If you are learning how to crochet, you will need to know how to single crochet.
This is one of the most basic crochet stitches and one that is commonly seen in many crochet patterns.
Single crochet (US term) – which is also known as double crochet in UK terms, is one of the easiest stitches you will be able to learn.
There are many ways you can work this stitch, from rows to spirals and it is often worked with other stitches in different types of projects.
How To Single Crochet
The single crochet stitch (when abbreviated it is – sc) is the most fundamental of all stitches in crocheting.
The single crochet stitch creates a tight, dense fabric.
Learning how to make a single crochet will serve as the foundation for your crocheting projects – as all stitches are typically variations of this core stitch.
The wrong side and right side of the fabric look the same.
Video Tutorial + Instructions
There is a step-by-step photo tutorial below and a video tutorial for a beginner crocheter.
You can view the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.
This is a right hand tutorial, you can view a left hand tutorial here.
For this single crochet tutorial, I will be using a super bulky yarn weight and a larger hook (10mm/US 15).
You can use any yarn weight and hook size to practice.
How To Single Crochet
- Step 1 – Inserting your crochet hook
First, you will create the following;
A slip knot
A foundation chain
Once you have completed the slip knot and have the foundation chain ready, you will insert the hook through the first chain stitch.
For the foundation row and for the rest of your work, you will place the hook into the first stitch below the two loops you can see in the row.
Insert hook through both loops in the chain.
In some patterns, it will say to work into one loop only, which can create different types of looks and shaping.
- Step 2 – Hooking the yarn
Holding your crochet hook in place, you will wrap the yarn over the hook.
- Step 3 – Pull the yarn through the loop
Next, you will pull the yarn through the chain loops (that first loop).
You should now have two stitches or loops on your hook.
- Step 4 – Hook the yarn again
Now you need to wrap the yarn into your hook again.
- Step 5 – Pull the yarn through the loops
Then you will draw yarn through both of the loops on your hook.
- Step 6 – You can now see your single crochet stitch
Finally, you will have a single crochet stitch completed, and can continue the process again, to make another single crochet stitch into the next stitch.
One loop will now be on your crochet hook and this is needed for your next single crochet stitch.
You can repeat steps 1-5 as many times as you want for your own practice until you get to the last stitch at the end of the row.
When you turn the work, you will chain (ch) one stitch as this is known as a turning chain.
This helps to keep the work straight from the previous row to the next row of single crochet.
You can see in the photo below the crochet fabric has grown.
Single Crochet For Beginners
Here are some tips for anyone who is new to single crochet (beginner crocheters).
If you are a crochet newbie, this is one of the easiest stitch patterns to learn.
When you first start to single crochet into your foundation chain, it can be difficult to hold the work, as there is not much to hold onto.
Just make sure to hold the work in your right (or left) hand in a way that is comfortable for you and allows you to work the yarn from the ball at the same time.
It does take some practice, but you will soon find a rhythm and become more confident in completing those stitches.
You can take a look at this post, which may help – how to hold your crochet hook.
What Crochet Patterns Use Single Crochet?
As single crochet is used in many patterns in a variety of ways, there are so many things you can make with this simple stitch.
Choose a crochet pattern to enjoy, from blankets, washcloths, dish towels, scarves, bags, and more!
It’s a good idea to start off with something small like a washcloth or dishcloth to get great practice with this stitch pattern.
You can take a look at this beginner-friendly washcloth pattern to practice using single crochet here.
There are also more dishcloths you can practice different stitch tutorials with here – Crochet Dishcloth Pattern Set.