Chain stitch (ch)
Crochet nearly always starts with a series of chain stitches. These stitches form the basis of the work, called a foundation chain.
You may find that you struggle to keep an even tension at first, but it is important to keep the chains even and not to make them too tight or loose. Don't worry when you first start! Keep practising until you find making even chain stitches easy.
With a slip knot made, hold the hook it in the right hand. Hold the wool in the left hand and at the same time keep a good tension on the tail end of the wool. With the wool sitting to the reverse of the hook, turn the hook so that it is facing away from you.
* Push the crochet hook against the wool then rotate the hook in a anti-clockwise direction in order to catch the wool around the hook, finishing with the hook facing down. Draw the wool through the slip knot or the loop on the hook.
Rotate the hook in the opposite direction so that the hook is left facing up and the new stitch is resting on the hook.
Continue to work from * to create more chain stitches. You will need to reposition the tensioning fingers of your left hand every couple of stitches to ensure a good tension on the wool.
Slip stitch is most commonly used in order to travel from one point in your crochet to another, or to complete a row at the end of a round.
This stitch adds very little height to the work and is unlikely to be used to produce a whole fabric.
Make a foundation chain to the required length. Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook.
* With the hook facing forward, pass the hook under the wool so that it crosses over the hook. Rotate the hook counterclockwise until it faces down in order to catch the wool.
Draw the wool through both the stitches on the crochet hook. To continue, insert the hook into the next chain and repeat from *.
- Fastening off
When you finish it is important to fasten off so your work doesn't unravel. When the final stitch of the crochet piece is completed, slip the loop from the hook and cut the yarn leaving a tail end of approximately 10cm. Thread the cut end of yarn through the loop from the back to front. Pull on the yarn to tighten the stitch.
- Darning in ends
To darn in use a tapestry needle to weave each end invisibly into nearby stitches. End with a back stitch and snip off the end close to the crochet.
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