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:
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.
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?
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.
How to hold your yarn
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.
I wrap my yarn around my little finger. Then I thread it under my other fingers. They lightly hold it in place.
Then I weave the yarn over the top of my index finger. From there the yarn leads to the crochet hook. This space between your index finger and the crochet hook is where you will grab the yarn with the hook.
I’ve included a video below on how to hold your yarn. I show you how I wrap the yarn around my little finger. Check it out.
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. I also demonstrate the slip knot below.
How to Crochet a Chain Tutorial
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Beginner Crochet Patterns To Try
- Cara Crochet Face Scrubby Pattern
- California Wrap Crochet Rectangle Shawl Pattern
- 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).
Now that you’ve yarned over, pull the yarn through the slip knot. This forms your first chain.
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.
Keep repeating; yarn over and pull through until your chain is as long as you need.
How to Crochet a Chain Video
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!