Now you know your slip knot and foundation chain, it’s time to learn single crochet stitch! Every other crochet stitch is essentially a variation of the single crochet stitch. It is the shortest stitch, so the turning chain is only one (1 ch).
You form your starting chain and your turning ch1. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook, yarn over (yo), pull up a loop. There should now be two loops on the hook. Then yarn over (yo), and pull through both loops on the hook. You did it!
Your foundation chain does not count as a row. After you complete your first row (row 1) of single crochet stitches, you turn your work to start row 2. In other words, rotate the piece you are making so that you can work the next row right to left. This back side is often called “the wrong side” of the work by crochet patterns. Learn more about how to read a pattern in my post here. Next you insert your hook under the first stitch from the hook–under both legs of the “v”–and continue your stitches across.
Time to Practice
Let’s make a simple bookmark using the single crochet stitch you just learned as well as your pattern reading skills. A bookmark, as you know, is just a rectangle. So don’t worry, you can do it! You can make your bookmark(s) in any color(s) you like. Just make a solid color one first, changing colors makes it a little harder. I love Harry Potter, so I decided to make my bookmarks in Gryffindor colors. I love how they look like little mini-scarves with the fringe.
Yarn: worsted 4
Hook Size: I 5.5mm
*Sc across (7)*22 times or about 8.5 inches long. Fasten off and weave in one of the ends. You can leave the other end as part of your fringe edge, just trim.
For the fringe on the bottom edge: cut 7 pieces of yarn each about 8.5 inch long. Then folding a piece in half, insert your hook in the corner stitch on the bottom of your bookmark, pull the folded loop through. Then pull the two loose ends through the loop on your hook. Repeat across all 7 stitches, then trim the fringe to about 2 inches.
You may find your bookmark curls up and doesn’t want to lay flat. In this case, just block it. There are various methods to block a crochet piece. I find the easiest way is to spray lightly with water (don’t soak), arrange on a flat surface, then place a book or other flat heavy object on top for a few hours until dry.
GOOD JOB!!! Now Try Changing Colors
Once you’ve completed a bookmark in a solid color and you comfortable with your single crochet stitch, try changing colors with a striped version of the bookmark. Follow the same pattern. Do your foundation chain and rows 1 and 2 in one color, then switch to your alternate color. Then keep switching colors every 2 rows.
Finishing and Adding A Border : For the striped bookmark, the edge will look a bit more bumpy because of the color changeover and thickness of yarn being carried through. So, I did slip stitches around the outside edge with the darker color to give it a straighter border before fastening off.
Wow you did it! You learned A LOT. Now you could make a whole single crochet blanket if you want to!