Rookies Learn to Crochet: The Chain Stitch
Welcome to the very first installment of my new series “Rookies Learn to Crochet”.
Each week I will presen
Half Double Crochet
Adding a Border,
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.
So let’s get started!
Rookies learn to Crochet – The Chain Stitch
This week we are learning the foundation chain, or as it’s also known, the chain stitch. Learning the chain stitch is essential to be able to create most projects. Today we will learn:
How to hold your hook and yarn
Creating a Slip Knot
Finally, making the chain stitch
So first thing’s first, your supplies.
You will need to gather, yarn, and an aluminum crochet hook. I recommend getting a size hook that’s on the larger size so you can see your stitches easier. Size 5m (“H”) or 5.5m (“I”) are the most common sizes in patterns.
Also, make sure to grab a color of yarn that is light and easy to see. Even the most experienced crocheters tend to have trouble when working with darker colors.
Let’s dive in!
There are many different ways to hold your hook and yarn. The most important thing to remember is that there is no wrong way to do it. It’s entirely what you feel comfortable with.
The two most common hook holds are:
The knife hold:
And the pencil hold:
Pick whichever hold fels most natural! Now let’s move on to the slip knot and chain stitch.
To start the slip knot:
Hold your yarn similar to the picture below. Drape it across the tip of one finger, so it kind of bends in the middle.
Wrap it around so that
Slip your pointer fing
Bring the tail of the y
Pinch the piece of yar
Insert your hook int
And now you’re ready
Bring the hook from th
Turn the hook that is
Continue pulling the h
The closer your hook g
Pull the loop all the
Repeat this process
And that’s all there is to it! Congratulations you have now completed and mastered the art of making the chain sttich! Keep practicing this stitch and I’ll see you back here next week for lesson 2: The single crochet stitch!
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!