Learn how to make a double crochet by wrapping the thread around the hook once. The stitches can be made through the front, the back, or both loop thread parts, depending the look you want to give your project. In this example we insert the hook through both thread parts of the loop. Both sides, front and back, of the project will look the same.
Learn how to make a single crochet stitch by using a string of chain stitches, and by using the back of the loop. The stitches can be made hooking through the front yarn part of the loop, the back yarn part, or under both loop yarn part.
For the beginning of any type of crochet project, you will start with a slip knot. This crochet basic knot is a simple starting knot for the beginning of any crochet job.
|Wrap the tail end your yarn around two fingers to form a loop with your yarn.|
|Cross the tail of the yarn over the looped yarn piece.|
|Remove the loop from your fingers. It is now in a form of a pretzel.|
|Insert your crochet hook through the ring of yarn, behind the tail piece of the yarn, and lift the tail piece of yarn up. Keep the yarn secured in the other hand.|
|Hold your hook in one hand, and pull both yarn strands in the other to form a loose knot.|
|To move the knot closer to the hook, pinch one strand of yarn between two fingers of each hand and tighten the loop around the hook loosely.|
Watch the tutorial video for a better understanding and check out another version on how to make a slip knot:
It is important to hold the crochet hook comfortably in your hand.
Either hold the crochet hook like a pencil in your hand,
|or in the palm of your hand like a knife. Get used to both ways of holding the crochet hook, to alternate when you get tired.|