How to Single Crochet Stitch (For Beginners)

Learning to single crochet is one of the first stitches all beginners will learn in crochet. It is often the second stitch most people learn after learning how to tie a slip knot and the chain (foundation) stitch, If you haven’t learned those yet, start there. 

You’ll quickly see that single crochets or also referred to as “SC” in patterns are one of the easiest and most commonly used crochet stitches.

How to single crochet by Yarrney

What is a Single Crochet?

A single crochet in crochet is one of the most basic stitches. Often you will read, “10 SC”, as an example. That just means to do ten single crochet.

How to Crochet a Single Crochet

Single Crochet is an easy stitch to learn.

Step 1) Start with a chain stitch and increase to a length of your desire. 

Step 2) Insert the crochet hook back into the second chain from the hook and wrap the yarn over the hook. Pull this yarn only through the chain so you now have two loops on the hook.

Step 3) Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through both loops. One loop will remain on the hook. Your single crochet (sc) is complete. Repeat steps 1-3 for more single crochets.

Pro tip: Practice your tension to get faster at crocheting single crochets and to make stitches similar in size.

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Patterns that Use Single Crochet

There are a lot of patterns that use the single crochet including if you are making amigurumi yarn creatures but one most beginners will tackle as a first crochet project is a granny square. Using just a slip knot, single crochet and often one other stitch, you can make a granny square.

Did we mention they make great coasters and gifts? Not only will you get in your stitches and practice but in a few hours, you’ll have something nice to show.

What to Learn Next

So you are on the way to mastering the single crochet? Congrats! It’s only one of the first stitches into crochet. We would recommend practicing this for a few days to commit it to memory. Next, check out an additional beginner crochet stitch like the half double crochet stitch or jump over to a granny square if you want to implement the single crochet.