Crochet 101: How to Crochet the Chain Stitch


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Crochet 101 [Class 2]: The Chain Stitch Videos

The chain stitch is the foundation for many crochet stitch patterns and also can be used to attach different parts of more advanced stitches.


Stitch Abbreviation & Symbol

chain


How to Crochet the Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is the foundation for many crochet stitch patterns and also can be used to attach different parts of more advanced stitches.


Step 1

Chain Stitch Figure 1

Chain Stitch Figure 1

Make a foundation chain one chain more than the number of half double crochet stitches called for.

Skip first 2 chain stitches (will count as the turning chain). Yarn over hook once, insert hook from front to back in the center of the third chain from the hook

[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 1 ]


Chain Stitch Figure 2

Chain Stitch Figure 2

Pull the free yarn end to tighten the loop.


[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 2 ]



Step 2

Cain Stitch Figure 3

Cain Stitch Figure 3

Bring the yarn over the crochet hook from back to front and hook it.


[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 3 ]


Chain Stitch Figure 4

Chain Stitch Figure 4

Draw hooked yarn through the loop of the slip knot on the hook and up onto the working area of the crochet hook.


[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 4 ]


Chain Stitch Figure 5

Chain Stitch Figure 5

You now have a chain stitch on your hook.


[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 5 ]



Step 3

The Chain Stitch Figure 6

The Chain Stitch Figure 6

Again, hold the base of the slip knot and bring the yarn over the crochet hook from back to front.


[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 6 ]


The Chain Stitch Figure 7

The Chain Stitch Figure 7

Draw hooked yarn through the loop of the slip knot on the hook and up onto the working area of the crochet hook.


[ see The Chain Stitch Figure 7 ]

Repeat Step 3 for each additional chain.



The Chain Stitch Figure 8

The Chain Stitch Figure 8

It is important to note that you should always move the left thumb and index finger up the chain close to the crochet hook after each new stitch or two [ see Chain Stitch Figure 8 ]. This helps you control the work. Also, be sure to pull each new stitch up onto the working area of the hook; otherwise your starting chain stitches will become too tight.