Beginner’s Crochet Courses

If you are brand new to crocheting, I would highly recommend taking a course. When you start something new, it is hard to know what questions to start with if you are trying to learn on your own.

For beginner crocheters, I recommend JOANN‘s “Learn To Crochet” class. The class is a two and a half hour class which teaches you the basic terminology, how to hold and manipulate your hook and yarn, and the basic stitches/techniques.

In Person Classes

For a true beginner, with no experiences with the tools or materials, I highly recommend taking an in person class versus going for an online version. You will get personalized recommendations based on what the instructor sees you doing, which can be a HUGE help for a beginner! It is hard to learn anything without the real-time, personalized feedback!

Many people learn in person from someone in their family who crochets, and they would be able to attest to the fact that it is much easier to learn with the feedback of in person learning.

JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores is the only national chain that consistently offers beginner crochet classes. They also have a class specifically designed for kids, 8 years old and up, which is nice since kids learn differently than adults.

You can check any local craft store to see if they have a beginner’s crochet class if you would prefer to go somewhere besides JOANN.

Online Courses

Learning via an online course is always an options. You do not benefit from the specific feedback on your techniques, so it can be more challenging that in person. But it does still give you a nice organization to your learning that it super helpful rather than trying to just figure out where to start.

Online courses also tend to go a little bit farther than the one in person class at JOANN, so it may be a good investment to do AFTER the in person class as well, because it will reinforce the very basics, and expand on them some to take you where you want to go in crochet!

You will also, generally have access to the videos for a long period of time, sometimes even lifetime access, which is nice because you can always go back and refer to something you may be struggling with.

The online course I recommend for beginners is Beginning Crochet Online Workshop with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby available on Interweave.

This course reviews all of the basics that you will have learned in your in person course, and then goes farther into some of the more advanced stitches. It will also provide a more in depth experience about the terminology and patterns than the shorter in person class can.


Of course, as with anything, you can YouTube it. This is not something I recommend for a beginner. It is too hard to know where to start and there are a lot of videos out there that are unclear or even incorrect for the basic techniques. This will result in frustration and could potentially deter you from continuing in this amazing, and usually relaxing, craft!

Once you have the basics down, you can FOR SURE use YouTube to learn some more advanced stitches that your pattern may call for! But I highly recommend having the basics down first.

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