I began crocheting at about twelve years old when my mom taught me how to start and I’ve been ‘hooked’ ever since. After reading this guide, you’ll have learned the basics of crocheting and how to make your very own scarf.
Before you start, there are a few things you need. First, you need a crochet hook, which come in many different sizes designated by the letter on the hook. If you want to use a thin yarn for a tightly, you would want a hook sized G or smaller. If you want to use thick yarn, you would use a size H or larger. Then you will need yarn of any bulk or color depending on what you want your scarf to look like. It’s also beneficial to get a pattern book or magazine, but in this article I’ll be explaining how to make a scarf without a pattern.
Once you have the materials you need, you need to pick a stitch. There are many different stitches, so here I’m just going to list the basic stitches that make up most other patterns you’ll find. Before you begin, create a slip knot to put on your hook.
The first stitch you must learn is the chain stitch. It is how you will begin every project you crochet. With your hook in the slip knot, you simply ‘yarn over’, which means wrap it around your hook once, and pull it through the slip knot’s loop. To begin your scarf, you must repeat this stitch until the scarf if as long as you want it. After you finish this first row, decide what stitch you want to use, and from there crochet extra chains to begin the next row, which I will tell you how many you need for each stitch.
The single crochet is the next stitch to consider, which you need to crochet one extra chain for this stitch. Insert the hook into the chain before the extra one you just made. Yarn over, then pull the hook through the chain you just put the hook through. Now you should have two loops on the hook, then yarn over again and pull the hook through both the loops.
Next is the half-double crochet. This stitch also needs one extra chain to start. Insert the hook into the chain before the extra one (2nd one from the hook), yarn over, pull through the loop, which should leave you with three loops on the hook, yarn over again, and pull the hook through all three loops.
Then we have the double crochet. I’ve always created two extra chains for this stitch, but I’ve also seen patterns where they make three extra chains. Insert the hook in the third or fourth chain from the hook, depending on how many extra chains you make, yarn over, and pull the hook through. You should have three loops on the hook. From here, yarn over and pull the hook through two of the loops, then yarn over again and pull it through the last two.
There are a few other stitches that are considered basic stitches, but these three lay the foundation of all crochet so I only listed these three to make it easier for you to make your first scarf.
Once you finish your first and second rows, crochet the extra chains and repeat the stitch in all the new loops you created with your previous stitches. Continue to make these rows until your scarf is as wide as you’d like.
To finish, you have to fasten off your yarn. To fasten off, cut your yarn with about 6 inches left to tie with, yarn over and pull the hook through the last loop and pull it tight. I usually pull the yarn also through the loop you create before pulling it tight. Then you weave the hanging piece of yarn in and out of a few of the stitches to make your scarf seamless because if you cut it, you risk the knot coming undone and then your entire scarf will come undone.
I hope that these instructions inspire you to begin crocheting and teach properly the basics of this craft. If you’re having trouble, everything you need can be found at Crochet Pattern Central. This site not only gives you easy instructions for stitches, it also has thousands of free patterns to choose from. Here is the link for all their free scarf patterns if you’re having trouble, which range from beginner to advance and will tell you what size hook and yarn to use.
Thank you very much for taking the time to learn the basics of my favorite craft. Happy crocheting!