Understand the basics of crochet. Only two basic supplies are needed to crochet — a hook and a ball of thread or yarn. All crochet stitches are a series of yarn overs or wraps of thread around the hook, but once you master the single crochet stitch the rest come easily! While most patterns start with a slip stitch and series of loops called chains, you can even learn to create foundations without a traditional chain. Crochet projects are worked in rows, in which you stitch back and forth, each row on top of the row before, or rounds, in which you work around and around a center ring of chains.
Understanding Crochet Patterns
Abbreviations and symbols
The instructions are usually a series of charts and symbols.
Most crochet instructions are written using a standard set of abbreviations and symbols. Print out the abbreviation list and mount it on a card to keep handy while you work.
Pattern instructions in the form of charts and symbols are universal and simple and easy to read. Below is a sample chart with symbols and a basic explanation on how to read it.
Holding a Crochet Hook
There are two ways to hold the hook.
A. Hold the hook between your index finger and thumb the way you hold pencil. This method, which uses your wrist, is most often used when working with thread of light-weight yarns.
B. Hold the hook between your index finger and thumb the way you hold a knife to spread butter or cut meat. This method, which uses your shoulder muscles, is most often used when working with yarn.
Note: Whether you are crocheting with thread of yarn, use the method which is the most comfortable for you. There are no hard and fast rules about which method is correct.
Next you will learn how to get ready to start your crochet project.