Today is the day we are learning more about my favorite and most used stitch, the single crochet (crochet abbreviation: sc). This is your very basic crochet stitch. The single crochet is a great basic for beginning your crochet work and can be incorporated into more technically challenging pieces. Personally, I use it for everything.
- Written directions for single crochet: insert hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the stitch, yarn over, pull the top loop through the two loops on the hook (insert hook into the st, yo, pull through the st, yo, pull the top loop through the two loops on the hook)
- Uses for single crochet: beginner crochet work, creating a tighter fabric, amigurumi, included in many complex stitches.
- Related: Amigurumi (crochet dolls), Intarsia Crochet, Foundation Single Crochet, Standing Single Crochet
I guess we’ll start with the basic how to single crochet (sc) here. One of the reasons I love the single crochet stitch is because it’s really versatile. You can crochet shapes, add stitches easily, decrease stitches easily, and the single crochet is a tight stitch. You get more of a solid fabric with single crochet than you would with other stitches. This is one of the reasons it is used for amigurumi work. You can’t easily see the stuffing behind a piece crocheted with single crochet. Here we go: insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through stitch, yarn over, pull the top loop through the loops on the hook (insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull the top loop through the loops on the hook)
When working in rows with single crochet, you will always chain 1 (ch 1) at the end of the row. This allows room for the first stitch in the next row to be straight and in line with the rest of the stitches. It’s your turning stitch. You will usually see this in patterns: single crochet each stitch across, chain 1, turn (sc each st across, ch 1, tn).
You can work the single crochet stitch in a few different places. You can insert your hook through both loops on the top “V” (1). This is the default way to single crochet. There are usually no special markings for this on crochet patterns. Sometimes in crochet patterns you will see single crochet back loop (sc [BL]). This means you are going to insert your hook through the back loop of your top “V” only for the stitch (2). There is also single crochet front loop (sc [FL]). This is when you insert your hook through the front loop of your top “V” only for the stitch (3).
Here is an easy crochet pattern that uses all of the skills that we have learned so far in this Crash Course Crochet series.
I already had posted about the single crochet. You can read that post here.)