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Yesterday, we learned how to handle the yarn, work up some chain stitches, and worked one row of single crochet stitches. Today, we'll review the single crochet, then move on to the double crochet and half double crochet stitch. The concept is very similar, so you shouldn't have too many problems. But as always, if you do, ask questions!
You'll need to turn your work in order to crochet back along the piece. Before turning, most patterns will tell you to add 1 chain stitch. Remember how you added the single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook. Here, in order to SC into the 2nd chain from hook, you'll need to create an extra chain, so that the "2nd" chain is actually the first chain in the piece. Otherwise, you'll start losing stitches. So, in the picture below: Bring the yarn over the hook and draw it through the single loop on your hook to create a chain stitch. Then turn the piece towards you.
Now, you can start a single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, since the 1st stitch was that extra chain you added. Insert the hook through the front and back loops (or below the entire V), as shown in the arrow.
This should be a review of the single crochet. The hook is inserted through both front and back loops. Yarn over, draw through the work to create 2 loops on hook. Yarn over again, draw through both loops on hook. 1 SC created.
Alrighty, now, the Double Crochet Stitch.
Once you've finished the row of single crochet stitches, you'll need to add extra chains and turn. For a double crochet stitch, you'll need to add 2 extra chains to accommodate the height of the double crochet. Turn, and the first stitch will go into the 3rd stitch from the chain.
After turning, bring the yarn over the hook.
Insert the hook into the 3rd stitch from hook, through both front and back loops. Bring yarn over the hook.
Draw the yarn through the work, and you should have 3 loops on your hook.
Yarn over hook, and draw yarn through first 2 loops.
You should have 2 loops left on your hook.
Yarn over hook again, and draw yarn through remaining 2 loops on hook.
Double crochet stitch complete!
Repeat one more time, and you should see two double crochet stitches, as well as the two chains at the far right of the work.
Here's a recap, from a different point of view:
Whew! The Half Double Crochet Stitch should be a breeze!
Yarn over the hook first.
Insert hook into work, through both front and back loops. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through work.
You should have 3 loops on your hook. So far, this is exactly like the double crochet.
Yarn over hook again, but THIS TIME, draw the yarn through ALL 3 loops on the hook.
That's a half double crochet stitch complete!
Feeling good? You should! You've got enough basics to be dangerous now! As with anything and most everything in life, practice makes perfect, so take some time to practice these stitches. Drop me a line if you have questions!