Crochet Lesson: How to Single Crochet (sc)
This fundamental stitch creates a tight knit and is the perfect stitch to start learning crochet!
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Single crochet (abbreviated: "sc") is the most basic crochet stitch. It creates a tightly bound stitch where the stitches snug up closely together. This is a great stitch to practice when you’re first learning crochet. It works beautifully when creating items that you want to keep you warm, such as cold-weather accessories.
When following a U.K. pattern, the terminology is different. If it says double crochet (dc) in the U.K. pattern it means single crochet (sc) in the U.S. pattern. Refer to U.S. / U.K. conversion chart.
Take your chain work, skip over the first V stitch next to your hook.
Insert the hook into the center of the V stitch.
Yarn over -- meaning wrap your yarn around your hook, crossing over the front diagonally upwards from right to left -- and pull through.
You should now have two stitches left on the hook. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the 2 stitches on your hook.
You should have one stitch left on the hook and have just completed your first single crochet!
Continue to the end of the chain stitches. Make sure to count your stitches to ensure you have the correct amount you wanted. Your first row of single crochets should be 1 fewer than your foundation chain count. (Ex: If you chained 11, you should only have 10 single crochets, since the last chain is used to turn your row.)
At the end of the row, chain 1 and then turn your work to continue down the other side.
This time, as you stitch into your first single crochet row, you are going to place your hook under the v stitch, so the v is sitting on top of your hook.
Repeat steps 2-5 to the end of the row. Chain 1 and turn your project to continue. Keep repeating until your section or project is complete!
Your rows of single crochet should look like this!
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