The Single Crochet is the best. Haha! That’s a fact and not my opinion, obviously. I guess “best” may not be the most accurate but I do use it the most. And that’s because of Amigurumi. It’s definitely not the best for large projects, like afghans or scarves (unless maybe you are using a large hook and chunky yarn) because it is a shorter stitch and would therefore take you longer. The very first (and only) crochet stitch my mom taught me was a single crochet (although my grandma claimed she didn’t teach me the right way). In either case, it was effective and my very first crochet project was an afghan that took me well over a year because of the tininess of the stitch. I have made very few blankets since then, I think my struggle with that one put me off of them. Although, it is still one of the warmest blankets ever because of the tight stitches.
Anyway! The Single Crochet is still one of the basic stitches that every crocheter should know.
Some quick explanations of terms and abbreviations that you might come across. They are basically self explanatory but for the purposes of the tutorial more information is always better.
Yarn Over- Abbreviated YO, Wrap the yarn over the hook. There, easy. I’ve noticed that people do this a little differently. I even find myself yarning over or hooking the yarn from different directions based on the stitch I’m using. You are essentially adding one more loop over the hook.
Pull Through- Not sure that I’ve ever seen this abbreviated but I’m sure it has been. This step is when you will take the hook and pull the last yarn over through either the stitch or the other loops on the hook. The stitch explanation should tell you which.
Single Crochet- (SC) Insert hook into next stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through the 2 loops on hook.
There you go. That’s all there is. When you are doing Amigurumi projects with the single you’ll generally be using a smaller hook and your stitches should be tighter. It’s also a lot easier to shape when your stitches are smaller.
Watch the video below to see how the stitch works.