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


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


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


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


You have just made your first Single crochet (sc)



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


At this point you will chain 1 and turn your work


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.


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.


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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