How to Work Single Crochet

Also known as double crochet in the UK

Single crochet is easy to learn once you have learned to make a basic chain. If you are new to crochet and don't know how to do this then go to Beginner Crochet to learn the basics.

Now you're going to love this because crochet is easier than knitting and is much quicker. Before you know it you will be crating some very beautiful items.  I say beautiful because even the simplest crochet stitches are really quite pretty

Instructions for single crochet

First make a basic chain and work your foundation row as follows.

crochetingMiss out the first chain nearest the hook. Insert your hook into the second chain. there should be 2 strands of yarn above the hook, and 1 strand below.
crochetingWrap the yarn around the hook by passing the hook over and then under the yarn.
crochetingPull the yarn back through the chain.You will now have 2 loops on your hook.
crochetingwrap the yarn around the hook again and pull it through these 2 loops.
crochetingYou have completed one stitch. Repeat this all along the chain to the end.

crochetingMake one chain
crochetingTurn your work and insert your hook into the first stitch of the row you have just worked.
crochetingThere should be 2 strands of yarn above the hook. Work a stitch as before.

This second row is then repeated to form your crochet fabric.

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Once you have learned this simple stitch, you can easily go on to experimenting with variations.  It is surprising the big difference it makes if you do the same stitch but with a slight variation in the technique.

For instance you can turn single crochet into a very effective rib stitch by working into the back loop only

 .....or experiment with working into the front loop

Now you can go back to Beginner Crochet to learn some more stitches or start on your first project using this simple stitch!


Now you can go ahead and make something useful such as this simple single crochet blanket pattern

Further Reading

If you are looking for more crochet patterns, instructions and ideas and have not found what you want on the internet, a very good source of books (thousands) can be found at Amazon.

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