After you have mastered the chain stitch, it is time to add to that foundation row and create beautiful projects. I don’t know about any of you, but I have yet to make a project for myself and I’ve been crocheting and loom knitting for a year and a half now. I figure, some day I’ll make myself something.
Okay, let’s get to it.
- You’ve just completed a chain or a foundation row. Let’s say you made 25 chain stitches.
- Notice that the chain consists of three interlocking strands. One strand seems to be behind the other two strands forming a bit of a bump. I strongly believe that using a large hook (like a P hook) and thick yarn (like Wool Ease Thick and Quick) makes it really easy for the beginner crocheter to feel everything and learn what stitches should feel like.
- Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. When starting a new row of single crochet stiches (written sc) you will always have to chain one in order to raise the row to the right height.
- Where exactly do you insert the hook? You want to insert the point of the hook in between the top strand and the strand forming the bump in the back. The top strand is part of the pair of strands that form the smooth side of the chain and it is the furthest from your hook hand, or put differently, the strand closest to the point end of your hook.
- With one existing loop on your hook, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over (yo) and pull a new loop up and through the chain stitch. You now have two loops on your hook.
- Yo and pull up and through all loops on your hook until one remains.
Congratulations, you’ve made your first single crochet stitch. Sc 23 more times until you reach the last chain stitch. To continue a swatch, at the end of a row, chain 1, turn and sc across to the last stitch. And repeat.
Here are some abbreviations you may encounter when reading crochet patterns.
Ch = chain stitch
Sc = single crochet stitch
Sl st = slip stitch
Yo = yarn over
Here are some links to previous posts that might be helpful.