Welcome back to our Learn How to Crochet for Beginners series! Did you catch the free Cake Slice Coaster crochet pattern that I posted yesterday? It’s our project that we’ll be working on for the rest of this tutorial series, and I can’t wait for you to be able to make it. This next part in our series teaches you how to do the single crochet stitch, which is the go to basic crochet stitch that other crochet stitches are founded on. Knowing this stitch will give you the ability to make all sorts of projects: coasters, scarves, hats, plushies, sweaters, and lots more. Let’s get started!
(Like Video Tutorials better? Check out my YouTube video below that details how to single crochet. You can find more video tutorials on my YouTube Channel, E’Claire Makery.)
How to Single Crochet
(Before we begin, if you’re using the Cake Slice Coaster pattern to learn all of the stitches in this series, we’ll be going over row 1 (represented in the pattern by R1). You’ll do 15 chain stitches and then we’ll start row 1.)
To begin single crocheting, you will make a certain amount of chain stitches that the pattern you’re using will specify at the beginning of the pattern. For my Cake Slice Coaster pattern, we start with 15 chain stitches. When you are starting from a strand of chain stitches, you will start single crocheting in the second chain from the hook. That chain is where my right thumb is placed on top of in the above picture. (Note: If you would like an even number of single crochets, you always do an odd number of chain stitches, and vice versa if you want an odd number of single crochets.)
Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook, which starts your first single crochet.
2. Next, with your hook inserted in that second chain, yarn over your hook by putting your hook under the yarn held in your hand and hooking it with your hook.
3. Pull the yarn through the second chain stitch your hook was in. Now you’ll have two loops resting on your hook.
4. Yarn over again, hooking your yarn, and pull pull through both loops on your hook.
5. Once the yarn is through the loops on your hook, you’ll have your first completed single crochet. Yay!
6. Repeat steps 1-5 in each chain stitch, and once you’ve reached the end you’ll have a complete row of single crochets, which will look like this.
7. To begin another row of stitches, chain 1. (In the Cake Coaster pattern, our next row is a row of double crochets, so we will chain 2.)
8. Next, you will turn your row of stitches by moving the end farthest from your hook to be by your left hand instead of your right. Now you are ready to begin your next row of stitches.
With steps 1-8 completed, you now know how to do a row of single crochets. A whole world of crocheting is open to you now! Stay tuned for the next part of our Learn How to Crochet Series where I will be teaching you how to double crochet.
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