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How to Crochet the Chain and Single Crochet Stitches

Posted by Kathryn Pless on

How to Crochet the Chain and Single Crochet Stitches

Crochet Tutorial #1

Hello fellow crochet artists! I’d like to welcome you to the first tutorial on how to crochet. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to chain stitch and crochet the single crochet stitch. I plan on posting tutorials at least once a week, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of the blogs. These tutorials are aimed at the beginner, but even more advanced crochet artists can use them for a review. If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Here's what you’ll need to get started:

Crochet hook

Ball of yarn

Snips to cut yarn

 

How to Crochet the Chain Stitch

Before you begin most crochet projects you will need to crochet a foundation chain. This is the chain you use to crochet the subsequent rows upon. First make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Place the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop on your hook. Place the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop on the hook. Continue to do this until you have the correct number of chain stitches.

Concentrate on your tension and getting the stitches even. Speed will come with practice. Your chain stitches should look like this:

How to Crochet the Single Crochet Stitch

The single crochet stitch creates a very dense even fabric with clean color changes. To begin, crochet a foundation chain and then chain one more. This extra chain is counted as the first single crochet. At the beginning of every row you will chain one and count it as the first stitch. Insert the hook into the next stitch, not into the base of the chain one.

Place the yarn over the hook and pull it through the stitch. You now have two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the two loops. This is a single crochet stitch. Insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the two loops on the hook. Continue to the last stitch.

At the last stitch insert the hook under the two loops of the first chain stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, yarn over and pull the yarn through the two loops on your hook. Turn your work and chain one to begin the next row.

Continue to chain one and insert the hook into the next stitch to begin a row, and work the last stitch into the chain one of the previous row. This will keep your edges nice and straight. Practice until your edges clean and even.

If you find your starting chain pulls the fabric, use a larger hook to crochet it. In a later tutorial we’ll learn foundation stitches that don’t pull and are a great way to start a project.

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Until next time, keep on hooking!

 


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