Sunday, October 18, 2009

Crochet Chain Stitch

Often called the "foundation chain," most crochet projects -- whether straight or worked in the round -- will begin with a certain number of chain stitches.

To make a chain stitch, first form a slip stitch, or loop, and put it on your hook, which you will be holding in your right hand. Hold the yarn in your left hand, with it wound around in a way that gives you the tension control you want (see post on holding the yarn, if you're confused about what I mean here).

Move the hook under the yarn from the left side and capture it. Then begin to draw it through the hooked yarn through the loop that is on your hook, turning the hook as you do this, until the yarn is all the way through and has formed it's own loop. You have now made a chain stitch.

To get an idea how to do it, take a look at this video:

Or this one:

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