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Crochet Photo Tutorial - How to double crochet | single crochet
The first basic stitch of crochet is Double Crochet, abbreviated as dc, in UK terminology. It is known as Single Crochet (sc) in US terminology. Once you have mastered crocheting chains, dc/sc is the next lesson to learn. It is very straight forward and starts with working them into the foundation chain (fch) row, so make sure you have done this first. Then follow the simple step-by-step photo guide below on How to double/single crochet. Once you have mastered this one stitch you can start creating projects! You could make the bag pictured above from my FREE Starter Projects for Beginners Pattern.
To get started all you need is some yarn and a crochet hook. I started with a chunky yarn that required a 6mm size hook. The labels on the yarn tell you what size hook to use. More information about hook sizes, yarn and the letter abbreviations you will be seeing, can be found on my Crochet Hints and Tips section.
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Step 11 - For row 2 (and every row thereafter), you need to ch 1 at the beginning of the row. For this, treat it like chaining the fch row - yo, pull yarn through loop on hook, ch 1 is complete.
Step 1 - Tie a slip knot.
Step 2 - Crochet the required number of chains. If this is for practice, I suggest chaining 21. (You always crochet 1 ch more than the number of stitches you need for dc/sc).
Step 3 - Find the 2nd chain from the hook. You will have the loop on the hook, then count 2 chs from there.
Step 6 - Pull yarn through the chain. You should be able to guide it through with the tip of the hook. This will give you 2 loops on your hook.
Step 5 - Yarn Over, or YO (this can also be known as Yarn Round Hook, yrh). You wrap the yarn round the back of the hook and over to the front.
Step 7 - YO, yarn over.
Step 8 - Pull yarn through both loops on the hook. You will now have one loop on the hook and your first Double/Single Crochet stitch is now complete.
Step 12 - Hold the work up in front of you. Locate the stitches, as in Fig. 12.1 (above). The holes you see will be where you need to put your hook through. Locate the 1st stitch on the right. Put your hook through the stitch and repeat steps 5-8, which are YO, pull through stitch, YO, pull through both loops on hook. Your dc/sc is now complete. Repeat this step for the rest of the row.
Now repeat steps 11 and 12 until you have completed the number of rows you need. If it is for practice, carry on until you have 24 rows. Then you need to fasten off. For this you cut your yarn approximately 10cm from your hook. Then, YO and pull the yarn all the way through until the end comes out of the loop and pull it gently to tighten it.
Well done! You can now Double/Single Crochet
Step 4 - Put the hook through the chain.
Step 9 - In the next chain (the one to the left of the dc/sc you just completed), rep steps 4-8. Repeat this for every stitch until you get to the end of the chains. If you chained 21 to start with, you will end up with 20 dc/sc. Familiarise yourself with the look of how the stitches have formed. This will be you r first row complete! Give yourself a pat on the back for the great job you have just done.
Step 10 - When you complete a row the work will be on the right of the hook (see Fig. 9.1). You now need to turn your work because you always work from right to left. For this, all you need to do is flip the work from the right, round the front of the hook and to the left. Make sure your yarn strand is also at the back of the work and not twisted or caught round the hook. (It’s a bit like flipping a flag from one side of a pole to the other). Your work will now be on the left of the hook (pic above).
This is the 2nd chain FROM HOOK
This is the 1st chain FROM HOOK
This is the loop ON the hook
Here is some inspiration of projects you can make now that you know how to Double/Single Crochet:
Once you have made something share it on social media and if you use the hashtag above, I will be able to find it and see what you have achieved.
I really do hope this has bought you #creativejoyandinspiration.