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Step-by-Step Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Beginner crocheters, let this soak in: The really nice thing about single crochet is that once you get the hang of it, all the other basic crochet stitches — double crochet and treble crochet, for example — are super easy.

Swatch of single crochet stitches made with purple yarn

Learning how to single crochet for beginners can be frustrating at first. Where does the hook go? Which way do I wrap that yarn? Just remember that once you master how to make that dreaded beginner single crochet, it’s easy as pie from there!

Follow this step-by-step single crochet tutorial to learn this essential stitch and start your crochet journey!

Hooks and yarn

I learned to crochet using a size H hook and worsted weight acrylic yarn. No need to go crazy and buy any expensive yarn. I’d also suggest practicing with a light-colored yarn so that you can more easily see your stitches and what’s happening with them as you crochet.

As for hooks? Check out our guide on the best crochet hooks.

crocheted granny squares

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Single crochet tutorial

Before you brave this tutorial, you should be able to crochet chain stitch. These GIFs make it easy to follow along and learn. Already know how? Let’s get started! We’ll make a small practice swatch to get you going.

Quick instructions

We’ll walk through how to do the stitch step-by-step, but it can help to see it all in one spot. Here’s the gist of how to single crochet:

Insert your hook into the indicated space. Yarn over and pull up one loop. You’ll have two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook.

That’s it! Keep reading for a more detailed look at the stitch and a practice swatch tutorial.

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1:

10 Crochet Chains Made in Purple Yarn

Chain 1o to 20 sts. (This will give you plenty of chances to practice your single crochet!)

Step 2:

Insert Hook in 2nd Chain from End

Skip the first chain from the hook. Insert your hook into the second chain, from front to back, making sure not to split the two legs of the V.

Step 3:

Yarn over with purple yarn crochet project

Wrap the working yarn around your hook from back to front. (This is called a yarn over or yarn around hook.)

Step 4:

Two loops on crochet hook

Pull the yarn through the chain stitch.

Step 5:

Yarn over before pulling through two loops

Wrap the yarn around your hook from back to front once more.

Step 6:

One single crochet stitch

Pull the yarn through both loops on the hook.

You’ve completed one single crochet!

Step 7:

To move to the next stitch, repeat these steps, inserting your hook in the next chain.

One row of single crochet stitches

The turning chain

Remember: You only have to skip a chain at the beginning of the first row.

Turning chain for single crochet

After you complete your first row, you’ll chain one stitch before turning your work to begin the second row. This is called a turning chain, and it just gives the first stitch of your crochet row height so it lines up with the other stitches.

The turning chain does not count as a stitch, and you only need to do it at the end of the row. Need more help? Check out this in-depth look at turning chains.

Single crochet on the second row

Once you’ve crocheted that turning chain, you might notice that the stitches you’re about to crochet into look slightly different than the chain you started with in your first row. Instead of crocheting into the center of the chain, you’ll insert your hook into the top of the single crochet stitch.

Single crochet into second row

While it’s true that you’re inserting your hook into two loops, treat them as one. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the loop through that stitch, leaving you with two loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook once more, pull through the two loops, and you’ve made a single crochet!

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8 Comments

Storm OfStarzz

If only there were a tutorial for leftys, I’m trying hard to help my sister learn to crochet but she’s a lefty, also she’s in Florida and I’m in CT…We can only get so far on skype lol >.<

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Leslie

Videos or Skype is great when reaching a lefty. They just copy the video on mirror image and they are all set!

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Desiree

Tell her to google , well YouTube the stitch too, and use you too for reference. The crochet crowd has a lot of lefty stuff… That’s how I learned c2c blankets…which make more sense then regular blanket crocheting.. Lol I’m a lefty too and my best friend was awesome to help too! I wish you both luck! If there’s any way I can help, you can email me at Dances4TheLord And that’s my yahoo.com email

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Storm OfStarzz

If only there were a tutorial for leftys, I’m trying hard to help my sister learn to crochet but she’s a lefty, also she’s in Florida and I’m in CT…We can only get so far on skype lol >.<

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kya

i tried doing the second row but i did not under stand it and i have watched every you tube video to reading your web site so do you have any sougustions
Ps. its ok if you do not i am only 11 with over 50 stiches done on my crocheting thing im trying to make a blanket.

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RebeccaJane Morgan

Keep up the good work, it will get easier

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emma

I don’t understand what it is saying

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