Learn Basic Crochet Stitches

Double Crochet Diagram
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.

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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