Crochet: Basics & Beyond

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Instructor Kim Werker, Crochet Expert
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn about yarn, hooks, and other tools and start with the most basic crochet stitch: the chain stitch.
  • numbers Discover how to fix mistakes and get tips for keeping them from happening again.
  • numbers Learn common pattern abbreviations and how the stitch symbols in a diagram help you visualize your stitches.
  • numbers Discover how to measure gauge so that your projects always end up the right size.

Course Overview

Learn the stitches, tools, and techniques you need to get started with crochet! In this course produced by Craftsy—the popular online educational site dedicated to creative projects of all types—you join author and popular blogger Kim Werker as she provides step-by-step instruction for getting started—from selecting the right yarn and deciphering tricky yarn labels to properly holding your hook and working yarn. You’ll love Kim’s down-to-earth approach as she teaches you a basic chain stitch and demonstrates single, double, and half-double crochet and the slip stitch! Learn how to work in rows, keep your crochet on track, and troubleshoot rows gone wrong. Then, learn three different ways to get started working in the round and become comfortable reading patterns! Finally, combine your new skills to create a charming granny square blanket you’ll be proud to display or give.
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8 lectures
 |  Average 26 minutes each
  • 1
    Getting Started
    Meet your instructor, Kim Werker, as she introduces you to the world of crochet. Learn about yarn, hooks, and other tools and start with the most basic crochet stitch: the chain stitch. Kim will offer advice for how to hold your hook and show you the way she tensions her yarn. x
  • 2
    The Basic Stitches
    Now that you feel comfortable using a hook and creating a basic chain stitch, move on to the fundamentals of crochet: the single, half double, double, and treble crochet stitches. Kim will walk you through each stitch, one at a time, and show you exactly how it is formed. Examine the anatomy of each stitch and learn to recognize and prevent common mistakes. x
  • 3
    Working in Rows
    Build your stitches into fabric as you learn to create the foundation chain, the beginning of any piece worked in rows. Learn how to work into the chain and keep crocheting as you turn your work to create rows of beautiful textured fabric. Then, finish your first swatch as you learn to fasten off and weave in your ends. x
  • 4
    Troubleshooting Row Work
    Did your swatch not turn out exactly as you had expected? No problem. This lesson is all about discovering what can go wrong and how to avoid making the same mistake in the future. Witness how losing or adding stitches and improper hook insertion affect the shape of your fabric as Kim shows you how to fix mistakes and offers tips for keeping them from happening again. x
  • 5
    Working in the Round
    Now that you're comfortable working in rows, expand your crochet abilities to include round projects as well! Kim will show you how to create fabric that spirals out from the center as you learn three ways to start rounds: chain ring, expanding slip knot, and magic adjustable ring. Learn to increase stitches and calculate how many you'll need to add from one round to the next to create a flat circle. x
  • 6
    How to Read a Pattern
    Get a crash course on pattern reading as Kim takes you through the written directions for a granny square blanket and also shows you how to read a crochet diagram. Learn common pattern abbreviations and how the stitch symbols in a diagram help you visualize your stitches. Then, Kim challenges you to make your first granny square using the pattern only! x
  • 7
    The Granny Square
    How did that granny square turn out? Need a little more help? Don't worry. Kim will diagram the elements of a granny square then walk you stitch by stitch through each round as you watch her square form before your eyes. Learn how to turn the corner and join each round, and how the granny square pattern builds on itself to create a relaxing item to crochet. x
  • 8
    Rounding Out Your Knowledge
    Finish your exploration of crochet with the essential techniques that will take your stitches to the next level. Learn how to change colors in the middle of a round and at the end of a row. Discover how to measure gauge so that your projects always end up the right size and learn how simple changes in the way you make stitches can create fabric with a completely different look. Finally, learn how easy it is to decrease and witness the curvy, flowing fabric that can be created quickly and easily in crochet! x

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Kim Werker

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Kim Werker, Crochet Expert
Kim Werker is a writer, editor, instructor and maker who has tapped into the immense power of the internet through blogging, teaching and running the online magazine-turned-social-media-network Crochet Me. Aside from her Web-based endeavors, Kim was also the editor for Interweave Crochet from 2006 to 2008. You might recognize her from her multiple books, including Make It Mighty Ugly, a project about shrugging off the...
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Crochet: Basics & Beyond is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful instructor! I’m so glad that I ordered this class. I’m an experienced knitter, but have never tried crochet. I knew I would need to start with the basics, so I took a chance on this course. I love it! I’ve taken lots of classes over the years, both in person and online. Kim is one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. She’s very cute and personable, thorough without being tedious, kind and gentle (“mistakes are normal!”), and clearly enjoys sharing her love of crochet. I ordered this course in duplicate: one for me and one for my daughter. We’re both going to learn a lot, and have fun doing it!
Date published: 2020-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this course !! I'm an absolute beginner to crochet and having these videos to replay over and over, so that I can get the basics down pat is exactly what I needed. Kim Werker is a delightful instructor, she's very knowledgeable and her instructions are easy to follow, love her bright and bubbly personality too!
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Folloe Bought this for my wife. She finds it easy to follow with great hints and nice instructions
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presentation for refresher or beginner I just completed this course and it was very helpful. I learned a couple of things that had been bothering me in my work.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course for Beginners I bought this course and have been working through it. It is excellent - clearly showing how to do the stitches, what common mistakes are, how to position your work, etc. I had crocheted a little when I was a kid, but could not remember how to do any of the stitches and this course is very well structured; it allows you to practice between sessions and easily flip back if you need a refresher on any individual stitch or lesson. The instructor is very clear and easy to understand. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to start crocheting.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great class for learning basics! I know how to crochet but I learned what each stitch is called so now I can follow the directions. Great for reviewing also.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST!! I have surfed the net and watched many videos on how to basic crochet. This course is so much better than any other I have viewed. Thank you.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for beginners or review! I'm a long time crocheter but I learned a couple of tricks that were very helpful to me. Enjoyed the information and presentation.
Date published: 2017-04-25
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