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How to create a starting loop

A starting loop or slip loop is the very first stitch when starting any knitting or crochet projects. When it is formed, it creates your working slip loop or working slip knot,. 

Ensure you leave a little "tail" before starting the loop. At the end of your projects, use a yarn darning needle to sew that tail in. 

1. With the tail end in your left hand, loop over the long end of yarn to create a X. Hold the X with your left fingers to secure.

2. Lay the long end of yarn below the loop. 

3. Feed the long end of yarn through the loop and pull it out with your right hand. 

4. Pull the long end loop until a small knot forms. This is a slip knot. 

Put your knitting needle or crochet hook into the slip knot loop and tighten by pulling the yarn. 




How to create a foundation chain

Many crochet projects start with a foundation chain. 

1. Place a starting loop on your crochet hook. 

2. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front. 

3. Pull the hooked yarn through the starting loop.






How to crochet a slip stitch

A slip stitch is the smallest crochet stitch. It is often used to join two ends of a chain.

1. With a slip loop on your hook, insert your hook into the chain stitch you want to join or work in. 

2. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front. 

3. Pull the hooked yarn through the starting loop.

4. Now the slip stitch is complete, you still have one loop on your hook.






How to do a single crochet stitch

A single crochet is the most basic of all the crochet stitches. It is tight and compact, resulting in a well formed piece. Most crochet stitches are a variation of this basic stitch, so think of this as a foundation stitch. 

1. With a slip loop on your hook, insert your hook into the second chain stitch from your hook.

2. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front, and pull the hooked yarn through the stitch. 

3. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front, and pull the hooked yarn through both loops on your hook. 

4. A single crochet has now been formed and a single loop is on the hook.







How to do a half double crochet stitch

A half double crochet is a cross between single and double crochet. It is tight and compact, with a little more height then the single crochet. 

1. With a slip loop on your hook, bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front and insert your hook into the third chain stitch from your hook.

2. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front, and pull the hooked yarn through the stitch. 

3. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front, and pull the hooked yarn through all three loops on your hook. 

4. A half double crochet has now been formed and a single loop is on the hook.




How to make a double crochet stitch

A double crochet (called a Treble in British crochet) is a very common stitch. It is looser than the single crochet, and twice as big.

 The double crochet is also very easy to master, and being a fast/tall stitch, your work will grow in front of your eyes. 

1. With a slip loop on your hook, work out which chain is third from your hook.

2. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front and insert your hook into the third chain stitch from your hook.

3. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front, and pull the hooked yarn through the chain stitch. 

4. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back to the front, remove the first two stitches on the hook.

5. Bring the working yarn over the hook from back to the front, and remove the last two stitches on the hook. 

6. The first 3 chains will count as your first double crochet. You now have the equivalent of two double crochet. 

               

 
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