Hold a hook & yarn
First things first, learn how to hold a crochet hook in one hand and yarn in the other.
Count stitches, rounds, and rows
How to count stitches, rounds, and rows.
Identify the right side of crochet
Once you’ve crocheted a few rounds, you work will naturally curve. But which side should actually face out?
Use stitch markers
Learn how to use stitch markers to keep track of where you are.
Quick reference guide for US and UK abbreviations and terminology.
Read a crochet pattern
Learn how to understand crochet pattern instructions.
Slip stitch (sl st)
One of the quickest stitches in crochet, often used as part of the technique to fasten off a round crochet piece.
Single crochet (sc)
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.
Turning chain (ch 1 & turn)
Use this technique to crochet new rows.
Half double crochet (hdc)
This stitch is the halfway point between a single and double crochet stitch.
Double crochet (dc)
The double crochet stitch is twice the height of a single crochet stitch.
Bobble stitch (dc5tog)
Crochet 5 double crochet stitches together to create a bobble stitch.
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.
Start round piece with a chain
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.
Crochet in rows
How to create a slip knot, crochet a foundation chain, and the following rows.
Crochet an oval
Circles, rectangles, and now ovals, oh my!
Learn how to change colors in the round and in rows.
Add another yarn ball
Ran out of yarn? Learn how to add another yarn ball.
Use safety eyes
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.
Close a ball
How to fasten off and weave in the yarn tails of a self-contained piece of amigurumi, like a ball.
Hide yarn tails
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
Embroider a curve to give your amigurumi a smile or sleepy eyes.
Embroider a nose & mouth
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.
Invisible fasten off for open edges
How to fasten off, and prep a piece where the edge will be visible and even when attached to another piece.
Sew a flat piece onto a 3D piece
Learn how to sew a flat piece onto a 3D piece.
Sew amigurumi parts together
Now that you have all the pieces of your amigurumi, learn how to attach them together, also known as joining pieces
Weave in ends
Weave in yarn tails to secure your piece.
Sew two edges with the same number of stitches together.
Slip stitch join (sl st join)
Add yarn in a different direction with a slip stitch join.
Crochet through front or back loops only (flo, blo)
What it means to crochet through the front or back loops only.
Turn a chain into a ring
How to join the ends of a foundation chain to turn into a ring.
Mistakes are part of the crocheting process, and luckily they're easy to find and fix.