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Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 2 2001

Refer to the illustrations below for the chain stitch and the single crochet: With these two basic stitches, you'll be able to make our baby blanket and ball. Once you learn how to do the double-crochet stitch, you can create colorful scarves, bookmarks, pincushions, or soft blocks out of granny squares. Practice the stitches with a size J hook and a heavy yarn, such as worsted weight. Once you have mastered them and reviewed crocheting basics, change to the smaller hook and lighter yarn recommended in each pattern.

1. Make a loop as shown. Insert hook in loop, catch lower yarn, and draw it up through loop.

2. To tighten, pull long end of yarn downward.

Chain Stitch (CH)
The chain stitch is the basic unit of your first, or foundation, row. This stitch is also used to create spaces between fancier stitches.

3. With working yarn in your left hand and the hook in your right, wrap yarn around hook, and draw it through slipknot.

4. Tighten. One chain stitch is now complete.

Single Crochet (SC)
Once you've completed your foundation row, work a row of single crochet stitches into these chain stitches.

5. Insert hook through second chain stitch from hook.

6. Wrap yarn around hook, and draw it through that stitch.

7. Wrap yarn around hook a second time, drawing it through both loops on hook.

8. Adjust tension by pulling on yarn until existing loop just fits around the hook. One single crochet is now complete.

Turning Chain (T-CH)
A turning chain is an extra chain stitch added just before you turn your work, to prevent buckling and keep the work straight.

9. Wrap the yarn around the hook, and use hook to draw yarn back through loop from previous stitch.

Foundation Ring To work in the round, a foundation row is joined into a ring. Subsequent stitches are worked into this ring, then into each other in a continuous circle.

10. Make a foundation row of chain stitches, then close the ring: Insert hook into first stitch, wrap with yarn, and draw yarn through both chain stitch and loop on hook to make a slip stitch (sl st).

Double Crochet (DC)
11. Wrap hook with yarn, then insert hook through foundation ring from front to back.

12. Hook working yarn and draw it back through ring.

13. There are now 3 loops on hook. Wrap hook with yarn, and draw it through first 2 loops on hook.

14. On the hook now are 2 more loops. Again wrap hook with yarn and draw it through both loops. You have now completed one dc. Continue working dcs into ring as instructed in Round One; then you have reached end of round, join ring of dcs with a sl st. Right side of work is facing you.

Joining New Yarn
Add yarn or introduce a new color at beginning of a row or round.

15. Work a stitch with old yarn, then complete stitch with new yarn, using hook to draw it through. Lay loose end of new yarn along top of row; work over it.

16. To prevent the work from unraveling, crochet a final stitch. Cut yarn, leaving a small tail; use hook to draw it through last loop. Pull tight. Thread tail of yarn through a yarn needle, and darn neatly into back of work, weaving in end.

Finishing Off
17. Thread a yarn needle with a generous length of yarn. Place pieces with right sides together, and sew, inserting needle through both loops of the tops of the crochet stitches, as shown.

Did You Know?
Crochet Abbreviations st(s)= stitch(es)
sl st(s)= slip stitch(es)
ch(s)= chain stitch(es)
t-ch= turning chain
sc(s)= single crochet(s)
dc= double crochet
Repeat from * to *= Asterisks indicate that you must repeat the instructions between them.

Comments (10)

  • marilyn 1 11 Jun, 2012

    have a crochet pattern that calls for working over individual strands of thread. can you give me any direction on this technique. this comes from a coats & clark's book #315and pattern #S-759. this book is from 1955

  • Cassandra2322 6 Oct, 2010

    I have been trying to learn to crochet for years. I have gone to tons of online sites and seen so many videos and I could never do it correctly. Then I read this and on my very first try I got it. These are great directions! Thanks so much!!

  • DebZu 16 May, 2010

    These directions and illustrations are clear, but there are excellent videos on You Tube for beginners to advanced. Just key in Crochet or Knitting. Good luck!

  • DebZu 16 May, 2010

    These directions and illustrations are clear, but there are excellent videos on You Tube for beginners to advanced. Just key in Crochet or Knitting. Good luck!

  • DebZu 16 May, 2010

    These directions and illustrations are clear, but there are excellent videos on You Tube for beginners to advanced. Just key in Crochet or Knitting. Good luck!

  • kayleigh88 4 Jan, 2010

    Would reconmend a (British) hook size 5 for learning

  • Edmond 21 Jul, 2008

    To PRamirez:
    I just learned to crochet and found that starting with a larger needle and bulky thread was the easiest.

  • PRamirez 5 Jul, 2008

    I am going to start crocheting and I want to know what is the best type of hook to start with and what type of material is the easiest?

  • 2blossom4 17 Feb, 2008

    Hi Snoogams, A (dc dec) twice is ... dc = double crochet and dec= decrease. If you look at any beginning crochet book or online at youwill find illustrated pictures showing you how to complete these directions.
    Good Luck!
    Michelle D. - Duvall, WA

  • snoogams 9 Feb, 2008

    What is a {dc dec} twice ?