It's never too late to try your hand at something new and, for each month of 2019, we're focusing on a different craft to inspire your creativity!

With the start of a new year, there's no better time to get started in crochet, a versatile craft that'll help you make your wardrobe truly your own or add fun flourishes to your home! Hook yourself up with the basics and find endless inspiration for bringing exciting new ideas to life.

Start by learning to crochet a chain

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

Match the yarn weight to the hook size

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.

Shop for everything you'll need to get started

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.

Explore the blog for more crochet project ideas

Visit the Hobbycraft blog 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!