Beginner Crochet Series – Moving on to the Second Row

Now that you have tackled the single crochet into the chain stitch row, you are ready to move onto the second row.  You are over the beginner crocheter’s hump.  The rest should be much easier.  Sure, you’ll have stitches that will make your eyes glaze over and your hair turn gray.  But doing the single crochet into the chain row is the hardest to learn because it’s awkward and fiddly.  So pat yourself on the back and get ready for the next adventure into the world of crochet.

Today we are going to do the second row in a crochet project.  The steps for the single crochet are the same that we learned last week, but there are a few differences so pay attention.  If you have any questions, put them into the comments below and I will be more than happy to help you.

The last stitch of 1st row
The last stitch of 1st row

The Turning Chain

The turning chain at end of first row
The turning chain at end of first row

This is where many projects start going wonky and crocheters get frustrated.  I’m going to use the analogy of steps in a house to help you visualize this part.  If you are moving from one story of a house to another, how do you get there?  You use steps.  Now if you are in a split-level house you won’t need ten steps every time you move between stories because the stories are not on the same level.  To go to the den you step down five steps.  To go into the kitchen you go up six steps.  And to use the stair case that goes from the den to the kitchen, you use eleven steps.

This is the same with moving from one crochet row to another.  But rather than steps, you are using chain stitches at the end of each row. (Note:  Some designers put the turning chain at the beginning of the next row so make sure to read the pattern first.)  To go to the next row of single crochets, you will make one chain stitch before turning your work and continuing.

The number of chains that you do at the end of the row depends on how tall the stitches for that next row will be.  For a half-double crochet, you will make two chains.  For a double crochet, you will make three chains.  And so forth.

Where Do I Put the First Single Crochet of the Row?

Finding the first stitch - side view
Finding the first stitch – side view

Now that you have chained one for your turning chain, where do you put your hook to get started?  I’m still not sure I understand the math behind this quite yet, so for the moment you will need to do a bit of memorization.

For the single crochet and the half-double crochet stitches you put your hook into the very first stitch (what was the very last stitch of the previous row).  For the double crochet and all taller stitches you go into the second stitch.  I’ll discuss these taller stitches at a later date.

Finding the first stitch - top view
Finding the first stitch – top view

If you are having trouble finding the first stitch you can put a piece of scrap yarn under the top V when you make the last stitch of the row.

You make a single crochet stitch just as you did in the previous row, but you go under the V part of the stitch rather than the back hump.

Finishing the Row

First stitch of first row
First stitch of first row – notice how it “rolls” over the edge of the row

The last stitch of the row will seem to roll over the side. Put your last single crochet into this stitch and you are done with your second row of single crochets.  Congrats!

If you are having trouble finding this stitch, do another chain row and when you make your first single crochet into the first row, mark it with a scrap piece of yarn so you can find it.

Last stitch of the 2nd row done
Last stitch of the 2nd row done

I hope that this post helps you make the second row of single crochets.  Remember that there is no pressure to move ahead.  Take  your time identifying your stitches as you make them.  They will become more familiar the more you crochet.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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