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Stitching School: Chaining and the Single Crochet

singlrcrochet4 I’ve had a crush on crochet for a long time. I feel like I’ve been giving a lot of attention to Knitting lately -which I also love- and I really wanted to wax poetic about crochet. I love the way that I can improvise and work organically. You can connect it to just about anything that has holes in it. It’s thick and warm and textured.

Crochet is also one of the only garment construction methods that can’t be reproduced by machine. Even to this day, anything that’s crocheted is 100% handmade.

Oh and did I mention it’s fast? Many crochet projects can be finished in just one or two evenings.

I first learned to make a slip knot and work a chain stitch from my mom when I was pretty young – like under 10. I never progressed past that point though. Just a whole lot of chains for a long time. I tried it many times, but it never worked out well. Then when I was 20 or so I picked up my grandma’s hook and yarn and made my first granny square. It didn’t come easy though and it wasn’t reproducible.

It was, like with knitting, when i moved to Dekalb that I started my first and finished my first crochet project. A tea cozy from Simple Crochet… pardon the pun, but seriously, I was hooked. I’ve been crocheting ever since.

So how do you crochet? It all starts with a slip knot:


Then you make a foundation chain:


And then you work your first single crochet:



Then you work your second and third rows:


I’m hoping to have a few fun crochet announcements on Monday to share with you, three things in fact.

In the meantime though pick up your hook and yarn and try out a little chaining and single crochet. There are a lot of fun, quick projects in the crochet section of the archive that would be just the thing to use up those bits!