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Tutorial: Single Crochet in Chain

The single crochet is the most basic stitch to learn. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to make a single crochet in a foundation chain. If you need help with holding the hook, casting on and making a chain, check out our previous tutorial.

Remember: if this is your first crochet experience, it’s not about crocheting using proper techniques – it’s about learning how to use the hook to make the yarn do what you want. It’s an extension of your body. The proper methods and techniques will come more naturally as you practice. Set the hook and yarn in your lap if you need two hands to complete one of the steps in a tutorial. Don’t give up. Practice. Feel how the hook rolls in your hand and between your fingers. Notice how the yarn pulls through each loop as you practice hooking it. You will learn. You will create!

If you need assistance with other stitches, please refer to our previous tutorials (see tab above).

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sc in ch-01A chain has three different loops. We will be working in the top loop that is the loosest and most easy to work under. The other two loops appear to be twisted together at the bottom of the chain. Click on the picture above to get a closer look. Or, better yet, observe your own chain and notice the way it loops. The front of the chain looks like a series of sideways V’s. The back has a ridge. The “chain space” is the place where we work stitches into the chain.

sc in ch-021. Insert hook into one chain space as pictured above.

sc in ch-032. Yarn over hook (yoh) from back to front (or said another way: move yarn away from you, up, then toward you over the hook).

sc in ch-043. Draw the yoh through the chain.

sc in ch-054. You now have two loops on your hook.

sc in ch-065. yoh

sc in ch-076. Draw the yoh through the other two loops on your hook.

sc in ch-087. One loop remains. One single crochet completed.

To create the next stitch, repeat steps 1-7 in the next chain space.

Keep practicing, and keep creating!

The next step in Tubular Crochet: Connect first single crochet row

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