Single Crochet – Discover The Facts, Tips & Tricks In My Guide

By Jodie Morgan

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Single crochet is the first stitch to learn. Here’s your complete guide on how to single crochet.

Single Crochet

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I reviewed and updated this post on July 13, 2022.

Table Of Contents

What’s A Single Crochet Stitch?

A single crochet stitch is the smallest stitch in basic crochet stitches. It’s also the first one you learn after the chain stitch. The following stitches are ordered from smallest to tallest.

They’re in US and UK terms.

  • Single crochet = Double crochet
  • Half double crochet = Half treble crochet
  • Double crochet = Treble crochet
  • Treble crochet = Double treble crochet
  • Double treble crochet = Triple treble

How Do You Do A Single Crochet Stitch For Beginners?

Here are single crochet instructions and what you’ll learn.

  • How to hold your hook and yarn
  • How to do a foundation chain
  • How to do a single crochet
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Step 1

  • Make a slip knot
  • Put the slip knot on the hook
  • Hold the crochet hook in your right hand
  • Tension your yarn.

Don’t know how to hold your hook and thread? Read my guide for left and right-handers.

  • Make a foundation chain before you create single crochets
  • Yarn over by putting your hook under the yarn
  • Go up and over
  • Pull through the loop
  • Repeat until you get your desired amount of stitches

Step 2

Now you’re ready to learn the single crochet. Skip the first chain stitch (the ‘v’ shape). You can do the next part two ways. The second way is prettier, but tricky.

Method 1

  • Ensure the ‘v’ shapes are facing you
  • Insert the hook into the middle of the second chain stitch
  • There should be two loops on your hook
  • Yarn over
  • Pull through one
  • Yarn over
  • Pull through both loops on the hook

Method 2

  • Ensure the wrong side (bumpy side) of the chain stitches faces you
  • Each bump represents one stitch
  • Insert the hook into the second chain bump from the hook
  • Yarn over
  • Pull through one
  • There are two loops on your hook
  • Yarn over
  • Pull through two
  • Now there’s one loop on the hook

To do another single crochet, go to the next chain or bump, and make it. Don’t go into the spot in you used. Here’s a video tutorial.

How To Do Single Crochet Left Handed

Making single crochet left-handed is the same as the instructions above, only you hold the crochet hook in your left hand.

How To Work Rows of Single Crochet Stitches

Here’s how to do a row of single crochet.

  • At the end of a row, turn the work and chain 1
  • Single crochet into the next stitch
  • Don’t go into the chain you made, but the next one
  • Go through both loops on the next stitch, the front and the back one
  • Continue single crocheting across
  • Repeat these instructions

How To Count SC Stitches And Rows

I’ll teach you to count single crochet stitches and rows. As you work a single crochet, turn at the ends of rows. After a couple, the fabric looks like it has sections. Each counts as two rows.

One comprises one row of right side single crochets and one row of wrong side single crochets. Count the number of sections and multiply by two.

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What Does The Single Crochet Stitch Look Like?

A single crochet’s front side looks like a ‘v,’ like the top of single crochet. The backside has a v and a line in the bottom left-hand corner. Each v counts as one stitch.

Handy Tips for Beginners

  • Keep your tension loose when you crochet the beginning chain. It’s easier to insert your hook into the back bump of the chain stitch
  • Crochet hook feels uncomfortable? Try comfort crochet hooks
  • Wind hanks or skeins of yarn into a ball before crocheting. You’ll have fewer tangles

Single Crochet In The Round

Crochet a flat circle or a tube. To make a flat circle, start with chain stitches and join them, creating a loop. Single crochet into the loop and join the round. Making a tube is similar.

FAQs About The Single Crochet Stitch

What Is The Difference Between Single And Double Crochet?

Single crochet is smaller than double crochet because you pull through loops fewer times than double crochet.

What Does SC Mean In Crochet Stitches?

SC means single crochet.

What Can I Make With Single Crochet?

Single crochet is dense and ideal for dishcloths and amigurumi.

What Is A Single Crochet Stitch In UK Terms?

Single crochet, in UK terms, is double crochet. 

What Is The Easiest Crochet Stitch?

The easiest crochet stitch to learn for beginners is the single crochet.


I hope you found this guide to single stitch crochet helpful. An essential first step into the world of crocheting.

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About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Crochet Penguin

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Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate crocheter and blogger with 17+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother, she fell in love with crocheting after her first child was born. When she’s not crocheting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online crochet community. Please say hello, or see what she's making on socials.

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