Learn How to Crochet [Step-By-Step Video Tutorial for Beginners]

I’m so excited that you’re ready to learn how to crochet! This step-by-step video tutorial covers everything from picking your materials to weaving in your ends. Find a comfy chair and get ready to learn your new favorite skill.

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Essential crochet tools and notions for beginners. Crochet hooks, tapestry needles, scissors, tape measure, and more. |


Crochet is the practice of making compound knots into fabric using a hooked tool. With a crochet hook and yarn, you can make anything from decorations for your home to clothing, toys, heirlooms, gifts, and anything else your heart desires. And crochet is not as hard as you might think With a little patience and the right teacher, you got this!

What You Will Learn

There are hundreds of blog posts, books, and videos out there teaching crochet. My video sets itself apart by not only teaching you how to crochet but also helping you truly understand what you just did. Learning to crochet is the foundation of your knowledge. Having a strong foundation will help you better grasp more complex concepts down the line.

Here’s what you can expect from my learn to crochet video:

  • What materials are best to learn crochet
  • Holding your hook and yarn
  • How to make a slipknot and understanding the starting chain
  • A full walkthrough of single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch
  • How to work in turned rows
  • How to fasten off and weave in ends


Your initial investment in crochet should be pretty minimal. The items mentioned here would collectively cost less than $20 (USD) if purchased brand new. For learning, consider borrowing materials from another crocheter, dropping by a thrift store to scout for supplies, or get a coupon before shopping at your local craft store.

To learn how to crochet, gather the following materials:

  • YARN: Smooth yarn with a medium-to-light color that is consistent throughout. I recommend a category 4 worsted weight yarn or a category 5 bulky weight yarn. If you need some help picking a yarn, check out THIS post.
  • HOOK: A crochet hook, specifically a 5.5mm for worsted weight yarn or a 6.5mm for bulky weight yarn. Learn more about crochet hooks in THIS post.
  • NOTIONS: Scissors, a tapestry needle, and locking stitch markers. Learn more about crochet accessories in THIS post.

Learn How To Crochet

Click play on the video below and let your crochet journey begin!

Continue Your Crochet Journey

Now that you know the basics of crochet, there is a whole yarny world to explore. Try new yarns, stitches, and patterns to better understand your crochet style and what you like to make. Start with a few of these resources:

If you’re looking for like-minded crochet fanatics, join the TLYC Makers Facebook group. We are small but mighty and we enjoy sharing our latest projects and helping each other out. Request access to this private group HERE.

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  • Reply Maria C

    Thank you Toni!! I am so excited to watch the video this evening and practice after work. I have all the items ready to start. You are an amazing woman to take the time to teach us all the basics from the hooks, essential tools and notions, and even how to hold your yarn properly. Can’t wait to continue this journey with you.

    July 16, 2021 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Maria C

    I was so excited to see your post this afternoon!! I am all ready to start practicing this evening while I watch the video. You are such an amazing woman to take the time and energy to create this academy for us beginners and current crochets’ who are learning something new with each post. You inspiring me to practice something new. Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing your email each and every day.

    July 16, 2021 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Mayra

    This is great information for the past few days and think you Toni for making this and have a great weekend.

    July 16, 2021 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    I’ve been crocheting for a long time and still struggle with tension – man do I love to go tight! I realized watching your videos that my tension issue has a lot to do with my hook hand rather than how I’m holding the yarn … this has really helped me start to loosen up!

    July 16, 2021 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Easter

    Hi Toni,

    I just finished by swatch and it looks pretty good. I have to figure out how to tag you a picture. I enjoyed the video. The steps were clear and I understood them. Of course, I had to back up the video a couple of times to keep up and to make sure I was in the correct spot. I have done the stitches before, but now I understand the anatomy of the stitches better.

    July 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Brenda Stroud

    Thanks Toni for this video! It was so informative! I’m excited to see more!

    July 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    That was a great video! I have been crocheting for about 2 years now and I learned things that I’m going to start doing that I didn’t know. I love the chain 1 method for all the stitches when turning. I hate the holes they leave especially with the double crochet. And also the tension method, especially with the slip stitches. I’m also too tight and can’t get back into them. Thank you Toni so much for the info. Loved it!!

    July 16, 2021 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Frances A

    Toni, thank you for the very detailed video. Even though I know all of the basic stitches I want to show my 11 year old granddaughter this video. I’m lefthanded and she is lefthanded but when she pick up the crochet hook she used her right hand. I was so disappointed because I though I would be able to teach her how to Anyway I really liked how you broke everything down. I hope this will help her to learn the basic. Can’t wait for next week. I have really enjoyed the class and have learned alot. Have a great weekend!!!

    July 16, 2021 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Gehad

    Hello, I have a problem, that after taking off the stitch marker i can’t identify the stitch do you have any advice for that?

    July 16, 2021 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Alek Felis

    What a lovely video, Toni, thank you so much! My friend Chris taught me how to crochet by giving me bunch of her favorite links. And now I’m excited to found someone and help her to learns too via your video. Which cover the whole necessarily basic in less than hour! Wonderful synthesized and structured!

    July 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Marie

    You’re a genius!

    July 17, 2021 at 2:08 am
  • Reply Paul Mabberley

    Thank you. That was fantastic. I’ve been crocheting for a little while now but the help with tension and hook holding was invaluable. Can’t wait for this he next posts

    July 17, 2021 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Dawn

    This is the most valuable and the very best post of Crochet Academy so far! The video is truly worth the time because it is slow enough for the *complete* newbie, but detailed enough to answer questions that someone who has been crocheting a year can appreciate. Thank you so much for this post and video.

    July 18, 2021 at 6:36 pm
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