From my last post, I give you an introduction about crochet and what tools you need to start this hobby. I also posted some tips on how to hold your yarn when you crochet. Today I want to explain and teach to you some of the basic stitches that are used in crochet. Most especially those stitches that are use in amigurumi. Hopefully on future posts I could also teach you how to do amigurumi in crochet. So, let’s take it one step at a time.
In this post, I will also help you identify the symbols that are commonly used in crochet patterns that will be very helpful for you in reading written patterns when you aren’t able to watch any tutorial videos. I myself is a pattern reader. I usually make my crochet stuffs following a written pattern most of the time rather than watching a tutorial video. I didn’t imply that you don’t need a video tutorial it’s just that, I prefer the written one.
Before the stitches, let me site to you some terms that are used in crochet.
- Yarn Over – this is done by wrapping your yarn on the hook. It’s a basic on all the stitches in crochet.
- Pull Through – means to pull the yarn through the loops on your hook, depending on what type of stitch you are going to make.
- Increase (INC) – this means to increase the number of stitches in a row.
- Decrease (DEC)– this means to decrease the number of stitches in a row.
- Join (2TOG)– usually used to decrease the number of stithes in a row
- Repeat (Rep) – this means to repeat a stitch or set of stitches
- Skip (Sk) – this means to skip a stitch before executing the next
You will learn more of these terms when you start to read written patterns in crochet.
Here are the basic stitches in crochet:
- Slip Stitch / Slip Knot (Sl st) – a knot is a loop on the hook before you start making chain foundation stitches. It doesn’t actually count as a stitch. It can be used in many different ways. It could be use to join stitches when working in round but without adding in height. It is the shortest of all the stitches in crochet and the very first thing you need to do before starting a pattern most of the time.
Here is a Slip Knot.
- Chain (CH) – it’s the foundation of most crochet projects. Chain looks like interlocking V’s which has a bump at the back that is called bar.
- Single Crochet (SC) – the basic of all the stitches. one thing to note is that, when you do single crochet, you will not start with the first chain, but on the chain next to it, unless the pattern tells you to do so.
Below is an image of what rows of Single Crochet (SC) looks like.
- Double Crochet (DC) – the most common of all the crochet stitches. It is one stitch taller than the single crochet stitch
- Half Double Crochet (HDC) – is an incomplete double crochet. It skip a step in completing a double crochet stitch.
Here is HDC that is made on both sides of a chain.
- Triple or Treble Crochet (TR) – this stitch is one single crochet taller than the double crochet. It’s like working 3 single crochet stitch at a stitch. It works up very fast and makes a wide opening on every stitches. It will make a loose fabric and somewhat airy piece because of the longer spaces it creates.
Here is how Treble Crochet looks like.
I hope you find it easy to understand what I discuss in this post. This basic crochet stitches are most helpful in creating pieces and will definitely guide you to the wonderful world of crocheting. I wish to continue share to you the basics of crocheting and let us learn together this beautiful hobby.
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