Are you learning how to crochet? Well, every crafter needs resources to help them out, and for the crocheter it is a stitch guide. This handy little tool is in most beginner’s crochet books, but the web is also a valuable source for free crochet patterns and stitch guides which include your choice of photo shots, drawn pictures and video. You just have to know where to look.
For basic crochet instructions I recommend you check out DMC’s stitch guide at http://www.dmc.com/majic/pageServer/1w010100iv/en_US/Crochet-Stitch-Guide.html. If you are just starting out here is a great site for basic stitches. It has the most common used stitches in crochet patterns which includes single, double and triple crochet, popcorn, picot and the increase and decrease stitches. Each set of instructions comes complete with beautifully drawn pictures showing the steps and arrows indicating which loops to insert your hook into. This is a great quick guide for any beginner.
Tip Nut is also a great site to check out. Their guide is set up in the form of lessons allowing you to click on a video, picture or illustrated tutorial to help you learn the stitches in an order easiest for someone who is just learning. You can check it out at http://tipnut.com/learn-how-to-crochet-free-resource-guide/.
Hass Design at http://www.hassdesign.com/StitchLegend/ is another place to go if you’re looking for basic stitches in video format. So for those of you out there who learn best when you see someone else do it first: this site is for you. Hass Design also has the stitch symbols next to the video link, a rarity among stitch guides as symbols are not as widely used as abbreviated patterns. Both US/Japan and European symbols are represented so this guide is universal.
Crochet Pattern Central is one of the top sites for crochet patterns so it comes as no surprise that their stitch guide is expansive. This site holds links to over 100 stitches, all arranged alphabetically (as opposed to degree of difficulty in which many sites use). This allows the intermediate or advanced crocheter to quickly find the stitch they are looking for, rather than having to weed through all the stitches trying to find what one they are looking for. This way if your pattern calls for a star stitch you can find it quickly with the rest of the “s” stitches. Included on this site are the symbols “+” and ” * ” to let you know if the linked site requires free sign-up or is in PDF format. http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/stitches.php
Finally http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm is my top choice. Designed for the crocheter, it has three columns: column 1 has the stitch name and the pattern abbreviation, column 2 the stitch name as well as other names the stitch may go by and column 3 has the crochet tool needed, written instruction on how to do the stitch, any links to illustrations, tutorials and videos, and history of the stitch. While the information on this site is vast it does have a few less stitches than Crochet Pattern Central.
Another plus to all these sites is that they have links to other resources – including free patterns!
Whether a novice or master crocheter once you pick up that hook you’ll find that you have a hard time putting it back down so, why not spend that time reading about crochet instead!