🧶 How did you learn to crochet? Did you learn from a Grandparent, or a Parent? From YouTube videos? Or did you learn by reading a book? 📖
New to crochet? Learn how to crochet with my free beginner crochet series of videos, crochet cheat sheets and crochet stitch tutorials.
When I was a child, my Great Aunt Catharine gave me a crochet hook and some yarn and showed me how to crochet a chain stitch and my first single crochet stitch.
No one else that I knew crocheted so my journey paused there until I was older (in my twenties).
When I was looking for something to keep my hands busy (after quitting smoking), Jen (my roommate at the time) recommend an old Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework book to help me learn how to crochet.
In the beginning I didn’t follow patterns. I didn’t understand all the strange short forms in the written patterns and had never heard of gauge. I had no clue what gauge was or why it mattered I just wanted to crochet!
So, I simply crocheted things like scarves and blankets using very simple stitches. It was fun, it was easy and it was relaxing!
Fast forward a few more years and a full library 📚 of 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 later, I was creating small amigurumi projects for my sisters and friends.
Crochet Books I Recommend and I own
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs
The Complete Book of Crochet Border Designs
I love all of Edie Eckman’s Books – Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs Around the Corner Crochet Borders are just 2 of my favorites.
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection
and my new favorite is Crochet Every Which Way Stitch Dictionary
My first design was Bearison 🧸.
Free Amigurumi Toy Pattern
Next, I designed my little Oombawkas (now called mini meows) 🐈.
Free Amigurumi Pattern with step-by-step tutorials!
Then I spent weeks learning how to crochet and design hats – I was obsessed with figuring out the math behind making them fit properly.
How Did You Learn To Crochet?
New to crochet? Learn how to crochet with my free beginner crochet series of videos!
- Stitch Anatomy and Starting Chain
- Single Crochet Stitch
- Half Double Crochet Stitch
- Double Crochet Stitch
- Treble Crochet Stitch
- Slip Stitch
- Review – Quick Stitch Guide
and grab my handy Crochet Cheat Sheets too!
Learn how to join with standing stitches.
Starting your project in the round is easy with a double magic ring.
Expand your crochet skills
Finish like a Pro!
If you enjoy learning with video tutorials – you can find me on YouTube here.
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