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.

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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. 🙂

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Beginner Crochet Series – Learning How to Do the Chain Stitch

A series of chain stitches
A series of chain stitches that make a chain.

Today, we are going to learn the foundation of all crochet projects.  Whether you are going back and forth in rows or going around a center point, you will need to know the chain stitch.  And you won’t just see it in the beginning of a project.  It is used in many other stitches and patterns.

Unfortunately, the chain stitch also seems to be the hardest for a crocheter to master.  This is why I recommend doing chains upon chains until you have enough to wrap around several hundred Christmas Trees.  (Okay, that last sentence was a bit of an exaggeration, but you should practice as much as you can.)

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Beginner Crochet Series – Inserting Your Hook into the Chain’s Back Hump

Last week we talked about the parts of a chain stitch and why it’s the foundation of crochet.  Today I want to do a bit of an editorial on why I choose to do the first row in the back hump of my chain stitches.  The only time I stray from this is if I am working in the round, such as a Granny square, a triangular shawl, or a cowl.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Parts of a Chain Stitch

Foundation Row
This is the reason I want you to learn how to do good chain stitches.

When I first started crocheting, the first row of crochet after the chain stitches was the most frustrating part of any project. Either I was missing a chain here and there or putting two stitches into the same chain. My stitch counts were never right and it was enough to put me off a pattern.  Sometimes I even wanted to totally give up crochet.

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