How to Crochet a Chain Stitch and Single Crochet
Learn how to start a crochet chain with this tutorial. Before you can single crochet, you need something to work on, and the chain is the foundation in all of crochet. This is great for beginners to learn. You'll really be on your way with your crochet skills after you've mastered these basic stitches. Think of all the afghan patterns, baby blanket patterns, and other things you can work up once you learn the single chain crochet stitch.
- Make a loop.
- Pass the hook through the loop, and pick up the yarn. (This is called yarn over, and abbreviated yo).
- Pull the yarn through the loop.
- Pick up the yarn again. (yo)
- Pull through the loop on the hook.
- Repeat step 4 and 5, until you have the required number of chain stitches called for in your pattern.
- Photo 6 shows 7 chain stitches completed.
- Insert the hook into the 2nd chain from the hook. Pick up the yarn. (yo)
- Pull the yarn through the hook. (2 loops on the hook)
- Pick up the yarn (yo).
- Pull through the two loops on the hook. (One single crochet completed.)
- Pass the hook through the next chain stitch.
- Pick up the yarn, (yo), and pull through the chain stitch.
- Pick up the yarn, (yo).
- Pull through the 2 loops on the hook.
- At the end of the row, chain 1.
- Turn the work around to begin the next row.
- Insert the hook through the next stitch.
- Pick up the yarn. (yo)
- Pull it through the stitch.
- Pick up the yarn (yo)
- Pull it through both loops on the hook. (2nd single crochet completed.) Repeat steps 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 for each single crochet stitch.
- NOTE: When beginning a row, insert the hook into the 2nd stitch of the row. See the arrow in image 23. The chain 1 at the beginning of the row takes the place of the first single crochet.
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