Crochet 101: Pulling It Together

We’ve covered how to tie a slip knot, the chain, the single, double, half-double, and treble (triple) crochet stitches. We’ve even had a go at color work and joining yarn. Now it’s time for the quadruple crochet!!!

Ok, we’re not going to cover quadruple crochet here. I didn’t make that up, there REALLY is a quadruple crochet stitch, but in 20 years I’ve literally never used it, so I’m not going to cover it as part of our basics. For those of you who are interested, it’s like a treble crochet with an extra yarn over. You can actually do as many yarn overs as you’d like and make it an “n” crochet stitch, but that might just get silly!

What we ARE going to cover today are the last of the basics. A lot of this will have been covered in other lessons, but I want to make sure we have them all in one location in case you need the reference later. So, what’s left?

Slip Stitch

The slip stitch is a really simple stitch that allows you to skip over stitches or to work back down a line of chains. It’s used for all kinds of things, but I think that joining rounds is really the most common use, so I’ll demonstrate that here.

Make up a chain, (any length will do for this) and then insert your hook into the very first chain you made. The one closest to the tail.

Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull it through the two loops.

You have successfully slip stitched. Well done!

Turning chain

We actually covered this in our second lesson,  it just wasn’t called that or addressed specifically. The turning chain is the chain you use to begin a new row in your work.

Remember this guy?

That’s our turning chain to make a single crochet. Usually a turning chain will be a 2 chains for single or half double crochets, 3 chains for double crochets, and 4 chains for treble crochets.

Sometimes, however, the turning chain is ACTUALLY meant to turn the row (or round) only. In these cases, you’ll chain one in order to give you enough space to turn the work and then work in the first stitch on the row. Usually you’ll see this with single or half double crochets.

Yarn Over

This is probably the easiest of all the crochet “stitches,” and it works in knitting too! You literally take the yarn and put it over your hook. Just like every wrap we’ve done for all our basic stitches.

yarn-over

You’ll usually see this instruction by itself in more complicated stitches like broomstick stitch or when making bobbles.

 

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