Before learning to make a single crochet, you’ll need to know how to make a slip knot and chain stitch. If you’re unaware of these techniques, check out these two posts first:
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For this tutorial, I am using Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Air Force and a N/P (10mm) crochet hook. You can use whatever yarn and hook you have on hand. Always make sure to use the corresponding hook size to the yarn’s weight.
Step One // Make a slip knot and chain stitch your desired number of stitches + 1 extra for turning chain. This means if you want to have 15 single crochet stitches, you’ll need to chain 16.
Step Two // Insert crochet hook into the second stitch from hook.
Step Three // Yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through the chain stitch. You should now have two loops on your hook.
Step Four // Yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook.
Step Five // You have officially completed a single crochet stitch! To continue, insert your hook into the next stitch and repeat steps three and four. Repeat this all the way across, putting a single crochet into each chain stitch.
Step Six // Chain 1 and turn your work, so that the wrong side is facing you. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, crochet stitches are worked from right to left.
Step Seven // Place the first single crochet of this row in the second stitch from hook.
Step Eight // Place a single crochet in each stitch across, making sure to place your last single crochet in the turning chain of the previous row.
Step Nine // Repeat steps six through eight until you’ve reached your desired number of rows.
If you make a mistake or want to take apart your stitches, simply remove your crochet hook from the loop and pull the working yarn. It should come undone easily. This is referred to as “frogging” because when you tear apart your stitches, you “rip rip rip” them.
Congratulations! You’ve finished the next step in learning to crochet.