So, you made your slip knot and foundation chain, now it’s time to learn how to crochet stitches. Each of these common stitches builds on one another so we’ll start with the most basic of all of the stitches… the single crochet. In patterns, it will be abbreviated as SC. If you are in the UK or reading a pattern from a UK designer, a single crochet is called a double crochet and abbreviated as DC.
To crochet the single crochet,
- Make a slip knot and chain a certain number of chains to create your foundation chain. To practice make 10-20 chains in your foundation chain.
- Not counting the loop that is on the hook, insert the hook in the second chain from the hook.
- Yarn over your hook and pull through the chain. Now you have two loops on your hook.
- Yarn over your hook and pull through both of those loops. You just did a single crochet!
- Repeat step 3 and 4 in each of the chains on the foundation chain and that will be the first row.
- For row 2, turn your work and chain one.
- Skip the first stitch and do a single crochet in each of the stitches from row 1 including the top of the turning chain. The top of the turning chain was the one stitch that was skipped in the foundation chain.
- For row 3 and beyond, repeat step 6 and 7.
Check out the video tutorial below that I posted on my YouTube channel. Keep crocheting rows of the single crochet until you feel comfortable with the stitch. Then, go on to the next stitch, half double crochet.
Let me know how it went crocheting the single crochet by commenting below. I’d love to know!