How to make a crochet chain

Crocheting a chain is one of the foundational skills in crochet. Follow these steps to create a basic crochet chain:

- Step 1: Make a Slip Knot

Start by making a slip knot. This is a loop that will be the first loop on your hook.

1. Hold the yarn end in your left hand, leaving a 4-6 inch tail.

2. Create a loop by crossing the yarn over the tail end.

3. Pull the yarn end through the loop, creating a new loop (like a pretzel shape).

4. Insert your crochet hook through the loop and pull the tail end to tighten.

- Step 2: Hold the Hook and Yarn

Hold the crochet hook in your right hand like a pencil or knife, whichever is more comfortable for you. Use your left hand to hold the yarn, allowing it to flow through your fingers for tension control.

- Step 3: Yarn Over (YO)

To start the chain, you need to yarn over (YO).

1. Hold the yarn in your left hand, with the working yarn going over your index finger.

2. Position the crochet hook under the yarn, then over the yarn, creating a loop around the hook.

- Step 4: Pull Through

Pull the loop (created by the yarn over) through the slip knot.

1. Use your hook to pull the loop through the slip knot.

2. You now have one loop on your hook, which represents your first chain stitch.

- Step 5: Repeat

Continue making chain stitches by repeating steps 3 and 4.


- Keep your tension consistent for uniform stitches.

- Practice keeping the chains relatively loose; tight chains can make it difficult to work into them later.

- Count your stitches periodically to ensure you have the correct number.

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