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Mastering the Basics: Learn How to Chain and Single Crochet

Begin your crochet journey by mastering the foundational stitches – chaining and single crochet.

Are you ready to dive into the wonderful world of crochet? In this beginner’s guide, we’ll introduce you to the foundational stitches that open the door to a world of creativity – chaining and single crochet. Whether you’re a novice looking for a relaxing hobby or someone eager to craft handmade gifts, mastering these basic stitches is your ticket to a rewarding and enjoyable crochet journey. Let’s get started on this creative adventure!

Why Mastering the Basics Matters:

Chaining and single crochet might seem really basic, but they are the building blocks for more complex stitches, patterns, and techniques. Seriously, you will use these two stitches in basically every pattern. As you gain confidence with these stitches, you’ll unlock the ability to create beautiful scarves, cozy blankets, cute amigurumi, and so much more. With a solid foundation, your creative possibilities are limitless!

Learn to Slip Knot, Chain, and Single Crochet Video

Watch the complete video here, or scroll on if you prefer to tackle each step separately.

Chaining – Let’s get started!

The chain stitch – abbreviated as (ch) – is where you lay the groundwork for your crochet project. Unless your project starts with a magic chain, or you’re crocheting around something, you will start with a chain. Here’s how you create the chain stitch:

1. Hold your crochet hook comfortably in your dominant hand, and choose your favorite yarn color to get started.

2. Make a slip knot and place it on the hook.

3. Yarn over (YO) by wrapping the yarn around the hook from back to front.

4. Pull the YO through the slip knot loop, creating a new loop on the hook – that’s your first chain stitch!

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have the desired number of chains for your project.

Single Crochet – Building the Foundation:

Now that you’ve laid the groundwork with chaining, it’s time to build upon it with the single crochet (sc) stitch. This stitch adds texture and structure to your work. Here’s how to work a single crochet:

1. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook (skip the first chain).

2. Yarn over and pull up a loop, so you have two loops on the hook.

3. Yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook – one loop remains, and you’ve completed your first single crochet!

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 in each chain across the row.

Practice Makes Progress:

As with any new skill, practice makes progress! Don’t worry about perfection; instead, focus on enjoying the process. Your tension may vary, but that’s part of the beauty of handmade creations. If your stitches are too tight or too loose, simply adjust your grip on the yarn and hook until you find what feels comfortable for you.

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first steps into the delightful world of crochet by mastering the basics of chaining and single crochet. Remember, with a little practice and a lot of creativity, you can create an array of beautiful and useful crochet items. So, grab your hook, choose your yarn, and let your imagination take flight. Happy crocheting!

Pattern: Moss Stitch Cowl Scarf

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Hello there! I'm Lauren, a lifelong crafter and enthusiast of all things handmade. From my earliest memories, I've been passionately transforming simple materials into unique and heartfelt expressions of art. Crafting is more than a hobby—it's a reflection of my lifestyle, one that I'm excited to share with others. Beyond my craft table, I'm a devoted mom and an advocate for healthy, sustainable living. I love making everything from scratch, from nutritious snacks to wholesome meals, avoiding the unnecessary additives found in much store-bought food. This commitment to whole food and sustainable practices is a core part of my dream of homesteading, where self-sufficiency and creativity flourish. Through this blog, I connect with fellow crafters, parents, and anyone aspiring to a more sustainable, handmade life. Whether you’re here for DIY tutorials, healthy eating tips, or to join in the journey towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle, I’m thrilled to welcome you. Let's explore the endless possibilities of what we can create and learn together!

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