How to crochet: Easy beginner’s guide

Our simple beginner’s guide will teach you the basics even if you think you have two left hands!

Crocheting is a friendly craft. If you make a mistake it will be the easiest thing in the world to untangle the stitches and it won’t ruin the design. Once you’ve developed a muscle memory, crocheting can actually be a relaxing pastime.

A crochet ball is a perfect gateway project. Once you are comfortable with the process, you can expand the pattern to make larger balls. You can even change the pattern to crochet doll parts. A crochet ball is great for many activities, be it juggling or bowling. It can be a stress ball or a decorative ornament.

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Make a bowl of balls! Source: supplied.

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What you need:

  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • 3-ply yarn
  • scissors
  • Fill hobby
  • Safety pin
  • Large eye needle

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What you will need. Source: supplied.

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Remarks:

There are two crochet systems – US and UK. The crochet stitches in each system are exactly the same, but in some cases have different names. For this project I am referring to the US system.

When following the sample instructions, use a pencil to mark a step once you have completed it. I also recommend doing a full lap before taking a break so you don’t lose your position.

Find a comfortable balance in your stitch sizes. If your stitches are too tight it will be difficult to get the hook through the chains.

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Freeze the video as many times as you need. Source: supplied.

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Basic crochet stitches

Step 1. Getting started with a slip-knot – wrap the twine around two fingers. Pull the thread through the finger loop. Hook into the loose loop. Pull the end of the thread to tighten the loop around the hook.

Step 2. Chain Stitch – Keep the thread end taut if there is already a slip knot loop on the hook. Thread over hooks, from right to left. Pull the hook through the original loop on the hook. This is the first chain stitch. Add more chain stitches for the width you want.

Step 3. Single crochet – insert the hook in the next chain stitch. Thread over the hook and pull back through the chain stitch. There are now two loops on the hook. Thread over the hook and pull through the two loops. Continue the single crochet for each chain stitch on the row.

Step 4. Increase stitch – hook into the next chain stitch. Thread over the needle and pull back through the chain stitch. There are now two loops on the hook. Thread over the hook and pull through the two loops. Hook in the same chain stitch. Thread over the needle and pull back through the chain stitch. There are now two loops on the hook. Thread over the needle and pull through the chain stitch.

Step 5. Invisible decrease in stitches – hook into the front loop of the chain stitch. Hook into the front loop of the next chain stitch. There are now three loops on the hook. Thread over the hook and pull through the first two loops. Thread over the hook and pull through the second two loops.

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These make great decorative items. Source: supplied.

Crochet a ball

Step 1. Make a slip knot, then chain 2 stitches. Make 6 single crochets in the final chain. This creates a magical circle. Use a safety pin to mark your current location. Continue to use the safety pin to mark your position at the end of each full lap.

Step 2. Round 1: increase 1 in each chain. You now have 12 stitches.

Round 2: Single crochet in the next chain stitch, then increase in the following chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Round 3: Fixed crochet in the next 2 chain stitches, then increase in the following chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Round 4: double crochets in the next 3 chain stitches, then increase in the following chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Step 3. Rounds 5-8: Work four full rounds with no further increases.

Step 4.

Round 9: double crochets in the next 3 chain stitches, then invisible Decrease the following chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Round 10: double crochets in the next 2 chain stitches, then invisible Decrease the following chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Round 11: Single crochet in the next chain stitch, then invisible Decrease the following chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Step 5. Fill the ball with hobby filling.

Step 6. Round 12: Invisible decrease in the following chain. Repeat this pattern for a full round.

Step 7. Cut the yarn, making sure it is a long length. Tie the last loop and pull tight to keep the twine from coming apart. Using a needle, pull the yarn through the front of each loop for a full round. Pull the thread tight to close the hole. Thread the yarn into the skein and cut off the excess.

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