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How to Crochet: What you need to get started + step by step tutorials

Learn how to crochet in this post of what you need and the step by step tutorials to get you started with the basic crochet stitches.

Crochet has so many proven benefits. Sometimes a learning a new craft comes with even more questions, there’s so much to learn.

If you’ve seen cute, cozy hats and scarves that make you want to crochet your own, welcome to the club!

Crocheting is a rewarding hobby that many enjoy and love. But we all have to start somewhere.

Here I compile a short list of essential crochet stitches for when you’re first learning to crochet.

These tutorials will help you get started with the most basic things, like holding the yarn, and work you up to actually making the double crochet stitch.

Pink and purple yarn in basket.
Just a beautiful basket of yarn!

What do you need to learn how to crochet?

  1. Yarn, there are many types and weights of yarn. Most of us get started crocheting with #4 medium worsted weight yarn. There are plenty of affordable acrylic yarns that won’t break the bank when you’re just starting out.
  2. A crochet hook that is sized for your yarn. 4mm-6mm crochet hooks work well with #4 yarn. You can chose to purchase a single hook size, or a multi pack, if budget allows. As your crochet skills grow, you will want to crochet more project which will require a variety of both yarn and hook sizes. I have a reference guide on crochet hook sizes here.
  3. Good lighting. Don’t take this one lightly. Haha, see what I did there? Really though, when I first learned to crochet I had no idea what I was looking at, so don’t let dim lighting get in your way. Learning to see the stitches is an important skill.
  4. Good posture. At first everything will feel awkward. This is totally normal. But as you settle in to crocheting, but sure to take a few minutes and set yourself up in the most ergonomic position for your body. Looking down at your work, making the same motions over and over again with your hands can both wreak havoc on your body if you’re not in sitting up with your back straight.
  5. Take breaks. Don’t push yourself too far. Remember to breathe. This does get fun, but learning is a bit of work. Take stock when you’re tensing up. Then lower your shoulders and take a few belly breaths.

One of the reasons I love crocheting (and knitting) is that you really need minimal supplies compared to other crafts. Yarn and hook can get toted around in a bag, and also stored away. You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy crocheting. You can read about more of the benefits of crocheting here.

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