Your Bread and Butter
UK: double crochet
Single crochet is one of the most used stitches in amigurumi due to how short the stitch is, it keeps the stuffing from showing through the finished piece. All of my patterns use it as a base. It’s the first real stitch you learn. Once you learn this you’re well on your way to making just about anything you want.
The Single Crochet
Before we start learning the single crochet we need to have a chain for our foundation. So first, make a chain 6 stitches long. Remember, don’t count the loop on your hook.
Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from hook.
1. Yarn over and pull through the chain. You now have 2 loops on your hook.
2. Yarn over, pull through both loops on your hook. Congrats! You just made your first single crochet and you should have 1 loop on your hook. Don’t worry, it’s not supposed to look pretty.
Repeat steps 1-2 in the next chain from stitch. Continue until the end of your chain. You should have 5 single crochet stitches.
Let’s look at each of your stitches in your finished row. Identify each one. Recognize the V in front of each stitch as well as the V up top. Let’s discuss the top of the stitch. The top of the stitch has 2 loops that create a V. The front loop, and the back loop. Often times a crochet pattern may have you stitch in the front loop or back loop only for a row. So instead of going through both as we normally do, you’ll only insert your hook in the front or back loop. We’ll go into more detail during the pattern lesson, but for now I just want you to be able to identify the front and back loop of your stitches.
Now that you have your first row of stitches done you’re going to make one chain stitch. Then turn your work around, your hook should be on the right side again. Insert your hook into the first single crochet (not the chain stitch), yarn over, pull through. 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through both loops. There’s your first single crochet on the new row. Continue making single crochets until the end of the row. You should have 5 stitches again.
Make sure you’re counting your stitches each row. It’s very common to accidentally miss the last stitch, since it’s much rounder than the others. This is why identifying stitches is very important. Don’t rush through without studying what a single crochet looks like.