Get Started In Crochet

Whether you want to expand your talents beyond knit or it's your first venture into the world of yarn, there's no better time to get started in crochet! This is a versatile craft that'll transform your wardrobe and your home. Hook yourself up with the basics and explore endless inspiration below.

How to Crochet a Chain

1. Make a slip knot around the crochet hook
2. Wrap the yarn once around the crochet hook above the slip knot
3. Use the hook to pull the yarn through the slip knot

How-to Guide Playlist

Once comfortable with creating a chain stitch, it's time to learn some techniques that will allow you to create your first crochet project. Watch the playlist below to find out how to create double and treble crochet stitches, change yarn colours and crochet a granny square!

Tool Guide

For a standard crochet stitch: the bigger the hook, the bigger the yarn. The hook should match the tension of the yarn, with the standard hook sizes for each yarn weight laid out in our guide below.

However, if you want to create a looser stitch for a garment with more of a drape, use a bigger hook for your yarn. Alternatively, for a denser stitch – such as with amigurumi, for example – go down a hook size. Remember to always swatch your project for you start to make sure you're happy with your fabric.

UK Crochet Abbreviations

RsRight side
WsWrong side
St (s)Stitch (es)
SsSlip Stitch
DcDouble crochet
TrTreble crochet
DtrDouble treble
HtrHalf treble
Ch-SpChain space
Dc2togDouble crochet 2 stitches together
Inv decInvisible decrease


Visit the Ideas hub to discover free patterns – from granny squares to amigurumi – for all seasons and all skill levels! We've got a huge range of projects that will be perfect for every step of your journey into crochet. You can even try your hand at fun crochet-alongs!