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How to Single Crochet (SC)

step by step photos showing how to do the single crochet stitch.
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The single crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. This stitch is used extensively in amigurumi patterns as it creates a dense, closed fabric. This tutorial will show you how to do the single crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

When the single crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as SC.

Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Insert your hook into the second chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

Step One of the Single Crochet Stitch
Step Two of the Single Crochet Stitch

Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook.

Step Three of the Single Crochet Stitch

Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One SC completed.

Step 4: Insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second single crochet stitch (SC) completed.

Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

Completed Row of Single Crochet Stitches
Completed first row of single crochet stitches

To add a second (or more) row(s):
To add a second row of single crochet, chain 1 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

Starting the second row of crochet stitches

Step 1: Insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch.
Note: The chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise

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Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

Completed first stitch

Step 3: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining single crochet stitch across.

Second completed row of single crochet stitches

To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

Single Crochet Stitch Swatch

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial! Want a pattern that uses the Single Crochet Stitch? Check out my Carter the Carrot Amigurumi Pattern.

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