Before we do some projects, let's start with 4 basic crochet stitches

Remember to keep your hands relaxed at all times. If you tighten your stitches, you will have a hard time to slip the hook through them in your next rows.

Start with the Slip Knot. It does not matter which way you make it, so choose whatever feels best for you.

Chain Stitch – yarn over, pull through When you look at this stitch, it looks like a chain. Most of your projects will start with this foundation chain.

Single crochet – SC – to start, insert your hook from front to back in the center of the second chain on the hook. Now you should have 2 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, from back to front (this is called yarn over – YO). Pull the yarn through the chain. Now you should have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over once again and pull through 2 loops on the hook.

You have now completed one/first single crochet. Repeat across to the end of your foundation chain. Once you finish, turn your work, and chain 1. *Your chain 1 doesn’t count as a stitch! • Insert hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first single crochet in the row below • Yarn over and pull through. • Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. Use your right thumb to hold your working stitch & left hand to hold your work.

Half double crochet- HDC – This stitch is taller than the single crochet but shorter than the double crochet. -Begin with your foundation chain. To start your first half double crochet, you will crochet into the chain that is three chains away from your hook. -Yarn over and insert the crochet hook into the stitch. Yarn Over and Pull-Through the Stitch. You should now have three loops on the hook. -Yarn Over and Pull-Through all 3 Loops Now, you completed your first half double crochet stitch.

You begin your second row and next rows with a turning chain – Chain 2. *Those chains do count as a stitch! Make HDC stitches in the next stitch from the row before. Continue until the end of your row. · Yarn over and insert hook into the next stitch. · Yarn over and pull through. · Yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

Double crochet – DC – Begin with Your Foundation Chain – Yarn Over and Insert Hook Into the third chain from the hook Those chains that you are skipping are what serve as your first double crochet of the row – Yarn over and insert hook into next stitch. – Yarn over and pull through. – Yarn over and pull through all two loops on hook. – Yarn over and pull through all two loops on hook.

For your second row and every row that follows, you will begin with chain 2 and repeat the pattern. These 4 stitches are the most basic crochet stitches you will need for all your future projects.

All other stitches are just variations on these stitches. So, once you feel like you have a good handle on these basic stitches, you can then start to build on them. It is fun and relaxing to watch as your work grows under your hands.

Keep practicing the basics and I will see you soon with new exciting projects.

I hope you will enjoy crocheting. xo

– Foundation chain / Chain – CH – 00:18

– Single crochet – SC – 01:50

– Half double crochet – HDC – 05:35

– Double crochet – DC – 09:27