Single Crochet

The most simple of all crochet stitches (bar the slip stitch of course which we’ll cover later in the series), single crochet is easy to learn and produces a wonderfully dense texture. Use it for scarves, use it for cardigans, use it for hats ….. use it for whatever takes your fancy πŸ™‚

I appreciate not everyone learns the same way so take your time and either watch the short video or follow the written instructions below. Either way, I hope you enjoy it!

  1. Chain 11 stitches
  2. In the second chain from the hook, slip the hook through the first stitch
  3. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw the hook back through Β (2 stitches on the hook)
  4. Wrap the yarn back over the hook and draw the hook back through both stitches (1 stitch on hook)
  5. Repeat to the end of the row (10 stitches completed)
  6. Chain 1, turn your work, continue as above but starting in the first stitch from the hook

I told you it was simple πŸ™‚


Beginning Crochet

I am head over heels for the joy that is crochet. Since I was 4 years old, I’ve been mad for it and out of all the crafts that I love, crochet will always be my go to. However, I’ve heard a funny little rumour that not everyone gets it (cue a collective gasp! πŸ™‚ ). Some say it’s awkward, some say they go round and round in circles with it and some just haven’t yet realised how brilliant it is as a craft and as a skill. So thats where this comes in, this being the post you are about to read and that is going to convince you that crochet isn’t awkward to learn and is in fact super easy. All you’ll need is a crochet hook (remember, the thicker the yarn then the bigger the hook) and some yarn, whatever you have laying around will do to practice with.

Lets begin at the beginning :

  1. First things first, we need to make a chain. Or to be more precise, before we make a chain we need to make a first loop. Sometimes known as a pretzel, the first loop always looks nigh on impossible but trust me, its lemon squeezy (easy!).
  2. Leaving a tail of about 30cm to weave in later, wrap the yarn around the first two fingers on your left hand so that a cross is formed in the middle.Β 
  3. Slide the hook in the groove between your two fingers, under the first wrap of yarn and over the second, catching it with the tip of the hook.Β 
  4. Draw the hook back under the first wrap of yarn (closest to your fingertips), bringing the second wrap of yarn with it.
  5. As you do step 4, slide the yarn off of your fingers so that a loop is left on the hook.





6. Pull the two ends of the yarn until the loop is snug on the hook.Β 

First loop made! Honestly, could this crochet malarkey get any easier?!? πŸ™‚

Next step is to make a whole chain.

  1. Hold the hook in your right hand and keep the working yarn, slightly taut in your left.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook and keeping hold of the tail so as to keep the hook steady, draw the hook and the yarn you’ve just wrapped over, through the original loop. You should now have two loops in your chain.Β 
  3. Continue steps 1 and 2 until you’ve chained enough stitches for your project. If you’re just having a practice then you might want to chain between 10 and 20 as a good starting point πŸ™‚

At this point, I’ll presume you haven’t run off screaming or at the very least, thrown your hook in the bin and settled down for an evening of Netflix so have a look at the next step which is single crochet and which we’ll cover in the next post.



In a pickle with your dc and your hdc? Stuck with sc and sl? Can’t decide between tbl and tfl? Then I hope this table of abbreviations goes some way to help πŸ™‚

bo bind off
cc contrating colour
ch-sp chain space
co cast on
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet 2 together
dec decrease
hdc half double crochet
inc increase
k knit
k2tog knit 2 together
lp loop
mc main colour
p purl
p2tog purl 2 together
psso pass slipped stitch over
rep repeat
rnd round
rs right side
sc single crochet
sc2tog single crochet 2 together
sl st slip stitch
sm slip marker
st stitch
st st stockinette stitch
tbl through back loop
tfl through front loop
tog together
tr treble crochet
ws wrong side
wyib with yarn in back
wyif with yarn in front
yb bring yarn to the back
yf bring yarn to the front
yo yarn over


Hi Autumn

Well sorry to break it to you folks but, at the risk of sounding like a sad Susan, I think summer may well be over. Β It’s raining as I write this and *gasp* I’ve had to pop the heating on! Yes, summer has well and truly given way to autumn. Panic not though because as the nights draw in and the risk of frostbite returns to quite literally nip us on the toes, the making season returns too Β πŸ™‚

Summer may be made for lazing in the sunshine but autumn is the season of starting new projects. New jumpers, new cardigans, new scarves; they all jump on the needles ready to be made in time for the winter and lets face it, we had a wonderful run of summer this year so I’m sure the weather gods will make sure we have a super cold winter to make up for it. Oh, and don’t forget new quilts! Just the thought of it makes me giddy Β πŸ™‚

So, what did we do this summer? Painting! Lots and lots of painting. Making things took a complete back seat to redecorating this summer and instead of buying half of HobbyCraft or WoolWarehouse, this time it was all about Farrow and Ball (Stiffkey Blue if you were wondering) and other lovely housey things. My crafting was limited to a couple of pairs of trousers, a skirt or two, a quilt, some socks and a few random drawings. Nice to be busy though!

Anyway, this autumn keep an eye out for the new ‘How To Crochet’ guide starting on CraftyMrsRiley as well as many more wonderful new makes and tutorials and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@craftymrsriley) πŸ™‚



Isn’t it ironic?

….. Or so said Alanis Morrisette and never has a truer sentence been uttered! A couple of weeks ago you’ll remember I wrote about losing my sew-jo and about my despair at my creativity seemingly vanishing. Well, it came back (hooray I hear you all shout!) but the irony is that there have been too many darn germs knocking about for me to do anything at all about the rediscovered love of all things crafty. Oh the sadness of staring at a Hobbycraft bag brimming over with goodies but yet you have neither the energy nor the motivation to get out of your sick bed and have a play ….. Not that it’s just my germs though, oh no, one of the joys of having school age children is that they bring home every bug going. If there’s an illness to be caught then mine will be first in the queue, just begging the germs to bring it on, like some weird dual and we all know who will win. So over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had colds, sore throats, headaches and the dreaded sickness bug which resulted in the youngest member of the Riley household sleeping on the bathroom floor. Just when I thought that perhaps the arrival of spring might herald a phase of being bug free, I also came down with what will now be referred to as ‘The Cold From Hell’ (I’d trademark that if it were a little more catchy). I swear that the common cold thinks I’m it’s mothership because when I get a cold, I really get a cold. Not just a little sniffle and some polite and discreet nose blowing for me, no, I go all out with my colds. A tsunami of snot takes over, my head pounds, my eyes run like a Justin Timberlake song (literally, Cry Me a River), my limbs ache and I sneeze so loudly they can hear me on the other side of town. Never one to do things half heartedly, it’s a case of ‘go big or go home’ or in this case ‘go big and go straight to bed’ πŸ™‚ So, my sewing machine will stay silent, my knitting needles will remain in their case and my crochet hook will think I’ve forgotten what it’s for. The quilt I was going to start will have to wait for another day and my list of projects will continue to grow but only in my head because for the time being the germs have well and truly taken over ….. send Lemsips, Lucozade and don’t forget to buy shares in Kleenex! πŸ™‚

Night night, I’m back off to bed!