This tutorial is the second in a series of 8, designed to teach you the basics of crochet.
At the end of the 8 part tutorial, you will be able to crochet the basic stitches, do a slip knot, chain and make a magic ring.
Last time I showed you how to make a magic ring.
Today you will learn how to make a slip knot and crochet the chain stitch.
Below you will find the written tutorial with step by step instructions and photos and a short video that shows you in detail how to make the slip stitch and crochet the chain stitch.
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A row of chains, also known as the starting row or the foundation chain, starts with a slip knot.
It is the first row you will make to start any crochet projects that are crocheted in rows.
For those who learn better from watching videos, I’ve made a video tutorial to show you how to make the slip knot and crochet the chain stitch. Follow my Youtube Channel for more free tutorials like this one.
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The abbreviation for the chain stitch is ch.
To make a chain row, you will need to make a slip knot first.
Making the slip knot
Step 1: Hold your index finger and middle finger together
Place the tail end of the yarn on the two fingers and hold it in place with your thumb.
Loop the yarn around the two fingers once to bring it back to front.
Cross it and make another loop around your fingers.
Hold the tail end and yarn between he thumb and ring finger.
You will end up with a crossed yarn on the front of the index and middle fingers and two parallel lines of yarn on the back of them.
Step 2: Once the yarn is securely wrapped around your fingers, turn your hand around to expose the back of your hand and insert your hook under the first parallel string of yarn.
Pick up the second string of yarn and pull it under the first one and twist the hook to form the loop.
Step 3: Take off the yarn of your fingers, but keep the loop on the hook to reveal the slip knot.
Pull the tail to close tighten the loop around the hook.
Your slip knot is complete.
Making the chain stitch
Step 1: Continue from step 3 of the slip knot. Yarn over, you will have 2 loops on your hook.
Step 2: Pull through the loop on your hook. You just made your first chain stitch.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create a row of chains.
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