Basic Stitches: How to make a Single Crochet Stitch

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So, you want to know how to make a single crochet stitch. When you know how to make your chain, you’re ready for the next step in your journey – learning the basic stitches. The basic crochet stitches are the single crochet (sc), the half double crochet (hdc), the double crochet (dc) and the triple crochet (trc) or also called treble crochet.

single crochet block


Start with your Chain


The single crochet stitch is made by using your chain. Once you have made your chain as long as you need it, make one extra chain. This extra chain will be your first single crochet. You will skip the first chain from the hook, which will use that extra chain you just made. Thus, you will push your hook through the second chain.

single crochet 1

To make your single crochet stitch, you need to skip the chain closest to your hook, and enter into the second chain.

How to make a Single Crochet Stitch in Three Steps

Step 1

Single crochet yarn over.
Push the hook through the hoop of the second chain and grab the yarn.

To make a single crochet you will push the hook through the loop and grab the yarn by wrapping it around from the back.

Step 2

Pull the yarn through the loop to create two loops on your crochet hook.

Single crochet pull through
Pull the yarn through the loop.

Step 3

Single crochet yarn over
Yarn over and pull through again.

Yarn over again and pull through the two loops you have created before.

One single crochet completed
Your single crochet stitch is complete!

Now that you have successfully made your first single crochet, you can continue through the chain and made more by doing exactly this in every chain loop.


The Completed Single Crochet Stitch

When you are done with your first row, you should have something like this:

Completed single crochet row.
Completed single crochet row.

And here is a block of single crochet stitches.

With practice you can make this stitch in your sleep. This might be a basic stitch, but with it you can make many great things. You can easily make socks or a beanie by purely using a single crochet stitch. If you need an idea for your first single crochet project, how about this:

Place Mat
This place mat was crocheted using purely the single crochet stitch.

Feel free to share your single crochet creations with us all!

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