Crochet 101: Single Crochet

Welcome to Part 3 of Crochet 101!  If you missed the previous posts, you’ll want to start there first:

1. Materials and Slip Knots
2. Chain Stitch

Today, we’re going to learn how to do another type of stitch, called a Single Crochet.  When reading a crochet pattern, single crochet is abbreviated “sc“.  In order to make a single crochet, you have to have a foundation first, like a chain or a row of another kind of stitch.  Since what we know how to do is chain, that’s going to be our foundation!

 Let’s start out by making a slip knot and chaining 10.  If we were reading a pattern for what we’re doing, it would look like this:
Foundation: ch 10

Now, we’re going to skip the first chain, the one right next to our hook, and do a single crochet in #2.
To do that, we stick our crochet hook down through the hole in that second chain.  In this photo, I’m doing a single crochet in another single crochet, but it is exactly the same thing.  See how my hook goes through the hole in the other stitch?  Wrap your yarn around the hook, just like you do when you’re chaining, and pull it back through the hole.
When you pull it through, you will now have TWO loops on your hook instead of one.
With the two loops still on your hook, you’re going to wrap your yarn again, the same way…

 Then pull it through BOTH loops.  That’s it!  A single crochet!

Once you finish the stitch, you’ll be back to having just one loop on your hook, which means you’re ready to start again and do the next single crochet in the next chain!
Here’s a quick video tutorial:

For practice, let’s go all the way across, and put a single crochet {sc} in each chain {ch} until we reach our knot!  Since we skipped the first chain, we will end up with 9 sc.

Here’s how that will look!  If you were reading a pattern for what we just did, it would look like this:
Foundation: ch 10

Row 1: sc in second chain from hook and in each ch {9 sc}

If you’re feeling really ambitious, when you reach the end, you can do one chain stitch, then turn {which means you flip over the piece you’re working on} and continue by doing a sc in each of the sc you made in the previous row.  You can keep on doing this forever, or until you run out of yarn!  If you go long enough, it’d make a nice scarf for your favorite stuffed animal.

See you tomorrow to learn a slip stitch!
Hugs & Glitter,

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