Let’s Learn Crochet: The Basics

Does knitting baffle you? Even after all the helpful links I gave you in a previous post?

But you still want to attend Needles & a Movie on June 26th? Well maybe crochet will be more your style!

Aren’t they both the same thing?


Then what’s the difference?

It’s actually rather simple once you know what to look for. The most basic difference is the tool you’re using to manipulate the yarn.

When you knit, you are using two needles to form interlocking loops with the yarn in order to make your hat, scarf, blanket, Tardis, whatever.


Different Size Knitting Needles (Wikipedia)

And the stitches can look like this:


Knitting: Stockinette Stitch (Wikipedia)

In crochet, you are using ONE hook rather than needles. 

crochet hooks

Various Size Crochet Hooks (Wikipedia)

And the stitches can look like this:

Single Crochet Stitch (Wikipedia)

Single Crochet Stitch (Wikipedia)

 How do I get started crocheting?

I’m glad you asked! Remember NewStitchaDay? No? Allow me to refresh your memory. While they had a lot of helpful videos on learning to knit, they have a crochet section as well!



 That’s a lot of videos, I know, so let me break it down for you.

This is a slip knot video (no, no, not the band. This is a type of knot you make in knitting, but necessary in crochet as well.)

This is a video for the chain stitch. Chaining multiple stitches is how you create a foundation for whatever project you’re working on. Think of it like the crust on a pie. You can’t (well, you can but I don’t recommend it…) put in any pie filling without the crust as your base.

If you want methods on how to chain and do your first row at once (a little bit more complicated), visit here.

I created my chain! What do I do with it?



But let’s stick with two for now:

Single Crochet

Double Crochet

The two stitches are the basic building blocks for creating a project. The possibilities are limitless! With the power of the internet, you can do anything.

Want books with patterns in them? Visit the library on the third floor for our collection of books on crochet.

Need clarification on anything I mentioned? Have anything you’d like to add for beginner crocheters? Respond in the comments!

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