Is Learning How to Crochet on Your To-Do List?

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to crochet you’ve come to the right place. Although I’m nowhere near equipped to teach this crafty skill, I’ve taken out some of the overwhelm by sorting through many ‘learn to crochet’ tutorials and compiled a list of the top 3 teachers who were able to get my little crocheting group off to a flying start.

My Crocheting Story

I actually dabbled in crochet in my teenage years when I was given a kit to make a big orange teddy bear. It was so much fun to make but I can’t for the life of me remember now a single step in the crocheting process besides moving some wool around a hook.

I hadn’t really thought about crocheting again since making that teddy bear until recently when I was on holidays with my family. I took some time (an hour but it only felt like 5 minutes!) to browse through a gorgeous little craft shop. It was full of magical supplies and ideas for things to make, including a book on crocheting the cutest little Christmas ornaments. It was so tempting to buy but I put it back thinking ‘well I can’t crochet so what’s the point?’  I’m kicking myself now because as it turns out my friends and I have inadvertently created a crocheting club.

The Woolly Blobbers Crocheting Club

After coming home from that holiday I couldn’t stop thinking about the crocheting book and how much I’d love to make little ornaments as handmade Christmas gifts. One day I mentioned to a friend my newfound enthusiasm to learn (or I guess relearn) how to crochet. We had one of those moments where it feels like the universe is making everything fall into place. She stared at me and said ‘Me too! I’ve been thinking about it for ages but don’t know where to start!’ So we decided then and there to get together to learn how to crochet. Later that night she called another friend to invite her to join in too. The friend said she’d give it a go but it would just turn out to look like a ‘woolly blob’. And so, the Woolly Blobbers Crocheting Club was born!

 

Our Top 3 Teachers to Help You Learn How to Crochet

When we came together for our inaugural meeting of the Woolly Blobbers Crocheting Club (Woolly Blobbers for short), of course the first thing we did was Google ‘learn how to crochet’. So many different YouTube videos came up that it was a bit overwhelming and hard to decide which one to choose first. We probably went through about 50 – some good and some not so good. So to make it easier for you and give you a good place to start, in no particular order as they’re all awesome, here are our 3 favourites.

aussiecrochetchick

Being Australian, we thought we’d look up an Australian teacher first. We found aussiecrochetchick and were not disappointed. She speaks slowly, her videos are clear and her blue nails are mesmerizing! aussiecrochetchick has a series of 14 videos to take you from making your first slip knot right though to a ‘half treble crochet decrease’. I’m not quite sure what that means yet but I know it won’t be long with her instructions.

simplydaisy

simplydaisy has a whole array of crochet tutorials for different skill levels. There are videos on crocheting all kinds of cool things like granny squares, flowers and hexagons. We got the most out of her videos ‘How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners: Part 1’ and  ‘How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners: Part 2’.

naztazia

All of the videos we initially watched were for right-handed crocheters. I was able to adapt to them but, as I’m left-handed, of course I wanted to find tutorials for left-handers. naztazia’s videos are great as left-handed tutorials like this one are provided. They were so much easier to follow as I could focus on mirroring exactly what she was doing rather then trying to make my brain turn the crocheting around in my head as well. Each ‘hand’ has 2 videos – starting from the basics to a ‘half double crochet slip stitch chain’. Again, I don’t know what that means but I can’t wait until I can speak fluent ‘crochet’.

So there it is. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to crochet, these videos are a great place to begin.

Time to get yourself a crocheting hook and some wool and get started!

Let me know how you go in the comments  

 

* Just to let you know, I am NOT affiliated with any of the websites mentioned in this post. I am recommending them only because I personally found them useful and thought you might too.

 

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