A Tutorial on How To... Single Crochet!
Before we start crocheting it’s important for you to know when you need to use this stitch. When you first try to read a pattern it can seem like trying to crack a code. But don’t worry! Once you’ve learnt a few simple terms you’ll be ready to go! The abbreviaton for single crochet when written in a pattern is “sc”. This is generally followed by a number which tells you how many single crochet stitches to make. For example, “sc 6” means single crochet 6 stitches. Got it? Great, then here we go!
The Anatomy of
a Single Crochet Stitch
In order to teach you how to single crochet I’ve pre-made this little piece for you. It’s a simple half-sphere which is how many of your amigurumi pieces will begin so it makes for a pretty good demonstration.
"But wait... what?!
How do I get to this point?!"
Insert your hook under both loops of the next stitch
You will be holding your yarn in your left hand so it should be stretching away to the back and left. You want to make sure that to insert your crochet hook BELOW this working yarn and catch it with the hook. This is called a yarn over.
Pull the yarn back through the stitch
Now that you’ve caught your yarn in your hook you need to start pulling your hook back through the stitch, turning your hook to the left as you do so. You want to turn it until by the time the hook is JUST about to pop back through the stitch it is almost upside down. This will keep the working yarn securely hooked.
Pull the hook and working yarn fully through the stitch and then push it forwards again – you will notice you now have 2 loops on your hook compared to the one you started with.
Yarn over (again)
Yarn over by inserting your hook underneath the working yarn.