Startup Library: Crochet

Everything you need to get started with crochet, plus four fun projects to practice your stitches.
Startup Library: Crochet is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have crocheted in the past but I found this video very helpful. Selena was informative and the camera included closeups to demonstrate stitches and techniques.
Date published: 2021-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginner Course Great course for someone who has never crocheted before. I was able to make all of the projects in the course guidebook.
Date published: 2021-09-09
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Overview

Want to learn how to crochet but you're not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Join designer Salena Baca as she walks you through the basics, including the five essential crochet stitches, pattern reading and more. Together, you’ll complete four cozy accessories — a headband, cowl, hat and scarf. With Salena’s expert guidance, you’ll be able to crochet your own projects with confidence!

About

Salena Baca
Salena Baca

INSTITUTION

Craftsy

Salena Baca has been hooked on crochet for more than 25 years, and began designing in 2009. Salena is also the founder of several crochet organizations, including the Design Wars Challenge, The Pattern Pack and the American Crochet Association.

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Tools & Materials

01: Tools & Materials

Salena begins class by going over the different types of crochet hooks as well as other key tools you'll need to get started.

11 min
Yarn

02: Yarn

Get a better understanding of yarn as Salena covers some important essentials including yarn weights, fibers and colors, plus tips on choosing the best beginner-friendly yarns.

20 min
Chain Stitch

03: Chain Stitch

Once you understand the basics of hooks and yarn, start using them together as you learn to hold your hook and make a slip knot. From there, practice stitching chains, one of the most fundamental crochet stitches and your foundation for things to come!

14 min
Single Crochet

04: Single Crochet

Now, start building on your chains with the single crochet stitch. Salena shows you how to work into the chain, turn your row and examine the fabric to help you gain an understanding of the swatch you're working.

25 min
Half Double Crochet

05: Half Double Crochet

Next up, the half double crochet stitch! Similar to the single crochet, work this slightly longer stitch together into a starting chain, then turn the row.

17 min
Double Crochet

06: Double Crochet

Ready to tackle your next stitch? Building on the stitches from previous lessons, work a practice swatch to learn about placement and get familiar with the fabric you're creating.

17 min
Triple Crochet

07: Triple Crochet

Salena guides you through the last foundation stitch, and tallest one yet: the triple crochet. Work a sample swatch to learn about placement and get familiar with the fabric you're creating.

17 min
Understanding Patterns

08: Understanding Patterns

After you've practiced the basic stitches, learn how to follow directions. In this lesson, take an in-depth look at a written pattern so you can make sense of what you're reading.

12 min
Headband

09: Headband

Now that you know the basic stitches and how to read a pattern, start your first project: a cute headband! Salena shares a few new techniques, such as how to crochet through just one loop and seam your ends with a crochet hook.

23 min
Working in Rounds

10: Working in Rounds

Once you know how to work a project in rows, crochet in the round as you learn to work open tubes and flat circles.

31 min
Cowl

11: Cowl

Put your round crochet skills to the test as you work your second project, a beautiful cowl! Salena shares a new stitch pattern as you work through the project, step by step.

24 min
Bulky Hat

12: Bulky Hat

Practice the center-out round method to create your third project, a cute bulky hat that's worked from the top down. Start with a magic circle and work increases to shape your hat. Then see how to change colors to finish it off.

32 min
Cluster Scarf

13: Cluster Scarf

Start your fourth and final project, a cluster scarf, as you learn to work a complex specialty stitch, the cluster stitch. Afterwards, Salena shows you how to make color changes in rows and read more complex patterns, including a crochet diagram, to complete your scarf.

33 min