Beginner Crochet Series – The Single Crochet into the Chain Stitch, Part One

First single crochet into chain
This is how the first single crochet into the chain should look.

Hello everyone!  I hope that you are having a good day.  Mine is going well at the moment.  Today we are going to learn the basics of the single crochet into the chain you have been practicing the last few weeks. Once again this post will be a “lecture” and not a “lab”, but it’s still very important.  No falling asleep in the back of the class!

The first single crochet into the chain is going to be frustrating, but it’s very important that you persevere.  Once you are over this hurdle, the rest should be much easier.

The Basics You Need to Know Before You Begin

Preparing to do your first single crochet in the chain
Preparing to do your first single crochet in the chain

When a pattern instructs you to chain X amount of stitches, the designer has added a few chains into that count.  This is because those additional chains allow you to step up to the next row.  Think of them as the steps from one floor to another in a building.  You don’t just magically appear on the next floor.  There has to be some means of transportation.  In the case of crochet these are the chain stitches at the end of the previous row.

Note:  There are two ways designers go from one row to the next.  You might see something like, “Chain 2 and turn” at the end of the row’s instructions or “Chain 2” at the beginning of the row.  It can be written either way,  just keep a mental note when you follow a pattern.  Just to let you know that in my class and with my patterns I do “Chain 2 and turn” at the end of a row.

The back of the chain
The back of the chain

For the single crochet you will need one chain to go to the next row.  The taller the stitches, the more chains you will need.  So a half-double crochet will need two chain stitches, a double crochet will need three chains, and so forth.

Also keep in mind when doing the single crochet into the chain, you will be putting your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook.  Not only is that first chain closest to your hook impossible to get into, it is the stair step that takes you to the first row.

How the chain will look just before inserting your hook
This is how the chain will look just before inserting your hook into the back hump of the second chain from the hook.

The loop that is on your hook does not count as a chain stitch.  If you look at your chain, you will see the V’s that are the top of each stitch.  Count from right to left and note where that second chain stitch is.  Turn the chain towards you and look for the back hump of this second chain stitch.  This is where you will be putting your first single crochet.

I know that once again you aren’t doing much in the way of actually crocheting.  My purpose is to show you how the chain will look so you can place that first single crochet stitch properly.

Homework

Do I really need to say it?  Really?  Alright…

Chain, people, chain!

😛

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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