First things first, learn how to hold a crochet hook in one hand and yarn in the other.
How to count stitches, rounds, and rows.
Once you’ve crocheted a few rounds, you work will naturally curve. But which side should actually face out?
Learn how to use stitch markers to keep track of where you are.
Quick reference guide for US and UK abbreviations and terminology.
Learn how to understand crochet pattern instructions.
Learn what it means to yarn over – the most basic building block of almost every stitch.
One of the quickest stitches in crochet, often used as part of the technique to fasten off a round crochet piece.
The basic stitch for crochet, including amigurumi.
Single crochet twice into the same stitch, to make your piece grow larger. Learn both the regular increase and invisible increase.
Reduce the size of your piece by turning two stitches into one. Learn both the regular decrease and invisible decrease.
Another quick crochet stitch, often used to create loops like basket handles, or embellishments like doll hair.
Use this technique to crochet new rows.
This stitch is the halfway point between a single and double crochet stitch.
The double crochet stitch is twice the height of a single crochet stitch.
Crochet 5 double crochet stitches together to create a bobble stitch.
Take three stitches and turn them into one
Made a mistake? Don't sweat it. Learn how to undo your mistakes and get back on track.
Also known as a magic loop, magic circle, adjustable ring, or drawstring ring. This is a popular way to start round crochet pieces.
Magic ring too tricky? Try starting a round piece with a chain instead.
This is the first step to begin some crochet techniques, such as a chain or slip stitch join.
How to create a slip knot, crochet a foundation chain, and the following rows.
Circles, rectangles, and now ovals, oh my!
Learn how to change colors in the round and in rows.
Ran out of yarn? Learn how to add another yarn ball.
Also known as craft eyes, these are small pieces of round plastic that give life to your toys.
Two ways to stuff amigurumi to keep your piece looking smooth.
How to fasten off and weave in the yarn tails of a self-contained piece of amigurumi, like a ball.
How to hide yarn tails in a 3D crochet piece.
Don't want to use plastic eyes? Embroider eyes instead.
Embroider blush to give your amigurumi a little bit more charm.
Embroider a curve to give your amigurumi a smile or sleepy eyes.
Embroider a simple nose and mouth onto amigurumi.
When you're done crocheting a piece, fasten off to keep your stitches secure. Then either weave in the yarn tail or use it to sew this piece onto another.
How to fasten off, and prep a piece where the edge will be visible and even when attached to another piece.
Learn how to sew a flat piece onto a 3D piece.
Now that you have all the pieces of your amigurumi, learn how to attach them together, also known as joining pieces
Weave in yarn tails to secure your piece.
Sew two edges with the same number of stitches together.
Add yarn in a different direction with a slip stitch join.
What it means to crochet through the front or back loops only.
How to join the ends of a foundation chain to turn into a ring.
Embroider common details onto your amigurumi to either give them a little bit more pizzazz or make them safe for kids and pets.
Mistakes are part of the crocheting process, and luckily they're easy to find and fix.