I remember when I first started out in crochet, not knowing anything about yarn, hooks, gauge (or tension), or anything really related to crochet. I knew how to chain and how to double crochet (US term speaking), but I don’t think I  knew that was what the stitches were called. So, when I decided to put all my crochet out there in the form of The Twisting Twine blog, I decided one element I wanted to incorporate was a guide to stitches and techniques.

So, Welcome to The Twisting Twine’s guide to the slip knot, chain and single crochet stitches.

Now let’s be real here, I am not an expert. There are many crocheters out there- both putting their mark on the internets and others quietly crocheting beautiful, intricate pieces for themselves, and their nearest and dearest. A lot of these crocheters are decidedly more expert than myself. But I love to crochet, and I know there will always be a new skill, technique, stitch to learn. And that is what I want to share with you.

You will need a crochet hook and some yarn.

It is best to have a hook that corresponds to your yarn weight. What this means is having a hook that is thick/larger, or thin/fine, enough for your choice of yarn.

For example if you have a chunky weight yarn, then you will require a thicker, or larger, hook than if you were using a fingering yarn. For more information regarding yarn weights and crochet hook sizes, including conversion terms, check out the Cheat Sheet to Yarn Weights and Crochet Hooks.

I am using Paintbox Yarn Simply Chunky (12 ply) acrylic yarn with a size J (5.75mm) hook for this tutorial.

Before we begin, please note that the crochet terms used in this tutorial are US Crochet Terms.

The slip knot 

The slip knot is used to secure the yarn to the crochet hook, so that you can begin your work without it unraveling as you go.

To secure your yarn, wrap your yarn strand around your hook.

Place your yarn end going over the top of your main thread of yarn.

Yarn over the hook- by grabbing it with your hook.

 Carefully pull the yarn through the loop on your hook. Tighten so it hugs your hook, but doesn’t strangle it 🙂 You need to be able to move the loop on your hook easily.


The chain stitch

The chain stitch is the foundation of most crochet pieces. It is what we crochet our other stitches into, building out from that start point.

Once the slip knot is in place, yarn over your hook.

Draw the yarn through the chain on your hook.

Now you have one chain stitch.

Continue the chain process- yarn over, pull through- until you have the desired number of chains. One loop should remain on the hook.


The single crochet stitch

The single crochet is one of the most commonly used crochet stitches, along with the double crochet, which we will cover in a separate tutorial.

For our first row following our chain stitches, we will push our hook through the 2nd chain from the hook.

Yarn over. Pull yarn through your chain stitch, this gives you 2 loops on your hook.


Yarn over, carefully pull yarn through the 2 loops on your hook. You should now have one stitch remaining on your crochet hook.


Your first single crochet stitch of the first row will look like the stitch below.

Stitch 2: Push hook through the next chain.


Yarn over, pull through the chain st (first loop on your hook) . This will leave 2 stitches on your hook.


Yarn over. Pull yarn through both stitches. This will leave 1 stitch on your hook.


The last single crochet goes into the last chain, as below.

The chain row and first row of your crochet project should look like this:

Every row after this point is a repeat of your first row.

After a few rows of single crochet, your crochet should resemble this:

If you prefer to learn by watching the technique through video- click below

I hope you’ve found this guide to the single crochet helpful.

Happy Crocheting,


PS. A great beginners single crochet project is the Simple Twist Headband 🙂

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