Hello! Would you like to learn how to crochet? The pages linked below contain my explanations, advice, photos, and diagrams, augmented by links to additional verbal, photographic, and video instructions. All pages also have patterns and links to patterns suitable for practicing. I will continue to add links, revise local material, and improve navigation whenever I see an opportunity. In the interest of making this useful to people who want to drop in here or there rather than work start to finish, there is a bit of repetition of information. Abbreviations and pattern conventions will be introduced along the way, but visit my Crochet Reference page to get the whole list.
There’s a great quick lesson in crochet by Stacie Naczelnik if you want something more streamlined. I’m looking into a more choose-your-own-adventure style organization for my pages, which will streamline them, but that’s a long ways off.
If you have a favorite online instructional resource please tell me about it; please also let me know if you find this useful, and even more so if you think it’s a near miss and have a suggestion for improving it. Good luck!
Table of Contents:
Quick links for my in-person students: these are one or two of my favorite links for the topics we cover in class, in the order we cover them.
Part 1: slip knot and chain stitch diagrams; chain stitch video (also discusses yarn tension and holding the hook); slip stitch diagrams; slip stitch video; single crochet video; stepwise increasing diagrams and stepwise decreasing diagrams.
Part 2: single crochet decrease diagrams; single crochet decrease video; double crochet video; double crochet increase at start of row diagrams; double crochet increase in middle of row diagrams; double crochet decrease video; changing yarn at end of row video; changing yarn in middle of row video
Main external resources:
Annie’s Attic has a lot of crochet pages with straightforward verbal explanations, diagrams, and videos.
Crochet Geek, and particularly The Art of Crochet by Teresa, has a series of videos that cover one stitch at a time. The quality of the explanation and audio is uneven, but they are good for visual learners because they show a lot of footage of crocheting, some in slow motion. Some videos are also in lefty form.
The “For Dummies” books have a companion webpage with in depth explanations of a range of stitches and other crochet topics.
Knit Simple Magazine Crochet 101 doesn’t cover a lot, but what it does cover it does well.
Finally, Tamara Kelly’s (Mooglyblog’s) YouTube videos are terrific, and also give you a chance to see the rare pencil-hold crocheter in action.