How do you crochet a single crochet?

Single crochets are one of the staple stitches in crochet, and you will find them in many patterns. Single crochets create a dense fabric, and depending on your crochet hook and yarn it can create a very sturdy fabric as well. This can be intentional, for example when you're crocheting Amigurumi toys and you don't want the filling showing up through the stitches. Or when you're crocheting a base fabric to embroider on. Whatever the case, single crochets are stitches that you're going to crochet one time or another.

But how do you crochet a single crochet? Luckily, it's one of the easiest stitches to learn. And once you master this stitch, all the other crochet stitches are variations on this base stitch. To teach you how to crochet a single crochet I've made a video tutorial and a photo tutorial. So learn this stitch, and start crocheting!

Note: a single crochet is a stitch that you crochet into another stitch, like a chain. You can't just 'start' with a single crochet. If you don't have a startingch or mr, watch the other video tutorials to learn those stitches.

How do you crochet a single crochet?

1. Insert your hook in the stitch that you're going to work your single crochet in.

2. Yarn over, and pull up a loop.

3. Yarn over again, and pull through all loops on hook.

You've just created a single crochet! Repeat these steps for every single crochet. Pay attention and don't crochet the stitches too tight, otherwise you might have trouble crocheting into them the next row or round. If you are a tight crocheter, consider using a larger crochet hook.

Abbreviation for single crochets in patterns

In a crochet pattern, single crochets are abbreviated as 'sc'. For example: 1sc, 2sc, 3sc.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • sc


A single crochet is often indicated as a plus-symbol or a cross-symbol in crochet charts. Japanese charts often use the cross-symbol, while other charts often use the plus-symbol. Sometimes, a symbol is warped into a cross to fit the shape of the chart better, for example in corners. All those symbols represent a single crochet.

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