Learning to Crochet – Lesson 1

In this lesson you will learn what basic supplies you need to start, and a couple simple stitches to be able to make your first crochet project!

To start crocheting you need a crochet hook, some yarn, an embroidery needle, and some scissors. So far I’ve realized that the most standard crochet hook size is either H (5mm), or I (5.5mm). The majority of crochet patterns will use one of those, so I would suggest purchasing one to start off with. I started off with my trusty H hook about 10 years ago and now my collection is quite a bit bigger, but that is still my most used hook!

My favorite yarn to use is Caron Simply Soft. When I started making real projects I would go to the closest store where I could find yarn (Walmart) and Caron SS would always be the softest yarn I could find there. I’ve since moved to a place that has several different craft stores where I can find some super soft Lion Brand, Red Heart, and even some store brands that are super soft. They might be a little more expensive to get soft yarn, but it’s easier to work with and the end project just seems so much nicer. 

Up until recently, about a year ago, I wasn’t using an embroidery needle to tie in my ends. I would just weave the little yarn tails back through the work using my crochet hook. That would work well enough, but using the embroidery needle makes it so much easier and it ends up looking nicer and the ends stay where they need to be a lot better. 

So let’s get into this! We’re going to start off just making a square. My goal is to make a bunch of different squares so in the end you can put them together and have a nice blanket. To start, grab your yarn and your hook.

To start you will need to do a slip knot. To make a slip knot you will lay the end of your yarn out, and pull the yarn around and set it on top. Then take the tail and lay it over the loop you just made, and then take the hook and gently put it through the loop, grabbing the tail. Hold the tail and the other length of yarn and pull up with your hook.

Now that you have your slip knot, lets work on your chain! To chain, hold on to the tail and with your hook, grab on to the the yarn and pull through. Try practicing this a couple times to get a good feel of how to do it. It took me a while to have good consistent tension.

When you feel confident enough in your tension abilities, lets work on today’s square. Start with your chain of 20, add one, and then we can work on single crochet. This is one of the easiest crochet stitches. You stick your hook through the stitch from the row below it, grab on to the yarn, pull it through. You should have 2 loops on your hook. Grab the yarn again with your hook and pull that through both of the loops. That’s your first single crochet!

Continue that across until you have 20 single crochet stitches. This is your first row! Once you’re at the end of the row, chain 1 and turn. The chain 1 in some patterns is used as the first stitch, and sometimes it’s not. The pattern will usually tell you though, so don’t worry. Here it’s not used as a stitch.

Once you turned you can repeat the first row until you have 20 rows altogether. Once you’re done, cut the yarn at about 5 inches from the square. You want to have a nice long piece to be able to weave it into your project. Take your embroidery needle and work it through the project and trim any little pieces off. You want to make sure though, that you work enough of it into the project so it doesn’t come out and unravel. It would really stink if you worked really really hard on something and then it all fell apart the first time you used it! (I speak from experience….)

So there you have it, your very first crochet project! If you want to, you can make a couple of these and use them as coasters, or make a really long one and it can be a scarf! Or you can keep it set aside to make a blanket with all the squares.

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