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Crochet chains (ch), which are also know as the Foundation Chain row (fch), are the basis for all projects. This includes working in rows and working in the round (which you will learn later). Once you have the required number of chains , you will work the first row or round of stitches directly into the chains. With these few simple steps you will master the art of crocheting chains in no time at all.
To get started all you need is some yarn and a crochet hook. I started with a chunky yarn that required a 6mm size hook. The labels on the yarn tell you what size hook to use. More information about hook sizes and yarn can be found on my Crochet Hints and Tips section.
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Step 1 -Tie a slip knot and place onto the hook. This gives you, what is called, 1 loop on the hook.
Step 2 - Work out how you want to hold your yarn and hook. This will be a step that you may need to revisit until you find a comfortable position. It can also be down to getting your co-ordination in line. Holding yarn is important because it is how you maintain tension of your yarn. If your tension is too loose your stitches will be loose and floppy. If it is too tight your stitches will be too tight and you won’t be able to get your hook through to work stitches. However, it is not vitally important to start with.
Step 3 - Yarn Over or YO. For this you wrap the (ball end of the) yarn around the back of the hook (see picture) and over the top. Along with this you need to steady the loop on the hook by holding the knot between your thumb and middle finger.
Step 4 - Pull yarn through loop on hook and 1 chain has now been made!
Step 5 - Repeats steps 2-4 until you have completed the number of chains the project requires.
This is classed as the 1st chain FROM HOOK
Step 1 -Place yarn over 2 fingers, with tail end at the bottom and ball end over the top.
Step 2 - Wrap ball end strand of yarn round the back of your fingers and back up the front. Cross it over the tail end slightly.
Step 3 - At the back of your fingers, lift the tail end and pull through the ball end strand of yarn. Hold on to the tail end strand so that it doesn’t unravel. You should now have a loop between thumb and finger of your right hand.
Step 5 - Place crochet hook in loop that has been created (should be to the right of the knot).
Step 4 - Pull both ends away from each other to create a knot in the middle.
Step 6 - Pull yarn ends away from each other to tighten the loop around hook.
Step 7 - Your slip knot is now complete!
How to make a slip knot
To start the majority of crochet projects, you need to tie a slip knot (do not confuse this with a slip stitch, which is a completely different crochet stitch). Below is a photo tutorial for how to tie a slip knot.
How to crochet chains
Step 6 - Once you have completed the required number of chains, count them and familiarize yourself with the way they look. They are a “V” shape, which I have indicated in the picture above in white.