How to Crochet ~ A Simple Tutorial
Crochet is very simple, and it opens up an unlimited amount of opportunities for creations. All you need is a crochet hook, yarn, and time (and some patience) 🙂 You can follow crochet patterns or create your own patterns. Crochet is basically just making loops using a hook and yarn. Depending on what pattern you use, the crochet stitches could be different. Below is an image of Stitch differences between US and UK stitches.
UK and US stitch comparison.
In this tutorial, I will show use UK stitch abbreviation. For US stitch tutorial, please click here.
How to hold a crochet hook
The crochet hook is held just like a pen (see image below).
How to crochet a slip knot and chains
Make a loop with the yarn over the hook, yarn over, and pull yarn through the loop on hook. See video how to make a slip knot.
When crochet chains, yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook until you have the desired amount of loops.
How to crochet double crochet (UK)
Insert hook into the chain or stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, yarn over again and pull yarn through both loops on hook. See image and video.
How to Half Treble Crochet
Yarn over hook, insert hook in chain or stitch, yarn over, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through all three loops on hook. See video.
How to Treble Crochet
Yarn over hook, insert hook in chain or stitch, yarn over, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through the two first loops on hook, yarn over again and pull through last two loops on hook. See image and video.
How to Double Treble Crochet
Yarn over hook twice, insert hook in chain or stitch, yarn over, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through first two loops, yarn over, pull through next to loops, yarn over again, pull through remaining two loops. See image.
What is Crochet Gauge
Crochet gauge indicates how tight or loose you crochet, and it is used to ensure that your final crochet piece is the same size as pattern intended. Crochet a block about 4 inches square and pin it to a flat surface. If your piece is bigger or smaller than the gauge indicated in the pattern, change to either a smaller or larger hook, or tighten or loosen your gauge.
What is Crochet Yarn Weight
Yarn weight is often displayed as ply where 1 ply, 2 ply, 3 ply are very fine yarn used in lace and often Irish Crochet. It is often referred to as Lace Yarn. 4 ply is superfine yarn and 5 ply is fine yarn. 8 ply is light weight yarn and 10 ply is medium weight yarn. 12 ply is bulky yarn. Using different yarn plys gives the effect to the piece you are creating, whether it is a bulky scarf of an Irish lace motif.
What is the difference between Crochet Hook Sizes in letter or numbers
US metric uses letters when displaying crochet hook size. UK uses a number, rather than a letter. The higher the letter or number, the thicker the crochet hook size.