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Knitting & Crochet

Learn about knitting and crochet techniques, yarn, and more


Video, web resources, and titles from our catalog are featured on this page.

If you're just starting out or need a refresher, watch the basic videos below (use the CC button to turn on captions). For advanced techniques and more detailed resources, check out the "Online Reference Resources" section for links to helpful websites and video tutorials.

The sidebar has links to information on crochet hooks, common terms, and chart reading.

Slip Knots (or Not) and Fastening Off

Beginning a crochet project most often starts with making a slip knot. Your slip knot does not count as one of your stitches. See below for a video tutorial on different ways to tie a slip knot, or visit The Spruce Crafts for a step-by-step guide.

It is also possible to start your crochet project without a slip knot. See below for a video tutorial, or visit the Stitches n Scraps website for a step-by-step guide.

At the end of your project, you will need to fasten off your yarn.

After you are finished fastening off, you will need to weave the remaining yarn ends into your project. See below for a video tutorial, or visit The Spruce Crafts for more information.

Basic Techniques

Online Reference Resources

Featured Titles

In addition to books and ebooks, BPL also has access to digital crochet magazines in OverDrive. You will need to log in with your library card number and PIN to borrow the titles.