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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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