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How To Crochet

How To Crochet

Starting to crochet can feel awkward, but in this presentation, you can learn how to begin to crochet and make a foundation chain with ease.

I'm going to show you how to do crochet basics, to get started with crocheting. You're going to hold the hook in your dominant hand. So if you're left handed, you hold it in your left hand - if you're right handed, you hold in your right hand.

With your non-dominant hand, you need to do two things, you need to tension the yarn and hold the work, which right now is just the knot. So we're going to begin by tensioning the yarn. You take your little finger and you're going to put it behind your active yarn.

You're going to wrap all the way around your little finger. You're going to lay the yarn on the palm side of the ring finger and over top of both the index finger and the middle finger. Then you can turn your hand and grasp that knot with your index finger and thumb.

You can then lift up your middle finger so that you have a bit of tensioned yarn here and then these three fingers control how fast the yarn comes through your fingers. We're now going to make foundation chain. We're going to begin by pushing the hook forward and ducking it under the piece of yarn that we have tensioned so it swings under from front to back.

We then need to turn the tip of the hook so that it's facing the floor and then pull it straight through the loop that's on the hook. I'll do that again. I'm going to push the hook forward, swing it under the yarn, turn the hook so that it's facing the floor, and pull through the loop that's on the hook.

You need to continually move your right or left index fingers up that chain so that you're always holding right underneath the loop that's on the hook that gives you the most control. So, push forward under the yarn, turn the hook, and pull through the loop. Push forward, under, turn and pull through.

Forward, swing under the yarn, turn and pull through. I'm just going to make a few more chains and as you get the hang of this, you can do it a little faster, but take your time when you first start crocheting. It feels very uncomfortable because you're using your non-dominant hand to do things that it doesn't normally do.

So it's not true that it should feel weird in the hand at first, it just takes practice. Okay, once you've got a length of chain, and your pattern will tell you how many chains you need. It will say chain ten or chain 150 or however many you need to start with.

You can then have a look at your chain. Now, the active loop which is the loop that is actually on the hook - that never counts as a chain or a stitch, and the knot at the bottom that you started with - that never counts as a chain. In between, you've got this series of V's.

Okay, you have V's on one side and then bumps on the other side. The side with the V's is the front of your chain, and those are the foundation chain and the basic stitches for how to crochet. .