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 🙂

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  (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 🙂

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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! 🙂 ). 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. 
  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. 
  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. 

First loop made! Honestly, could this crochet malarkey get any easier?!? 🙂

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. 
  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 🙂

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.

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