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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.

Crochet Hook 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.

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.

Crochet Hook Guide

How to Crochet a Chain

Everything starts with a chain and it couldn’t be simpler! Master this technique to get any crochet pattern started.

Step 1

Make a slip knot around the crochet hook

Step 2

Wrap the yarn once around the crochet hook above the slip knot

Step 3

Use the hook to pull the yarn through the slip knot

UK Crochet Abbreviations

Crochet patterns use abbreviations to shorten regularly used phrases. Use the table below to decode your pattern!

Abbreviation Meaning
Ch-Sp Chain space
Dc2togDouble crochet 2 stitches together
Inv decInvisible decrease
Rs Right side
Ws Wrong side
St (s) Stitch (es)
Beg Beginning
Inc Increase
Dec Decrease
Ss Slip Stitch
Ch Chain
Dc Double crochet
Tr Treble crochet
Dtr Double treble
Htr Half treble

Video Guides 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!

Shop Crochet

It's really easy to get started in crochet – all you need is a hook and some yarn! You can also browse our range of patterns to find the perfect project to inspire you.


All you need to get started in crochet is a hook and some yarn. There are some great how-to videos available on the Hobbycraft YouTube channel, and we also have lots of inspiration and step-by-step guides in the Ideas Hub.

The best yarn to start with is something that shows the stitch definition really well, so avoid any fluffy yarns to begin with. One of the best yarns to use would be a cotton yarn - our Knitcraft Cotton Blend yarn works really well. The yarn comes in a lot of great colours too, so you’ll be able to find something perfect for your first project!

A tapestry needle, or darning needle, is used to sew in the ends of yarn at the end of a project.

There are lots of free patterns available on the Hobbycraft website both within the Knitting & Crochet category and within the Ideas Hub.