These are all in UK terms.
There are many different types of crochet, some you can do with yarn, some you can do with thread and most you can do with both.
Apart from your basic stitches, there are techniques such as Filet, Thread Painting, Tapestry Crochet and Freeform which use a regular crochet hook. Then there are techniques such as Tunisian, Broomstick, Hairpin, Crotat and Crochet on the Double which all use different types of hooks or additional tools.
Whether it be a basic stitch or a stitch involving additional tools, these two pages cover some of the basic steps for getting started.
I am trying to cover as many different techniques as I can, with links to Tutorials (mainly US) where possible.
More Techniques will be added as/when I either get permission to use more pictures or crochet the samples and take the pictures myself.
Filet Crochet is made in thread, usually from a graph.
It can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.
This is a technique which can be used with almost any other technique - not just crochet techniques.
Use two or more strands of thread or yarn as if they were one strand.
Change one strand at a time into the next colour.
This gives a shaded effect rather than a sudden change in the colour.
Tapestry crochet is worked using double crochet (US-single crochet) with a tight tension and two or more strands of yarn or thread at the same time to create a colourful fabric.
It is usually in rounds and only the front of the stitches are seen.
Unlike regular colour changing crochet, the stitches are worked over the unused strands. The finished pieces look almost woven instead of crocheted.
Freeform is exactly that, do anything you want to and make it all up as you go along.
Picture By Bonnie Pierce
If you don't have the confidence to just jump straight in, try Bonnie's Tutorial at