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Crochet Tutorials

With these beginner-friendly photo and video tutorials for crochet, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make your first crochet plushie.


Hold a hook & yarn

First things first, learn how to hold a crochet hook in one hand and yarn in the other.

Count stitches, rounds, and rows

How to count stitches, rounds, and rows.

Identify the right side of crochet

Once you’ve crocheted a few rounds, your work will naturally curve. But which side should actually face out?

Use stitch markers

Learn how to use stitch markers to keep track of where you are.

Crochet abbreviations

Quick reference guide for US and UK abbreviations and terminology.

Read a crochet pattern

Learn how to understand crochet pattern instructions.


Slip stitch (sl st)

One of the quickest stitches in crochet, often used as part of the technique to fasten off a round crochet piece.

Single crochet (sc)

The basic stitch for crochet, including amigurumi.

Increase (inc)

Single crochet twice into the same stitch, to make your piece grow larger. Learn both the regular increase and invisible increase.

Decrease (dec)

Reduce the size of your piece by turning two stitches into one. Learn both the regular decrease and invisible decrease.

Chain (ch)

Another quick crochet stitch, often used to create loops like basket handles, or embellishments like doll hair.

Turning chain (ch 1 & turn)

Use this technique to crochet new rows.

Half double crochet (hdc)

This stitch is the halfway point between a single and double crochet stitch.

Double crochet (dc)

The double crochet stitch is twice the height of a single crochet stitch.

Single crochet 3 together (sc3tog)

Take three stitches and turn them into one.