Easy crochet instructions for beginners

Crocheting is a useful and creative needlework technique that is not difficult to learn. Crocheted dishcloths are one of the most basic projects for a crocheting beginner. Once you have mastered the basics for this dishcloth project, you can quickly move on to more complicated patterns. The same basic crochet stitches are used in all patterns. These stitches are the chain and the single, double and triple crochet stitches.

Make a slipknot 2 inches from the end of the yarn on the skein. A slipknot is formed when a loop of yarn doubled over on itself and looped again. The knot can be tightened by pulling on both ends of the yarn coming from the slipknot.

Tighten the slipknot and insert the crochet hook with your right hand. Hold the skip knot at its base by pinching the knot between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand.

Grab the strand of yarn closest to the skein with the hooked end of the crochet hook. Pull the yarn through the loop of yarn on the hook to make a chain.

Repeat, moving your left hand thumb and forefinger to the base of each new chain knot to make 21 chains.

Insert the crochet hook in the second chain from the crochet hook.

Grab the yarn strand, but do not pull it through the chain. You now have two loops of yarn on the crochet hook. Grab another piece of yarn and pull it through the two loops on the hook to create a single crochet stitch.

Repeat, creating a row of 20 single crochet stitches in the 20 chains. Chain one and turn the work.

Insert the crochet hook in the top loop of the first single crochet stitch and make a single crochet stitch. Repeat, creating another row of 20 single crochet stitches.

Repeat this row 18 times, or until the length of your work matches the width of the crochet row.

End by cutting the yarn 2 inches from the last stitch, inserting the cut end of yarn in the last loop formed, and pulling tight. Weave the loose ends of the yarn through the finished stitches to complete the dishcloth.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein cotton yarn
  • Crochet hook size J
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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