Back to Basics: How to Single Crochet

Single crochet is the best building block stitch in any crocheter’s arsenal, and are especially useful for beginners.

The single crochet is a very basic stitch involving the standard, simple “yarn-over, pull-through” method of every crochet stitch.

I’ve also created a video tutorial for this stitch which you can find here and below!


To start, you’ll need any yarn (I’d recommend starting with a medium weight acrylic like Red Heart Super Saver Yarn – as it’s cheap for if you mess up, and it’s a nice texture that is easy to see the stitch differentiation), and any appropriately sized hook (it will be recommended on the label of the yarn). A medium weight (size 4) yarn will usually work well with a 5 to 6 mm hook in my personal opinion. You can get yarn at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores or Michaels, or Hobby Lobby, or really wherever you prefer.

To chain:

Step 1: Create a standard slip knot. This is the best way to get the yarn on the hook when you’re a beginner. The slip knot is created by looping the yarn around itself and pulling up the yarn through the loop to create a loop that is tightened when you pull it. Then you’ll insert the hook into the loop of the slip knot and pull it tight, leaving enough space to slide the loop up and down the hook and over the top of the hook.

Step 2: Create a foundation chain of whatever length you would like your project or swatch to be. I’ve posted a video and written tutorial on the chain stitch here.

Step 3: Turn your work, so that you are starting a real row into the foundation chain. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. This gives you 3 loops on the hook – the last chain and the 2 loops of the chain in the foundation row.

Step 4: Wrap the yarn over the hook (yarn over), and pull through the loops of the chain, leaving you with 2 loops on the hook.

Step 5: Yarn over, pull through both loops on the hook.

Voila! That’s the single crochet stitch. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to complete the row. When you get to the next row, you’ll chain 1 and then insert your hook into the top of the existing stitch (2 loops like in the foundation chain).

If you have questions or find this confusing feel free to leave a comment, email me, or reach out via facebook or instagram.


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