The ultimate beginners guide to crafting

Got a little bit more time on your hands? There's nothing more rewarding than picking up a new hobby, and learning how to craft makes the perfect pastime.
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There are lots of brilliant crafts for beginners to choose from; and all of them help to keep idle hands busy, as well as helping you to feel happier, more mindful and connected. This guide will introduce you to everything you need to get started in knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sewing, quilting, and embroidery. Let's get making!

Getting started with knitting

Whether you're a first-time knitter, a lapsed learner or a once-upon-a-timer, there's no time like the present to start (or restart!) your knitting journey. We've got loads of brilliant beginner tutorials on everything from how to hold the needles and casting on, to knitting your first row; as well as a step-by-step guide to getting started with knitting.

Video tutorials are a great place to start! You can pick up basic techniques, handy tips and tricks and learn new patterns – all from the comfort of your sofa!

Once you've mastered the basics, you're ready to unlock a whole world of creativity and craftiness! With bundles of brilliant beginner patterns to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice.

The perfect beginner's knitting project

Free beginner knitting patterns

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Getting started with crochet

Learning to crochet can seem daunting, especially if you've never picked up a hook before – but we're here to show you the ropes and get you absolutely hooked! Crochet can be utterly therapeutic once you get into the swing of it, and the results are stunning. Our how to crochet guide has everything you need to get started with your new crafty endeavour – from the tools you need to get started to tutorials for your first granny squares!

If you're lost for where to start, our yarn buying guide and crochet hook buying guide make a good starting point. From there, you can dive into learning the stitches and create your first crochet makes!

From unique garments and accessories to stand-out homeware, there's a pattern for everything. All you need to do is pick up your hook and your yarn and get going.

The perfect beginners crochet project

Free crochet patterns for beginners

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Getting started with cross stitch

Whether you’re a keen crafter or a newbie to needlecraft, cross stitching is a brilliantly rewarding and therapeutic craft to add to your repertoire. If you’re keen to learn how to cross stitch but don’t have a clue where to start – we’ve got your back!

Our beginners guide to cross stitching has all you need to get started – from the kit you need to step-by-step instructions. If you're more of a visual learner, the video below covers all the basics. When you're ready for your first pattern, follow our guide to reading a cross stitch pattern and you'll be set. As with any craft, the best way to learn is to get stuck in!

Free cross stitch patterns for beginners

Free Beginner Cross Stitch Patterns

Getting started with sewing

Most of us will have done a little sewing in the past – whether it's mending split trousers or replacing a lost button on a coat. Rather than sticking to sewing essentials, take up sewing as a new hobby! As well as being super practical, sewing can also be a brilliant creative form of self expression. Why buy off the rails when you can design and sew your own clothes and accessories from scratch?

Get started with our tutorial videos before diving into our fabulous features to learn more about your new craft. Learn all about different times of fabrics and popular sewing terminology, as well as how to use a sewing pattern, how to take a measurement. The sewing world is your oyster!

Sewing patterns for beginners

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    Getting started with quilting

    If you're all for fabulous fabrics, simple sewing techniques and gorgeous garments and home accessories – quilting could well be the craft for you. From cutting shapes and sewing them together to turning your creation into a finished quilt, there's lots to learn. Luckily, we've got all you need to get started! Our ultimate beginners guide to quilting takes you through the essential equipment you'll need, as well as jargon-busting some quilting terms that might not be familiar to you. We've also put together a one-stop quilting shop to get you off to a flying start.

    Once you've mastered the basics, learn how to make your first quilt with Tracey and Emma from Curly Seams, who have put together a fantastic step-by-step guide. If you're stuck for inspiration, check out our top quilting Instagrammers to spark your creativity!

    A word of warning: quilting can be very addictive! Be prepared to have a mountainous stash of fabrics in no time.

    Free quilting patterns for beginners

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    Getting started with embroidery

    If you're someone who likes to have creative freedom in their craft adventures, embroidery is the hobby for you. Mastering the basic embroidery stitches is easy peasy with our step-by-step videos. Once you've got yourself kitted out with the embroidery essentials - stranded cotton, an embroidery hoop, invisible marker and scissors - you're set to go! Just don't get too distracted by all the free embroidery patterns first...

    Perfect embroidery and cross stitch kits for eager beginners

    Free embroidery patterns for beginners

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