Or, as we’re cordially known as on social media, hookers. 🤭 Grandma would be so proud.
Anyway, if you’re new to the world of crochet, you might find yourself so overwhelmed with the sheer volume of tutorials out there that you’re too afraid to start learning how to make stuff. I know I scrolled past dozens of tutorials before I even picked one to watch.
And because I want everyone to discover the joy of crochet, I figured I’d make it easier for you to find good tutorials!
Before we get to this nifty list of resources, though, just a disclaimer. I’m not being compensated in any way by sharing these tutorials with you. These are just tutorials that helped me learn the basics of crochet that much faster.
Okay. Let’s do this.
How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners by Bella Coco
This has become one of my absolute favourite channels when it comes to crochet stuff. Sarah-Jayne has the most soothing voice and explains the different techniques in simple, easily understood language. Also, she goes slow enough that it’s easy to follow and keep up, and places timestamps throughout the most important bits of her videos which is a great help.
There are four parts in her beginner series.
Part one teaches us about the tools, basic terms, and how to chain.
Part two shows us how to single crochet (or double crochet in UK terms).
Part three is all about the double crochet (or UK treble crochet).
Part four teaches us the half double crochet (or UK half treble crochet).
I also learned how to make a granny square from Bella Coco, and you can find that video tutorial here.
Working in the Round and Magic Circles
In my search for crochet tutorials, I must’ve found at least six variations for magic circles. Though some channels employ the same technique, everyone seems to have their own special way of making this elusive circle. Even just among my crocheting friends, I’ve noticed many different ways of getting the thing done.
I’ve also found that the magic circle (or ring) can be one of the most frustrating things to make in a crochet project. Personally, I tried three different techniques before I found one that works for me.
I learned how to make a successful magic circle by watching How to Crochet in the Round for Absolute Beginners by Kay Krochets. It’s a really soothing and easy to follow tutorial that helped me understand the technique.
I used that technique for quite a while, until I found Amigurumi Basics for Beginners by olliehollycrochet. This is now my favourite way to make a magic circle because it feels more natural to make.
But don’t be discouraged if you don’t get this technique to work the first time! I can be difficult to wrap your head around, I know. If the above techniques don’t work for you, you can also try some of these.
Toni from TL Yarn Crafts uses a slipknot to start a magic loop, and this might well be the simplest way to attempt this technique of all.
Club crochet shows two different techniques in this video, or you could try this technique by Sigony Macaroni.
25+ Crochet Hacks for Beginners by TL Yarn Crafts
Finally, this video by Toni from TL Yarn Crafts is a true gem. She shows us some really easy hacks that will help you out on your crochet journey.
If you’re looking for some more cool crochet stuff, I’ve created a playlist with tutorials and some projects I’d like to create in the future. I hope you find it useful!
Now, let’s go crochet something!