Learning how to crochet a simple chain is a great starting point for beginners. It's one of the first crochet stitches you'll learn and is used in most patterns. Get confident with how to crochet a chain and lay the foundations you need to get started with your first crochet project.
To help you learn how to crochet I’ve created a series of Youtube crochet videos showing basic crochet stitches for beginners. Each video will teach you how to do a different crochet technique or stitch allowing you to learn crochet step-by-step. Just go at your own pace and learn how to crochet as slowly (or quickly) as you want.
Watch Tutorial - How to Crochet a Chain
The first Youtube tutorial is on how to do a crochet chain. This basic stitch is a great place to start and to learn how to hold your crochet hook correctly. Please watch and follow the video to learn with pictures, but you can also follow the written instructions that have been transcribed below the video.
How to Crochet a Chain - Written Instructions
To start with we're going to use regular Aran wool, which is similar to the yarn used in at most of our crochet kits. I use a three and a half millimeter crochet hook in the video, but feel free to use whichever size hook you have to hand.
This is just practice at this stage, so don’t worry about it being perfect. Just focus on learning the foundations of how to crochet a chain and you can learn to be tidier later!
1. First, we need to make a slip knot. To do this make a loop with your yarn as shown on photo 1.
12-14. Repeat steps 8 to 10 again to form one more chain stitch. Repeat steps 8 to 10 as many times as required
15. Photo 15 shows 6 chain stitches. To count the chains, simply count the Vs under your hook. When counting your chain stitches, the small knot at the bottom does not count, nor does the loop that's still on your hook.
16 Photo 16 shows 10 chain stitches. Now follow the next instruction on your pattern! Happy chain stitch making!
And there you have it - the basic instructions to learn how to crochet a chain. You may need to practice a few times to get it right, but as the old saying goes, 'practice makes perfect'.
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Get started by reading and watching: How to Crochet a Magic Circle for Beginners
You can also find more crochet tutorials on the WWW You Tube Channel.
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