Single crochet (SC) is the first stitch a beginning crocheter learns and there are many projects that you can complete using this stitch. Hats are fun, as well as scarves and pot holders. Following this tutorial there will be instructions on crocheting a pot holder and I encourage you to send me pictures of your finished project - I will pick the best 3 to feature on my site (send to firstname.lastname@example.org).
To begin a row and SC (single crochet) you must first chain a row.
To begin our row of SC we first insert the hook in the second loop from the hook:
The next step would be to capture a bit of yarn in your hook and pull through, this will leave you with two loops on your hook.
See in the left photo I have pulled up one loop, in the right I have turned my piece.
The next step would be to insert your hook in the first stitch and make your first SC (single crochet)
You may then proceed through the entire row, creating a SC for each stitch. At the end of the row you would chain one, turn and begin the next row.
SC in the Front Loop
If you were to crochet in the front loops only, your piece would look like this:
The side facing you will look the same as a standard SC, but when you turn the piece you will see a ridge - this is made from the back loops not being part of the piece. This is to add visual interest to a hat or scarf the pattern may instruct you to crochet in those loops at a later point.
SC in the Back Loop
If you were to crochet in the back loops only, your piece would look like this:
Crocheting a Pot Holder:
To crochet your pot holder you should pick out a yarn of average thickness. If you check the labels you are looking for one that recommends a size J or 6mm hook (3 oz / 145 yards)
To begin chain 20, that's 20 loops and 1 loop on your hook.
Row 1: For your first row, insert your hook in the second loop from the hook and create your first SC (single crochet) than repeat across to make a total of 18 single crochet. Chain one and turn.
Row 2-20: Repeat row 1 until you have crocheted 20 rows.
At this point you should check your piece - does it look like a square? If not, add or remove a row and check again. Once you have created a square you need to make a circle so that you can hang your Pot Holder up.
To make your circle you will want to chain a row of 10 loops. Then you may cut your yarn (about 6 inches from the hook). Loop the chain of 10 loops so that the beginning and end are lined up, then tie them together
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