How to Single Crochet – Crochet Basics

You have a crochet hook and yarn, and you know how to make a slip knot and how to crochet a chain. Now what? This week, we will continue the Crochet Basics series and learn how to single crochet. This is one of the most foundational stitches in crochet, especially if you want to crochet amigurumi.
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These photos and instructions are given from a left-handed crochet perspective. If you are right-handed, the instructions are the same just mentally flip the pictures (or manually in photo editing software).

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook

Once you have your yarn and crochet hook, you are ready to single crochet!

How to Single Crochet

Begin by making a slip knot and chaining a chain to your desired length. I did about 10 chains for this swatch. Chain one more stitch. This extra stitch is optional, but I find it gives more room and makes it easier to work the next row.

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Now you will insert your crochet hook into the second chain from the hook.

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Yarn over so that you have three loops on your hook. One loop is the chain, the second loop is the second chain from your hook, and the third is the yarn over.

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Now pull the yarn over through the first loop.

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Yarn over again and pull through the last loop.

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Now you have your first single crochet. Let’s make the next stitch.

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Insert your hook into the next stitch.

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Yarn over so that you have three loops on your hook.

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Pull the yarn over through the first loop on the hook.

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You will have two loops on your hook.

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Yarn over again.

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Pull through both loops.

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Now you have completed your second single crochet stitch.

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Repeat until you have reached the last stitch.

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Now we will turn your work to single crochet the next row. Chain one and simply flip your work over.

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Now single crochet into the next stitch, not the chain you just made.

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You will insert your hook into the entire top of your stitch. Both sides of the V of the stitch need to be on your hook.

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Now, just like you did in the first row, yarn over.

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Pull through both parts of the V of the stitch.

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Now you will have two loops on your hook.

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Yarn over again.

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Pull through both loops.

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Done! You have successfully completed your first single crochet stitch in the second row of your work.

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Continue single crocheting (abbreviated SC) and turning your work until it is as long as you want it to be! Practicing will get you used to the motions of single crochet. The more you practice the more even your stitches will be.

In the next post of this series, we will learn how to fasten off your work.

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How to Single Crochet

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