Chapter 1: Get a Grip

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Holding your yarn and hook correctly is one of the most important aspects of crocheting. Bad habits can make even the most simple stitch look sloppy. So, before we get started, let’s cover some basic tips on handling your tools.

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What you'll learn

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn

Weight

Colors

Any color

Crochet Hook

G6 / 4.00 mm

Abbreviations

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The Pattern

01Holding the Hook

There are two basic ways most people hold crochet hooks, we’ll be calling them the “Spoon Grip” and the “Pencil Grip” because you hold them like a spoon and a pencil!

The Spoon Grip


My personal preference, the spoon grip, is great for things like amigurumi, aka small stuffed crocheted creatures. In this position you get the best range of movement with your wrist and also get more strength so pulling yarn through tiny stitches is easier as well. I would suggest beginners start with this grip.

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29 thoughts on “Crocheting 101: How to Crochet for Complete Beginners”

  1. I’m having similar issues with Lesson one. It won’t let me leave a comment, and there is no way to “complete” the lesson and move on to Lesson 2. I’ve tried using both Safari and Chrome browsers with no luck 🙁

  2. Hi! I can’t submit comments on Chapter 1, and none of the check mark boxes are showing up on the chapter as well. I have to log out and access the lessons through the pdf. But the lessons are great so far!

  3. Louie I love you so much, I decided to learn how to crochet for my senior project and you were a HUGE help! Cannot thank you enough. I wish you all the success in the world <3

  4. This is an amazing course! I found an error in the PDF pattern for the hacky sack though. It says Rnd 6-8 is 18 stitches, when it should be 24.
    Thank you for all your effort in making this course!

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