Crochet 101: Beginner’s Tutorial Videos provides written and easy-to-follow video tutorials for learning to crochet. Learn to read a pattern and more!


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It’s January 2012, I’m in bed for weeks with pneumonia, and I’m bored. I’m well enough to get around a little bit, but only for short periods of time. Might as well learn something while I’m laying around recovering.

The beautiful yarns in the craft department at Walmart are always catching my eye. My great-grandmother taught me some crochet when I was a little girl. Since I have nothing but time,  I decide to use some of my precious energy to go to Walmart. I get a skein of cheap yarn and a package of crochet hooks. Arriving home, I crawl back into bed with my purchases and search YouTube for crochet tutorials.

I find what I’m looking for, start the video, and it begins to come back to me.

But I’m a little frustrated. While the video tutorial is adequate and I do learn, I don’t understand why the maker of the video doesn’t use a big, bulky yarn and a big hook. The medium-weight yarn and 4.25mm-sized hook she’s using for the demonstration are kind of hard to see. Plus, she’s making her stitches pretty quickly. I’m wishing she’d slow down so I can follow along better. Sadly, this is the case for all the crochet tutorials I find at this time on YouTube.

But I get it figured out.

Now that I’m pretty good at crochet, I remember the frustrations I had with the video tutorials I used. Since so many of my friends and relatives are expressing an interest in learning to crochet, I’m creating video tutorials. And I’m doing them a little differently.

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Crochet 101: Beginner’s Tutorial Videos

In my Crochet 101 tutorial videos, I’m using a super-bulky #6-sized yarn and a large 12mm-sized hook. It’s important to see up close how the stitches are made. Crocheting requires learning some manual dexterity until you get used to it. Holding the hook and yarn feels weird at first. Like learning to color with big, fat crayons when we were kids, learning to crochet with a big-fat yarn and hook is easier. It’s easier to see and easier to manually manage until you’re comfortable with the method.

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I also make sure I’m going very slowly as I make the stitches in my videos. Learning to make the stitches is so much easier if you can just follow along rather than pause the video and then try it. There is one video for each stitch, or crochet (the words are interchangeable) so you can learn at your own pace. Master the foundation chain, before moving to the single crochet (or stitch). Master the single crochet before moving on to the double crochet. And so on.

In short, I make my crochet video tutorials in a way that makes it as easy as possible to learn.

Materials Needed to Start Learning from Crochet 101: Beginner’s Tutorial Videos

To follow along with this tutorial series ending in making a simple infinity scarf that is 6 inches wide and 60 inches long, you’ll need two skeins of super-bulky size 6 yarn. I’m using in the videos Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick yarn. Heartland Thick & Quick is so soft and pretty. It’s easy for a beginner to handle and your project will work up quickly.

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Approximately 145 yards of yarn is needed to complete the scarf, and each skein of Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick yarn contains 125 yards of yarn. Don’t be intimidated by making a scarf right away. A scarf is just a potholder you make really long and you get to wear it and impress your friends!! ?

You also need a size 12mm (aka size P or PQ) crochet hook. Crochet hooks come in plastic, wood, and metal. My 12mm hook is plastic, but you can get whatever material works for you.

JOANN carries Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick Yarn. Here are yarn color links for all the Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick colors available at JOANN. If you would like to shop all brands of super-bulky size 6 yarns, clicking the green text below will take you to JOANN’s needlecraft section.

Shop JOANN for the most complete selection of yarn and thread, needle art kits, and crochet supplies! 

How to Read a Basic Crochet Pattern and Create Basic Crochet Stitches

The crochet stitches listed in this pattern are for beginners. I’m leaving off the advanced crochet stitches so learning the abbreviations isn’t overwhelming.

Abbreviations for Crochet Stitches:

ch = chain
sp = space
ch sp = chain space
sl = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
beg = begin
cont = continue
ea = each
hk = hook
st (s) = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over
patt = pattern

Here is a very simple example of a written crochet pattern using only a foundation chain and single crochet stitches and how to read it:

Foundation: Ch 10 sts, turn.
ROW 1: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hk and ea ch across, turn.
ROW2: Ch 1, sc in ea st across, turn.
Rep ROW 2 to cont patt.

Read the above this way:

Foundation: Chain 10 stitches, then turn over.
ROW 1: Chain 1, single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across the row, turn over.
ROW 2: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch across the row, turn over.
Repeat Row 2 to continue the pattern.

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This is an infinity scarf I made a few years ago using Lion Brand Heartland Yarn (medium weight) in Joshua Tree (the green color listed above). The stitch is called Basket Weave. I embellished the scarf with some antique buttons I found at a thrift store. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

Here is a more complex pattern using a foundation chain, single crochet, and double crochet:

Foundation: Ch 10 sts, turn.
ROW 1: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hk and ea ch across, turn.
ROW 2: Ch 2, dc in ea st across, turn.
ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in ea st across, turn.
Rep Rows 2-3 to cont patt.

Read the above this way:

Foundation: Chain 10 stitches, then turn over.
ROW 1: Chain 1, single crochet in 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across the row, then turn.
ROW 2: Chain 2, double crochet in each stitch across the row, then turn.
ROW 3: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch across the row, then turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 to continue the pattern.

YouTube Videos Showing How to Create Crochet Stitches

In addition to reading a pattern, click on the images below to watch the videos on my YouTube channel to learn how to create specific stitches. You’ll learn how to create make a foundation chain, a single crochet stitch, and a double crochet stitch.

Crochet 101: The Tutorial Series Continues

In addition, coming up in the next few weeks are more videos showing you how to make various crochet stitches, and I’ll walk you through making that simple infinity scarf using the skills learned here. In the meantime, your assignment (should you choose to accept it) ? is to watch the videos here and practice the stitches. I’m here if you have any questions!!

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