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First Beginner Crochet Project: Single Crochet Square

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This is what I would suggest for a beginner at crocheting. Just start making small squares until you're comfortable with starting, ending, and everything between. Later these squares can be sewn together to make a washcloth, baby blanket, scarf, etc. Size doesn't matter. I would suggest using a hook size G-J and light-colored worsted-weight yarn to start. (Black yarn is VERY difficult to learn with). ENJOY!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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These are the materials that you will need:
-a small amount of light-colored, worsted-weight of sport-weight yarn
-darning/yarn needle
-pair of scissors
-crochet hook (size G-J suggested)
-tape measure or ruler

Step 6: Chain Stitch 2

Using the yarn pushed into the hook, slide the yarn through the loop already on the center of the hook.
Be sure to keep yarn in the back of the hook, still held in your left hand.
You should see a small "v" between the starting knot and the center of the hook.

Step 7: Starting Chain

Repeat steps 5-6 eleven more times, creating a chain of 11 "v"s total. Try to make all the v's consistent in size, this will take practice.

Step 8: First Stitch 1

Turn the chain of v's on it's side so that it's almost parallel to the crochet hook. Count two v's and insert the hook into the top of the second v from the hook. This leaves the other half of the v untouched at the bottom. (This makes the bottom edge of the square)

Step 9: First Stitch 2

Next, wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front again, push into hook's end again, then slide through ONLY THE FIRST LOOP on the hook, not the second hook. This is VERY important.

Step 11: First Stitch 4

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Again, wrap the yarn front to back, pushing into the hook and this time pulling through BOTH LOOPS that are on the hook. At first, you might want to pull through one loop at a time until you get the hang of it.

Step 12: Completed First Stitch

It should then look like this. A new v was created on top of the chain of v's already there, and this means you have completed you first single crochet stitch!

Step 13: First Row

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You then repeat the single crochet stitch in every "v" in the chain you made before. There should be 10 single crochet stitches total (10 v's).
Now perform a chain stitch at the edge of the row of single crochet you've just created.
Turn the work so that it's facing the same as it did in step 8.
You'll notice that there's a row of 10 v's in front of you, like before (plus the chain stitch you just created). 
Starting in the v after the chain stitch you made, continue single crocheting across. 

Step 14: Continue the Pattern

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If you continue to go back and forth, eventually it will be the shape of a square! Remember single crochet stitch is steps 8-12, while the chain stitch is steps 5-6. The pattern looks like this: single crochet 10, chain 1, turn, sc 10, ch 1, turn, rep...
Use your tape measure to figure out when the length and width are the same length.

Step 15: Fasten Off 1

Cut the yarn a few inches away from the piece of crocheting. Pull the crochet hook out, making the loop bigger with your fingers to make sure you don't lose it.
Poke the newly cut tail through the newly pulled loop hole and pull tight fast in a knot to secure the fasten off knot.

Step 17: Sew In Tails

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With your yarn needle, thread one of the tails into the eye of the needle. Stick the needle through 5-7 of the stitches on the edge of the square going in the opposite direction of the tail corner. Turn work in the opposite direction and sew through a few more stitches. Cut the remaining of the tail off.
Repeat this to the other tail so there are no more tails.

Step 18: Finished!

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FINALLY, THE FINISHED SQUARE!!!! If you made it this far, I congratulate you! Once you know these basics, crocheting just gets easier and easier. :)Continue making these squares till you can single crochet consistently, then move on to my next tutorial: double crochet.
Barbara20141 month ago

I did it. I made a single crochet square. Thanks Barbara

rimar20002 years ago
Thanks for sharing this.

My mother (1915-2004) wove 17 blanquets / bedspreads using this technique. Many of then (maybe all) are sill in use. They are multicolored, beautiful.

She bought bargains of wool, and even unwove old clothes to take advantage of the wool.
enuscher (author)  rimar20002 years ago
That's great! Especially since wool yarn is so expensive, I have to get the cheaper yarn usually.
I've crocheted an afghan this way too!
mistyp2 years ago
I will try this--I've wanted to learn to crochet but with so many other awesome things to learn this keeps getting pushed back. Thanks for posting!
Looks good! Lots of clear photos. :D I will have to give this a try!