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Crochet basics chain and stitches

"Beginner crochet lessons"

The crochet basics in this lesson will get you started in your crochet adventures. I will show you the slip knot, how to make a chain, slip stitch, single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch. For those that know how to do these basic stitches skip on to the next lesson.


When you learn these stitches you will be able to crochet just about anything. We will be crocheting many granny squares. When completed you can assemble them for your first afghan.

Basic Crochet Stitches

But first we will concentrate on learning the basics in crochet. I don’t know what level you are at in your crocheting so I am starting with the slipknot.



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Hold end of yarn and form into a circle (Fig 3)


Lay end (A) across the circle (Fig 5)


A slip knot is formed (Fig 6)

Insert the hook and tighten a bit (Fig 7)

The Chain Stitch (ch)

Lay yarn over the hook and catch it with the tip. Pull the yarn back through the loop on the hook. (Fig 8)

This is your first chain (ch)

The Crochet Slip Stitch (sl st)

This is mainly used to join a chain to form a circle or ring. Insert hook in first chain made, yarn over and pull a loop through the chain. Pull the new loop through the old loop on the hook. Slip stitch completed. (Fig 9)

To practice this stitch chain 15. Insert hook in second chain from hook (Fig 15) yarn over, now pull this through the chain (Fig 16) Make a single crochet (sc) in every chain across (Fig 17). At the end of the row, chain 1 than turn.

Double Crochet (dc)

To start chain 15 stitches. Lay yarn over hook (Fig 18) Insert hook in 4th chain from hook, yarn over and pull through chain (Fig 19)

Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (Fig 20)

Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on hook (Fig 21)

You have made a double crochet. Now double crochet in each chain across.

Chain two (this will count as your first double crochet stitch on next row) Turn (Fig 22)

These crochet stitches how to, instructions and diagrams, will hopefully help you with your crochet basics. Remember if you have any questions do ask me. I will do my best to answer them.





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