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Basic Crochet Stitches

In this post we will take you through some of the basics for learning to crochet.

You will learn how to make:

. Slip Knot

. Chain Stitch

. Single Crochet (Double UK)

. Half Double Crochet (Half Treble UK)

. Double Crochet (Treble UK)

. Slip Stitch


All terms are US, UK terms are in brackets



Slip Knot:

The slip knot is the knot that you use to attach your yarn to your hook at the beginning of each project


  1. Lay your yarn over 2 of your fingers (palm up) with the short end facing you

  2. Wrap your yarn around your fingers creating an x over the first piece

  3. Flip your hand (palm down) you should have 2 straight lines

  4. Using your hook go under the 1st line and hook the 2nd line

  5. Pull the 2nd line underneath the 1st

  6. Gently pull your fingers out

  7. Pull the 2 tails of the yarn to tighten the knot

  8. Pull the long yarn attached to the ball to tighten the knot onto your hook.


Chain Stitch:

The chain stitch makes up the foundation of crochet pieces made in flat rows and is the first stitch beginner crocheters learn.




  1. Make a slip knot

  2. Wrap your yarn over your hook (yarn over)

  3. Hook your yarn and pull it through the loop on your hook (slip knot for 1st stitch)

  4. Repeat steps 3 & 4 (yarn over & pull through the loop on your hook) until you have enough chain stitches for your pattern


Single Crochet (Double UK):

Single Crochet is one of the best stitches for beginners to learn, it is very versatile and can be used in most projects, toy making (amigurumi) is made using this stitch.


  1. Make a slip knot

  2. Chain as many as you need for your piece +1

  3. Insert your hook in the second loop from your hook and yarn over

  4. Pull through the chain stitch (you should now have 2 loops on your hook)

  5. Yarn over again and pull through the 2 loops on your hook

  6. Continue into the next stitch and repeat steps 3-5 along the row


Half Double Crochet (Half Treble UK):

Half Double Crochet (HDC) is a great stitch for a lot of projects, it is taller than single crochet so builds faster, but not as tall as Double Crochet so have smaller holes.


  1. Make a slip knot

  2. Chain enough stitches for your project +1

  3. Yarn over and insert your hook into the second chain from your hook

  4. Yarn over and pull through the chain stitch (you should now have 3 loops on your hook)

  5. Yarn over again and pull through all 3 loops

  6. Continue into the next stitch, repeating steps 3-5 across the row


Double Crochet (Treble UK)

Double Crochet is a taller stitch used for granny squares and a lot of blanket patterns, it is a more flexible stitch so your finished piece tends to have more movement


  1. Make a slip knot

  2. Chain enough for your project +2

  3. Yarn over and insert your hook into the 3rd chain from your hook

  4. Yarn over and pull through the chain stitch (3 loops on hook)

  5. Yarn over again and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook (2 loops left on hook)

  6. Yarn over again and pull through both loops on your hook

  7. Continue into the next stitch and repeat steps 3-6 along the row


Slip Stitch:

Slip Stitch is a very short stitch that is often used to join pieces or rounds together or to move the yarn along a piece without gaining much height.


  1. Make a slip knot

  2. Chain enough for your project +1

  3. Insert your hook in the 2nd stitch from your hook

  4. Yarn over and pull through the chain stitch (there should be 2 loops on your hook)

  5. Pull the loop furthest from the handle through the loop near the handle

  6. Continue into the next stitch and repeat steps 4-5 across the row


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