Crochet Stitches


MAGIC RING

This is an alternative to a Slip Knot - it creates circles without an open centre

A magic ring is a way to begin crocheting in a round by crocheting the first round into an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight. Alternatively you can chain 2, crochet a number of single crochet stitches into the second chain from hook.

a) Make a loop (about 1"/2.5cm) from the yarn end. Grab the join with your thumb and forefinger. Insert the hook through the loop from front to back, yarn over and b) draw up a loop.

c) Yarn over and draw through the loop. Pull the yarn tight. This does not count as the first single crochet stitch.


SLIP KNOT

This method is usually used to start a 'foundation chain'

Putting a slip knot on the hook makes the first loop of the chain that will hold the stitches of the first row or round.

Make a loop (about 1"/2.5cm) from the yarn end. Grab the join with your thumb and forefinger. Insert the hook through the loop from front to back to front, yarn over and draw up a loop.

Pull up the loop. Pull the yarn tight. So with the slip knot now on your hook, you will make a foundation chain of a specified length, which the pattern will state.


CHAIN STITCH / FOUNDATION CHAIN

Chain the required number of chains as stated by the pattern.

Do not count the slip knot as a stitch. The loop on the hook is never counted as a stitch.


SLIP STITCH

The slip stitch is the flattest or smallest of all crochet stitches. You can use this stitch by slip-stitching the ends of a foundation chain to form a ring.


SINGLE CROCHET (UK Double Crochet)

The single crochet is the most fundamental of all stitches.
Insert hook directly into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.


HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (UK Half Treble Crochet)

The half double crochet is kind of an oddball stitch and its height is between a single crochet and a double crochet.
Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 3 loops on hook.


DOUBLE CROCHET (UK Treble Crochet)

The double crochet is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet.
Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.


TREBLE CROCHET (UK Double Treble Crochet)

The treble crochet is also called a triple crochet, it creates longer openings between the stitches.
Yarn over hook twice, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through next 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.


DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHET (UK Triple Treble Crochet)

Yarn over hook three times, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through next 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.


FRONT POST

Front post stitches are raised crochet stitches on the surface of the fabric facing you.


BACK POST

Back post stitches appear to recede on the side of the crocheted fabric that's facing you.