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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. 

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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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Easy Beginner’s Crochet Washcloth Pattern: Featuring Single Crochet Stitch

Handmade washcloths are the perfect project for beginner crocheters. They don’t take up too much time, can be completed with one type of stitch and they are forgiving if you make mistakes! This easy beginner’s crochet washcloth pattern features the single crochet stitch and looks elegant. 

This free crochet pattern comes together quickly and has a lovely texture that is great for washing dishes or exfoliating your face. With 100% cotton yarn it is completely eco-friendly and gentle enough to use on the skin. 

What Makes a Beginner’s Crochet Pattern Easy? 

Crochet patterns that feature medium worsted yarn and minimum stitches are great for beginner crocheters. Medium-weight yarn is easy to work with because it isn’t too thin. The other great thing about this pattern is that it uses just one stitch!

All you need to know is the single crochet stitch. I love using the single crochet stitch as it’s easy, comes together fast and the end result looks so sophisticated. This beginner-friendly crochet pattern is a square washcloth which also makes it easy to work with. 

These washcloths can also be used as dishcloths and are made of 100% cotton yarn. Cotton is absorbent, a key element needed when making projects that will consistently get wet. 

How to Use Your Finished Crochet Washcloths

These washcloths work up pretty fast, I finished one in under 2 hours. You can use them for yourself or gift them to friends and family in spa gift sets. They are completely eco-friendly and plant-based. 

I am obsessed with washcloths and have many in various sizes. There’s something so special about handmade washcloths. The first one I ever made, my husband was shocked that it didn’t come from a store. Great compliment!

You are welcome to sell any finished products. I would appreciate pattern credit if you do so. You cannot sell this pattern as your own. 

Easy Beginner’s Crochet Washcloth Pattern: Featuring Single Crochet Stitch


1 skein 100% Medium Worsted Cotton Yarn (I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in Dove)

I9 Crochet Hook

Stitch Markers

Needles to weave ends



Single Crochet (SC):

Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, and pull through stitch (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops. 

Here’s a video tutorial on how to crochet the single crochet stitch. 

Finished Dimensions: 

12 in x 12 in


  • The pattern is written in US terms. 
  • Chain 1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch. It is there for structural purposes. Always place your stitch in the first stitch. 
  • This crochet washcloth pattern will end up being 12 in 12 in. If you would like a smaller or larger size, add or decrease the number of chains in your foundation. Just make sure to use an even number of chains. 
  • Guage is not important for this pattern. You can use a ruler to check your dimensions as you work if you need to. 


Foundation: Tie a slip knot and chain 41. 

Crocheting for Beginner's, How to Make a Slip Knot

Row 1: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in 2nd chain from hook. Repeat 39 more times (40 stitches)

Crocheting for Beginner's, How to Make a Slip KnotCrocheting for Beginner's, How to Make a Slip Knot

Row 2: Chain 1 and sc into the first stitch. Place a stitch marker if needed. Repeat 39 times (40 stitches)

Crocheting for Beginner's, How to Make a Slip Knot

Row 3 – 50: Repeat Row 2 instructions. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To weave in ends: 

Thread your end yarn through a needle. 

Insert the needle through 6-8 stitches. Pull through. 

Skip the first strand of the stitch and insert the needle in the opposite direction through 6-8 stitches. Pull through. 

Cut the yarn. 

There you have it, an easy beginner’s crochet washcloth pattern that will leave you with a super cute washcloth! For care instructions follow the notes that come with the yarn. 

Did you make this pattern? Tag me and show me your creations. I’d love to see them! Instagram: @By.Bindi