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How Do I Crochet: 12 Crochet Stitches for Beginners

By: Jeanette Benoit, editor for

Have you always wondered "how do I crochet?" Well, today is your lucky day! Learn how to crochet today with this very informative article. How Do I Crochet: 12 Crochet Stitches for Beginners is chock full of helpful tutorials. It will teach you everything you need to know about the most common stitches in crochet.

Basketweave StitchPicot StitchPopcorn Stitch

Basic Crochet Stitches

These two simple crochet stitches will help you learn to crochet today.

Chain Stitch and Single Crochet:  Most projects in crochet begin with the chain stitch. It's an integral part of learning to crochet, which is why this is such an important stitch for beginners to know how to do.

Double Crochet Stitch: The Double Crochet Stitch is one of the most important stitches in crochet. An item that is made entirely of the double crochet stitch will be solid, but not stiff. It is a great stitch to use for projects such as sweaters, shawls, afghans, placemats, and other home decor items. Once you've learned how to crochet the double crochet stitch, you can combine it with other stitches to produce a variety of interesting patterns and textures.

Most Common Crochet Stitches

Now that you've learned how to crochet basics, the next question on your mind is most likely, "how do I crochet with advanced stitches?" Well, you're in luck because we have collected 10 wonderful tutorials to illustrate the most common stitches in crochet.

Basketweave Stitch: Also known as the waffle stitch, the texture of this crochet stitch is what makes it so unique. Yes, you guessed it-- it looks like a basket! Follow this great tutorial to create your very own basketweave stitch.

Cable Stitch: Inspired by knitters, the cable stitch is such a classic looking crochet stitch that every crocheter should know how to do. Learn how to crochet a cable stitch in only eight steps.

Checkerboard Stitch: The checkerboard stitch is a really neat stitch. You can use just one for a dishcloth or crochet the squares together for a really neat-looking afghan. This tutorial is a great step by step guide.

Crazy Shell Stitch: Follow this step by step tutorial to learn how to make a crazy shell stitch. You first begin in a chain with multiples of three, but you'll read that in the tutorial. This is a beautiful stitch you will want to learn.

Half Double Crochet Stitch: If you're stumped on how to crochet a half doubled crochet stitch then this is the perfect tutorial for you. In only five easy steps you can learn this stitch to use everyday in your crochet adventures.

Picot Stitch: Traditionally used as an edging, the picot stitch usually gets added onto a finished garment. Follow this tutorial and learn how to crochet three different picot stitches.

Popcorn Stitch: To crochet the popcorn stitch, all you do is make a cluster of double crochet stitches in the same stitch.

Seed Stitch: The seed stitch is an alternating single and double crochet stitch. It gives a closed stitch, which resembles a knitted seed stitch.

Treble Stitch: This tutorial shows many images that will help you crochet a treble stitch.

Tunisian Stitch: Follow this step by step tutorial to learn the famous Tunisian crochet stitch. Unless you have a traditional Tunisian crochet hook, which is a very long handled crochet hook, then Tunisian crochet is really only practical for making smaller items, such as wallets, headbands, belts, and other small items which don’t require more than a dozen stitches across the row.

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I am Handmade with love and i need to kknow some instuctions on how to make the rope scarves with your hands. I want to show my girls and some women from our church and we can not find it anywhere. R u willing to help these oklahoma gals please. bless u

well u see I am a Christian woman and I believe women are always going to have babies so. I am wanting to open a small store just for babies only and call it homemade with love .items such babth towels, diaper bags, blankets and even one of the most precious things i have ever seen crochet shoes forchildren and adults . this is very important to me and i am a fast learner . this precious idea has touched my heart by our lord and saviour jesus christ. cute blankets, bags, so on, and so on. My husband is a pentecostal preacher and a wonderful man and father to our children. I know at36 years old i am of course not getting any younger. our town is small and everyone here wants there children to dress awesome at a resonable price and I know with the lord, my husband support and my loving heart this is my calling. To sew, crochet, and decorate baby items. I would love to know what u think about my ideas . God bless.

could someone explain why my yarn (Boutique Sashay) is twisting? I have been making the ruffle scarves but, after 10 or so rows the yarn from the ball to hook starts to twist. Am I turning my work incorrectly (clockwise)? I have tried from the centre and outside of the ball. It is very time consuming and frustrating to fix this as you go.

How do you do a reverse single crochet?

I didn't see an answer to my question.

Thanks ever so much for the tutorials. I love this website.

The Tunisian Stitch talked about above, sounds like a stitch I used when I was much younger, but it was called the Afghan Stitch. It too was on a very long handed crochet hook. Could this be the same stitch, I just learned it under a different name?

Yes this is the same stitch.I was born in Europa and we called it the Afghan stitch and here it was the other name. Hope you love crocheting as much as I do, Do it since 2nd grade,when it was thought in school twice a week for 45 minutes each session. Dicky

I wanna learn to make the chrochet patterns.

I want to learn it.


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