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Learning the Crochet Stitches


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There are four basic crochet stitches every crocheter needs to know how to do. We start with single crochet, to half double crochet, to double crochet and triple crochet. Single crochet is the easiest stitch to do in crochet. You can make an entire pattern using single crochet stitches, but there won't be much depth or design to it. Watch the videos that go with each of these stitches to better help you out.


Single Crochet Stitch (sc)- The most basic crochet stitch used. Insert your hook into the second stitch in your chain stitch. Yarn over and pull back through the chain stick. You should end up with two loops on your hook. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both loops. This is a single crochet stitch. The hook is placed through the second stitch only for the first row and in the first in the following.  

Half Double Crochet (hc)- Yarn over and stick your hook through the third chain stitch (Again, this for the first row only. Stick your hook through the first stitch for subsequent rows). Yarn over (YO) again and pull through. Now with three loops on your hook, YO again and pull through.


Double Crochet (dc)- Yarn over and stick your hook through the fourth chain stitch. YO and pull through. YO again and pull through the first two loops on your needle. YO again and pull through the last two loops. If you double crochet every stitch, it will be a very tight weave; double crochet every other stitch for a looser weave.


Triple Crochet (tc)-  For this stitch, yarn over twice and then stick your hook into the fifth stitch. YO and pull through. YO again and draw it through the first two loops on the hook. Repeat this process two more times until all the loops are off the chain! Again, use tc every other stitch for a looser stitch.


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I'm a total newb. Would you mind, please, uploading the 1st part of the intro video? I see someone else asked for it over a year ago. (Ooops) Thanks!

To watch video for very beginning crocheting found the # 2 video but, not #1 Please where is it

What is a cluster

On on of the patterns it says: sk the next 2 sts does that mean to skip the 2 stiches?

Looking to find out if there is a standard sequence of stitches that comprise the cluster stitch. Please help. Thanks. Lynne

very good !!!


i would like to know how to drop 1sc behine each dc so I can make a navajo afghan

in the Navajo pattern you do a dc putting the hook into the row below, front loop, so the row you are on is even. the beauty of this is, if you miss count you can use the 'dropped sc' to make the number correct.

Question? One of the tutorials I have seen,such as a triple crochet when first starting out you go into the 4th chain and another one show you starting out with the second chain..which is correct or better or does it not matter?

Hi, BetseyVt 6698625. Is your question regarding a pattern you saw on our site? If so, we recommend contacting the pattern designer directly. If your question is more general, we suggest posting it on our Facebook page to see if your fellow crocheters might be of assistance! Best of luck! --Editors of AllFreeCrochet

Wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing

@gypsysue2u 8580426: bpdc refers to a back post double crochet. Hope this helps! -- Editors of AllFreeCrochet

What does bpdc mean in a crochet pattern for a hat?

what does this mean (multiple of 13 sts + 4 (1 row repeat) ?

What is a space (sp)?

Member 0251332, Many patterns indicate to end the row using a slip stitch into the beginning stitch of that row. Then it will tell you to work perhaps a chain two or chain three, dependent on whether the next row is using double or treble crochet stitches in the next round. When you work that next round, again generally the pattern will indicate ending with a slip stitch into the top of first chain two or chain three of the same round etc. etc. Although some patterns simply say "attach" or "end" without stating to do the slip stitch. Some patterns do not actually terminate at end of row but indicate to work a pattern of stitches, such as "work three double crochet in beginning loop of previous row." Which can be very confusing dependent upon the pattern style. I would suggest to slowly read the pattern through for the first few rounds to see what is required with focus on the wording for beginning and ending each round. The most common ending in the patterns I have worked are by slip stitch. Then a chain of 2 or 3 to start the next row dependent on the stitch pattern for the row. I hope that helps!

When you finish a row, making a round or square doily, I get confuse to go to next row. What I do to start the next one?


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