If you're new to crochet, you may find yourself spending much of your spare time browsing through YouTube, searching for crochet tutorials to learn new stitches.
Sometimes, YouTube can feel like a wilderness you're navigating without a compass!
There are literally thousands of YouTube videos out there! But how do you choose the best ones without actually watching them? ... sometimes only to find out they're not quite what you expected!
To save you time, we've put together a handy guide you can use to filter out some of the best crochet YouTube video tutorials that'll teach you a specific stitch.
What Is A Single Crochet Stitch?
The Single Crochet is a little stitch with big opportunities!
A single crochet stitch has the abbreviation (sc) in crochet patterns.
The name "single crochet" is the American term, but the same stitch in UK terms is called the "double crochet" stitch (dc).
Be sure to check your patterns before starting with your crochet! Check whether the terms used are US or UK, because the same stitch is referred to with different names. You can download the cheat sheet below for reference.
US vs. UK Crochet Terms & Symbols
The sc stitch is one of the most basic stitches and one of the most important stitches to learn as a beginner because you can crochet just about any project using the single crochet stitch ... and that includes amigurumis (stuffed animals and toys) too!
A lot of beginner crocheters ask:
What Is The Easiest Crochet Stitch For Beginners?
My answer would have to be the single crochet stitch. It is the simplest stitch to learn and has the least amount of steps of all crochet stitches.
You have to keep in mind though, that you need to know how to do a slip knot and chain before you can begin with the single crochet stitch.
What Is A Slip Knot In Crochet?
The slip knot is the very first skill you must learn to start crocheting. It's very easy to make and the cool thing about slip knots is that they are adjustable.
This means that this is the very first knot you make to insert your crochet hook.
AND you'll be able to adjust the size of the knot by pulling on the tail end of the yarn (the short end) and tightening or loosening the knot to the size of your hook.
Have a look at this tutorial that explains this very clearly:
What Is A Chain In Crochet?
The chain is the second most important stitch you need to learn in crochet.
It is the foundation stitch on which you will build your whole crochet project (unless it is worked in the round - in which case you could start with a magic circle). The length of the foundation chain is what will determine the size of your project.
Remember to keep you stitches loose at the beginning, till you get a hang of it and then you can start adjusting your tension (how tight you stretch your yarn).
The chain stitch is also a very easy stitch. Here's a tutorial that will show you exactly how to do it.
What Is The Difference Between A Slip Stitch And Single Crochet?
First, you need to know that a slip knot is NOT the same as a slip stitch.
The slip knot (as shown above) is the very first knot you make to attach the yarn to your hook so you can continue with your project.
The Slip Stitch is a stitch you use to move along your project without adding height.
Have a look at this video for a clear explanation:
Is There A Single Crochet Stitch In UK?
No, there is no single crochet stitch in UK crochet terms.
If you see a pattern referring to a single crochet stitch, you can be pretty sure it's an American pattern (using US Terms).
In UK Terms, this US Single Crochet Stitch would be referred to as a Double Crochet Stitch.
As a rule of thumb, you should go up one stitch to convert US to UK terms.
Meaning, if the US term is single crochet, that would be a double crochet in UK terms. And if the US term refers to a double crochet stitch, that would translate to a treble crochet stitch in UK terms, and so on.
I know it's confusing, but if you use the cheat sheet above, you'll be able to figure this out in no time at all.
And of course, with a little bit of practice, it'll get a lot easier 🙂
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How Do You Do A Single Crochet Stitch For Beginners?
To make a single crochet stitch, you first make a foundation chain and then make a series of yarn overs (yo) and pull through the 2 loops that are on your hook.
The videos below will show you the exact steps to make a single crochet stitch.
Once you know how to do this stitch, all other stitches will be easy to learn because they are all variations of this core stitch.
CROCHET TERMINOLOGY &
One thing you need to know is that when you are working a pattern, you will most probably NEVER work into the first chain from the hook (unless the pattern you are following specifically tells you to do so).
You will most likely work into the second chain from the hook because that last chain you made before you turn your work will count as the first chain of your second row.
I know, I know, it sounds like too much to digest right now, but trust me, you will get it soon enough.
Just start by practicing one stitch at a time by following the tutorials I've prepared for you.
The Best YouTube Video Tutorials On How To Master The Single Crochet Stitch
To master the single crochet stitch, keep your frustration level down to a minimum, and to save you a ton of time searching and navigating through YouTube to find video tutorials that are clear enough, concise enough and go straight to the point without too much chatter, I've put together a list of the top tutorials that teach you how to make a single crochet stitch.
If you have suggestions of great channels to add to the directory, then suggest them in the comments below.
Hopeful Honey shows beautifully how to make a single crochet stitch. This great tutorial will show you the ABCs of crocheting. It is filmed very clearly and you'll be able to follow her exact steps with no problem at all.
Terms: UK & US
Background Music: Yes (with text, no voiceover)
GoodKnitKisses: How To Single Crochet For Beginners
You can't go wrong with Kristen Mangus' tutorial of how to crochet a single crochet stich. Her video is clear and concise, slow moving with great explanation.
This video is ideal for those new to crochet. In addition to showing how to single crochet, Mangus covers everything from the how to hold the hook to how to fix mistakes.
Take it slow, pause and repeat the video several times while you practice your stitches.
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Happy Berry's video tutorial goes quite in-depth in explaining the details of each loop of the chain and single crochet stitches. She talks about crocheters' different preferences since people tend to crochet in different ways, which is quite interesting to know.
In this video, Happy Berry also shows how to twist the crochet hook while you're yarning over and pulling your loops through. I feel that this is a very important piece of information for beginners, because I see many beginners not twisting their hook and therefore failing to pull the working yarn though the desired loop. So make sure to watch and understand this demonstration in this video.
Happy Berry has a very polite demeanour which many of her subscribers really appreciate 🙂
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Donna Wolfe from Naztazia is an excellent crochet teacher! In this video, she goes into essential details for beginner crocheters.
- how to pick the best yarn for your first time,
- the best size crochet hook to use as a beginner,
- two ways of holding the crochet hook,
- how to hold the yarn.
- AND you will learn how to make a quick, easy, and simple dish cloth.
- Next, you will learn the very first stitch in crochet called a slip knot.
- How to make a chain, which is an important foundation stitch.
- Finally, you will learn how to finish your work and sew and weave in the ends.
- As a bonus, she also shows you how to fix your work if you make a mistake!
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This is a tutorial for left-handed crocheters. The infamous Sarah-Jayne from Bella Coco provides very useful tips for left-handed crocheters and beginner crocheters in general. You will love her step-by-step tutorial that includes tips and tricks to get you to master your single crochet stitch in not time.
Terms: UK (and US)
Background Music: No
So now that you've figured out how to do your slip knot, chain and single crochet stitch, you're ready to start crocheting some lovely gifts to give a way to your loved ones!
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