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.
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:
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