Crochet Tutorial: Chain stitch and Single Crochet
Step 2. By pulling the loop through the circle of yarn you made in step 1, you will be forming the big loose open beginnings of a slipknot.
Step 3. Place your crochet needle into the knot as shown. When you pull the length of yarn that you will be working with (ie NOT the tail), the whole knot will shrink nicely to fit your needle. Don’t make it overtight!
Step 8. I extend my middle finger, so that the working yarn has an open area that I can easily hook with the crochet hook. It looks really odd, I know, but it works… 🙂
Step 11. New chain stitch formed…yay!
Step 12. Keep repeating the same procedure to creat new chain stitches 🙂
Step 13. Once you have several chain stitches, it may be easier to hold the chain stitch tail as shown, to control the crochet that is growing.
Step 14. See….nice little chainy…
Step 15. Keep making chain stitches until you have about 10 stitches or so on the chain.
When counting stitches made in crochet, you NEVER count the stitch that is ON the hook. So, if you need to chain 10 stitches, you will have 10 forming the chain, AND one on the hook.
Step 16. You’re now going to learn how to do a Single Crochet stitch, also abbreviated as “sc” in patterns. When you “turn the chain around” (which you haven’t yet done…so don’t panic about that!), you need to “skip” one or more stitches before putting the hook into the next working space. This is to allow a small bit of height at the beginning of the row, so your crochet doesn’t look lop-sided. The number of stitches that you will skip, so to speak, will vary, depending on what crochet stitch you are doing next.
Don’t be too concerned right now, it will make sense as you learn the stitches. Suffice to say that for the sc we are going to do now, as a rule of thumb, you will skip one stitch. Have a look at the pic above…it might clarify things…
Step 17. Put the hook through the stitch as shown in Step 16, and wrap the yarn around , exactly in the same way as before, when you were doing the chain stitches.
Step 18. Pull the yarn through. You will now have TWO stitches on your hook…this is OK, you are going to repeat wrapping the yarn around the hook AGAIN, and pull it through BOTH stitches.
Step 19. Wrapping yarn again…
Step 21. Well done you have completed a Single Crochet stitch…in order to make more stitches, you just repeat the steps above, but next placing your crochet hook into the stitch to the left of the sc you have just completed. See pic below.
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