There are lots of places to find learn-to-crochet books and videos. Just do a Google search for “Learn to Crochet”, and you’ll find plenty! However, the results can be overwhelming. Where do you go to find good quality written materials and videos for learning to crochet, or for learning new crocheting skills? Here are some recommendations. Be sure to scroll all the way down the page to find them all.
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First, a Word about Learning
Although all the resources I’m sharing below are either online or in print, I cannot stress enough the value of in-person learning. Sitting next to your teacher, with yarn and hook in hand and focused on learning, is perhaps the most efficient way to learn new skills. Even in a large class, a good teacher can adapt their teaching to what you need. Hands-on learning with a real person can’t be beat. So, find a knowledgeable friend, check out your local yarn stores and community centers, or do whatever you need to do to find classes in your local area.
Obviously, I’m going to recommend my own books and videos first! The Crochet Answer Book is in its 2nd edition, and while it is not specifically a learn-to-crochet book, it does answer many of the questions you’ll come across as you learn new skills.
And I’ve made a few quick, free how-to videos from Creativebug:
I’ve got an ever-expanding list of YouTube videos which cover basics and beyond. Here are some that might interest you, but be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see them all, and to be notified when new ones come out:
My Skill-Builder Crochet Blanket will teach you a variety of techniques and stitches. It’s divided into 13 lessons and includes videos.
Beyond the Basics
Once you’ve mastered the essentials, you’ll want to move on to refine your techniques a bit. I’ve listed some books, online classes, and other references below. Some are by me, some by other authors and teachers; I hope you’ll find them all useful.
Here’s a great article about the importance of grist in yarn substitution.
Even Further Beyond Basics: Design Resources
In case you want to delve into design, I’ve collected a whole bunch of references for you on this page.
What are your favorite crochet resources? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll add them to the site!