If you’ve just purchased (or inherited) your first crochet hook and ball of yarn and are unsure of how to where to start, this is for you. I’ve rounded up 35 easy crochet stitches for beginners which include both the basics as well as some very unique stitches you can include in your projects.
Often, people will say that crochet beginners can only work really simple stitches row after row but I’m here to tell you that even though some of them look tricky, if you find the right tutorial and teacher then even with just basic knowledge you can absolutely create all of these easy crochet stitches.
There’s a variety of easy tutorials including videos, pictures, written instructions, and charts. All of the instructions are given clearly with great detail to help you figure out how to achieve the stitch and most importantly what to use it in!
Alongside the tutorials, some of the designers have mentioned projects and easy patterns you can make which is great for practice!
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Which crochet stitches should I learn first?
Looking at a big long list of stitches and tutorials might seem intimidating so it’s best to break them down into stitches that just use one stitch (like the half double crochet) and then ones that involve a number of stitches in a simple repeat to create the final pattern (like the larksfoot stitch).
If you haven’t ever picked up a crochet hook then don’t worry! All of the tutorials and instructions for crochet stitches are from designers that I know have broken the process down for you. There will either be step by step pictures or a video tutorial to guide you through.
What materials do I start off with?
While yarn and crochet hooks are something that will definitely vary from project to project, other essentials you might need whilst learning crochet stitches include:
Stitch markers which are helpful for keeping count of stitches (some of the tutorials are worked over specific multiples)
35 Easy Crochet Stitches for Beginners – The List
Here are some fabulous crochet stitches for beginners that I’ve found. While you’re going through them, you’ll be introduced to amazing crocheters who have libraries full of patterns for you to try out.
A lot of those patterns feature the stitch they’re teaching. So if you’ve found favorites, be sure to browse their website for more you can do with them.
Easy Crochet Stitches for Beginners
Easy Crochet Stitches Featuring Single Crochet (sc)
The single crochet stitch is generally one of the first that people learn. It's a super simple stitch that some might find boring but what if I told you that you can create crochet that looks like it's knitted or texture that nothing else can compare with?! Yep, all with the easy single crochet stitch! Let me show you some ideas:
You can crochet the Moss Stitch (also called Linen stitch or Granite stitch) flat or in the round. It has a grain-like texture to it and looks beautiful when made with different colors. Video and photo tutorials are included.
The Purl Single Crochet Stitch is a variation of the standard single crochet and adds a “purl element” to your crochet, all by changing the position of the working yarn. Video and photo tutorials are included.
The half double crochet is a slightly taller stitch that is my fabourite (don't tell anyone!). It's a really versatile crochet stitch that gives you an extra loop when you work it so has lots of scope for creating really textured fabrics.
The double crochet is probably one of the most recognised beginner stitches. It is the basis for the traditional granny square and also the regular corner to corner stitch too. There are so many other possibilities with this stitch too though!
This is an alternative to a starting chain and is great for both saving time since you work the foundation and first rows together and the length easy to adjust without unraveling all the way to the start. Photo tutorial is included.
This is one of the basic crochet stitches which comes after a double crochet, adding more height to the stitch. Video and photo tutorials are included.
Easy Tunisian Crochet Tutorials
Tunisian crochet stitches can be for beginners too! In fact, I would dare say that once you get the hang of them they are easier than the regular crochet stitches I've already shown you. Have you ever tried any?
This is another knit-look stitch used in Tunisian crochet. Video and photo tutorials are included.
Crochet Stitches for Adventurous Beginners
I know that there are lots of adventurous beginners out there when it comes to learniing crochet stitches! So, if that's you then why not have a go at some of these. They are more involved but not more difficult in my opinion 🙂