How to Crochet: Your 3 Basic Crochet Stitches (video)

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If you can crochet these 3 basic crochet stitches, then you can make just about anything with your yarn. Or so they say. I learned these three basic crochet stitches more than 20 years ago and it wasn’t until my mom told me to get over to YouTube (because I happen to be a visual learner) and learn some other cool crochet stuff. But I do think it’s safe to say that these 3 stitches really are the base for most of what you’ll do with creating your best crochet projects.

Related: Learn to crochet your chain…

basic crochet stitches

And seriously, one simply stacks atop the other, you simply have to know when to yarn over. I’ve collected this series of YouTube videos to help you get the hang of it and then it’s just practice until you learn your own individual way through crochet. Your tension, how you hold your yarn, and what you’ll create next, are all up to you.

Let’s learn how to crochet: your 3 basic crochet stitches!

Single Crochet:

With this first video, Mikey (just one of my favorite go-to’s at YouTube for crochet) shows you how to make your slip knot, your chain, and then how to single crochet. He is incredibly thorough and takes his time taking us through just how to crochet a single stitch. He also does note tension and how else to hold your yarn. You’ll have to get into your own rhythm, but I can guarantee that just about anyone can learn this simple single crochet.

Double Crochet:

In this video, you learn how to double crochet, also known as a treble stitch (in the UK, etc.) – it’s best not to confuse yourself. This double crochet stitch is the most common (and with other variations) stitch you’ll ever use, more than likely. It’s fun and easy and takes your crocheting to the next level. You’ll learn how to move from row to row and with ease. You may also note that his sample piece has another stitch between the single and double – the half double. We’ll get to that soon – for now, just concentrate on getting your double crochet stitch down pat.

Triple Crochet:

This triple crochet stitch, the third of these basic crochet stitches is not as commonly used as the first two, but just as much fun to create. Also known as the double treble crochet stitch, it’s a very simple stitch to work, and Mikey shows you how to chain (the required amount), the actual stitch, and how to turn and begin again. You’ll see how well your project will continue with this triple stitch. And you’ll note that with this stitch, your project grows much more quickly than with the single and double crochet stitch.

And that’s it. Your 3 basic crochet stitches to get you going with how to crochet. Again, if you are a visual learner like me, you’ll soon be creating beautiful crochet projects with ease, by simply knowing these 3 basic stitches. Keep practicing and reap the reward of your labor with knowing how to stitch each single, double, and triple crochet.


Sandra Lynn



My latest WIP (work in progress), a fabulous afghan, using the brick stitch. More on this, soon!

Basic Crochet Stitches

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