Hi there! Crocheting is another great craft if you like to knit or sew.
You can crochet scarves, hats, blankets, even pot holders.
You will need yarn and a hook. Hooks vary in size and the smaller the hook (A, B, C, etc) will create small, tight stitches and large hooks (K and up) create large, loopy stitches that work better with thicker yarns.
There are many kinds of crochet stitches, but in order to learn all of them, you have to start with the basics which is why I am showing you today the single stitch.
Step 1: Find a Hook
For this project, I am using a K hook. It is a bigger hook and good for beginners so you can see the stitches.
Step 2: Find a Fun Yarn!
For most crocheting patterns, they will suggest a yarn weight and a hook size. You can find this on the yarn wrap/ jacket.
Tip- Yarns with funky textures like feathers or bubbles do not work so well with crocheting but there are plenty of fun colors and soft yarns to work with!
For this project, even though the yarn jacket suggests using a H hook, I want to create a large stitch.
Step 3: Learning a Single Stitch
This is where I will teach you how to do a single stitch.
1.Take your hook and place it in your dominant hand. For me, this is my right hand. Use your index and thumb to hold the hook, like you would a pen or a pencil. Hold it lightly so that wrist is relaxed.
2. Next, pull one end of your yarn.
3. Wrap the yarn around the neck of the hook once so that it just drapes over the hook. The end of the yarn should be hanging behind the hook.
4. This is the tricky part now. With your non-dominant hand, weave the yarn over and under your fingers and pinch the end- I'm now going to call it the tail- between your thumb and middle finger. This allows you to feed yarn onto your hook.
5. Take the head of the hook wrap it the piece of yarn that is between your index finger and the hook. You'll do this by moving your right hand down and then swiveling it so you have two loops of yarn on the hook.
6. Now you want to pull the bottom loop over the top one. I usually move this bottom loop with my fingers.
Congratulations! You have the first loop of your project done!
7. We want to do that same motion we did with our wrists again so we create another loop on top of the one we just made.
8. Using the fingers that are holding the tail, slide the bottom loop close to the head of the hook, pushing the top loop into hook and slide the bottom loop over the head of the hook.
You will see a chain of stitches start to form and this will be the base of your project.
Keep repeating these last few motions (7 and 8) until you reach your desired length. This will later become the width of your project, but it still early to see the shape quite yet.
Step 4: Now You Can Go Anywhere!
Now that you have learned the single stitch, you can continue doing a single stitch. Let me show you how to do that
1. You will now to turn your project so that the chain you have done is away from your body and flip your hook under the yarn.
2. See how your stitches have a top piece that looks braided and a bottom piece underneath those braided pieces? You are going to insert the head of the hook in between the those spaces, so that the top two pieces are now on your hook with the loop you already have.
3. Make another loop on your hook and now slide the bottom loops over the loop you just made.
4. Repeat 2. And 3. in each of those spaces until you reach the end of your chain.
5. Flip your piece one again so you can start another row. Now you will see empty spaces between the bottom and the top of the stitch you made. Place the head of the hook through the empty space, wrap a loop around the head, and pull that loop back through the space, so now you have two loops on your hook.
6. Hook another loop on your hook and slide the bottom loops- or if you are feeling comfortable with the hook, pull the loop you made through the bottom loops with the hook- through, so that you have a single loop on the hook.
7. Keep repeating 5 and 6 until you reach the end of row. Once do this, simply turn your project like we did in the beginning to start a new row. Keep going until you reach your desired length
6. Once you are done with your project, cut the yarn so you have a free end. Do one last stitch and then pull the end of the yarn through to make a knot. There shouldn't be any yarn left on your hook. Tie another knot if you like and voila! You have mastered a single stitch crochet piece!