Crochet Basics

Dip your toes into the world of crocheting with our Crochet Basics course—going from fundamentals to making your first shawl! Taught by Charlotte Lee, this online beginner workshop guides you through all of the steps and stitches as you start with learning how to crochet.

Charlotte Lee · November 12, 2021

Learn to crochet with us! Dip your toes into the world of crochet with our Crochet Basics course, from learning the fundamentals all the way to making your first shawl. Taught by Charlotte Lee, this online workshop covers all of the basics steps needed for how to start crocheting.


  • Choosing yarn and crochet hooks
  • How to hold your yarn & crochet hook
  • How to chain stitch
  • Single crochet stitch
  • Half double crochet and double crochet stitch
  • Treble crochet stitch and beyond
  • Different pick up methods & how they look
  • Finishing techniques: joining crochet stitches, weaving in ends, alternating colours
  • How to swatch for the included After Midnight shawl
  • Crochet pattern inspiration for after you finish your first shawl

Included is a comprehensive workbook with all the instructions needed for crocheting the course swatches plus the gauge swatch. With these new skills, you’ll be able to crochet Charlotte’s gorgeous After Midnight shawl (included in the course materials below) to show off and enjoy your wonderful new crocheting skills!

Course Materials:

If you run into any trouble, check out the troubleshooting video. You can also chat and share your questions and progress with us in the SOS Community Forums for help along your fibre arts journey!

We hope you’ll join us! Tag your posts on Instagram #soscrochet and #schoolofsweetgeorgia as we’d love to see what you’re learning and making!

Taking place online today…⁠

Crochet Q&A session with Charlotte Lee @charlotte_milkteacup!⁠
If you've been working through the recent Crochet Increases & Decreases course, or the new Crochet Joins course, come and share your progress with us or ask any questions you may have. During this meetup, we will also have a giveaway for a $25 @sweetgeorgia Gift Card!⁠

We'll be starting today, January 25th at 12:00 PM PST (3:00 PM EST)! Find the Zoom link at the SOS Events Calendar—link in bio »

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Don't miss these upcoming events taking place this week at the School…⁠

First, for SOS members working through Charlotte's new crochet courses, we'll have a Q&A Zoom session this Wednesday, January 25th at 12:00 PM PST. Share your progress and/or ask any questions from Charlotte about the Crochet Increases & Decreases course (plus the Yona Cowl pattern that's included with the lessons) and the Crochet Joins course.⁠

Then, on Thursday, January 26th at 10:00 AM PST, join Felicia live online at our YouTube channel for the January Live Office Hours session. We'll be chatting about the latest news from inside the School plus looking ahead at what's coming in 2023.⁠

Find all of the Zoom links and information at our SOS Events Calendar (link in bio) and join us for some fun chat together online! We also have some special giveaways to share during these online sessions. We look forward to meeting up online soon!⁠

#soscommunity #soscrochet #crochet #crochetworkshop #learncrochet #crochetcowl #crochetpattern #sosliveofficehours #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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NEW at the SCHOOL // The lesson videos are now live and we're ready to continue our crochet learning journey at the new Crochet Joins course taught by Charlotte Lee @charlotte_milkteacup! If you have completed previous crochet courses in the School, you may be ready to work on bigger pieces that require joins.⁠

Under the guidance of Charlotte, you will learn four crochet joining techniques: pick up and work in the round, single crochet join, slip stitch join, and whip stitch. And you’ll get to practice each technique by making a coordinating project, including a small tray, pouch, handbag, and a larger tote. By the end of the course, you will know how and when to use these four joins for future projects like garments and joining crochet squares. ⁠

There are also two Zoom Crochet Q&A Meetups we hope you'll join us for: the first one coming up next week on January 25th. Find all of the information at the Crochet Joins course page—link in our IG bio. Happy crocheting!⁠

#soscrochet #crochet #crochetjoins #crochetpatterns #crochetbag #crochetpouch #crochetstitch #crochetersofinstagram #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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In addition to learning from courses, live lectures and the community forums, don't miss all of the fabulous content being shared over at our SOS Articles section, such as Ruth Nguyen's @redearthdesignstudio recently released: Knit or Crochet? The Multicraftual Says Both!⁠

Can you knit or crochet? If you’re here, it might very well be both! Multicraftual making is the heartbeat of the School of SweetGeorgia—weaving and spinning and dyeing. Oh my! For almost a decade, I thought of myself as exclusively a knitter, even though I learned to crochet around the same time I learned to knit. In more recent years, I’ve come to identify as a crocheter, as well, by incorporating crochet more intentionally into my multicraftual cycle.⁠

Continue reading Ruth's complete post at the School—direct link in IG bio »⁠

#sosknit #soscrochet #multicraftual #multicraftualmaker #multicraftualmaking #crochet #redearthdesignstudio #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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  • After Midnight Shawl Pattern- DK Weight (PDF) » Decadent and soft, like the quiet that comes after midnight. After Midnight super-easy lace patterning paired with a luxurious DK-weight yarn promises the ultimate in a beautiful first gift for your loved ones (or you!).
  • Lace After Midnight Shawl Pattern- Lace Weight (PDF) » Decadent eyelets in a lace-weight yarn bring airy elegance to every wardrobe. This pattern, inspired by the original DK-weight After Midnight shawl, features a one-row lace stitch in the body and a captivating openwork edging. Naturally, this accessory is the perfect gift to give yourself.
  • Crochet Basics Workbook (PDF) » Download the workbook for materials list, swatches instructions & tips.
  • Crochet Basics Full Transcripts (ZIP)

About Instructor

Charlotte Lee

Ever since Charlotte attended a four-session crochet class in grade 9, she has been fascinated by the world of fibre. She is interested in almost all kinds of fibre arts: from crocheting and knitting, to needle felting, spinning, and weaving. The biggest enjoyment of life for her is to craft with friends, where teas and sweets are provided. Initially joining the studio as a precision dyer, today Charlotte is the Assistant Production Manager at SweetGeorgia.

5 Courses

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Available for All-Access Members

Course Includes

  • 10 Lessons
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