Crochet 101 – Getting Started
Holding the hook
Most people hold the hook like a pencil, as shown below:
Crochet usually starts with a slip knot. To make one:
- Make a loop of wool around your fingers
- Pull a second loop through the first
- Pull tight and adjust loop to the right size (to fit your hook)
This is the most simple crochet stitch, but is an essential part of nearly all types of crochet.
Start with a slip knot.
1. Loop the wool over the hook (yo)
You now have 2 loops on your hook
2. Pull the new loop through the original one
You are left with 1 loop, and have made 1 chain stitch
Your finished chain should look similar to ‘finger knitting’ but more consistent, as using a hook means stitches should always be a similar size.
Joining a chain with a slip stitch:
Push the hook through the middle of the first chain made
Make a loop of wool over the hook, and pull through the original loops, leaving the new loop on the hook and joining the start and end of the chain together, creating a circle.
Ch – chain stitch (eg 3ch means 3 chain stitches)
Yo (also written yoh) – Yarn over hook –looping the wool over the hook to create a new loop
Practicing chain and slip stitches – a Little Flower:
Start with a slipknot
Chain 15, and join with a slip stitch
*(chain 7, miss 2 stiches, slip stitch in next stitch)
repeat from * 4 times