Crochet for the Absolute Beginner: Single Crochet

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the next tutorial in the series.  In my previous post Crocheting for the Absolute Beginner  we learned how to make a slip knot and a chain.  We are now going to learn the Single Crochet (sc).  As we go through these tutorials you will see the name of the stitch and the abbreviation.  I will be using the American names and abbreviation for the stitches.  They are slightly different names in the United Kingdom.

The Single Crochet(sc) creates a nice simple stitch pattern that is fairly tight.  It’s good for a simple dish cloth, scarf or afghan.  So let’s get started with lesson 2 and learn Single Crochet(sc)

Step 1)  Chain 15 + 1

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Step 2)  Insert your hook in the second chain from the hook

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Step 3)  Yarn over (yo) and pull through.  You should have 2 loops on your hook.

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Step 4)  Yarn over (yo) and pull through both loops

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You have just made your first Single crochet (sc)

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Now repeat steps 3 and 4 until you get to the end of the chain.  You should have something that looks like this.

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At this point you will chain 1 and turn your work

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Insert you hook in the second chain from the hook and repeat steps 3 and until you get to the end of the row.  You will notice that I put the hook under both layers of the chain.  Generally all stitches are worked this way after the first row unless you are using a foundation chain (I will go over what that is in a future tutorial) or the pattern states not to.

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Step 5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the row.  If you want to continue on and make a sample swatch just remember to chain 1 before you turn your work and start the next row in the second chain from the hook.  Here’s what several rows look like.

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That’s it.  You have just learned how to Single Crochet (sc).  In the next tutorial I will show you how to make a Half Double Crochet (hdc)

 

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