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How to Crochet a Chain Photo & Video Tutorial

Learn how to crochet a chain for beginners. The first step in learning how to crochet any pattern. This crochet chain tutorial will have you crocheting your first project in no time!

Chain stitch is a crochet basic that is the foundation to most written patterns. It’s the first step in creating many crochet projects and an essential to learn. If you’re new to crochet then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post I’ll show you how to crochet a chain stitch, which will get you that much closer to beginning your own crochet project. I’ve included a photo tutorial and a short video below for how to start crocheting with the chain stitch.

How Will A Crochet Pattern Tell You to Chain?

Many crochet patterns will read something like this:

Chain 33.

Turn your work and sc into the second chain from your hook.

Often the word chain is abbreviated to ‘ch.’ There are many abbreviations in crochet. I hope to cover many of them and the essential stitches in my Crochet Basics series.

Abbreviated to:

Ch 33

The crochet chain is what you need to get started crocheting stitches and ultimately maker your first project.

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What Do You Need to Crochet a Chain?

You can use any weight yarn and compatible crochet hook to learn how to crochet. In the still photos I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn and 3.75mm (F) crochet hook.

In the video clips, I’m using a #6 superbulky yarn and 10mm crochet hook. Your crochet pattern will tell you what weight yarn to use and crochet hook. If you’re just practicing, use what you have on hand.

I learned to crochet on #4 medium worsted weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook. So if you need to know where to start those are both really common yarn and hook sizes and pairings.

However, I find the #6 superbulky yarn very easy to see the stitches and loops and exactly what’s going on. So I’ve started using this yarn for tutorials when I can. It’s a bit more expensive.

I learned to knit with #6 superbulky yarn and I definitely recommend learning knitting on heavier weight yarn. I love a chunky knit still.

  • For cotton yarn substitution I’d recommend Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton, it’s shiny, strong and has a variety of colors.
  • You can also use acrylic yarn for this pattern, Red Heart Super Saver is readily available and comes in all the colors.

More Beginner Crochet Tutorials

Hold to hold your yarn for crocheting. This can feel awkward when you’re just starting out. Keep practicing. There are also alternate ways to hold yarn (& your hook) if it still feels odd after a while.

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picture of yarn through fingers

How to Hold the Yarn + Hook Video

To begin your chain, start with a slip knot. If you need to know about slip knots, start here.

picture of slip knot crochet hook

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Beginner Crochet Patterns To Try

  1. Cara Crochet Face Scrubby Pattern
  2. California Wrap Crochet Rectangle Shawl Pattern
  3. Browse these Small Crochet Patterns that use leftover yarn.

How to Chain Photo Tutorial

In order to begin chaining, yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook).

picture of how to yarn over crochet

Now that you’ve yarned over, pull the yarn through the slip knot. This forms your first chain.

picture of chain one how to crochet tutorial

Now you continue to yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook until you have formed number of desired chains. 10 chains should suffice for a first try.

picture of two chains on crochet hook learn how to crochet

Keep repeating; yarn over and pull through until your chain is as long as you need.

picture of how to crochet a chain to start crocheting

While chaining is easy, I find crocheting stitches into the chains the most difficult part of starting a project. Once that first row is complete though, the second row is definitely easier!

I wish I’d taken a picture of my very first chain ever. It was probably a hot mess. Or maybe it’s a good thing that there isn’t any photographic evidence. Practice, practice.

Next up Crochet Basics: Single Crochet. This is the stitch that will allow you to create actual projects!

picture of crochet chain on crochet hook blue

How to Chain Crochet Tutorial

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the chain, the building block of learning to crochet.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight for this tutorial.

Tools

  • Crochet hook that's compatible with your yarn, I'm using a 3.75mm/F crochet hook.

Instructions

  1. Start with a slip knot. Pulling slip knot onto hook.
  2. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook). picture of how to yarn over crochet
  3. Next, pull the yarn through the slip knot on your hook. Chain one on hook.
  4. Now yarn over again and pull through the loop on your hook. Two chains on crochet hook.
  5. Keep repeating step 4 until you have formed number of desired chains. How to crochet a chain several on hook.

Notes

Learn how to crochet into the back bump of your chain. This is the easiest method, in my opinion.

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