We should have probably posted this earlier, but we got so excited that we skipped ahead a bit. I didn't realize until this morning, that a beginner wouldn't be able to even start the Single Crochet Stitch without learning to Chain first... duh, on my part.
So here is a quick guide to a few basics of crocheting:
The Chain Stitch (ch):
Just about every project I have ever done starts out with chaining. When I taught my crochet class, I thought it would take me the first 5 minutes to get everyone to master the chain... I was wrong, it took the whole hour of class to get everyone on the same page. So don't worry if it takes you a bit to master the chain... there are LOTS of people that find it a bit tricky. But the key is practice and soon it will be second nature!
For pictures and written instructions, please see this site here! (Left-handers click here!)
Here's the video:
The Slip Stitch (ss):
It is embarrassing to admit, but when I first started crocheting I thought the slip stitch was the single crochet. I actually made a whole headband in nothing but slip stitches!! I felt like such a dork!
There are way better websites to explain the slip stitch than I can. But I will point you in the right direction!
Here is a really good video on how to slip stitch:
At the end of the pattern you are doing, it will say "finish off". This is how you do that:
Working in Rounds:
You will need to know this if you are going to make a hat or anything rounded. The beginning of the pattern will sometimes say: "Ch 4, ss in first ch to form loop" This means, you will chain 4 times, then you will slip stitch into the first chain hole and it will form a loop.
Here is a great video that explains all about working in rounds:
I hope that helps you get off to a great start!!
Note: If you are a book learner, and videos don't help, Lion Brand Yarn has a fantastic illustrated guide you should check out! You can see it here!
You can also check out these beginner crochet posts:
So you want to Crochet: Starting Out
So you want to Crochet: How to Read a Pattern
How to do the Single Crochet Stitch
8 Free Patterns to Practice Single Crochet