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

Hello, everyone and welcome to this week’s lesson on making a single crochet into the back hump of a chain stitch.  Hopefully, you have been practicing your chain stitches as well as working on identifying the parts of each stitch.  This week we will be making our first of many single crochets.  If you want to review Part One, please click here.

Since you are going to be putting the first single crochets into your most recent chain stitches, they should be much easier to work with than the first chain stitches that your did when you first started.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin:
— You can use the fingernail of your right pointer finger to pull the back hump over the hook if you can’t just poke the hook through.
— Make sure that you are putting a single crochet into each of the back humps.  Don’t skip any of them!
—  Slow down and think when you do each step.  There is no rush and no one is going to judge you.  It will get easier and you’ll get quicker as you practice.  It’s always slower in the beginning as you learn each new skill.
— If you are finding that your chains are so tight that you can’t get the hook in, then use a hook two sizes smaller.  Alternately, if you don’t have a smaller hook then redo the chain with a hook two sizes larger and use the original smaller hook for the rest of the project.  For example:  If I used a 6.0 mm hook for the chain, I will use a 5.0 mm hook for the first  single crochet row and each row after that.

Single Crochet into the Chain Stitch Instructions

Here are the instructions with photos for doing that very first single crochet into the back hump of the second chain from the hook.

1. Insert your hook into the back hump of the second chain from the hook:

1 - Insert your hook into the back hump
1 – Insert your hook into the back hump of the second chain from the hook.

2. Yarn over and pull the loop through the first loop on the hook (this is actually the back hump):

2 - Yarn over and pull through the first loop
2 – Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook.

3. Yarn over and pull though both loops on the hook.

3 - Yarn over and pull through both loops
3 – Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook

Your first single crochet into the back hump of the chain stitch is completed!

First single crochet into the back hump
First single crochet into the back hump completed. Congrats!

The Second Single Crochet (and Beyond)

Looking for the second chain stitch
The back hump of the second chain stitch should be easy to spot.

Basically, we will be repeating the above steps for the second single crochet, but it will be into the back hump of the next chain.

1 – Insert your hook into the back hump of the next chain.
2 – Yarn over and pull through the first loop on the hook.  Note:  This loop is actually the back hump of the chain stitch.
3 – Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

Second single crochet into back hump
This is how the second single crochet into the back hump should look when you are done.

Do a single crochet into the back hump of the next few chain stitches.  The photo below shows you how they should look.  Also note that the first single crochet you did seems to roll over the edge.  I suggest putting a scrap piece of yarn under the two threads of the V so you can identify it when you finish the second row of single crochets.

First several single crochets of the first row
This is how the first several single crochets into the back hump of the chain should look. Note that the first single crochet rolls over the edge.

Homework

Do single crochets into the back humps of the chain that you have been using as practice.  Don’t worry if they are not as neat as the ones shown in the pictures.  The key to that you can identify the back hump of each chain stitch and that you put a single crochet into each as well.

I hope that you found this lesson helpful and that you are starting to relax and have fun with your new endeavor.  Don’t get too impatient as we are laying the groundwork.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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