Common Stitches

What Are Some

Common Crochet Stitches? 

*Each set of instructions explains how to do each stitch as though 
you are starting with a fresh chain.
 
 
 
Chain Stitch
 
The first one that I’m going to explain is the Chain Stitch. It is the foundation for every project you make. First you must make a slip knot. Beginning with the hook in you dominant hand, insert your hook into the loop of the slip knot and tighten the loop slightly so that it doesn’t have slack but also isn’t tight on the hook. The tail of your yarn should be away from you and on your dominant side. It is helpful to hold the tail of the yarn in your hand with the hook to keep it out of the way while you work. With the hook in front of the yarn, use your index finger to move the working yarn from back to front over the top of the crochet hook. Catch the yarn with the groove of the hook facing down and pull it through the slip knot or loop of the previous stitch.
 You have now completed your first chain stitch!
Single Crochet
Now that you have learned how to Chain you can learn the first type of stitch. For the single crochet, hold the foundation chain with the front facing you. It should look similar to a braid or a long chain of V’s. Begin by placing your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook and under both the top part of the chain in the front and the back loop. The stitch that was skipped is called the turning chain. Bring your working yarn over the top of your hook from back to front. Catch the yarn with your hook and pull up a loop. You will now have 2 loops on your hook. Again, bring your working yarn over the top of your hook from back to front. Catch the yarn and pull it through both loops on your hook. This completes your first Single Crochet!
Double Crochet
For the double crochet stitch you will need to wrap your yarn around your hook, remember to always wrap from back to front! Now you can put your hook through your chain or your “braids” as I like to call them. Bring your working yarn over the top of the hook from back to front and pull up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook. Bring the yarn over the top of the hook from back to front again and pull your yarn through only 2 of the 3 loops on your hook. This will leave 2 loops left on the hook. Now, repeat the last step; bring the yarn over the top from the back to the front and bring your yarn through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. 
Congrats! You have now made your first Double Crochet!
 
 
Half-Double Crochet
Bring your yarn over the top of your hook from back to front, skip the two chain stitches and insert the hook into the first double crochet or 3rd stitch from the hook. With your hook in the first double crochet, bring your yarn over the top of the hook from the back to the front, as always, and pull up a loop. You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Bring your yarn over the hook from the back to the front again and pull the yarn through all 3 loops on your hook. 
You have now completed your first Half-Double Crochet!
 
 
 
Triple (Treble) Stitch
Before inserting your hook into your braids, bring your working yarn over the top of your hook from back to front twice (wrap your yarn around the hook 2 times). Now insert your hook into the 6th stitch from your hook. So counting the loop on your hook and count to the 6th chain, this is where you would place your hook. Bring your working yarn over the top of the hook from the back to the front and pull up a loop. You should now have 4 loops on your hook. Bring the yarn over the top of the hook from back to front again and pull your yarn through only 2 of the loops on your hook. this will leave 3 loops left on the hook. Now wrap your yarn around your hook from the back to the front and pull through 2 more loops, there should now be 2 loops left on your hook. You are going to bring your yarn over your hook from back to front again and pull your yarn through the last 2 loops on your hook.
Great job! You have finished your first Triple Stitch!
 
Puff Stitch
The Puff Stitch, is similar to the Half-Double Crochet stitch. You begin with one loop on your hook. Wrap your working yarn around
the back of your hook. Now insert your hook into your braid, 
you can either insert the hook in the back portion of the
chain or you can go under both parts of the braid.
Next wrap the yarn around the back of your hook again
and pull through your chain. You should have 3 loops
on your hook. Now we are going to wrap the working
yarn around the back of our hook once again and
insert our hook through the SAME chain that
we already went through. Wrap your yarn around
the back of your hook and pull through the chain.
You should have 5 loops on your hook now.
We are going to wrap our yarn around the
back of our hook one final time and 
pull that yarn through all 5 of our loops!
Congratulations! you have made your first Puff Stitch!
 
 

Slip Stitch

The slip stitch is much like the single crochet. After your have made your chain,
straighten it out so that it is not twisted and the braids are facing you.
You are now going to find your very first chain and place your hook into that chain.
Now, wrap your yarn around your hook from back to front and pull
it through all of the loops on your hook.
You should now have a chain in the shape of a circle!
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