Ready to continue on your journey of learning how to crochet?
Now that you have have had some practice with the slip knot and the chain stitch, let’s dive into the first row and work on the single crochet stitch.
The single crochet stitch is usually the first “real” stitch that people learn. By real, I mean that it is the first stitch that people learn where you are working into another stitch.
The single crochet stitch is worked by placing your hook into a stitch, yarning over and pulling the yarn through the stitch, then with two loops on the hook, you yarn over again and pull through the two loops.
It sounds complicated, but it isn’t!
The single crochet stitch is a great stitch and is more dense than other stitches because it is short and the rows are close together. So, you will see it used in amigurumi and projects where you need a tighter weave.
The single crochet stitch looks great in pretty much any yarn!
So, let’s get started learning how to work the single crochet stitch.
How to Crochet the Single Crochet Stitch
Insert hook into stitch or chain, yarn over and pull through the stitch.
With two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the two loops.
This creates your single crochet stitch.
Tips and Notes for Single Crochet
Okay, now that you have the basics, here are a few tips and notes to keep in mind.
- Always try to bring those two loops up the top of your work before you yarn over and bring the yarn through.
- For rows of single crochet, don’t forget to start with a chain 1 to create the height for your stitches and so it doesn’t slope down to the row below on the end.
- Pay attention to the tension and try to get consistent. A tighter tension will make your project stiffer and more dense, while a looser tension will make it more loose and flexible.
Now you are ready to create your first project!
Let’s get started with this simple single crochet dishcloth!