Basic crochet tutorial

Hey everyone!

This tutorial will show you the very basics to begin to crochet. I will try to make things as clear as possible 🙂

First: what will you need? very little actually 🙂 all you need is a yarn to crochet with and a crochet hook in the right size. how do you know the right size? well, most of the times it stands on the label of the yarn. There is a difference between European  and american hooks, but you can best just follow the label.

the first thing you will do when starting to make something is to make a slip knot. this is the loop you will work with.

if you follow the pictures you will  have something that looks like this.

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and if you pull the loop, the knot will tighten and you will have this:

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voila! ready to start!

the next step is to make a chain of single crochets.

Insert the hook into the slip knot and make a loop with the yarn around the hook. if you pull the loop through the slip knot, you will make your first chain stitch. Repeat this process to make a chain of stitches.

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which will look something like this:

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The most basic stitch is the single crochet. almost everything you will make is made up out of single crochets.

you first need to make a chain and then turn. your first row of single crochets will be on top of the chain.

Just insert your hook into the loops of the previous row and make a loop with the yarn, then pull the just made loop through the loop of the previous row. now make another loop with the yarn and pull this one through the two loops remaining on the hook.

Here are some pictures to make it more clear:

here you see that i inserted the hook into the previous row and made a loop with the yarn

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here you see the result after pulling the first loop through.

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The drawn picture here is very confusing, so don’t look to much at it. The first loop on the hook is the one you make with the yarn to pull through all the other ones. the second one is the one you just made by pulling the yarn through the previous row and the third one is the loop of the previous single crochet you made. So now: just pull the first one through the second and third loop.

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and this is the result: a single crochet.

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Now there are some other variations to make other kinds of stitches. they are all of the same principle like the single crochet.

this is a double crochet.

Before you insert your hook into the previous row, you make a loop with the yarn.

Now you do the same as with the single crochet: you pull up the first loop through the previous row. now you have 3 loops left on your hook instead of 2. You make a loop with the yarn and pull it through the first two loops on the hook. still two left now. make another loop with the yarn and pull it through the final two loops on the hook.

Basically you just make 2 single crochets on top of each other.

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now you can do this also with a triple crochet (where you make 2 loops with the yarn before inserting the hook into the previous row).

or you can make a half double crochet, where you insert the hook in the previous row, make a loop with the yarn and pull it directly through all the loops on the hook. (the difference with the single crochet is that you don’t pull up the first loop made through the previous row  and then make another loop)

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so, I hope this was a little bit clear :p

here is a site where you can find more pictures and tutorials for all the different stiches: http://crochet.about.com/od/learntocrochet/tp/Crochet-Tutorials.htm

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!

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