Week One will be the hardest, as you get used to how to hold your yarn and how to move your hook to catch the working yarn (that’s the one attached to your ball of yarn!) to create your stitches.
It does get easier, I promise.
To help you on your way, there is a series of videos available to you on the Crochet Bouquet website. You’ll get access to the next stage each week, and you’ll be able to revisit these pages at any time.
Holding your hook & yarnLearn the techinque
Most crocheters will hold their yarn in their non-dominant hand, with some of the yarn wrapped around a finger or a few fingers to keep the tension steady.
How to read a patternLearn the technique
One of the hardest things to get your head around in crochet is the way in which a pattern is written. Don’t worry if it takes you a few times to understand how the stitches come together with the written shorthand.
How to read a stitch diagramLearn the techniques
Stitch diagrams can be one of the easiest ways to help you envisage how the stitches are supposed to work together when you don’t have a close up of the pattern itself.
Counting stitches & rowsLearn the technique
Getting to grips with identifying your rounds and rows can be a little confusing, mostly with a double crochet as it can all merge into each other. Taller stitches are easier to identify.
Measuring Tension (Gauge)Learn the technique
Something else that you need to know about for most crochet projects is tension. This is how tight your stitches are, and how many stitches and rows you should have per set space.
Right side vs wrong sideLearn the technique
You will see the terms right side (RS) and wrong side (WS) in patterns. This pertains towards the fabric having a top or front (the right side) and a bottom (the wrong side).
The slip knot forms your first stitch on your hook.
Yarn over & pull up a loop
Once you can do a yarn over and pull up a loop, you’ve got all the techniques you need to complete all crochet stitches.
Foundation chain & chain stitch
The foundation chain is often a starting point for projects, but it can also be used in the middle of a project to create a space, or to take your row up to the height of a stitch.
Working the chain
Your first row will be worked into the foundation chain.
The double crochet, or US single crochet (SC), is one of the smallest stitches in crochet.
Working subsequent rows
There are a few different ways in which you can work your next rows. Typically you will work under the V that has formed at the top of your stitch, much in the way you worked the chain previously.
Joining a new yarn or colour
You will add the next yarn in on the last yarn over of your stitch, this ensures that the V that rests over the top of the next stitch will be in the right colour.
Ending your work is much easier in crochet than knitting, as there is no need to ‘cast off’ in the same way.
Square One: Double CrochetMake Square One
One of the simplest crochet stitches, commonly used in amigurumi projects. It is created using only 2 yarn overs.
Square Two: Double Crochet StripesMake Square Two
Using your first learned stitch, add in the technique of chaining colours for this square.
Square Three: Linen StitchMake Square Three
Bring together double crochets and chain stitches, working into the chain spaces.
Square Four: Rib StitchMake Square Four
Work into the Back Loop Only (BLO) in order to create a crocheted rib stitch.