The single crochet stitch (I'm using US terms since that's how I learned) is a basic stitch, and is used to go on a make other stitch patterns. I use it to make my dishcloths. For this tutorial, I'll be illustrating with Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn and an H8 (5 mm) hook. The abbreviation for single crochet is SC, so if you see that in patterns you'll know what it means! I'm starting with a foundation chain of 11 here. I'll cover how to create a foundation chain in the next post.
Single Crochet Tutorial (US)
1. Insert hook through the first stitch. You should insert the hook under the top loop, so you're going through the stitch in your foundation row.
2. Yarn over the hook. With the hook in your right hand, and the yarn in your left, wrap the yarn over the top of the hook, from back to front.
3. Pull the hook back through the first stitch in your foundation row, giving you two loops on your hook.
4. Yarn over the hook, and pull the loop through both loops on your hook, leaving you with one loop on your hook. Repeat this process across the length of your project.
5. When you get to the end, chain one, turn your work, and get ready to start again! Insert, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops.
That's it! Now you can make your own dishcloths and all sorts of lovely, simple projects!