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How to Crochet: Chain

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

The Chain stitch is an essential part of crocheting. After making a slip knot, the next step in a project is usually to crochet chain stitches in a series. Chain stitches form the foundation on which you build the rest of your project. They are one of several essential stitches that every beginner should know.

Beyond the foundation chain, crochet projects often contain chain stitches scattered throughout the rest of the design. The chain stitches combine with other stitches to form stitch patterns, create spaces between motifs, and shape fabric. As simple chains on their own, they can become laces for baby booties, decorative string for tying packages, and hangers for ornaments.

Keeping your tension correct for chain stitches can take some practice, but it’s an easy stitch to learn. Let’s begin.

Crochet Chain Stitches Instructions:

  1. Make a slip knot on your hook. Place the slip knot on the crochet hook.

  2. Loop the working yarn over the hook from back to front.

  3. Draw through the loop.

You just made one chain stitch.

To make another chain stitch, repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as necessary. As you crochet, move your thumb and index fingers up the newly formed chain stitches, staying just a stitch or two away from the loop on the hook. This will help you have more control and better and consistent tension as you make your stitches: not too tight, not too loose.

FASTENING OFF: It is rare that you would fasten off a chain on its own, usually you continue on with a pattern. After the last stitch, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. As you do when you take your crochet hook out for a break, draw the hook straight up, but this time draw the cut yarn end completely through the stitch. Pull the 6-inch end to close.

To learn the next step of single crochet just follow this link:

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