June 8, 2018

How to Crochet: Basic Stitches

Lesson 1: How to Single Crochet (sc)


Welcome to your first lesson in how to crochet!  I hope you’re as excited about learning as I am about teaching.  Although I’ve listed the first lesson as Single Crochet I’ve a got a lot more for you in this video!  I don’t want to assume that you know anything about crochet yet.

With that in mind I like to start at the very beginning.  On the previous page I talked a little bit about crochet hooks and yarn. It is very important to know the proper way to hold the hook and the yarn so you have good control when making your stitches.  There are several ways to hold a crochet hook and many more ways to control tension on the yarn.  I’m going to teach you how I do it, but if you started learning with a slightly different method, that’s okay.  Just continue with what is most comfortable for you.

How to Crochet Single Crochet

Techniques Covered in this Tutorial:

• How to hold a crochet hook
• How to hold your working yarn
• Chain stitch
• Turning chain
• Foundation chain (row)
• Single crochet into foundation chain
• Single crochet into stitch
• Ripping back to fix mistakes
• Finishing your work

The Single Crochet, also abbreviated in patterns as “sc”, is the smallest of crochet stitches.  It is a short, dense stitch and is used in a variety of stitch patterns.  The main difference between the basic crochet stitches (single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, etc.) is the height of the stitch.  Be combining stitches of different heights you can create a wide variety of stitch patterns and textures.

In the video I reference adding an extra chain to your foundation chain.  We call this extra chain the turning chain.  You need a turning chain at the end of the row to achieve the proper edge.  Each crochet stitch will have a different number of turning chains needed to make sure the row is a uniform height.  See my handy chart for the number of turning chains.


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Watch the video below to learn how to crochet the Single Crochet stitch!

Video tutorial for LEFT-HANDERS!

Go to the next page for Lesson 2: How to Half Double Crochet

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About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
  1. Nice video for beginners

  2. My grandma loves to crochet and I want to learn to. The only thing is that the videos use sound and I need captions.

  3. I’d like access to the beginner videos.

  4. I love your videos. I took a beginners’ class, so had some basics, but felt like a lot of the extra details were left out. So, although I could do the stitch, I was a little
    frustrated on what to try with them Do you recommend or offer any patterns for beginners???
    Thanks again for offering these videos and sharing your knowledge!
    Carole Peterson

  5. Loretta Kindsvater October 20, 2019 at 10:43 am Reply

    I have learned to crochet watching your videos my mom tryed to teach me years ago but she was right handed i was left handed just wanted to say thank you

  6. Hi, I am new to crocheting and I have seen the first video for left handed.. single stitch.. I am moving on to the next video.. and hoping to learn granny squares . I seem to have problems with the squares being round and I added an extra chain like I read on a blog to get my corners and I still can’t get it lol. I hope your video helps me.

  7. Hi from Scotland!
    I attended the first of two beginners’ crochet classes last Sunday with the second on this coming Sunday. I am so looking forward to it. I was a prolific knitter in my youth but, strangely, I have never crocheted. So now, aged nearly 65, I am starting and found your tuition videos to be perfect for my practising. Thanks so much.
    Best wishes,

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