How to Single Crochet for Beginners | Basic SC Stitch Tutorial

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Are you a beginner crocheter? You’ve probably come across basic stitches and wondered how to single crochet

The single crochet stitch (sc) is one of the easiest stitches to learn and it’s a great one to learn for beginners. This stitch is one of my favorites. Once you master this stitch, you will have a foundation to start working on crochet projects such as a simple scarf. 

In this free beginner-friendly crochet tutorial, you’ll learn exactly how to do the single crochet stitch with a step-by-step guide along with helpful pictures and videos to get you started!

How to Single Crochet for Beginners: 

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s get our supplies together. 

  • Yarn (I’m using 100% acrylic yarn in medium weight 4)*
  • Crochet hook (I’m using I9)

*When you are a beginner, you want to use medium-weight yarn as this is easier to work with.  Match the crochet hook size to the yarn you use. This information will be available on the label. 

Single Crochet (sc) Stitch: 

The single crochet stitch is done by inserting your hook into the stitch

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Then you will yarn over. Now you will have three loops on your hook. 

how to single crochet step by step guide

Pull through the stitch and you will have two loops on your hook. 

how to single crochet

Yarn over and pull through both loops. 

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Here is how you do a Single Crochet Stitch from Start to Finish

Tie a slip knot onto your crochet hook. 

Foundation: Chain 10

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) in second from hook. sc to the end. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: Skip first stitch and single crochet to the end. (9 stitches)*

Repeat as many times as you would like to practice. 

*There are two ways of starting a new row. Sometimes crocheters will count the chain one at the start of a row as a stitch. In this case, you will start your single crochet in the second stitch. If a pattern says that chain one does not count as a stitch, then single crochet into the first stitch. 

However you choose to do it, make sure your stitch count is correct to ensure straight edges as you proceed from row to row. 

Are you a visual learner? Here is a video tutorial for the single crochet. 

And if you’re looking for a full tutorial with how to make a slip knot, foundation chain, and single crochet stitch, check this video out. 

Great job! Now you have mastered the single crochet stitch. If you continue adding rows, you will end up with a nice thin scarf in no time!

You can apply your single crochet skills in this beginner-friendly crochet dishcloth pattern.

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