Hi friends! Today I have a very basic video to get you started in crochet! Like anything it can seem intimidating to look at a complex garment or pattern but when you take it stitch by stitch it’s easy. In today’s video I will go through the basic stitches slowly and below the video you will see an index of the time each stitch or technique appears so if you need to return to that stitch you can find it easily.
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*Please note in this video I am using American crochet terms. I will put British pattern crochet terms in parentheses below next to the American term. How can you tell if a pattern is uses American or British terms? If you see a Single Crochet (SC) in a pattern it is an American pattern. If a pattern asked you to “miss” a stitch rather than “skipping” a stitch there is a good chance it’s British.
Time Stamped Techniques:
1. How to read a yarn label: 2:37
2. What end of the yarn to use: 4:49
3. How to make a slip knot: 5:31
4. CH=How to make do the chain stitch aka foundation chain 6:11 (same in UK)
5. SC=Single Crochet 8:49 (in UK Double Crochet)
6. HDC=Half Double Crochet 12:50 (In UK Half Treble Crochet)
7. DC=Double Crochet 15:17 (in UK Treble Crochet)
8. TR=Treble Crochet 18:14 (in UK Double Treble Crochet)
9. Fasten off 22:27 *After fastening off you would use a yarn needle to weave in the ends but the ends can also be used for stitching up seams or sewing on embellishments so I wait until a project is complete before weaving in ends.
10. Slip Stitch 22:50 (same in UK) *This versatile stitch can be used to connect pieces of crochet fabric, join rounds or neatly finish the edge of a project. Here it is shown in a contrasting color but if you want to camouflage wobbly edges of a scarf than use the color your made the scarf with. You can use this same technique to add novelty yarn trim to any knit or crochet project too!
11. Magic Ring or Magic loops technique for flowers, rosettes or starting rounds 24:36
12. Changing yarn colors 27:03
13. Bonus Tip, to make a flower work a pattern of short-tall-short stitches in a single stitch. Repeat around ring. 27:38
14. Traditional way to make a loop to begin a round using a chain and slip stitch 30:05
Now you have the basics! You can use a combination of these stitches to create elaborate patterns and laces for lots of toys, garments and accessories! The only limit is your imagination.
Ready for more? Here are a few more tutorials you might find useful!
- Knitting 101
- How to Crochet Flowers (excuse the really old video!)
- Tunisian Crochet (AKA the Afghan stitch)
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