Learn how to Crochet for beginners – simple crochet stitches: Chain Stitch – Crochet
Today we’ll learn how to make the chain stitch. Abbreviated (CH) and its symbol as appears on the screen chain stitch is the foundation of crochet work, it’s the basis that starts off every crochet pattern. Judging by its name we can say that the chain consists of a number of loops connected together each loop is forming a V-Shape as we can see to make the chain stitch we will first make a slip knot. Let’s see how the slip knot is done as we start all of our crochet work with it.
This is the yarn we will use and we will use a three and a half millimeter hook. Hold the strand-like so, and we will use these two fingers and wrap the yarn around them to form a loop and another loop then pull the second loop through the first loop and pull it up while holding it, use the strand connected to the yarn ball to tighten up the loop and this is the starting loop or the slip knot. I will demonstrate again. Wrap the yarn around the two fingers to form a loop then make another loop and pull the second loop through the first loop like so and pull it up.
Then use the strand connected to the yarn ball to tighten up the loop and pull it and this is the starting ring which we start our work with. Insert the hook into the loop this is how we hold the hook from the flattened part where the size is written this is how we hold it using thumb and index fingers, this is called the Pencil Grip. Another way to hold it is like so. It’s up to you to choose any way you like. Now hold the strand connected to the yarn ball and hold it with this finger to support it and wrap it around this finger then hold the loop with both thumb and middle fingers as we will usually hold any crochet work we’ll be doing.
Now wrap the yarn around this finger and hold the loop with these two fingers this is the grip we will use in our work, holding the hook like so and wrapping the yarn around this finger. Let’s see how the chain is done. Note that the loop should be gently tightened, not too tight and not too loose. Make sure the hook can freely move through the loop so it’ll be easy for you to work the hook at the end distinguishes the crochet needle as we said before, so direct this hook downwards and grab the yarn from below. Now we have a loop on the hook. Using the hook at the end of the needle, grab
the yarn and pull it through the first loop and this is the first stitch in the chain.
Again, grab the yarn with the hook from below then yarn over to make a loop on the hook. Pull the hook through the first loop, and now we made another stitch. Try to relax your hand, don’t pull too tight or make it too loose. The stitch and the yarn are relaxed as we can see. Again, grab the yarn with the hook from below making a loop on the hook then pull it through. Again, yarn over from below then pull through like so yarn over and pull through yarn over, pull through.
Now we finished the chain which consists of a number of chain stitches. Notice that each chain forms a V-Shape as we said before. There are two terms we need to be aware of regarding the chain stitch, this here is called the Back Loop and this is the Front Loop this is the Back Loop and this is the Front Loop. Later, we’ll learn new techniques require that we should be able to recognize them to help us in upcoming work and now we’ve completed learning the chain stitch.
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