Single Crochet Video & Photo Tutorial

Welcome to the next installment in the Crochet Basics Series! All these lovely projects have been completed using primarily single crochet stitches. That’s why I’m here today to get you started on learning to crochet! Let’s dive right in, shall we? You’ll first need to know how to create a chain in order to learn the single crochet stitch. Below is a short video demonstrating the single crochet stitch.




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.

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Video Tutorial:




Photo Tutorial:
First:

Chain 21. Generally you chain 1 more than you want your length to be, that 1 is used as a turning chain. So I want a row of 20 stitches, plus 1 more for turning.

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Before we begin, I’d like to show you what a chain looks like in more detail so we’re clear on where to put the hook and what your single crochet stitch should look like.

Anatomy of a chain:
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The needle points to the top of the 1st chain.
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Needle points to the top of the 2nd chain.
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Now the needle points to the 3rd chain.
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The pin is inserted through the 4th chain. Notice how the top of the chains make a little ‘v.’ The pin is exactly where you insert your hook to create a stitch.




Next I have turned the chain on it’s side. You can see how the bottom of a chain looks like little loops.

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The pin is on the side of the 1st chain.
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Now the pin is on the side of the 2nd chain.

 

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Pin is on the side of the 3rd chain.

 

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Notice how there is a single loop on the bottom of the chain for each chain stitch.




On to the Single Crochet Tutorial:
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Pin is inserted in the turning chain; we’ll leave this chain unworked and start in the next chain.
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Pin shows where to insert your hook to make your 1st single crochet.
Step 1:

Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook.

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Step 2:

Yarn over and pull up a loop.

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‘Pull up a loop’ is common terminology which means to pull the yarn through the stitch and leave it on the hook for now. You have 2 loops on your hook.
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Here I haven’t done anything yet, but I am showing how I hold the chain, just below where I’m working for the best control. I still have 2 loops on my hook.




Step 3:

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook.

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You’ve made one single crochet!

Now practice that a few more times.

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6 single crochet made.




Look for more posts soon in my Crochet Basics Series!

 

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