Crochet: Basics and Beyond


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.

The Basics

Crochet Answer Book 2nd edition

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:

How to Read a Crochet Pattern

How to Work Crocheted Slip Stitch

How to Work a Crochet Chain

How to Work Single Crochet

How to Work Half Double Crochet

How to Work Double Crochet

How to Work Treble Crochet

How to Seam Crocheted Fabric

Then there are some terrific paid videos that will help you with basic skills:

Craftsy Crochet Basics & Beyond

Kim Werker’s Craftsy class is a good intro to crochet.**

Craftsy Next Steps in Crochet

When you’re ready for the next steps, check out another of Kim’s Craftsy classes.**


Creativebug How to Crochet

Carla Scott’s How To Crochet is another good option. You’ll find it on Creativebug.

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 and online classes below. Some are by me, some by other authors and teachers; I hope you’ll find them all useful..**.

Online Classes

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Reference Books

**For the Craftsy classes, click on the photo to get 33% off the full retail price of select Craftsy classes taught by Edie Eckman, or 25% off the full retail price of any Craftsy class. Excludes classes from Craftsy’s special Mastering in Minutes series as well from from their partner, The Great Courses. Cannot be combined with any other coupons.

 

Even Further Beyond Basics: Design Resources

In case you want to delve into desgin, 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!