Updated: Feb 25
Today’s post is the next step up from chains, it’s the one, the only…
This one is pretty much used in every single pattern you find out in the world. If it’s not in the main pattern itself, you, most assuredly, can find the stitch in the edging of the pattern. So, let’s get started, shall we?
Time for the "How To" Part
So, let’s say you already have your starting chains, which will, most of the time, be called the “foundation chain”, because it’s literally the foundation on which your pattern starts.
Anyway, it’s time to start the first row, and it’s basically all “single crochets”. What you’ll need to do is count two chains from the loop that’s already on your hook. Ready? Count with me:
Now, we need to use the second chain. All you need to do, is insert it into the chain. Ok, so you might find this next part weird. There are two ways you can insert the hook:
The first way, is to use the top loop, part of it, where you insert your hook under the first “loop” of the chain, like this:
I'll show you the back, so you know what the difference is too.
The second way is to use both the top and the middle part.
Again, here's the back. Notice the little middle notch is above the hook, rather than under, like the first one.
Now, both these methods are fine, the only thing the second method will do is secure the hold of the next row, so it doesn’t feel like your project might fall apart, since two lines of yarn are holding it in place.
Let’s get back to the single crochet. Now that you’ve inserted your hook, you need to “yarn over”, or loop the yarn around the hook. So, it looks like you’ve got three loops on your hook.
The next thing you need to do is pull that loop through the chain your hook is in.
Now, you have two again. Wait for it…you’ve got to yarn over again.
Ok, this time, instead of pulling that yarn over loop through one loop, you pull it through both.
You’re done! Phew! That was tense!
Alright, let’s try that again. Insert your hook, into the next chain:
Pull the yarn through the chain:
Yarn over again:
Pull it through both loops:
Now, if you continue on your chain, until the end, you should end up with something like this:
There, you’ve done it! You’ve made your first row of single crochets, now you can relax!
Actually You Can't
What about trying out for the next row? Well, that’s easy, all you have to do is flip your crocheted rows, so the back of it is facing you.
Chain one (you see what I did there?)…
And single crochet until the end!
Now, this one’s a lot easier to single crochet in, because you can clearly see where you need to insert your hook, in order to make the single crochet.
What Are The Abbreviations!
Some of you might have picked up a crochet pattern, before reading this post, that’s fine, but if you want to know what the abbreviation for “single crochet” is, then here you go!
THE ABBREVIATION FOR SINGLE CROCHET IS: SC
It’s that simple to remember. Oh, and one more thing, do you remember when I said “yarn over” instead of “loop the yarn over the hook”? Yeah, the first one’s a whole lot easier to say, but it also has an abbreviation, and sometimes, crochet pattern makers will use the abbreviation, instead of the full words. So, what’s the abbreviation?
IN PATTERNS, “YARN OVER” BECOMES YO
Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Right? Well, there you go. You’ve learned something new! How about that!
Well, of course I’m giving you homework, how else will you learn to do anything, if you don't practice! That’s right, my homework for you today is to practice the single crochet. You can make as many rows as you’d like, just practice it, until you get a handle on it.
I mean, as a beginner, some of your stitches will be really big, or really tight! Don’t worry, just keep practicing until you find your balance. Everyone starts somewhere. Even experts and professionals might drop the ball and make the stitch a little different from the ones they’ve done before. So, keep trying. Don’t give up!
Well, that’s it from me today. I’ll see you guys in my next class then! I better see your homework there too!