Learn Basic Crochet Stitches

Crochet is easy once you learn the different stitches! See step-by-step diagrams with accompanying videos for making some of the most common crochet stitches, and get started on your first crochet project today.

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  • Slip Knot

    Step 1
    Make a loop; then hook another loop through it.

    Step 2

    Tighten gently and slide knot up to hook.

  • Chain Stitch (CH)

    Step 1
    Yarn over (yo) hook and draw yarn through to form a new loop without tightening previous one.

    Step 2
    Repeat to form as many chain stitches as required. Do not count slip knot as a chain stitch.

  • Single Crochet (SC)

    Step 1
    Insert hook into work (second chain from hook on the starting chain), *yarn over hook, and draw yarn through work only.

    Step 2
    Yarn over hook again and draw yarn through both loops on the hook -- one single crochet made.


    Step 3
    Insert hook into next stitch; repeat from * in step 1.

  • Half Double Crochet (HDC)

    Step 1
    Yarn over the hook and insert the hook into the work (third chain from the hook on the starting chain).

    Step 2

    *Yarn over the hook and draw up a loop -- three loops on the hook.

    Step 3
    Yarn over the hook again and draw through all three loops on the hook -- one half double crochet made.

    Step 4
    Yarn over the hook, insert the hook into the next stitch; repeat from * in step 2.

  • Double Crochet (DC)

    Step 1
    Yarn over hook and insert hook into work (fourth chain from hook on starting chain). *Yarn over hook and draw through work only -- three loops are on hook.

    Step 2
    Yarn over hook and draw through first two loops only.

    Step 3
    Yarn over hook and draw through last two loops on hook -- one double crochet made.

    Step 4
    Yarn over hook, insert hook into next stitch; repeat from * in step 2.

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