Crochet tutorials – A series for complete beginners

How to make a starting chain– a beginners guide

white background with 3 balls of yarn to the left ready to start making a starting chain
white background with 3 balls of yarn to the left ready to start making a starting chain

If you haven’t started to try and make a chain yet, this is a great place to be!

So far in this series we have looked at

  • 1. How to hold your hook
  • 2. How to hold your hook and yarn
  • 3. How to make a slip knot

The full list and link are at the bottom of the page, go check them out.

If you have tried making a chain and find yourself here, I imagine it hasn’t been going well. Completing a chain can be a deal breaker for someone new to crochet.

I’m so glad you are here and taking the time to get to grips with how to make a chain. I’m not sure I can repeat the words I used whilst learning to make a chain in polite company and I’m sincerely hoping you can skip over the frustration I encountered.

Watch the video a couple of times and then take it slowly whilst you have a go. I promise the chain becomes much neater with practice and much quicker.

How to make a starting chain

In this video, I am using a knit pro hook and style craft yarn the link below links directly to Amazon so you can get more information about them. If you choose to purchase via this link I may receive a small commission from Amazon, the cost to you is not affected. I do not recommend products for commission I only recommend products I use.

If you haven’t seen any of the other tutorials in this series have a look at the list and if you think they are useful for you please take a look.

Crochet tutorials – A series for complete beginners

How to make a slip knot – a beginners guide

3 blankets in cream, lime and grey laid on top of each other on a table
Blankets

Whilst I’d heard of a slip knot or starting knot I had no idea how to make one until I started to crochet.

I also had no idea of the number of ways that people could make a slip knot, it felt like hundreds!

I’m sure it isn’t but there were so many different ways to get to the same destination!

This video shows you the way that I make my slip knot, it makes perfect sense to me and is super easy now I have mastered it.

I appreciate it may not make the same amount of sense to you, although I genuinely hope it does.

If it doesn’t fear not do a search and you will find a way that clicks for you. Whichever route you take as long as you can make a slip knot at the end of it you are winning.

As an aside my grandson thinks it’s really cool, and as I’m not cool that often it’s worth knowing how to make a slip knot even if you don’t crochet!

How to make a slip knot

In this video, I am using a knit pro hook and style craft yarn the link below links directly to Amazon so you can get more information about them. If you choose to purchase via this link I may receive a small commission from Amazon, the cost to you is not affected. I do not recommend products for commission I only recommend products I use.

If you haven’t seen any of the other tutorials in this series have a look at the list and if you think they are useful for you please take a look.

Crochet tutorials – A series for complete beginners –

How to hold your hook – a beginners guide

Person crocheting using purple yarn
Person crocheting

When I started my crochet journey I was a few months into it before I gave my hook a thought.

My focus had always been on the end of the hook holding the yarn and the yarn itself. I often found myself looking at it in bemusement and frustration I might add!

It then dawned on me during one video that I was holding it wrong, how could that be? I tried holding it the same way as the lady in the video was doing but it just felt wrong. This started to undermine the confidence that I had built up.

The impact was profound – I stopped taking my projects out and about with me. What if someone who knew how to crochet would see me? They would know I was an interloper and had no right to be welding that magical hook.

Of course, I eventually found out that there were different ways to hold your hook and I wasn’t doing it incorrectly. It’s evident how much it can affect us if were believe we are not doing something the “proper” way.

With that in mind, this is a great place to start your crochet initiation.

This was one of the reasons I decided to create a series of video tutorials for beginners.

There is very little you can get wrong in crochet.

This series of tutorials for complete beginners is designed to help you get comfortable with the basics in a way that suits you.

In this video, I am using a knit pro hook the link below links directly to Amazon so you can get more information about it. If you choose to purchase via this link I may receive a small commission from Amazon, the cost to you is not affected. I do not recommend products for commission I only recommend products I use.

How to Crochet Beginners tutorials

I am so happy to be able to share a series of tutorials with you to help you start your crochet journey

How to Crochet Beginners Tutorials

If you haven’t seen any of the other tutorials in this series have a look at the list and if you think they are useful for you please take a look.

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