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How to Make a Single Crochet Stitch

February 9, 2010

The single crochet stitch is the tightest and smallest stitch you can use for finished crochet pieces (the slipstitch is used for finishing works, but it does not allow you to increase). Many people use single crochet for a wide range of things, such as the popular amigurumi creations. Here is how I make a single crochet stitch.

  1. First, make a slipknot and create your chain stitch. I decided to chain 15.
  2. Next, insert your hook in the second loop from the hook.
  3. Yarn over (YO)
  4. Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook. This will leave you with 2 loops on your hook.
  5. Yarn over (YO) again.
  6. Pull your yarn through both loops on the hook. This creates your first single crochet stitch!
  7. Repeat for the remaining loops on your chain stitch.
  8. Once you have reached the end, chain 1 and turn your work over so the end is facing the opposite direction.
  9. Insert your hook in the first stitch near it.
  10. Repeat Steps 3 – 9 until you feel comfortable with doing the single crochet stitch.
  11. To end, crochet the last single stitch in your row, leaving one loop left on your hook (do not Chain 1). Cut your yarn, leaving about 6-7 inches left.
  12. Then, pull your crochet hook until the remaining yarn is pulled all the way through the last stitch.
  13. With an embroidery needle, weave in your ends in the back.

…and you’re done!

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