Crochet Tutorials

Learn to crochet with these crochet tutorials. Most of these are photo tutorials, but some also include a video tutorial. Included here are basic crochet stitch tutorials, as well as more advanced techniques.

These tutorials are perfect for beginners to learn how to crochet, as well as for advanced crocheters looking for a new technique.

Is It Hard To Learn To Crochet?

No, crocheting is not hard to learn. However, it can be awkward at first until you get the hang of holding your hook and yarn. Once you’re comfortable with that, learning different stitches is not hard.

Then after that, it’s simply a matter of starting simple and working your way up.

What Should I Learn First When Crocheting?

The first step is learning how to start the crochet project. You’ll need to learn how to tie a slip knot, which is a common way to start projects whether they are worked in rows or in rounds. Projects that are worked in the round can also be started with a magic circle.

Another basic step is to make your starting chain, which is a simple matter of wrapping the working yarn over the hook and pulling it through the loop that is on your hook.

Next, you’re ready to learn your basic crochet stitches. The single crochet stitch is the easiest stitch to learn. Other basic stitches include the extended single crochethalf double crochet, double crochet and the triple crochet, also known as a treble crochet stitch.

Reading Crochet Patterns

Learning to read crochet patterns is also beneficial because it will put you on the road to independence where you can pick up a pattern and crochet anything you want! You should also take some time in getting familiar with crochet abbreviations, as most written patterns use them.

Stitch Markers

Another useful thing to know is the use of stitch markers! When learning to crochet, it is often difficult to see where your stitches are. It can be tricky to see where the first and last stitches are in the rows or rounds; so placing markers can help to take the guess work out. You don’t have to buy fancy markers, some use safety pins and others simply use yarn scraps to make their marks.

Choosing Your Yarn

An acrylic worsted weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook are the easiest to learn with. Red Heart Super Saver is an excellent yarn to learn with not only because is it worsted weight, but also because you can rip it out multiple times before it comes out all funny and frayed.

If you like to start off with a thread or a super bulky yarn, you can, but it might be a bit more difficult for you to learn.

The only type of yarns that I would recommend you stay away from during your first few projects are fuzzy yarns and eyelash yarns.

Choosing Your First Patterns

When choosing your very first project, go for something with no shaping. That means all stitches are worked evenly across the rows, like in a scarf or in a blanket or dishcloth.

Another thing to avoid for your first few projects is color changes. Although they are easy to do, it can sometimes become awkward, which in turn might be overwhelming for beginners.

Free Patterns to Get You Started

Crochet Ribbing

Crochet Ribbing

Learn how to make a simple single crochet ribbing. The tutorial also shows how to join the ribbing, how to work along the edges, as well as how to attach crochet vertical ribbing as you go.

How to Make Crochet Bag Handles

How to Make Crochet Bag Handles

This video tutorial demonstrates how to make crochet handles for bags. It is an easy technique that can be used on any stitch pattern and any sized bag.

How to Single Crochet

How to Single Crochet

Crochet video tutorial demonstrating step by step on how to make a single crochet stitch (sc).

Crochet Cross Stitch – Another Variation ~ Video Tutorial

Crochet Cross Stitch – Another Variation ~ Video Tutorial

There are many variations, but all concepts are basically the same. This video demonstrates how to make the crochet cross stitch. Although there are many variations of this crochet stitch; the concept is pretty much the same as you skip one or more stitches and then you go back and crochet into the skipped stitches….

How to Crochet the CNC Seasonal Stripes

How to Crochet the CNC Seasonal Stripes

How to Crochet the CNC Seasonal Stripes ~ A photo tutorial on how to crochet front post stitches on top of each other to create a beautiful stitch and color pattern.

The CNC Pretty Simple Stitch

The CNC Pretty Simple Stitch

The pretty simple stitch is truly simple and mindless to crochet, yet elegant enough for just about any crocheted project. In all of the patterns published, the stitch is worked in the round. I once tried working it in rows, but the pretty texture and lacy effect just wasn’t there. So in the round it…

Alternating Between the Front and Back Loops

Alternating Between the Front and Back Loops

This crochet photo tutorial is for Alternating Between the Front and Back Loops. The stitch pattern is very easy and can be incorporated into any project that is worked in the rounds.

Invisible Crochet Join

Invisible Crochet Join

Crochet tutorial for making the Invisible Crochet Join. The join is a bit more time consuming, but perfect for when you want a nice clean edge.

Crocheting Into the Back Bump

Crocheting Into the Back Bump

Crochet tutorial showing how to crochet into the back bump of your starting chains. It’s a nice technique for keeping the top and the bottom of the stitches looking the same.

Crochet Bullion Stitch

Crochet Bullion Stitch

Learn how to crochet the bullion stitch, also known as the roll stitch. With a bit of patience and lots of practice the stitch is not hard to make at all.

Cross Stitch Variation

Cross Stitch Variation

This is a photo tutorial of the cross stitch that I used in my crossing over patterns. So far I have published the Crossing Over Cowl and the Crossing Over Beanie. And a few more patterns are coming soon that use the same stitch. Hope you will enjoy the free patterns and hopefully the tutorial below will be of help.

How to Crochet Interlocked Stitches

How to Crochet Interlocked Stitches

Interlocked crochet is great for scarves and cowls, belts, market bags and who know what else! The fabric is totally different than regular crocheted fabric due to the amount of loops it contains. You can basically shrink it down to nothing or expand it super wide.

Crochet Button

Crochet Button

This crocheted button is perfect for holding things in place. It can be crocheted up in a worsted weight yarn or in a size three crochet thread. Both do the job and look great!

Picot Lace Stitch Tutorial

Picot Lace Stitch Tutorial

A tutorial showing how to crochet a picot lace that I’ve used in some of my baby patterns. The stitch is fairly easy and adds a nice texture and lace to the fabric.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch

Crochet Butterfly Stitch

A photo tutorial showing how to crochet the butterfly stitch. The stitch is perfect for adding a bit of lace to any crochet project.

How to Crochet Around Loops

How to Crochet Around Loops

A photo tutorial showing how to crochet around loops to create beautiful crocheted fabric. Also, see some variations as to what different chain lengths look like.

Standing Crochet Stitches

Standing Crochet Stitches

A photo tutorial on how to make standing crochet stitches. Standing stitches in crochet are an alternative to making your chains at the beginning of each row or round. They are not only much quicker, but much neater as well. And best of all, unlike your chains, the standing crochet stitches blend in beautifully with the other stitches.

How to Crochet a Magic Circle

How to Crochet a Magic Circle

A photo tutorial showing how to crochet the magic circle, also known as the magic ring. It’s a great way to start your crochet projects for a nice tight center.

How to Make the Puff Stitch

This is a short tutorial on how to make the puff stitch. The stitch looks great in lacy designs and is also suitable for winter accessories and other clothing and accessories.

How to Crochet the Popcorn Stitch

How to Crochet the Popcorn Stitch

This is a written and video tutorial on how to crochet the popcorn stitch. The popcorn stitch is an intermediate crochet stitch, however, it is fairly easy to make.

How to Crochet an Infinity Cowl

How to Crochet an Infinity Cowl

A photo tutorial showing how to crochet an infinity cowl. The cowl is crocheted with a half twist in the chains and worked in a continuous round until complete.

How to Make the Cross Stitch in Crochet

How to Make the Cross Stitch in Crochet

A photo tutorial showing how to make the cross stitch in crochet. This tutorial shows how to make the crossed double crochet and also gives brief details on how to make the crossed half double crochet and the crossed triple crochet.

How to Crochet Around a CD

How to Crochet Around a CD

This is a short picture tutorial on how to crochet around a cd. This method is suitable for any type of yarn including crochet thread.