The Internet is a great place to learn how to crochet. There are guides for people at every learning level that include everything from picture tutorials to written instructions to videos. The tutorial's effectiveness depends on the particular learning style of each individual; some people may be able to learn to crochet by reading a tutorial, while others may need to read the instructions and watch a video of a person properly crocheting.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Crochet hook
Choose your materials. For a person just learning to crochet, a plain, worsted weight yarn and a size G or H hook will work best. A good yarn for beginners is Red Heart Super Saver, which is a typical "crafts" yarn, and is available for a relatively low price at most craft supply stores. Plain yarn is best for learning because it has good stitch definition; this means you can see each individual stitch, making it easier to see where the next stitch should go.
Determine your learning style: visual, aural, read/write or kinesthetic. Your learning style is the way you learn best. Visual learners learn by seeing, aural learners learn by hearing, reading/writing learners learn by reading, and kinesthetic learners learn by doing. The VARK website in Resources has a questionnaire to determine your learning style.
Choose the method you would like to use. Visual learners may want to use pictorial or video tutorials; aural and kinesthetic learners may want to use video tutorials; and reading/writing learners may want to use a written tutorial.
Select your tutorial. Be careful when choosing a website; make sure it looks reliable or has reviews to be certain it will be a quality tutorial. Begin with the chain stitch, as it is the foundation of every crochet stitch. Most chain stitch tutorials should explain the very basics of crocheting. Once the chain stitch is mastered, move on to the single crochet stitch. A list of chain stitch tutorials is available in the Resources section. More tutorials can be found at websites such as CrochetPatternCentral.com and BeginnerCrocheting.com.
Watch or read the tutorial all the way through once without trying to crochet along with it. Allowing yourself to read or view the tutorial in its entirety shows you everything you will need to know before you start. This way, if you have any questions, they may be answered later in the tutorial.
Watch or read the tutorial again, this time crocheting along with the tutorial. Because you have watched or read it once, it should be easier to keep up with the tutorial yourself. If using a picture tutorial, try to match your crochet to each picture before moving on to the next. With video tutorials, pause the video each time the person makes a significant move, such as wrapping the yarn over the hook or putting the hook through a stitch, and try to match the image in the video. Keep practicing simple stitches until you have mastered them, then move on to more complicated ones.
Learning to Crochet
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