Single Crochet (sc)

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After learning to chain, the single crochet stitch is the first stitch that many people learn when they crochet.  The height of a single crochet stitch equals the height of one chain.

Pattern Abbreviation:  sc



The photos below show an example of single crochet stitches being worked into a base chain. 

Single Crochet (sc), Step 1


Step 1:  Keeping working yarn behind work, insert hook into the spot indicated by the instruction.  Yarn over to create a loop on the hook (wrap yarn around hook from back to front into hook opening).


Single Crochet (sc), Step 2


Step 2:  Pull  loop on hook through so that there are now 2 loops on the hook.


TIP:  If working in a chain, it is helpful to keep tension on the chain with thumb and forefinger of your hand opposite the hook so that the hook slides through easily.

Single Crochet (sc), Step 3


Step 3:  Bring yarn over hook again, from back to front so that yarn engages in hook opening.

Single Crochet (sc), Step 4


Step 4:  Draw loop through so that only one loop remains on the hook.  This completes the single crochet stitch.

TIP:  Twist hook so that hook opening faces downwards when drawing through the two loops on the hook.