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Have you ever heard the phrase “Begin at the beginning…?” Well that’s exactly where we are headed. This post is for you new crocheters out there! Hi! Welcome! Come on in & don’t be shy!! We all started somewhere, and this is a great place to start!

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This Learn to Crochet Series was designed to do exactly that – help you learn to crochet. I myself am “self taught” as in I learned to crochet with the help of books, YouTube videos (like those you will find below!), and beginner patterns, rather than having a formal “teacher” to speak of.

I think this is a great way to learn with no pressure, at your own pace, and in your own time. A lot of us are moms and we don’t have a lot of free time to take a class or seminar, but we are eager to learn! Eager to have something to call our own – a creative outlet! For me, crochet was IT! I hope it is for your too, but if it isn’t, learning this way won’t cost you much time or money – Hooray!

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Lesson 1 is meant to teach you the very basics of Crochet. I will cover how to get a Slip Knot onto your hook and how to create a Chain. Each subsequent lesson will cover an additional stitch or technique to help you on your way to learning the basics. So come along and Learn to Crochet with me!

Already mastered the basics? Ready to move on to the next step? Follow the links below to check out my other Learn to Crochet Series, Crochet TutorialsFree Patterns, and more!


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Slip Knot

yarn on crochet hook, slip knot textCreating a Slip Knot is pretty essential since you can’t begin to crochet without one! Lucky for us, it is also pretty simple. With some practice, you will be creating your beginning slip knot with ease. Before long, you won’t even have to think about it, your fingers will just know what to do!

Start with your hook and yarn. Take the end of the yarn a few inches from the end, we’ll call this the Short End, and bring it up and under the Long End to form a loop. Make sure the loop is on the right and the ends are on the left. Insert your hook into the loop and then under the upper part of the loop. 

4 photos of crochet slip knot technique

Take the Long End and bring it over the hook, this is known as Yarn Over, carefully pull this Yarn Over through the loop with the hook, while holding both the Long End and Short Ends taught with your left hand. Pull the loop tight, and pull on the Long End until the loop is snug, but not too tight, around the hook. Slip Knot completed! You are now ready to begin your chain!

5 photos of crochet slip knot technique

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crochet chain on hookBesides creating a slip knot, learning to Chain is the next most important skill you will learn in basic crochet. Once you have your slip knot down, or at least have one on your hook, you’re ready to chain! Remember, practice makes perfect. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t master this right away. But do try, try again, because soon you will!

Begin with your Slip Knot on your hook. Holding the Short End taught, bring the Long End up and around the back of the hook, and bring the yarn around and over the front of the hook – Yarn Over. Holding both Long End and Short End taught with your left hand, pull the yarn through the loop on your hook, Chain completed! 

5 photos crochet chain technique

To form another chain, repeat the steps above. Yarn Over – bring the Long End up around the hook from the back and over the front of the hook. Catch the yarn with the hook and bring it through the Loop. Chain complete! You did it!

5 photos showing making crochet chain

Thanks so much for joining me! Looking for more advanced techniques and stitches? Check out these links. Looking for a stitch you don’t see here? Let me know what you would like to see in the comments! 

Learn to Crochet Series 

Crochet Tutorials

Free Patterns

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