Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog! I am happy to have you here and might I just say you look marvelous today!
In this week's installment of my Back to the Basics blog series we will tackle some of the simplest techniques of all: the single crochet and foundation single crochet. WAIT!! If you already know how to single crochet.. Please don't click away! I will be including a free pattern using the techniques taught here today!
How to single crochet
If you have been wanting to learn how to crochet, single crochet is one of the most important stitches you need to know. A majority of crochet patterns and projects incorporate single crochet stitches, especially amigurumi!
Single crochet is one of the easiest to master so let's get to it!
Make a foundation chain!
Almost all crochet begins with a foundation chain, which is a series of chain stitches beginning with a slip knot.
Create your foundation chain! See image below!
After you form the foundation chain of stitches, insert the hook into the 2nd chain from your hook. (See figure 1 below)
Yarn over and pull your yarn through the first loop! You will have two loops on your hook. (See figure 2 below)
Yarn over and pull through both loops. (See figure 3 below)
Repeat these steps until you have completed an entire row! (see image below)
If you are working in rows chain 1 and turn your work. Repeat the previous steps above until you reach desired outcome! (See image below)
How to foundation single crochet.
Now this is a technique that seems daunting at first but is well worth it once you get it figured out! Even I put off learning this one for a long time!
So, some of you may be asking yourself what the heck is Foundation Single Crochet? In the most basic of terms foundation single crochet is an ingenious way to simultaneously create the foundation row and the first row of single crochets in one easy foundation row!
Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain two. (See image below)
Step 2: Insert your hook from right to left under the top strands of the first chain. This is what inserting the hook under them will look like. (See image below)
Step 3: Yarn over and pull through. There is now two loops on the hook. (See image below)
Step 4: Yarn over and loosely pull yarn through just the first loop. There is now two loops on the hook.
Step 5: Mark the chain you just made with a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn. You will be coming back to it. (See image below)
Step 6: Yarn over and pull through both of the loops. There is now only one loop on the hook. (See image below)
Step 7: Mark the stitch you just made with a stitch marker or scrap yarn. It will be your first single crochet. (See image below)
Step 8: Now find the first stitch you marked. Remove the stitch marker and put the hook into the middle of that stitch, splitting the strands and making sure the back strand of the stitch is on the left side of your hook. There should be two strands on the left of your hook and one strand on the right of your hook. See image below on where the hook will go!
Here is what it will look like when you insert your hook as stated above!
Step 9: Yarn over and pull through the two strands. There are now two loops on your hook! (See image below)
Repeat from Step 4. (Just eliminate the step where you mark the first single crochet.) Repeat this until you have as many single crochets as you need. See image below!
I know that foundation single crochet can be confusing at first but practice makes perfect! If you are still struggling I highly suggest you check out some videos on the foundation single crochet for extra assistance!
Now onto the free pattern! Golden Twist Head Wrap!
Skill Level: Beginner Friendly
You will need 1 skein of Department 71 Vanity Yarn in the color Caramel. You will also need a 5.00 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, and scissors.
This pattern comes in two different sizes. Child and adult. The child size fits 4-8 yr olds. Fits head size 18-20 inches. The adult size fits head size 20-23 inches.
6 sts x 4 rows = 2 inches
I suggest using Department 71 Vanity Yarn for this project to obtain gauge but you can use any yarn you desire as long as your finished rectangle matches the measurement given for each size.
-This head wrap is made by crocheting a rectangle and then sewing together to create your finished piece.
-The sizes of the rectangle before sewing are given with each size. You can easily use a different yarn/hook and crochet to the correct rectangle measurements for your size.
-For the first row use a foundation single crochet instead of a starting chain. This will allow your head wrap to have enough stretch. If you use a regular chain your head wrap will have one side that is tighter than the other.
-This head wrap will be worked in rows.
-The chain 1 before each row will not count as a stitch unless stated otherwise.
Row 1: Foundation single crochet 63 or until your foundation single crochets measure 18 inches long.
Row 2-12: Ch 1 and turn your work. Place 1 sc into each st of the row.
If you find your rectangle's width does not measure 4 inches repeat Row 2 until it does.
Your finished rectangle will measure 18 inches long by 4 inches wide. Break yarn with a long tail for sewing. See image below!
Row 1: Foundation single crochet 70 or until your foundation single crochets measure 20 inches long.
Row 2-14: Ch 1 and turn your work. Place 1 sc into each st of the row.
If you find your rectangle's width does not measure 4.5 inches repeat Row 2 until it does.
Your finished rectangle will measure 20 inches long by 4.5 inches wide. Break yarn with a long tail for sewing. See image below!
Follow the steps below to complete both sizes of your head wrap!
Take one of the ends and flip it over to create a twist in the middle of your head wrap. See image below!
Take one end and gently fold it over. Match it up with the other side. Make sure it doesn’t untwist in the middle. See image below!
Use your tapestry needle to securely sew your ends together. Break yarn and weave in any remaining ends you may have remaining. Gently turn your head wrap right sides out. Your project is now complete! See image below!
Make sure you check out my social media!
I am the sole designer behind Osage County Crochet!