I am thrilled to welcome you back for the next step in our Learn to Crochet Series – the Single Crochet Stitch! Just a few simple steps take you from a chain to a stitch – and with a single crochet you can make almost anything!
This Learn to Crochet Series was designed to help you learn to crochet in the same manner I learned! I learned to crochet with the help of books, YouTube videos (like those you will find below!), and beginner patterns, rather than having a formal “teacher” to speak of.
I like this method of learning without pressure, at your own pace, and in your own time. Perfect for busy moms or students who need to work at their own pace! Or those who don’t have a lot of free time to take a class or seminar, but are eager to learn! Crochet is a wonderful creative outlet! For me, crochet was IT! I hope it is for your too, but if it isn’t, learning this way won’t cost you much time or money – Hooray!
Lesson 2 is meant to teach you the first stitch – the Single Crochet. I will cover how to create a Single Crochet. Lesson 1 teaches you how to create a slip knot and chain. Each subsequent lesson will cover an additional stitch or technique to help you on your way to learning the basics. So come along and Learn to Crochet with me!
Already mastered the basics? Ready to move on to the next step? Need to go back to the beginning? Follow the links below to check out my other Learn to Crochet Series, Crochet Tutorials, Free Patterns, and more!
VIDEO TUTORIAL: SINGLE CROCHET
The first stitch! Hooray! You are going to knock this one out of the park. I seriously use the single crochet stitch so often – it’s basic, but awesome! It can take you some really cool places too. Most amigurumi are made primarily of single crochet stitches, so that is pretty cool right? Let’s get started!
Begin with your slip knot yarn on your hook. You will need to create some chains. I suggest creating 10-15 to start with. You can practice on those, then I will teach you to start your next row! Once you have your chains created, we will work back down the row of chains.
The loop on your hook is your working chain. Skip the one right next to it (left) and insert your hook under the top loop of the Second Chain from Hook. Yarn Over (taking your long piece of working yarn and bring it up from the back of the hook and over the front, catching it with the hook) and pull that yarn back through the loop where you just inserted your hook. Now you have 2 loops of yarn on your hook. Yarn over again, and pull that yarn through both loops on your hook. That’s it! You have created your first crochet stitch – the Single Crochet! Party time!
Let’s try another one. Insert your hook in the next chain to the left from the stitch you just made (woo!) and yarn over. Pull that yarn back through the chain and you have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over again, pull that bad boy through both loops on your hook, and BAM! Single Crochet Baby! You Rock! But don’t stop there – keep going until you fill in all those nice chains you made. Practice makes perfect! 🙂
Awesome, you made it to the end of your row. Don’t worry if the stitches are not neat, or even, or pretty. You’ll get there. Right now it’s time to learn how to start your next row. So now we will make another chain, just ONE. Single Crochet = One Chain up. This sets us up to start on the next row. We are going to work in the top two loops of the stitches we just made. Once you have created that one chain, turn your work around to face the other direction.
Ok now work those Single Crochets just like you did before. Insert your hook under both loops of the next stitch to the left (for the first stitch it will be right where your hook already is). Yarn over and pull that loop back through. Now you have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops, DONE! Rinse, repeat, all the way down that row. And the next, and the next!
NOTE: You want to make sure you work the same number of stitches in each row by counting them or you will end up dropping stitches and a slanted edge forming over time. Yes counting your stitches is tedious! But you will thank me later, I promise. I certainly don’t have any crooked dishcloths to document this exact phenomenon in action… 😉 Take the time to do it right the first time! 🙂
Thanks so much for joining me! Looking for more advanced techniques and stitches? Check out these links. Looking for a stitch you don’t see here? Let me know what you would like to see in the comments!
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