Single crochet (sc)

Single crochet is one of the more common stitches you'll run across in crochet patterns, and is especially popular for use in amigurumi designs. Because of its short height, it creates a more dense fabric than other stitches.

If you are starting a new pattern you'll begin by making a foundation chain. Chain the number of stitches you want for your sc row plus one. So, if you want a row of five sc stitches you want to begin with six chains. You will skip the first chain, which counts as your turning chain, and follow the steps below:

Insert hook in second chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (Figure 1), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (Figure 2). *Insert hook in next chain, yarn over and pull up loop (Figure 1), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (Figure 2); repeat from *.

For subsequent rows:

Chain one and turn to begin next row.  *Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (Figure 1), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (Figure 2); repeat from *.

You can also get a visual look at the single crochet stitch by watching this video; the sc technique is covered about 1 minute into the video:

 


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