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Rookies Learn to Crochet Episode 2–(The Single Crochet Sttich)

Welcome to the next installment of “Rookies Learn to Crochet”. Today’s lesson is all about the Single Crochet Stitch!

(If you need to catch up, see the first lesson post here)

Each week I will present a new lesson, which will build on the skills and techniques we’ve learned from the previous lesson. To catch up, click here to be taken to the first lesson~ By the end of this series you will have learned and (hopefully) mastered the following basic skills:

  1. Chaining,

  2. Single Crochet

  3. Half Double Crochet

  4. Double Crochet,

  5. Triple Crochet,

  6. Changing Color,

  7. Adding a Border,

  8. Finishing off and Weaving in Ends.

Learning these basic stitches and techniques are essential in most crochet patterns. Once you have learned these, the sky is the limit as far as what you can create! If you are a watch, pause, and rewind kind of learner, please check out the video tutorial that goes along with this blog post by clicking here. There you can watch, pause, rewind and fast forward till your heart’s content. We all learn differently, and I’m here to try and help in as many different formats as possible

Rookies Learn to Crochet Episode 2—The Single Crochet Stitch

This week’s episode is learning the single crochet stitch. This is one of the most commonly used stitches in every pattern. Today we will learn:

  1. Working into your foundation chain stitch

  2. Explanation of the “turning chain”

  3. Making the single crochet

Let’s dive in!

From your previous lesson you have already completed the foundtaion chain stitches. We’re going to be working the single crochet stitches into these foundation stitches and building our project. Working into the chain is one of the most awkward things you’ll do as a crocheter. It takes a little bit of practice to get a feel for it, but keep at it, and I promise you’ll get it!

The first chain stitch near your hook is commonly referred to as “the turning chain” and isn’t usually worked into. What that means is that basically when you get to the end of a row of stitches, and want to continue working, you normally turn your work around and go back the way you just came from. When turning, you need a chain stitch to give you the freedom to move your work without it tangling.

Insert your hook into the second chain stitch from your hook.

Grab the working yarn with your hook

As we did when making the chain stitch, we’re going to pull a loop through.

There are now two loops on your hook.

Grabbing the working yarn with your hook is referred to as “Yarn Over”. So now I want you to yarn over like the picture below.

And now bring a loop through both the loops on your hook.

And now you’re back to one loop oon your hook.

Now all you do is repeat all these steps into each successive chain stitch across your row. Insert your hook into the next chain stitch,

Yarn over

Pull a loop through

Now you have two loops on your hook

Yarn over again

And pull a loop through both loops on your hook

And now you have one loop on your hook again!

And that’s all there is to it! The single crochet stitch is truly one of the easiest stitches out there. It’s used in just about every pattern, and once you master it you have opened the door to literally thousands of prject possibilities!

Make sure to come back next week and we’ll put the two stitches that we’ve just learned to good use, and we’ll make our very first project together. I’ll be posting the free pattern, with fully illustrated step-by-step guide. So keep practicing, and I’ll see you next week!

PS. If you’re struggling to make sense of the pictures and need to see this process in motion, head over to my YouTube tutorials by clicking here to see this in action. Or check it out below!

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