Our third crochet lesson is how to Single Crochet.
After the Chain Stitch, Single Crochet is the most basic of all crochet stitches and the building block of more complex stitches. Once you get this stitch nailed down, you can do any crochet stitch, because to know how to single crochet means you know how to maneuver your hook with control, and how to control your yarn tension. When following a pattern, single crochet is always abbreviated as SC. If you've missed out on any of the previous Crochet Lessons you'll find them here!
The Single Crochet stitch is basically putting your hook through the top loop of your chain stitch, pulling through a loop of thread so that you have 2 loops on your hook and then pulling through a new loop of thread through those 2 loops to complete the stitch.
When you get to the end of your chain stitch row, you want to make sure to do a single crochet into the very last chain stitch before the knot, and then do one chain stitch before you flip your work over to start your next row.
Working a single crochet stitch into a single crochet stitch from the previous row is different from working one into your foundation chain stitch because you now will be putting your hook under 2 stitches from the previous row of single crochet, unlike the one strand you put it under from the chain stitch. Those two stitches, when you look down on them form a V-shape, and you want to make sure your hook goes under the whole V to draw through the first loop to add to your hook.