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Easy Crocheting Class 

If you're a beginner looking to learn the basics of crochet, you're in the right place! we'll guide you through an easy crochet lesson that will have you creating your own projects in no time. Whether you want to make cozy blankets, stylish scarves, or cute amigurumi toys, this lesson will give you the foundation you need to start your crochet journey. So grab your hook and let's get started!

Crocheting not only allows you to create beautiful handmade items like scarves, hats, blankets, and more, but it also offers a range of benefits for your mental well-being. Crocheting has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus and concentration, and boost self-esteem and confidence. Plus, there's the satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands!

Half- Double (hdc)

The half double crochet is a basic crochet stitch that falls between a single crochet and a double crochet in terms of height. It is shorter than a double crochet but taller than a single crochet, making it a popular choice for creating a variety of textures in your projects.

Step 1: Make a Foundation Chain

To begin, start by making a foundation chain of your desired length. The number of chains you make will depend on the pattern you are following.

Step 2: Yarn Over

Yarn over (YO) your hook by wrapping the yarn from back to front over the top of the hook.

Step 3: Insert the Hook

Insert your hook into the third chain from the hook. Make sure to skip the first two chains.

Step 4: Yarn Over and Pull Up a Loop

Yarn over once again and pull up a loop through the chain. You should now have three loops on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn Over and Pull Through

Yarn over one more time and pull through all three loops on your hook. This completes one half double crochet stitch.

Step 6: Repeat

Continue making half double crochet stitches in each chain across the row, always remembering to yarn over, insert the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop, and yarn over and pull through.

Step 7: Turning Your Work

To start the next row, chain two and turn your work.

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crochet blue flowers

Double Crochet (dc)

Double crochet is a basic crochet stitch that creates a taller and more open fabric compared to single crochet. It is often used in projects such as blankets, scarves, and sweaters. Learning how to do a double crochet will open up a world of possibilities for your crochet creations.

Step 1: Start with a Foundation Chain

To begin, create a foundation chain of the desired length. The number of chains will depend on your pattern, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Once you have your foundation chain, you are ready to start crocheting.

Step 2: Yarn Over

To make a double crochet stitch, yarn over before inserting your hook into the specified stitch. Yarn over by wrapping the yarn from the back to the front over the hook. This creates a loop on your hook.

Step 3: Insert the Hook

Insert your hook into the stitch where you want to make the double crochet. This could be the next stitch in the row or as specified in your pattern.

Step 4: Yarn Over and Draw Up a Loop

Yarn over again and draw up a loop through the stitch. You should now have three loops on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn Over and Draw Through Two Loops

Yarn over once more and draw the yarn through the first two loops on your hook. You should now have two loops

Step 6: Yarn Over and Complete the Stitch

Yarn over once more. Pull through both loops left, you have completed the double crochet stitch.

Triple or Treble (tr)

Learning how to do a triple crochet stitch can open up a whole new world of possibilities for your projects.

Step 1: Start with a Foundation Chain

To begin, you'll need to create a foundation chain. The number of chains you make will depend on the pattern you're following. Once you have your foundation chain ready, you're all set to start your triple crochet stitch.

Step 2: Yarn Over Twice

To make a triple crochet stitch, yarn over your hook twice before inserting it into the next stitch.

Step 3: Insert the Hook

Insert your hook into the stitch where you want to create the triple crochet.

Step 4: Yarn Over and Pull Through

Yarn over and pull through the stitch. You should have four loops on your hook at this point.

Step 5: Yarn Over and Pull Through Two Loops

Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook. You should now have three loops remaining on your hook.

Step 6: Yarn Over and Pull Through Two Loops

Yarn over and pull through the next two loops on your hook. You should now have two loops remaining.

Step 7: Yarn Over and Pull Through Two Loops

Finally, yarn over and pull through the last two stitches

Thick, chunky yarn being made into a sca

Reading Patterns

Crochet patterns can sometimes feel like decoding a secret language, but fear not! With a little guidance and practice, you can become a pro at reading and following crochet patterns. In this blog post, we will break down the essential steps to help you navigate through crochet patterns with ease.

When you first look at a crochet pattern, it may seem overwhelming with its combination of abbreviations, symbols, and instructions. Here are a few key tips to help you decode and understand a crochet pattern:

  1. Read Through the Entire Pattern: Before picking up your hook and yarn, take the time to read through the entire pattern. This will give you an overview of the project and help you understand the steps involved.

  2. Pay Attention to Stitch Counts: Most patterns will include the number of stitches you should have at the end of each row or round. Keeping track of your stitch count will ensure that your project turns out the right size.

  3. Take Note of Special Instructions: Some patterns may include special stitches or techniques. Make sure to read these instructions carefully and practice them before starting the project.

  4. Use a Stitch Guide: If you come across a stitch or technique you are unfamiliar with refer to a stitch guide to help.

crochet stitch infographic

- Chain

 

- Slip Stitch

 

- Single Crochet (sc)

 

- Half-Double Crochet (hdc)

 

- Double Crochet(dc)

 

- Treble Crochet (tr)

 

- Double Treble Crochet (dtr)

 

- Single crochet two together (sc2tog)

 

- Single crochet three together

 

-Double crochet two together

crochet stitch infographic

- Double crochet three together (dc3tog)

- 3 double crochet cluster (3-dc)

- 3 Half double crochet/ Puff/ Bobble Stitch (3-hdc)

- 5 double crochet popcorn

-  Double crochet Shell (5-dc)

- Chain 3 Picot (ch-3P)

- Front post double crochet (FPdc)

- Back post double crochet (BPdc)

- Worked in back loop only**

- Worked in front loop only*

Graduates of an easy crochet class often find themselves equipped with the basic skills needed to start creating their own handmade items. They can confidently crochet simple projects like scarves, dishcloths, or even small amigurumi toys. Mastering the fundamentals in a beginner's class paves the way for these crafters to explore more complex patterns and techniques in the future.

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