Mastering the single crochet stitch is the best place to start when learning how to crochet. The techniques and finger + wrist movements that you learn when working through the single crochet will become the familiar foundation of all the crochet stitches and techniques you will learn afterwards. In this written + video tutorial you will learn how to make a single crochet stitch.
This tutorial is given using US terms. If your pattern is written in anything other than that, I’ve made a printable term conversion chart that you can reference so this all makes sense!
I’ll give you the written steps for how to make a single crochet stitch below, but it might be quicker to just watch my quick video tutorial which I’ve included below as well!
Let me begin by introducing you to some of the important characteristics of the single crochet stitch.
ABBREVIATION & CHART SYMBOL:
In a pattern, the single crochet stitch is abbreviated SC (uppercase or lowercase). On a crochet chart, the symbol for single crochet is a “+” or an “X”.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT:
The single crochet stitch is short. It isn’t as short as a slip stitch, but it’s the next shortest basic stitch. Your project will not grow in height as quickly as using the taller half double crochet, double crochet or treble crochet. Because it is a nice stout stitch, the fabric it creates is tight and dense with very little drape and no gaps between stitches or rows. This is why it is the most common stitch used in amigurumi.
Although it is one of the most basic stitches in the art of crochet, it is also super versatile. It can be used when crocheting rows, rounds and crocheted in any number of the 3 loops or the post of a stitch to create ribbing and other textures to your project.
- Make a crochet chain in any number of stitches (or the number your pattern calls for)
- Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook
- Yarn over and pull up a loop (you now have 2 loops on your hook)
- Yarn over again and pull through both loops on your hook
- Repeat steps 2-4, by inserting your hook through the next chain or stitch on your project
You’re now off and on your way! Keep practicing these steps over and over and soon the single crochet will become second nature to you.
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