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Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial - How to Single Crochet

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Insert Crochet Hook, Yarn Over
Insert Your Crochet Hook and Wrap the Yarn Over It.

Insert Your Crochet Hook and Wrap the Yarn Over It.

Photo © Amy Solovay

Step 1: Insert Your Crochet Hook.

Where, you might ask, should you insert your crochet hook?

You Have Options.

  • If you plan to work rows of single crochet, you will create a foundation chain. For the first row, insert your hook into the chain stitches. For the second row and beyond, insert your hook into the stitch directly below it in the row.

    • You can insert your hook beneath both loops of the stitch.

    • You can insert your hook into the front loop of the stitch. That's the method shown in this tutorial.

    • You can insert your hook into the back loop of the stitch.


  • Single crochet doesn't have to be worked in rows. You could choose to work in rounds or spirals instead.

  • You can work single crochet along the edges of garments, linens, and fabric. For example, you might do that if you want to create an edging for a skirt, pillowcase, tablecloth, or other item.

  • Those aren't your only options, but they are some of the most commonly used options.

No matter which place you choose to insert your crochet hook, the steps that follow are going to be the same.

Step 2: Yarn Over.

After you've inserted your crochet hook, prepare to draw up a loop. Do this by wrapping your yarn over your crochet hook, and grabbing the yarn with the hook.

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