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Crochet Lessons for Right-Handers
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The Crochet Guild of America welcomes you to the wonderful world of crochet. We hope that these lessons will get you started, and that you will soon be as hooked on crochet as we are!

These are the basic crochet stitches with instructions for right-handers. Click on the name of the stitch for step-by-step instructions on how to make it.

See also Crochet Basics for Right-Handers for explanations of holding and working with the hook, or check out our Video Lessons for Right-Handers.

Stitch Name (U.S.)

Abbreviation

Symbol

Description

chain stitch

ch

Start with a loop on the hook. Hook yarn and pull through. (One chain completed.)

slip stitch

sl st

Insert hook into foundation chain or stitch, yarn over. Draw yarn through both the chain (or stitch) and the loop on the hook. (One slip stitch completed.)

single crochet

sc

Insert hook into foundation chain or stitch, yarn over and pull through chain or stitch (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops. (One single crochet stitch has been completed.)

half double crochet

hdc

Yarn over, insert hook into foundation chain or stitch, yarn over again and pull yarn through chain or stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. (One half double crochet stitch has been completed.)

double crochet

dc

Yarn over, insert hook into foundation chain or stitch, yarn over again and pull yarn through chain or stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops again. (One double crochet has been completed.)

triple crochet

tr

Yarn over twice, insert hook into foundation chain or stitch, yarn over again and pull yarn through chain or stitch (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops again. Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops for a third time. (One triple crochet has been completed.)



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