If you are new to crochet and would like to learn how to single crochet this post can help! The single crochet stitch is one of the most important and widely used stitches in crochet. You will need to learn this stitch to crochet just about anything, and is usually one of the first learned when people start crocheting.
Sometimes you’ll see the single crochet stitch abbreviated as (sc). Abbreviations such as (sc) are commonly used to shorten crochet patterns and make them more succinct and compact. In the pattern tutorial below, we will use other abbreviations as well, so look over our abbreviations page to familiarize yourself with all the most common ones before starting.
Learn How to Single Crochet
If you are just learning how to crochet, this tutorial should be perfect for you. It has been made to be as simple as possible so that it’s easy for beginners to follow. The single crochet is one of the basic crochet stitches that every beginner crocheter will need to know.
Learn the single crochet stitch today! Just read on down for the full, FREE single crochet tutorial to get started!
Tools You’ll Need to Start the Single Crochet
To start learning how to crochet the single crochet stitch, you will need just a few items to begin. Make sure you have some yarn (any weight will work) and a corresponding crochet hook size to the yarn you are using. I like to use worsted (medium) weight yarn for most of my tutorials. It’s extremely easy to hold and see when learning new crochet stitches.
If you’d like to use the same size, I would suggest Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarn. You can find this yarn just about anywhere in person (Walmart, Target, Michaels, your local store) and online on Amazon. You will also need a 5.5 mm size I-9 crochet hook (if you chose medium weight yarn like I did).
Single Crochet (SC) Stitch Type
The single crochet stitch creates a closed stitch design which is perfect for all types of projects such as blankets (the single crochet chevron blanket is my favorite!), scarves and amigurumi. Below you will find a few pointers on what type of yarn is best to use with the single crochet.
The denseness of a single crochet fabric will depend on the type of fiber that is used. For example, if you use a bamboo yarn with the single crochet stitch, you will get a finished piece with a beautiful drape which is great for a sweater or shawl. And on the other hand, a fiber like 100% cotton will give a more dense piece with much less give, which is great for washcloths or dishcloths.
The Single Crochet Tutorial
Skill Level: Basic
- Any yarn will work. I used the Red Heart Soft Yarn, which is a medium weight yarn.
- A crochet hook. Please note: the size of hook is dependent on the weight of yarn you have chosen. A medium weight yarn requires a 5.5mm or I-9 hook size.
If you are in the market for a new set of crochet hooks, I highly suggest getting yourself a Clover Hook set.
Read over the tutorial once or twice, then begin to work up the single crochet stitch. I suggest that people that are just beginning to learn crochet go over this tutorial a few times until you get the hang of it. Remember: you are not perfect, so it may not look exactly like my picture at first, but keep trying. You will eventually get the hang of the single crochet stitch… faster than you might think.
Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Make a slip knot to attach yarn to hook
Yarn over (YO) and pull yarn back through the loop, repeating until you have chained 9 together (that is the number I did for this tutorial) then turn your work so that we will start working back the other way.
Insert the hook into second chain from hook
Yarn over (YO)
Pull yarn back through the loop, now you will have 2 loops on the hook
Yarn over (YO)
Pull yarn back through both loops on hook and a single crochet stitch is completed!
FINISHING THE FIRST ROW:
Insert hook into next chain and repeat steps 3-7 until you reach the end of the row (always inserting hook into next chain after a single crochet is completed)
To do a second row chain 1 and insert hook into second chain from hook through both loops
FINISHING THE SECOND ROW:
Repeat steps 3-7 across row until you reach the end of the row.
Remember, if you would like to make more rows, you need to always chain 1 at the end of each row and turn your work before starting a new row of single crochets.
That’s It – You’ve Learned the Single Crochet Stitch!
You are welcome to go back over this again to get the hang of this fun and beginner’s stitch. I promise you will be crocheting up projects in no time at all. Many blankets, scarves and more that all use the single crochet stitch!
Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions about how to do the single crochet stitch, please feel free to leave a comment below.