DAY 5: The humble chain stitch

Recently I’ve had a few friends ask me when I am going to teach them to crochet. I’m not sure if I would be a good teacher or not and I’m also self taught so may have a few bad habits. Today I decided to put together a bit of a basic how-to introduction to crochet.

The chain stitch is a good place to start. It may look boring but the humble chain stitch is amazing – you can make whole scarves with just chains and one ball of yarn (or less). My daughter is 11 and can make bracelets with crochet chains using her fingers, rather than a crochet hook.

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I’ll try and explain the basics now. One thing I have learnt from this exercise is I desperately need a manicure! So grab a crochet hook, some yarn, ignore my cuticles and let’s get crocheting.

Don't pick up that hook yet. Hold the yarn around your index finger as shown.

Don’t pick up that hook yet. Hold the yarn around your index finger as shown.

Wrap the yarn around your index finger.

Wrap the yarn around your index finger.

Take the yarn off your index finger

Take the yarn off your index finger

The yarn needs to come through the loop like this

The yarn needs to come through the loop like this

Now pick up that hook and use it to pick up the loop as shown. Pull on the ends of your yarn to tighten.

Now pick up that hook and use it to pick up the loop as shown. Pull on the ends of your yarn to tighten.

We have a slip knot!

We have a slip knot!

That was pretty exhausting and we haven’t even started to crochet yet!

Now, take the longer piece of yarn that is attached to the ball of yarn and wrap it around the hook (between the slip knot and the hook) from back to front. Make sure the slip knot is not too tight as you will now use the hook to drag this new loop through the existing loop on the hook which will then start to hang down. This step is then repeated until you have the number of chains you need. Keep practicing until you get the hang of it.

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