How to Crochet – 30 Day Newbie Series

Sign up for our new How to Crochet in 30 days series! It features a streamlined supply list and daily patterns/tutorials to teach newbie crocheters everything they need to know.
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I’m thrilled to announce a brand new FREE “how to crochet” series, coming to you on November 1, 2020! Each day in Newbie November, I’ll drop a brand new stitch tutorial, simple beginner pattern, or newbie round-up. During and after November 2020, you can sign up for the 30 day Newbie Series at any time.

This free “How to Crochet” series is for you if you:

  • want to learn how to crochet or teach someone how to crochet
  • are unsure of the order to learn stitches
  • struggled to piece together a crochet curriculum using blog posts and random YouTube videos
  • crave structure and clear goals, and you kind of wish there was crochet homework to keep you on track
  • don’t know which “beginner” patterns are for true beginners
  • love quick, simple crochet patterns
  • want a streamlined supply list, so you don’t spend lots of money on a brand new hobby

If any or all of those sound like you, then sign up for the Newbie Series email list here! ⬇️⬇️

three balls of yarn, two crochet hooks, and a pouch on a blue background with text "learn how to crochet - free 30 day newbie series - you should craft"

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of the links, you will pay the same prices as always, but You Should Craft will receive a small commission that helps us provide free crochet patterns.

What will we learn?

Great question! “How to crochet” is pretty vague, right?

Well, we’re starting with chains and moving up from there. Crocheters who finish the full 30 day series will be able to:

  • Crochet a starting chain and basic stitches (single, half-double, and double crochets)
  • Identify the parts of a chain and parts of the stitches
  • Read a simple chart and a simple written pattern
  • Work in rows and rounds (both with closed center and open center)
  • Change colors at the end of a row
  • Join a new skein within a row
  • Complete simple increases and decreases

Each day will have a list of objectives (just like the one above), so you can check off your accomplishments as you complete each lesson.

What will we crochet?

If you follow along for the whole Newbie Series, you’ll finish 14 different beginner patterns. Each pattern is designed to help you practice your new crochet skills. I tried to focus on functional, modern items that would make great gifts for your friends and family.

HINT: there’s only one dishcloth. 😉

I don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but here’s a preview of some of the patterns you’ll be working on in the series:

The above picture features crocheted scrunchies, a twisted ear warmer, and coffee cup sleeves with sweet little bows.

Almost every pattern can be finished in 1-2 hours, and many are even shorter. If you’re a slower crocheter, don’t worry! There are buffer days that will give you a chance to catch-up.

What supplies/materials do I need?

Y’ALL. This is my favorite part about the whole how to crochet series! I simplified the materials list so you don’t need to spend buckets of money on a brand new hobby.

For your main supplies, you’ll need two hooks and two types of worsted weight yarn (acrylic and cotton). You’ll also need standard notions like stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needles, and measuring tape.

A couple of the projects require extra supplies that I’m hoping you have on hand. For those, you’ll need: 2 one inch buttons, stuffing (poly-fil or fabric scraps), 12 inch stick or dowel, and one metal-free hair elastic.

WeCrochet supplied the materials for this series and is my favorite place to shop for yarn. It’s inexpensive, they focus only on crocheting, and I love that they have free US shipping over $35!

WeCrochet Shopping List:

USA total: $48.84 + tax, includes free shipping 🤯

WeCrochet also ships to Canada, Australia, and the UK, but I’m not sure of the shipping prices.

Of course, you can purchase your yarn and hooks from anywhere you like. If you’re in the USA, Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics are great options that will definitely have everything you need. You may also be able to find yarn and hooks at WalMart or Dollar Tree, though it’s store dependent and the selection will be more limited. Local yarn stores have yarn and hooks as well, but they often focus on specialty brands.

General Shopping List:

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn – approximately 1500 yards (e.g. Caron One Pound, Red Heart Super Saver, Big Twist Value, Lion Brand Pound of Love)
  • Worsted weight cotton yarn – approximately 750 yards (e.g. Lily Sugar n Cream, Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, Peaches n Cream)
  • H 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • J 6.0 mm crochet hook
  • Locking stitch markers (note – crochet stitch markers need to lock or have a clip)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors (small scissors are convenient, but the ones you have at home are fine )
  • Retractable tape measure (or you can use any flexible measuring tape)
  • Stuffing (poly-fil or fabric scraps)
  • Two 1-inch buttons
  • 12 inch dowel or stick
  • One metal-free hair elastic

It depends on the store and the brands you choose, but if you’re in the USA and need all the supplies on the list, you can expect to pay about $50 for everything.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does this cost?

The 30 day How to Crochet Newbie Series is free! If you need all the supplies on the list, you can expect to spend about $50 (USD).

What if I know how to crochet a little bit?

We’ll be starting at square one, but you’re welcome to sign up anyway and skip the techniques you’re already familiar with.

Will there be videos?

Yes! Each pattern and tutorial will feature a video, photos, and written instructions.

What if I’m left handed?

I’m right handed, so my videos and photos will be right handed as well. However, I’ve heard that some crocheters were able to teach themselves by using a mirror. If that doesn’t work, let me know and I can recommend some left-handed tutorials.

What if I just want the patterns?

You can either subscribe to the challenge and ignore the days you don’t want, or you can sign up for my standard email list and receive a weekly newsletter that includes all the patterns from the week.

What if I need extra help?

Reply to any of the newbie emails or post a question in the You Should Craft Crochet Community on Facebook.

Sign up for the 30 Day “How to Crochet” Series!

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