How to Crochet on the Side of a Single Crochet

By Candace – 6 Comments

Most crochet stitches are worked into the loops in the top of the stitch, whether it’s both loops or one of them. However, every once in a while, you may come across a pattern that requires you to work into the side of a stitch. In the case of the single crochet, the stitch is worked into a vertical bar as shown below. If you are right-handed, the bar will be on your left, and if you are left-handed, the bar will be on your right.

For a left-handed view, hover over the pictures.

So when you work into the side of the stitch, you simply insert your hook under the bar and complete the stitch. Here, it’s demonstrated with an hdc.

Yarn over, insert hook under bar.

Yarn over, pull up a loop.

Yarn over, pull through all loops.

And there you have it. If you need any further help, feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. Lane† says:

    I’ve never seen this before but this looks neat! What kind of patterns would you see this in?

  2. Dianna says:

    This particular part of crocheting items always stresses me out! I can never seem to figure out where to place each stitch and it causes such inconsistency that I’m unhappy with the results. Please tell me how to handle side stitching with hdc and dc too!

  3. AnnieM says:

    Lanet (sorry, couldn’t find the keystroke to do that right): I’m finishing a pattern now that’s worked in rows except for the lacy trim, done in one round at the end. On top and bottom, the trim is worked as usual, but down the sides, you work just like in this tutorial.

    Perfect timing for me, Candace. I was just guessing how to do it–nice to have confirmation from someone more experienced. Thanks!

  4. Lane † says:

    No worries, AnnieM!

    Thank you very much! I never thought about using it as a border. I’ll have to try that sometime soon, thanks!

  5. annette floyd says:

    Ilove your e mails. They are helpful. Can yougive me some pointers on keeping your edges straight,

  6. Kati says:

    Thanks for this! I would consider myself an experienced crocheter but just came across this stitch in a pattern and had no clue what they were talking about!

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