Beginner Crochet Series – Reviewing the Chain Stitch

Chain stitch review
A chain I made using a speckled cotton yarn.

Good Friday morning, crochet friends!  I hope you are all doing well with last week’s lesson. Today we will be reviewing the chain stitch.    There is no pressure to move to the next phase.  I know you are anxious to get going, but you are becoming a crochet samurai and you need to swing your katana until your shoulders scream in agony.  Okay, just kidding.  I’m not a drill sergeant.  I promise. 🙂

Last week we learned how to to the chain stitch.  This week we are going to review the steps so this stitch becomes second nature to you and looks like a neat chain.

The Importance of Reviewing the Chain Stitch

Chain stitch review 2
Another chain done with variegated cotton yarn. Cotton yard does not have the “spring” of acrylic yarn.

Doing any crochet stitch is often hindered by the tangled mess of a beginner’s chain. You can’t identify the parts of the chain stitch you just made so you stick the hook anywhere that might seem right. This leads to your stitch count being off.

For myself I found that once I perfected my chain stitch the first row of a project became less of a chore.  Sure, I still tend to daydream in the middle of a long series of chains and find my count off.  But that’s because I loose focus after counting to 45 or so.  My mind wanders and somehow I think that I’m missing 10 chains between 46 and 47.  Maths…

Miscounting aside, once you can see the parts of a chain stitch, that first foundation row will become easier which will help you enjoy crochet so you can start creating wonderful works of yarn art.

Chain Stitch Steps

Let’s review the steps for creating a chain stitch.  You can look at last week’s post for photos if you need the extra help.

-Make a skip knot.

-Hold the hook in your right hand with your thumb and middle finger.

-Place your pointer finger on the loop that is on your hook.

-Grasp the ball end of the yarn in your middle, ring, and pinky fingers while you keep your pointer finger straight. Take the hook end of the yarn and moving from back to front, lay the yarn over your left pointer finger.

-Hold the tail end of the yarn as close to the slip knot between your thumb and middle finger.  Remember that if you pull this down you will create a teardrop that will make pulling the hook through much easier.

-Pull the yarn over the hook from back to front using the yarn that is lying over your left pointer finger.

-Lift up the pointer on your right hand as you roll the hook down, pulling the yarn that is under the tip of the hook through.

Do these steps slowly and deliberately so you become even more familiar with making a chain stitch.  I’m not going to be looking over your shoulder so don’t feel pressured.  Relax and enjoy chaining.

Homework Assignment

Chain Stitch
Can you tell the difference between the front and back of a chain stitch in the photo? Look closely for the back humps and the V’s.

This week as you continue chaining, count your chain stitches.  Start a new chain (Don’t forget how to do the slip knot!) and count.  When you have 20 chains, put your work down and look at it.  Can you identify each stitch?  Do you see 20 stitches?  Remember that the loop on your hook and the slip knot are not included in your count.

Take note of where the back hump of each chain stitch is.  You will be using this part of the chain stitch next week when we learn how to do the single crochet stitch.

How are your chain stitches looking?  Are you still having trouble?  Let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to help you.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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