WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Boye - Crochet is quick to do and easy to learn! These simple instructions and clear illustrations will help you get started.
To begin, grasp your crochet hook between the thumb and middle finger of your dominant hand. Rest your index finger near the tip of the hook. There are two common ways to hold the hook, the knife grip or pencil grip. Either is correct so choose the one that is most
comfortable for you.
Pencil Grip Knife Grip You begin crochet by making a slip knot on the hook, several inches from the yarn end. Tighten the knot so it is secure, but not too tight.
Hold the working yarn in your other hand in any manner that is comfortable. Most crocheters guide the
yarn with their index finger and thumb and maintain even tension by wrapping the yarn around their little finger.
CHAIN STITCH (abbreviation: ch)
Almost all pieces of crochet start with a lengthof chain stitches, which resembles a series of Vs. This is called the foundation chain. Hold the slip knot between your thumb and middle finger. Bring the yarn over the hook and draw yarn through loop on hook. One chain stitch made and one loop remains on hook. It is important to always bring the yarn over the top of the hook from back to front catching the yarn in the throat of the hook. Turn the hook slightly toward you to help prevent the yarn from slipping off. Fig 5 Continue to make chain stitches moving your middle finger and thumb up the chain as you work to keep your fingers close to the hook. Practice until you develop a rhythm and your
tension and stitch appearance are even.
Note: When counting the number of stitches in the foundation chain, do NOT include the loop on the hook.
Now you are ready to learn three basic crochet stitches: double crochet, half-treble crochet, and treble crochet. Each will be taller than the last. This variation in height is the result of the number of times you wrap the yarn around the hook as you work. As you learn each stitch make sure you practice until your stitches are even and not too tight.
DOUBLE CROCHET (abbreviation: dc)
Double crochet is the shortest of the basic stitches. It is dense and makes a good firm fabric when little open work is desired. To begin, make a foundation chain of 13 stitches (do not work too tightly). Insert the hook in the second chain from hook (under the back loop).
Yarn over hook and draw a loop through. There are now two loops on your hook. Yarn over hook again and draw the loop through both loops on the hook.
One double crochet made and one loop remains on hook. Work a double crochet in each following chain across the row. Make sure your foundation chain is kept flat with Vs facing you. Since you skipped the first chain, you will have 12 double crochet stitches in the row.
At the end of the row, chain one. This is called the turning chain and is made in order to give the necessary height to begin next row. Turn your work around until the opposite side is facing you. Fig 10
Work one double crochet in the first stitch of the previous row under the top 2 loops.
Work a double crochet in each stitch across row. Be sure to work the last double crochet under top two loops of last stitch.
Repeat rows of double crochet until you have mastered the technique and can work with ease. To fasten off at end of work: Make a chain stitch, then cut the yarn, leaving 10cm end. Pull end up tightly through the loop on hook.
HALF-TREBLE CROCHET (abbreviation: htr)
Half-treble crochet is taller than double crochet, but shorter than a treble crochet. It is a simple stitch to master. To begin, make a foundation chain of 13 stitches. Yarn over hook, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook (under back loop). Yarn over hook and draw loop through. There are now 3 loops on hook.
Yarn over hook again and draw loop through all 3 loops on hook. One half-treble crochet made and one loop remains on hook.
Work a half-treble crochet in each chain across. The two chains you skipped at the beginning of the row count as one half-treble crochet, so you will have a total of 12 stitches in the row (11 stitches plus the chains at the beginning of the row).
After working the last half-treble crochet of the row, chain 2 for the turning chain. This counts as the first half-treble crochet of the next row and gives proper height to continue the row.
Turn the work until the opposite side is facing you. Work a half-treble crochet in the second stitch of the previous row (under top 2 loops).
Work a half-treble crochet in each remaining stitch across the row. End by working a half-treble crochet in the top of turning chain. (remember that the turning chain counts as one stitch).
Repeat the previous row as many times as desired. Count your stitches frequently to make sure you maintain 12 stitches per row. Fasten off and cut the work when you feel comfortable making rows of half-treble crochet.
TREBLE CROCHET (abbreviation: tr)
Treble crochet is one of the most popular stitches because the stitches are tall so it works up quickly and the resulting piece is firm enough to form a sturdy fabric. To begin, make a foundation chain of 14 stitches. Yarn over hook, insert hook in 4th chain from hook (under back loop). Yarn over hook and draw loop through stitch. There are now 3 loops on hook.
Yarn over hook and draw loop through first 2 loops on hook. There are now 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over again and draw loop through both loops on hook.
One treble crochet made and one loop remains on hook. Work one treble crochet in each remaining chain across. The three chains you skipped at the beginning of the row count as one treble crochet, so you will have a total of 12 stitches in the row (11 stitches plus the chains at the beginning of the row).
After the last treble crochet of the row, chain 3 for the turning chain. This counts as the first treble crochet of next row and gives proper row height.
Turn your work until the opposite side is facing you. Work one treble crochet in 2nd stitch of previous row (under top 2 loops).
Work treble crochet in each remaining stitch across row, ending by working last treble crochet in top chain of the turning chain (remember that the turning chain counts
as one stitch).
Repeat the previous row as many times as desired. Fasten off and cut yarn as before.
Congratulations you can crochet!