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Crochet Stitch of the Week: Single Crochet.
Dear Reader,

Last week, I shared with you the chain stitch. It is the foundation of most every crochet project you can think of. This week, we are looking at the single crochet stitch. It is noted in patterns as 'SC' and is the second most basic stitch used. To practice and learn single crochet, today, I am sharing with you a simple washcloth pattern. To begin, we will chain stitch thirty one stitches, not counting the one loop on the hook. Now, here's the tricky bit, insert your hook into the second chain stitch from the hook and pick up a loop of yarn. Pull this loop through. There will be two loops of yarn on your hook now. Pick up a third loop of yarn and draw it through both of the other loops. Ta-dah! You have made your first single crochet stitch.

Work across your row in this fashion. After your final stitch in the row, make one chain stitch. This is an important chain stitch because it allows you to turn your work and go in the other direction. It is known as your turning chain in some patterns. After working your turning chain, flip your work over. Working into the second stitch from the hook (not counting the loop on the hook but counting the turning chain), single crochet across your row. As you work, count your stitches. You should have thirty stitches in your row. Repeat the process for twenty eight more rows and you will have a square washcloth that is thirty stitches wide and thirty rows tall.

So, you have this washcloth and a trailing end of yarn going back to your ball. How do you separate it and make sure all of your work doesn't come undone? This is as easy as pie. Pull that turning chain stitch at the end of row thirty into a nice, snug slip knot. With a pair of scissors, nip the large loop that is wrapping around the hook in half. Then pull on the end of the yarn going to the ball on the OPPOSITE side of where you have been working to pull that cut end out. After this, you can take a yarn needle and weave in your ends to finish your washcloth.

Depending on your choice of yarn, you may have a luxurious cotton washcloth for a nice spa day or a sturdy pot scrubbing masterpiece out of acrylic yarn. Either way, you have made something from a bit of string and a stick. Welcome to the world of crochet. Just be careful, that yarn collection tends to double when you're not looking.
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