Crochet stitches part 1

Hello my lovelies, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

This week we are looking at how to start a crocheting project with chain stitch and our first stitch, a double crochet (single crochet in US term).

So where do we start? Well I'm going to show you how to work in rows (we will look at rounds at a later date)so our first step is to make a slipknot. to do this take you yarn (I'm using double knit weight and a 4mm size crochet hook) and loop it around two fingers making sure it crosses in front. Take your hook and put it through the loop grabbing your working yarn and pulling up a loop. Pull both your working yarn and your end to tighten the loop around the hook (not to tight as you will have trouble in the next step). 

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Now we are going to start making our chains. To do this we yarn over the hook and pull through the loop on the hook. We then repeat this until it is at the desired length (I have done 20 here).
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So now we have 20 chains on the hook and we can start making double crochet in to them. We will be putting our hook into the second chain from the hook, we yarn over and pull a loop through the chain, you will now have 2 loops on your hook. We now yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. We now repeat this in each chain along, you will have 19 double crochet stitches. 

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We are now going to work on our second row. We chain 1 and turn our work. We are going to double crochet in the top of each of the double crochets of the previous row. If you look at the top of your work you will see a v shape in the stitch, that is what we are going under. So we will yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook, just like we did before. Continue this all the way along the row and continue like this until it is the desired length.  

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Crocheting can feel awkward and difficult at first but will practice you will soon be crocheting away.

i have made a Tiktok to accompany this blog so you can watch how each step is made and get started. This can be viewed here  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMemXdvTj/

If you need a crochet hook you can pick them up fairly cheep in you local craft store. 

Come on back on Friday to see what i have been up to this week and on Monday where we will be looking at half treble crochet and treble crochet,