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Crochet Lesson 1

August 12, 2009

Welcome to Crochet Lesson 1: Anatomy of a chain stitch, crocheting into a chain stitch, and turning a row. The project for this lesson is a single crochet face cloth/ dishcloth.

Materials needed: Size H (5 mm) crochet hook and 1 skein of Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn.

Step 1: Make a slip knot. Yes, if you’re a knitter, you already know how to do this, so feel free to skip ahead to Step 2.

Slip knots are fairly easy once you know how to do it. Just wrap the yarn around the first two fingers of your right hand, then pull a loop of yarn from back to front. Here it is in pictures:

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Wrap the yarn around your first two fingers of your right hand, and pull the loop through.

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Put the yarn on the crochet hook and pull on both the loop and the tails.

Ta-da!

Step 2: Make your first chain stitch.

If you found the slip knot easy, this will be a piece of cake. To make one chain stitch you:

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Wrap the yarn around the crochet hook from back to front.

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Then pull it through the loop already on the hook. This is most easily done by twisting the hook a bit, and make sure to hold the non-working tail.

Congratulations, you’ve just made a chain stitch. That’s it, no fuss, no muss. The only warning I have is to keep them fairly loose, this will help you in step 4.

Step 3: Continue making chain stitches until you have 26. How do you count? There are 2 ways, and both require a quick lesson in chain stitch anatomy.

Your chain stitch should look something like this:

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It might look like this pic 6 or thispic 7, both of these are fine, not everyone creates the same thing.

If you look carefully, you will see one side has ‘v’ shapes and one side has bumps.

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This is the v side

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This is the bump side. (Kind of like a knit stitch vs a purl stich when you think about it!)

Step 4: Turn the work and single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook.

This is because the first chain is the ‘turning chain.’ Basically this gives you room to turn the work and height to start the next row.

Now you have a choice, you can crochet into the 2 loops of the v or the one loop that makes the bump. Normally I wouldn’t suggest crocheting into just one of the chain loops, but it is done in certain situations, and if it feels right to you, go ahead. There is no wrong way!

Whichever way you choose though, just stick to it all the way across.

To single crochet:

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1.)Insert hook through loop (or loops) from front to back)

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2.)Wrap yarn over hook. (I find it easiest to wrap from front to back)

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3.)Pull yarn through loop.

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4.)Wrap yarn over hook. (I wrap from back to front this time!)

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5.)Pull the yarn though both loops on hook.

That’s it, you’ve done a single crochet! Now repeat steps 1-5 and continue to single crochet into each chain stitch.

Now’s the time to go back and count. The top of all the stitches look¬†like ‘v’s just like on the chain stitch. Count the v’s, there should be 25.

If you don’t have 25, just take note of how many you have, then continue on.

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Step 5: Chain 1 (this is the turning chain again) and turn the work.

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Step 6: Single crochet into the first stitch (I am not having you skip the first stitch, I prefer it that way with single crochet.) The only difference from the single crochet above is that here you will be working into the 2 loops that form the v at the top of each stitch.

Continue single crocheting across the row, then chain 1, and create a new row. Keep this going until there are 20 rows, or until the face cloth is the right size (roughly square.)

When you get to (or decide you are at) your last row, make a chain stitch as usual, but pull the loop really big, and cut the loop in half. This is called “breaking the yarn” and you can then pull the end attached to your project really tight. That’s it, you have made yourself a face cloth! Go, make lots of face cloths, have a wonderful time, and in 2 weeks, we’ll make a dishtowel.

I am working on a video of this lesson, and I hope to post it tomorrow, but as this will be my first video post, I want it done right, so this may take a bit more doing than I first thought.

Do you like this lesson? Hate it? Did you follow the lesson? Please, if so post a picture of your finished project. (If you have any questions, please comment, I’ll reply quickly!)

Happy Stitching!