How to crochet a chain (ch)

Most crochet projects start out with at least 2 chains.

Inside the patterns, you'll see this abbreviated as "ch"

Watch this video to learn how to crochet a chain and get your crochet party started!

Crochet skills to know before you start

How to tie a slip knot

Tutorials for the next steps 

Single crochet (sc)

Crochet in rows

Patterns to practice your skills

Easy spring scarf - coming soon!

How to tie a magic knot

When you run out of yarn and need to tie on a new skein, or you're making a scrap yarn project and changing colors, the magic knot is the best knot to use!

Here's why you should try the magic knot instead of a regular square knot...

Ever run out of yarn while you’re in the middle of crocheting a project? Next time this happens, try the magic knot! This knot is so sturdy that you don’t have to worry about it coming undone. And it’s so tiny that you’ll never notice it making your project lumpy or bumpy. Click through and watch my crochet tutorial on the magic knot! #crochettutorial #magicknot “Thanks for the GREAT magic knot tutorial:)” - Julia W.

1. The Magic Knot is sturdy. I have used hundreds of these and I have never had one come undone. Unlike a square knot which can be hit and miss.

2. You can trim off the ends and avoid the tedious task of weaving them into the wrong side of your work later. This knot is so strong that you can cut those ends off super close and you don't have to worry about it unraveling.

3. This knot is small and you can easily hide it inside of the stitches so that it doesn't make a funny bump in your work. It's totally invisible after you crochet it into your piece!

4. The magic knot is quick and easy to do. Once you get the hang of it.

Here's a video to show you exactly how to tie a magic knot.

The hat I'm crocheting in the video is a Pussy Hat that I made for the 2017 Women's March!

Here's what it looks like when it's done. I love it so much. Even though the march is over, I still wear mine all the time!

The magic knot is also super useful when you're doing a lot of color changes and making a scrap yarn beanie! You'll save tons of time weaving in ends if you use the magic knot as you go.

How to make cool color combinations in a scrap yarn beanie

You're finished crocheting your latest beanie. You're so happy! You can't wait to wear it or give it away.

Then, you look down and realize that you didn't use up all of your yarn. And there's not enough left over to make a whole new beanie. You have scrap yarn! 

What should you do with it?

Throw it away? No. I don't know any crafters who are cool with wasting supplies.

Store it with the rest of your yarn stash? Yeah, you might find a project to use it up in the future, but in the mean time it's going to sit and take up lots of space on your shelves.

How about making a scrap yarn beanie?!? Ding ding ding!!

Crocheting a beanie with your yarn scraps is an awesome stash buster! Imagine how you can use up all those little scraps of yarn that would have otherwise gone to waste. And you can free up space on your shelves for...more yarn, of course.

Plus, multi-colored scarp yarn beanies like these are truly unique! You'd barely be able to replicate one if you tried. 

Here are some tips on how to combine the colors of your scrap yarn pieces to make a fun, cool, boho style beanie.

Want the pattern for this beanie? Grab it here.

I'd love to see some pictures of your scrap yarn beanie. Join the Denver Whimsy Crochet Facebook group and post your pics!

Want a little closer look at some of my beanies? Here ya go!


Want to try crocheting one of these Scarp Yarn Beanies yourself? Get your patterns here...

Worsted weight yarn pattern

Worsted-Bulky weight yarn pattern