Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How-To Tuesday: Single Crochet (SC)

A single crochet is the very basic of crochet stitches.  Learning to single crochet will make it easier to learn other crochet stitches and is, in fact, a basis for many designer stitches.  Single crochet stitches are abbreviated as SC.

 First, a video tutorial and then a picture tutorial.

Picture Tutorial

I've begun by making a slipknot to attach my yarn to my hook, then made a series of chains.  I started with about 10 chains, just for the sake of practice.

Single crochet stitches are 1 stitch high.  To create that height for the row, skip the first chain from the hook and insert your hook in the middle of the second chain.  There should be 2 loops on your hook.

Yarn over the hook.

Draw yarn through 1 loop.  There are 2 loops on the hook again.

Yarn over the hook again.
Draw the yarn through both loops on your hook  This finishes your single crochet stitch.

Continue crocheting across in each chain.  When you get to the end of the row, there will be no more chains to crochet into.  Now you can begin work on the next row.

Since single crochets are 1 stitch in height, we need to create that height for the next row.  To do this, we make 1 chain stitch.

Now, turn your work over so that you can begin crocheting the next row. 

Skip the chain stitch (it is there to create height) and insert your hook under both loops of the next stitch.
Yarn over the hook and draw up the yarn under the two loops that you inserted the hook under.  There are now 2 loops on the hook.  *Note: Sometimes you will work in only the front loop or only the back loop.  If working with a pattern, the pattern should specify this as it applies to the work.  If the pattern says only to single crochet, then you will work in both loops.

Yarn over the hook again.

Draw yarn through both loops.  One loop on hook, single crochet completed.

Continue to end of row. 

A small block of single crochet stitches.  Happy Crocheting!

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