
A method used to secure & hide yarn tails by stitching them through a crochet project.
- Attach cut yarn end to the yarn needle and weave horizontally across your work.
- Change directions and then weave yarn vertically in the opposite direction before cutting off the yarn with scissors close to the project.
Gauge in Crochet
Gauge is a measure of how many stitches and rows fit a length of a crocheted piece (usually 4 inches) that indicate the size of each stitch. If you get more stitches than the pattern’s gauge, that means your crochet is too tight, If you get fewer stitches than the pattern, your crochet is too loose.
Expert Tip: Make sure gauge is followed for a perfectly shaped piece.
Joining Yarn in Crochet
Joining yarn is the method of entering a new ball of yarn when you’ve crocheted to the end of your current thread. Learn about joining yarn / changing colors in crochet “here“.
After you are familiar with the terms and resources above then you are ready to make your very own crochet scarf!
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