Crochet Basics: Chain


Welcome to Crochet University!

Over the course of 12 blog posts we will introduce you to the basics you need to know for most any crochet project. From a slip knot to a treble crochet, you’ll learn all of the basic stitches and concepts.

For Crochet University you will need some basic supplies. To begin, we’re going to be using Macra-Made super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. The advantage of using a bulky weight yarn to begin with is that the loops and stitches are much more easily visible as you’re learning.


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You will also need an easy-to-use crochet hook. We recommend Dreamz Crochet Hooks. Dreamz hooks are designed by people who know and understand the art of crochet. All hooks have grooves that stitch slippage, making life a bit easier for beginning crocheters. Dreamz hooks have a polished wood surface that insures effortless glide – they work with every type of material.

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Lesson 3: Chain Stitch


Begin the ch (chain) by making a slip knot with a 6-inch tail. Hold the bottom of the knot with your left hand thumb and

index finger. Tread the yarn over your middle finger and then under the remaining two fingers on your left hand. Use your middle finger to help feed the yarn for crocheting while the remaining two fingers help with keeping an even tension.

Make a ch by bringing the yarn around the hook from the back to the front and grabbing it with the hook. Draw the hook

with the yarn through the slip knot loop to make the first ch. Continue making the ch(s) by bringing the yarn around the

hook from the back to the front and repeating the process.

Remember to always hold the work in your left hand (for a right handed crocheter) and wrap the yarn around the hook from the back to the front. Practice making strings of chain as the first step in learning to crochet. This will help you get comfortable using the hook and pulling the yarn through the loops. Work to make the ch(s) an even size and not too tight or too loose. Beginners have better luck at making loose ch(s) and then working on getting the tension correct.


Watch the Right-Handed Lesson:


Watch the Left-Handed Lesson:


Want to learn to crochet but don’t have a lot of time to devote to your craft? Then 10-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet is the book you’re looking for. 10-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet makes it possible to learn a relaxing new hobby by taking advantage of little snippets of time throughout the day! Step-by-step instructions and expert advice guide you through the basics of crochet, for both right-handed and left-handed beginners. Then there are 9 fresh designs to put your skills to use: Dishcloth, Striped Scarf, Henrietta Hippo toy, Sweet Mary Janes and Manly Moccasins (baby booties), Twinkling White Baby Afghan, Textured V-Neck Pullover (ladies chest sizes 36″ to 51″), Building Blocks Quilt, and Mountains Afghan. You’ll be quickly on your way to your first project in just minutes a day.


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Maggie is excited to bring you Crochet University: First Semester. Lessons for this semester are: Crochet Basics: Slip Knot, Crochet Basics: Hand Position, Crochet Basics: Chain, Crochet Basics: Foundation Chain, Crochet Basics: Slip Stitch, and Crochet Basics: Single Crochet.


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