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This Photo and Video Tutorial will teach you how to crochet the most basic crochet stitch known as the single crochet. It is abbreviated as SC. You will also learn how to increase and decrease with the single crochet. Furthermore, the video tutorial will also show you the difference between a single crochet and a slip stitch which is abbreviated as SL ST.
You will find this tutorial very helpful if you are just starting out to learn how to crochet. It is very detailed and made for a beginner and therefore very easily understandable. Ideally, you would watch the video tutorial first (below) and the reference the picture tutorial to solidify your new gained knowledge. Be sure to practice this stitch a lot as most patterns use this stitch.
The Magic Circle Tutorial is part of a “How to Crochet Beginner Guide Series”. You can find all of the Basic Crochet Stitches in my Basic Crochet 101 page.
How to Crochet a Single Crochet
A full video tutorial can be found below as well, in case the picture tutorial is not as clear for you.
1. First, create a chain (abbreviated as CH) of the length that you wish or is needed for a specific crochet pattern.
2. Skip the first chain (always for single crochets) and insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over (abbreviated as YO) with your hook.
3. Pull the just yarned over yarn thru the chain. You will now have 2 loops on your hook.
4. Now yarn over over your hook again.
5. Next, pull the just yarned over loop through both of the loops on your hook. You now created your first single crochet.
6. Repeat the steps 2 through 5 as many times as needed for a specific pattern or for your own practice. Below you can see I crocheted 4 single crochets. One single crochet into each chain.
How to Crochet a Single Crochet Increase
1. In order to crochet a single crochet increase which is abbreviated as SC INC, you will crochet two single crochets into the same chain (or stitch = st). Sometimes, you might have to crochet more than one stitch into the same chain (or stitch) which is then called a cluster.
How to Crochet a Single Crochet Decrease
1. In order to crochet a single crochet decrease which is abbreviated as SC DEC (or single crochet together = sc tog) you will need to create unfinished single crochets into at least 2 chains (sometimes more, but a pattern would mention that). That means, you will insert your hook into a chain and pull a loop through. Now instead of finishing that single crochet, you will repeat that same process with the next chain (insert the hook and pull a loop through). You will have now 3 loops on your hook.
2. Now, you need to yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. You just decreased the number of chains of 2 to 1 stitch.
If you want to learn how to do a single crochet decrease invisibly, be sure to check out my very detailed tutorial for that as well, right HERE.
How to crochet the Single Crochet – Video Tutorial
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