Crochet Basics: Single Crochet

Once you have mastered the chain stitch it’s time to move on to single crochet. The single crochet is the most basic of stitches and creates a really dense fabric. It’s extremely versatile and is used in many different stitch combinations.

For this practice swatch, begin by making 21 chains. You’ll be placing your first single crochet in the 2nd chain from hook (the loop around your hook doesn’t count as a chain).

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from hook. Yarn over and draw back through the chain. You should have two loops on your hook. Yarn over again and draw through the remaining two loops.

You’ve completed your first single crochet! Repeat the process in the next chain and all remaining chains. You should have 20 single crochets since we skipped the first chain. This initial row can be a bit tricky to start with as there isn’t much to hold onto.

Now take a look at the top of your work. You will notice that each stitch has a ‘v’ shape. When working the next row, you want to make sure that you are inserting your hook under both of these loops.

Without removing your hook, chain 1 and turn your work counter-clockwise so that the backside is facing you. This first chain is your turning chain and does not count as a stitch.

Place a single crochet in each single crochet across. It’s helpful to count your stitches after each row to make sure that you don’t miss any. If you are finding it difficult to see your end stitches, you can use stitch markers to help keep track of them.

Make your practice swatch as big as you like remembering to chain 1 and turn after each row. Practice makes perfect.