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How to crochet: slip, chain and single crochet stitches

In this lesson on ‘How to Crochet’ I show you how to make slip stitches, single crochet stitches and chain stitches. All three these stitches have the same name in US and UK terms, so that makes life a little easier this time. In three videos I show you step-by-step how to make these stitches.

slip chain and single crochet stitches

How to make chain stitches

The very first stitch to learn is the chain stitch, always abbreviated as ch. This stitch is often used as a starting point for other stitches to build on. When making chain stitches it’s important to make them all the same size and not pull them too tight. If the stitches are too tight you are going to make life hard for yourself when you have to work in them.  In this video I show you how to make chain stitches.

Often a pattern will say ‘chain xx stiches’ and then you work the next row in those chain stitches. Tip: when you make chain stitches as a base for your work, work the base chain with a hook size larger than the rest of your project. That way you prevent working the chains too tight which in turn could cause your work to pull at the bottom edge. Especially in the beginning when you are still learning to keep your tension even throughout your work it can be hard to keep your base chain at the right tension.

How to make single crochet stitches

Single crochet stitches, abbreviated with sc, are one of the smaller crochet stitches and used in a zillion ways to build a gazillion projects. Again a short video to show you step-by-step how to make single crochet stitches.

How to make slip stitches

Slip stitches are usually used to close a row or connect two parts of a project. It’s a really small stitch and that is why I use a different color yarn in the video because otherwise it can be hard to see. With slip stitches it’s important that you don’t pull your yarn too tight, especially when working many slip stitches in a row, for example as a decorative edge. The reason is that slip stitches have very little room to expand in comparison to other stitches.

Lesson 4

You have now learned a few first stitches, next time I show you how to increase and decrease your stitches. And when you know how to do that we can make a first project, “at last” you must be thinking!

See you next time,


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6 thoughts on “How to crochet: slip, chain and single crochet stitches”

  1. I am not a beginner, having crocheted for 40+ years, but the tip of using a larger hook for the beginning chain is one that’s new to me. Brilliant. Now I just have to remember that. Ha.


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