How to Crochet

Crochet is an art, similar to knitting, and similarly to knitting, can be performed in many different ways (i.e. different stitches). Crochet, is however, different to knitting as you will be crafting your warm, woollen pieces with a single hooked-shape needle (as opposed to two, or more, straight needles) and you will only have a single stitch active at a time. I am going to show you how to create what is referred to as a “granny square,” using double crochet, one of the more common stitches.

Required Tools/Materials

  • Crochet needle
  • Yarn

Instructions

Ring

  1. Create a Slip Knot – create a loop loosely over your finger (short strand over the long). Pull the long strand over the short strand, and through the loop. Pull on the short strand to tighten (take your finger out of the first loop and insert the crochet needle when tightening, to ensure that you do not tighten the loop so much so that you are unable to later join the chain).
  2. “Chain” Five – take the crochet needle out of the first loop (and hold firmly with your left hand to ensure that you do not tighten the first loop too much). Pull the long strand over the back of the crochet needle (holding the long strand in your left hand) and slip the first loop on the needle through the second (catching the first loop on the hook, and pulling the second over) – repeat this four more times.
  3. Join (Slip Stitch) the Chain – insert the crochet needle through the first loop (giving you a total of two loops on the needle), reel your yarn (long strand) over the back of the crochet needle and pull through both loops. This should leave you with a nice ring.

Row One

  1. Chain Two – as you did in Step Two, chain but this time, twice.
  2. Create Two “Double Crochet” – reel the yarn over the back of the needle. Insert the needle through the ring. Reel the yarn over the back of the needle. Pull the needle back out of the ring (by catching the yarn in the hook, and slipping the needle through the ring). You should now have three loops on the needle. Reel the yarn over the back of the needle and pull through two loops (repeat). That’s one double crochet. Repeat.
  3. Chain Two – as you did in Step Two and Four.
  4. Create Three Double Crochet – as you did in Step Five.
  5. Create Two More “Shells” – repeat Step Six and Seven, twice.
  6. Join (Slip Stitch) the Granny Square – insert your needle into the top and left-most loop, closest to the loop that is currently on the crochet needle, reel your yarn over the back of the needle and pull through both loops.

Row Two

  1. Create First Corner – repeat Step Four, Five, Six and Seven into the top-right corner of your Granny Square.
  2. Chain One – this will allow you to move to the next corner, without making the granny square too tight.
  3. Create Corner – rotate your granny square 90 degrees. Repeat Step Seven, then Step Six and again, Step Seven into the top-right corner of your Granny Square.
  4. Create Two More Corners – repeat Step Eleven and Twelve, twice.
  5. Join (Slip Stitch) the Granny Square – repeat Step Nine.

Row Three

  1. Create First Shell – repeat Step Four and Five.
  2. Create Corner – repeat Step Eleven and Twelve.
  3. Create Shell – repeat Step Eleven and Five (into the next-closest visibly-large gap).
  4. Finish Row – repeat Step Sixteen and Step Seventeen, twice and again, Step Sixteen. Repeat Step Nine.

Row Four

  1. Create First Shell – repeat Step Fifteen.
  2. Create Shell – repeat Step Seventeen.
  3. Create Corner – repeat Step Sixteen.
  4. Finish Row – repeat Step Seventeen, twice. Repeat Step Sixteen. Repeat, twice. Repeat Step Nine.

Row Five

  1. Create First Shell – repeat Step Fifteen.
  2. Create Shells – repeat Step Seventeen, twice.
  3. Create Corner – repeat Step Sixteen.
  4. Finish Row – Repeat Step Seventeen, three times. Repeat Step Sixteen. Repeat, twice. Repeat Step Nine.

Casting Off

  1. Knot Loop – hold the Granny Square firmly and pull on the crochet needle to increase the size of the loop. Pull the Granny Square through the loop, and pull tight.
  2. Cut Yarn – you now have a complete Granny Square. Congratulations for surviving a day in the life of a crocheter!

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