How to Crochet for Beginners – Easy and Simple Tutorial by Naztazia


Hi my name is Donna from the naztazia.com My good friends at allfreecrochet.com have asked me to do a
tutorial video on the basics of crochet. This video is designed for the absolute
beginner but can be used by other crocheters to review basic techniques. This video is video number one of a
two-part series. The first thing to do is visit your
local craft store to purchase yarn and a crochet hook. The best yarn to get when
you’re first starting out is a 100-percent acrylic yarn in worsted
weight in preferably not too dark but not too bright of a color. i highly recommend when you are first
starting to use aluminum crochet hook in size H (5mm). The stitches and techniques used
in this video will help you create this basic dishcloth. Place the crochet hook
in your right hand even if you happen to be left-handed.
Next, place your thumb and index finger on the flattened part of the crochet
hook. Wrap your remaining fingers around the lower half of the crochet hook. Next we have to create the first loop in
the yarn. Wrap the yarn around your left index finger in a clockwise manner. When
you get to the top insert that yarn underneath the existing
yarn already on your finger. Grab the yarn and pull it through to
form a loop. Now we need to insert the crochet hook
into the loop. Take the yarn end to pull on it and gently tighten the loop around
the hook. Holding the yarn gently in your left hand, raise your index finger to
support the yarn. Put your thumb and middle finger near the bottom of the
first loop to support it. The chain usually starts off every
crochet pattern. Move your crochet hook under then over
the yarn – catch it on the hook and pull it through. Continue this under and over
and pull it through for a total of twenty-one chains. In crochet it is
critical that you keep count of the number of chains and later stitches. After you have finished your 21 chains we’re going to begin the single crochet. The single crochet is the basic stitch of crochet. For this first row we’re
going to skip that first chain. Insert your crochet hook in the middle of the
next chain. Do your under, then over – which will now
be called a “yarn over.” Pull that yarn through to form a loop. You now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the crochet hook. Move on to the next chain
and do the exact same thing. Yarn over and pull through… Yarn over and pull through. You will crochet a total of twenty
single crochets – that first chain doesn’t count towards the number of stitches. Once you’ve completed your first row we
need to add another row. The first thing we’re going to do is chain one. Then we
turn our work. We skip that first chain and do a single
crochet in the next stitch. For this second row as well as all
remaining rows we’re going to insert our crochet hook
underneath the two loops. Insert your crochet hook under both
loops and complete your single crochet. Continue doing this until there are a
total of twenty single crochets on this row. Then for the remaining rows do the
same – chain one, turn your work, and complete your 20 single crochets. Please
realize when you are first starting out to crochet your work might end up
looking something like this. That’s okay – crochet is an art that does
take practice. If you should make a mistake, take your crochet hook out – then slowly
pull out the loops. Once you have removed the loops, insert
your crochet hook back into the main loop and begin crocheting again. After you have completed 20 single
crochets across, and a total of twenty rows upward, it is time to finish off your work. Cut
your yarn a few inches from your crochet hook. Yarn over and pull through that
tail. Now get a darning needle or a yarn
needle, thread it with the tail, and weave in the ends. After you are finished weaving in the
ends… now carefully trim the remaining yarn. I hope this video has helped you and
please visit allfreecrochet.com for hundreds of free patterns, tips,
techniques and other tutorials on crocheting. And then stop by and say Hi my website at naztazia.com

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