Knowing how to crochet a chain stitch is an essential crochet technique and super easy to do. A large number of your crochet projects will begin with a crochet chain. The chain stitch is commonly used within a project as well. This post will teach you how to make a crochet chain stitch! You can also find the video tutorial for this (below) and lots of other crochet video tutorials in my free Resource Library.
In a pattern, a chain is abbreviated as “ch”. Not to be confused with the chemical formula abbreviation CH – which stands for the methylidyne radical for all the chemistry geeks out there. Shout out!
I’m also a HUGE fan of the chainless foundation – especially when you’re project requires a super long chain with an immediate turn and requirement to crochet back into that chain. I despise that. I’m not ashamed to say it….
I just DO NOT like crocheting into a chain. End rant.
The chainless foundation allows you to make your chain AND your first row of crochet at the same time. REVOLUTIONARY. My video tutorial on how to do that can be found here. I would also be remiss to mention that I have a video tutorial on how to crochet into the back bump of a chain (versus the front top loop) which creates a MUCH nicer, neater, tighter first row. Crocheting into the back bump creates a first row that meshes well with the rest of your project and avoids all the terrible gaps that can be created in your first row when crocheting into the top loop of the chain. So if you aren’t super stoked about learning the chainless foundation, I would at least encourage you to become comfortable with crocheting into the back bump. Or, at least, give it a try and decide for yourself!
On how to crochet a chain stitch, I’ll give you written steps below, but it might be quicker to just watch my two minute tutorial which I’ve included below as well!
To make a foundation of crochet chain stitches to begin your project or create chain stitches within your project.
It all starts here – the slip knot. Knowing how to slip knot onto your crochet hook will become something you can do in your sleep. It is THE THING that secures your yarn to your crochet hook. No slip knot, no making. In the steps below and the one minute video tutorial that follows, you will learn how to do it!
There are about as many ways to slip knot onto your hook as there are ways to HOLD your hook. They ALL end up in the same slip knot – it’s just the steps that are taken to get you there. So, don’t get thrown off when you see crocheters doing it differently. As long as you end up with a legit slip knot on your hook, you’ll be good to go. A slip knot is a type of knot that behaves just as it sounds – a knot that slips. It easily slips to make the loop larger or smaller, opening and closing. It’s not a SET knot that doesn’t move or change or shift once it’s secure.
So let’s get to making!
I’ll give you written steps describing how to slip knot onto your crochet hook, but it might be quicker to just watch my ONE MINUTE tutorial which I’ve included below!
To secure your yarn onto your crochet hook.
Take your starting yarn and create loop just as if you were making a regular ol’ knot. Rather than pulling the short/loose end of the yarn fully through the loop, leave it dangling through the loop as you tighten the knot.
Insert your crochet hook, front to back, through the loop created. Pull on the short/dangly end of the yarn to secure the knot right up onto your hook.
When I committed to mastering the skill of how to single crochet into the back bump of a chain, it revolutionized the finished product of my crochet projects. REVOLUTIONIZED.
Momma always told me not to say “hate”, so I’ll say I REALLY DISLIKE crocheting into a chain. Which is also why I mastered the foundation stitch chaining method. There are several reason why I really dislike crocheting into a chain, but the main reason USED TO BE because of the ugly, horrible, annoying GAPS IN EVERY STITCH along the first row of my project. Crocheting into the back bump of a chain completely eliminates those gaps and allows your first row to blend seamlessly into the rest without standing out and completely interrupting the cohesiveness of your project.
Enough said about the horrors of the first-row-gap.
Also, a heads up – in a pattern, the back bump can also be referred to the “third loop”, “back loop”, “back bar” or “bottom loop”.
So in an attempt to bring you over to my side on this topic, I’ve created a video tutorial on just how easy it is to switch to this method of crocheting into your chain. I’ll give you written steps below, but it might be more helpful to just watch my video tutorial which I’ve included below too!
Work your crochet stitch into the back bump of the chain, verses the front, top loop. This technique forces the top two loops down to the bottom of the row.
Allows the first row of your project to blend beautifully in with the rest of your rows and avoids gaps under every stitch of your first row. Because this technique forces the top two loops to the bottom of your first row, it creates a symmetrical look since it more closely mirrors the “V” shape created when making a crochet stitch.
Another benefit is if you chain with uneven tension, somehow this technique magically eliminates any issues with bringing all those back in line with each other.
Identify the back bump: each chain of your chain is made up of three loops. Identify the front two loops which together create a “V” shape. Turn them over to identify the back bump (aka “third loop”).
Make your first stitch into the appropriate back bump as specified by your pattern and which stitch you are using. This is typically the
second bump from the hook if using single crochet,
third bump from the hook if using half double crochet
fourth bump from the hook if using double crochet
fifth bump from the hook if using treble crochet
Continue on down the chain, making a stitch into each of the back bumps of your chain until you reach the end!
Knowing how to crochet an increase stitch into your crochet project is an essential crochet technique and super easy to do. The purpose of an increase in crochet is to grow your project. The growing occurs in either width or circumference. Increasing in conjunction with decreasing is also used to make curves and turns.
In a pattern, an increase can also be called for by stating, “crochet 2 stitches into the next stitch” or “crochet 3 stitches into the next stitch”. You may ALSO see it as “doubling” or “tripling” a stitch.
Not to make it confusing or anything. GEEZ.
I’ll give you written steps below, but it might be quicker to just watch my ONE MINUTE tutorial which I’ve included below too!
Work two or more stitches into one stitch. This applies to whatever type of stitch you’re using – single crochet, double crochet, etc.
To grow your crochet project in width or circumference by adding stitches.
Make your first single crochet into the next stitch as normal.
Crochet one more single crochet into that same stitch which you just used for the first stitch