Crochet Basics – How To Single Crochet

In the previous post I showed you how to make a slip knot and chain (almost sounds like the name of a metal band…). Now we’ll go to the next step – how to single crochet. This is the most used stitch in amigurumi creations because it provides a thick and stiff fabric, which is ideal for stuffed toys. And of course, hats and heavy, warm blankets.

To make a single crochet, you’ll first need a foundation chain. Different patterns call for different numbers of starting chains but in this example I’ve started with 6 chains to make a flat square, which is worked in back and forth rows. We’ll get to the spherical objects once we’ve learned to make a single crochet stitch 😉

You’ll notice a chain is made up of 3 loops – the two V shapes in the front and one bump on the other side – and I like to make sure the top V and the back bump are both above the hook, with the bottom V underneath. So, make the number of chains you’d like to practice with (I suggest less than 10, for now) and to make the first single crochet, insert the hook into the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the chain – you have two loops on the hook now. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull through both loops.

There is the first single crochet!

Repeat the same steps in each chain until you reach the end – but remember the slip knot does not count as a chain.

This makes the first row and you’ll have 5 single crochet stitches. From the top they look like V’s.
When you get to the end make a chain and turn. That chain you just made puts you at the right height to begin the first stitch in the next row – if you didn’t make a chain and started making stitches you’d end up with a piece that looks like it missed a stitch. Think of that beginning chain as a wall to support your stitches. 

Now, the same way you made single crochet stitches in the foundation chain, count to the second chain (or in this case, the single crochet stitch) and insert the hook into the first stitch making sure it goes through both loops or V’s. Wrap yarn over hook, pull through, yarn over hook again and pull through both loops.

Continue to single crochet across and at the end insert the hook into the last stitch to finish the row.

Now just keep practising and don’t worry if you don’t get the hang of it right away, I still have trouble making squares that actually look like squares! Have patience and give yourself time to feel comfortable making the stitches. Next post we’ll go on to working in the round!

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