Learn to Crochet by Amy Denham

Introduction

Crocheting is something that I love to do. I find it relaxing, creatively fulfilling, and a good source of gift ideas for friends and family. Many times I've worn something that I've made at work or in public and have had people express astonishment that I made it myself. I made this website to show everyone that it really is not that difficult to make beautiful things if you put forth just a bit of effort to learn the most basic crocheting stitches.

The video below gives you some idea of the work I've done, as well as some ideas of other projects that you might be able to complete if you learn the stitches on this page.

So, let's get started. I have four video tutorials that cover:

The Chain Stitch

The Single Crochet Stitch

The Double Crochet Stitch

The Slip Stitch

Three of the stitches on this page are used in the popular granny square pattern, which is a fun pattern for beginners to try since you can make anything from a decorative square to a hat to a full afghan with it.

Lesson One: The Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is the basic, foundational stitch to just about every crocheting project. In patterns, this stitch is abbreviated as ch. If you want to make a simple scarf, for example, you would likely begin with a chain of stitches the length of either the short or the long side of the scarf.

Watch the video below to see how it's done.

Lesson Two: The Single Crochet Stitch

The single crochet is another basic stitch that is essential to many, many crochet patterns. You could make a scarf, a hat, even an entire afghan out of these small, functional stitches. This stitch is abbreviated as sc in patterns.

Watch the video below to learn how to make a single crochet stitch.

Lesson Three: The Double Crochet Stitch

This is where things get fun. The double crochet stitch is taller than the single crochet stitch, but the techniques involved are the same. Since it's taller it means that items are finished more quickly than if you used solely single crochet stitches. This stitch may be difficult to master at first, but once you get the hang of it you will be whipping crocheted items up in no time. The ever-popular granny square uses this stitch, so if you learn it you can make all sorts of great items. This stitch is abbreviated as dc in patterns.

Watch and learn how to do this stitch.

Lesson Four: The Slip Stitch

The slip stitch is important for joining if you are crocheting outward in rows, and also to get your yarn easily from one place to another if you are crocheting something that's irregular in shape (such as a hat with earflaps). This stitch is abbreviated as sl in patterns.

Watch the video to see how the slip stitch is done.