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Video:Starting Chain in Crochet

with David Knupp

The chain stitch is the foundation for crochet. Learn how to make the starting chain in crochet with this helpful video.See Transcript

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Transcript:Starting Chain in Crochet

Hi guys, David Knupp here for About.com. You know, crocheting in not only a great way to relax and unwind, it’s also a really fun and engaging hobby. So today I’m going to show you how to make a chain stitch, which is pretty much the most essential element in almost every crochet project, and it’s fairly simple to do.

Adjust the Yarn and Crochet Hook to Your Comfort

The only two things you’ll need is a crochet hook and a ball of yarn. You want to start off by holding your needle like you would a pen or a pencil, like so. You then want to make a loop in your yarn by wrapping it around your finger once, and tying it twice. This allows you to adjust the yarn over your needle and re-size it.

You can wrap your yarn around your hand in any way that is comfortable to you. I wrap mine around my pinkie twice, and the around the back of my fingers, over my pointer finger, and I hold the knot of the loop between my middle finger and thumb. This allows you to use your thumb and pinkie as pulleys to control the tension of the yarn.

Mastering the Chain Stitch is the Foundation of Crochet

To make your first chain stitch, put your needle through the loop that you have tied and use the hook on the needle to grab the yarn and pull it through the loop. Once you have made one pull, you can continue the stitch by pulling more yarn through the loop for however many times your pattern calls for. Practice this until you are comfortable making a chain stitch. After you can do one chain stitch, the possibilities are literally limitless, and you’ll be surprised at how fast you catch on.

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