Chain Stitches

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Chain Stitches


Chain stitches and making the base chain.

A chain stitch is a simple loop. Chain stitches are used to make a start with crocheting, by quite literally making a chain of stitches. They are also used at the end of each row, to make a start for the next row.

Pleaste note! It’s important that you don’t crochet the chain too tightly. Better too loose than too tight! 

The first stitch is made the same way as with knitting:

  • Wind the yarn around two fingers. Wind over the two fingers again to the back of the first thread. This makes a “cracknel” shape as shown in the image. You can also shape the yarn this way on the table in front of you.


  • Use the hook to pull the back thread through the front one to form a loop:


  • Pull gently on the end to shape the first loop:


Hold the crochet hook in your right hand and take the yarn (on the ball end, not the loose end) in your left hand. 

  • Wrap the yarn over the hook in an anticlockwise direction. 
  • Draw the yarn through to form a new loop.

crochet chain 1



  • You have now made a new loop, or “chained one”.  Don’t pull too tightly!

crochet chain 2


By repeating these steps, you make a chain of stiches. 

You can count your chain stitches by counting the little “v”s.

This is how you count them:


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