How to Crochet: Single Crochet Stitches (sc)

By Rachel Choi – 85 Comments

A Single crochet stitch is the most popular, basic and common crochet stitch. Single crochet stitches are used everywhere in the crochet world, so this is a great stitch to learn. If you are a beginner, this should be one of the first crochet stitches that you encounter. In this example of how to crochet a single crochet stitch, we will assume that you already created a foundation chain.

This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

Let’s start with a foundation chain like this. (How to Crochet a Chain)

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from the hook. You would now have two loops on your hook. You insert your hook into the 2nd chain and not the 1st because 1 chain is equivalent to the height of a single crochet. This way, your corner will be the same height as the rest of the row.

Yarn over (wrap the yarn over your hook).

Pull the strand of yarn through the first loops that is on your hook. You should now have two loops on your hook.

Yarn over again, and pull the strand of yarn through both loops on the hook. You should now only have one loop on the hook.

Congrats! You just made one single crochet stitch! You can continue to make single crochets across your foundation chain. To do so, just insert your hook into the next chain, yarn over, pull through one loop on hook, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. Continue this until you reach the end of the chain.

Here is what one row of single crochets looks like!

To make another row of single crochets, make one chain. Then turn your work.

Insert your hook into the first single crochet.

Yarn over.

Pull the yarn through the first loop on your hook. You should now have 2 loops on your hook.

Yarn over.

Pull the strand of yarn through both loops on your hook.

You can continue to crochet across the row and create more rows of single crochet stitches. Here is what a few rows look like!

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  1. Jasleen says:

    Thank you so much. !!! I appreciate it 🙂


  2. Rhea Mcmane says:

    I am crocheting an afghan that breaks the yarn off at the end of each row and leaves a fringe at the beginning and end. I am unclear attach how to attach the next row at the beginning. The pattern is the Indian Navajo.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Depending on the pattern, you can start with a slip knot on your hook or you can just tie the end of the new yarn to the end of the last row.

    • Annie says:

      Rhea, I am doing the Navajo indian afghan also, but I haven’t done it for almost 15 years, and I hoped it would be like riding a bike, but not…..I had to figure out how to do the chain….now I’m just trying to figure out the sc/fringe thing…..what did you end up doing for the fringe…..I’m stuck on that too…..but I’m a year behind you. Are you finished now….would love to see picture.

  3. Hello Rachel
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! I am teaching 15 girls to crochet this week and these tutorials are really going to help me and them! I LOVE to crochet and tend to work quite freestyle and I love how simple you have made these tutorials. A huge thank you to you and your team!

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