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Crochet Tutorials

This section of the web site is dedicated specifically to teaching others about crochet. I often remember that first time I held a crochet hook in my own hand. It was in the summer of 1980 while on vacation with my cousin's wife, Katy, her children, and her friend Diane. Katy and Diane took out their crochet hooks. Before I knew it, I had a hook in my hand and I'll always be grateful they took the time to share their knowledge of crochet with me. It's been a tremendous blessing in my life.

Teachers, please do not copy these tutorials for your classes without specific permission. I have PDF files available for teachers. Please see the Teaching a Crochet Class page for detail.

How to Crochet

What you’ll need to get started.

Getting Started, Part 1
The slip knot, an alternative method, and the adjustable ring.

Getting Started, Part 2
How to hold your hook, make the foundation chain, and work your first row into it.

Getting Started, Part 3
Telling the front from the back side, changing colors, and joining new yarn.

Getting Started, Part 4
Finishing off, Lil’s knot, and what to do with those pesky ends.

Reading Patterns


Some short videos and explanations for some commonly asked questions:

How do I...
...turn my work?
...find my next chain?
...pull the hook through multiple loops?
...work “in same stitch”?
...“skip” or “miss” a stitch?
...“dc in the top ch of the tch”?
..."work a stitch in next space"?
..."make a stitch between..."?
...measure a square?

Crocheting in the Round

How to Crochet in the Round
How to get started and master the basics, including how to start your work with an adjustable ring (“magic loop”).

The Granny Square
Learn the basic granny square, as well as a reversible alternative, and some different options for joining your granny square rounds.

Granny Problems?
Granny square troubleshooting! Here are a few common issues and how to solve them.

The Rectangle Granny
Every square’s a rectangle, but not every rectangle’s a square. There are multiple ways to achieve a rectangular granny.

Other Granny Shapes
Included are tutorials on the triangle, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon.

Yo-Yo’s, Granny’s Daughters, & Saltines
These smaller granny projects can be done very quickly with scrap yarn, and pieced together for beautiful results.

Working in a Spiral
Once you’ve learned how to work in a circle, a spiral is a piece of cake. The technique is often used in amigurumi.

Making a Hat
Follow along for a easy-to-do project completed in the round.

Adding Embellishments

Borders and edgings
An even dozen edgings to try
Pom-poms - Coming Soon!
Cross-stitching - Coming Soon!
Surface stitches - Coming Soon!

Crochet Stitches

Basic Crochet Stitches
These basic stitches are all you need to know to successfully complete hundreds of crocheted projects! Included are:

Slip stitch
Single crochet
Half double crochet
Double crochet
Triple (treble) crochet

...along with all of their “extended stitch” versions.

Specialty Crochet Stitches
Once you’re familiar with the basics, these variations will add even more possibilities:

Backwards single crochet (inverse sc)
Berry stitch
Bullion block
Cross stitch
Diagonal box stitch
Herringbone half-double
Linked triple
Long stitches
Reverse single crochet
Spider stitch
Straight box stitch
V Stitch
X Stitch
Y Stitch

For lefties--how to do left-handed single crochet.

Crochet Increases & Decreases

Increase - Basic Stitches
How to increase the number of stitches in a row using basic stitches (single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and triple/treble crochet).

Decrease - Basic Stitches
How to decrease the number of stitches in a row using basic stitches (single and double crochet, half double crochet, and triple/treble crochet).

Assembly Methods

These are ways to join or assemble squares (or any other crocheted pieces) together to make a finished item.

Assembly Basics
Things to remember before you get started!

Sewn Methods (including whipstitch, backstitch, and mattress)

Crocheted Methods (including slip stitch, single crochet, reverse single crochet, and single crochet with chains)

The Continuous “Join As You Go” (JAYG)
This is a slightly more complicated, but very useful assembly option, which creates fewer ends to weave in when you’re finished.

Other Crochet Techniques

Broomstick lace (jiffy lace)
Crochet on the Double
Filet crochet
Hairpin lace
Ripples and Chevrons
Tunisian crochet (afghan stitch)
Working from a graph in multiple colors
Working in the front and back posts

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Crochet Cabana created October 1997 (domain name purchased March 2001)
Crochet Cabana’s Crafty Corral begun November 7, 2004.
The Crochet Cabana Blog begun May 2010.
Site update November 18, 2012.