Learn to Create a Single Crochet Stitch

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In this crochet for beginners tutorial, we are going to go over how to a single crochet (sc) stitch is created by actually studying the “anatomy” of the stitch. This stitch is really on of the basic stitches and is very easy to learn. The important thing in crochet is to understand how your stitches are made. This makes it so much easier when you want to start creating your own patterns and stitches. If you don’t understand how to achieve certain effects then it can get confusing especcially when it comes time to count your rows or try to figur out where you left off. So if you’re ready, let’s go ahead and dissect the single crochet stitch.

Step 1:

After you have created your foundation chain, start by turning and chaining one. You are now ready to start the single crochet. In the image below, I’ve already started with a few single crochet (sc) stitches .

The loop with the blue dot indicates the completed previous single crochet stitch. You are going to insert your hook into the next foundation chain as indicated by the red arrow. (If you’re not sure how to create a foundation chain, you can find the video tutorial here.)


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Step 2:

Once your hook is inserted through the chain and is sticking out the back you will yarn over (yo) once. See the green arrow in the image below.

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Step 3:

In this next step of the single crochet tutorial, we are going to pull the new yarn through the first loop on the hook. This was originally the stitch in the foundation chain. (the red dot as seen below)

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Step 4:

You will now have 2 loops on your hook. It’s time to yarn over (yo) a second time. Check out the purple arrow in the image below as we continue to create the single crochet stitch.

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Step 5:

Now it’s time to complete the single crochet stitch and we do this by pulling the newest loop created in the previous step yarn over through existing 2 loops on the hook. See the image for better details.

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Step 6:

Pull your stitch together to tighten it to the correct tension for your project. Ta-da! You’ve now learned how to create the single crochet stitch!

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Now all you have to do is keep repeating these steps for the remainder of the row!

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