How to crochet tutorial: crocheting a chain (for crocheting left-handed)

The all important chain stitch

Most of the time we start a piece of crochet with a foundation chain. So, chain stitch is usually the first thing you learn.

How to crochet a chain

This is a beginner’s tutorial for crocheting left-handed, that is, you hold your hook in your left hand. Here is the tutorial for crocheting right-handed.

One chain at a time

Make a slipknot and place it on the crochet hook.

Chain stitch: Make a slipknot and place it on the crochet hook.

Slide the slipknot onto the shaft of the hook.

Chain stitch: Slide the slip knot onto the shaft of the crochet hook

Starting with the hook in front of the yarn, move it back under the yarn, …

Chain stitch: Starting with the hook in front of the yarn, ...

… then forward over it, …

Chain stitch: … move it move backwards under the yarn, ...

… so the yarn is round the hook.

Chain stitch: … then forward over it, so the yarn is round the hook.

Grab the yarn by rotating the hook towards you and at the same time gently pull the hook away from the stitch to open the loop slightly.

Chain stitch: Grab the yarn by rotating the hook towards you and at the same time gently pull the hook away from the stitch to open the loop slightly.

Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook, …

Chain stitch: Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook, ...

… thus creating a new stitch.

Chain stitch: … thus creating a new stitch.

Continue to make new chain stitches, in the same way, until you have the desired number.

What to do if your stitches are too loose

  1. Slide the stitch onto the shaft of the hook;
  2. Use your index finger to give the yarn a gentle tug.
Chain stitch: If your stitches are too loose: 1) slide the stitch onto the shaft of the hook; 2) use your first finger to give the yarn a gentle tug.

What to do if your stitches are too tight

  1. Slide the stitch onto the shaft of the hook before you try to pull the yarn through it;
  2. Move your index finger towards the hook to loosen the tension;
  3. Use your thumb and middle finger to pull the chain away from the hook, to open the loop slightly.

Chain stitch: If your stitches are too tight: slide the stitch onto the shaft of the hook before you try to pull the yarn through it; move your first finger towards the hook; use your thumb and middle finger to pull the chain away from the hook, to open the loop slightly.

As you practise your stitches will become nice and even.

Make something using chain stitch

Chain stitch is the only stitch you need to know to make a Sparkly Crochet Necklace.

Simple, sparkly, delicate, beaded crochet necklace.

It doesn’t matter if your stitches are a bit uneven; the weight of the beads stretches them out. Most people will so impressed by your necklace that they won’t notice any uneven stitches anyway.

Buy a Sparkly Crochet Necklace kit; you can choose from 10 lovely colours!

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Want to learn more?

Take a look at Nicki’s tutorials. Choose from:

You knit right-handed if your working hand is your right hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and the stitches move from the left to right needle as you knit.

Tutorials for knitting right-handed

You knit left-handed if your working hand is your left hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and the stitches move from the right to left needle as you knit.

Tutorials for knitting left-handed

You crochet right-handed if your working hand is your right hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and you crochet from right to left or anti-clockwise.

Tutorials for crocheting right-handed

You crochet left-handed if your working hand is your right hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and you crochet from left to right or clockwise.

Tutorials for crocheting left-handed

Or maybe you’d like to come to one of Nicki’s short courses or workshops or book a special personalised one-to-one tutorial.

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