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 Crochet a Beanie: Fasten Off and Weave in the Ends

Hi Happy Hookers!

It's time to fasten off and weave in the ends! Guess what!? If you've made it to this step, then you're almost done with your beanie! Hooray! 

In case you missed them, click the links below for the previous videos and steps to making your beanie:
Magic circle/ring - mc/r
Single crochet - sc
Increase - inc

In this video, you will see my favorite tips and tricks for fastening off the beanie to make the edge nice and smooth. I know, everybody hates the part where you have to weave in the ends, but here I'll show you 2 different techniques to make weaving quick, easy and as painless as possible.

Did you like this video? If so, please comment below and share it with your crochet friends!

If you'd like to make the striped beanie that's featured in the video, please visit my pattern store here.

How to Crochet a Beanie: Single Crochet

Welcome to Step 2 of crocheting a beanie, the single crochet. In crochet patterns, single crochet is abbreviated as sc.

I love to make beanies with single crochet. The stitches look smooth, tight and beautiful. (Hmmm, that sounds a little dirty, but I'm talking about crochet here! ;) Anyway, single crochet is a basic, easy stitch and it creates awesome results. I use it in most of my patterns so once you nail this stitch, you'll be on your way to making tons of fun projects.

To start your single crochet beanie, you first need to make a magic circle. Now you're ready to do some single crochets into the circle to start the very top of your beanie. See the video below for step-by-step details.

For some people. the magic circle and the first single crochet stitches are the hardest part of the entire beanie. So, take your time and don't get frustrated. Watch the video a few times and follow exactly what I do. Rest assured that your effort is worth it because your beanie is going to look awesome! And, once you've got this part down, the rest of the hat will be easy peasy.

How did it go? Were you able to successfully execute a single crochet stitch? Tell me about it in the comments below! ;)

How to Crochet a Beanie: Magic Circle/Magic Ring

How do you start to crochet a beanie? Never fear, your question is answered here. I'd wager this is the hardest step of the whole process, so be a bit patient with yourself if this seems difficult at first.

Even though this might take some practice to learn, it will be worth it and you'll see why in my video. Using the magic circle makes your beanies look awesome!

In my patterns, I write this step with the abbreviation mc/r. In some patterns, you'll also see MAL, which stands for Magic Adjustable Loop. These two techniques are the same, so this tutorial can help with whichever pattern you're working with.

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to start a beanie without making a hole in the top! It’s called the magic circle or magic ring and it’s awesome. Click through to watch this free crochet tutorial and download a free crochet beanie hat pattern! #crochettutorial #crochetpatterns #crochethat

The magic circle/magic ring technique will result in a beanie with no hole at the top! It really is magic. Use this to start all of your beanies for a clean, neat appearance with no odd hole in the top.

 

The first step to starting your crochet hat

How did it go? Were you able to start your beanie with the magic circle? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to try your hand at using the magic circle to crochet a beanie? Grab my FREE Mens One Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern here.