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Discussion Starter · #21 ·
This is a photo of the way grandma held hers left handed from the bottom. It is just like holding an eating utensil, with your pinky sticking out.

Note how your fingers are reversed. The thumb and middle finger are still on D the fingerhold (the flat part) but your index finger is now on E the handle, and your ring finger is on B the throat of the hook. Your pinky just sticks out! :D
 

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How to make a chain (ch)

Take your left hand and place the yarn over your index finger and hold loosely with your ring finger and pinky against your palm. (This is how you will control your tension. It may take some practice, so don’t get discouraged.) In the meantime hold the slip knot (with the tail end of yarn hanging down) with your thumb and middle finger of your left hand. The crochet hook is in your right hand.
 

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Here is a back side view of how to hold the yarn in your left hand.
 

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Now take your hook and wrap around the yarn.
 

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Pull through the loop.

Not too tight and not too loose. You want to keep and even tension.
 

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Now repeat the last 2 steps 5 more times. You will have 6 chain stitches.
 

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Single Crochet (sc)

To make a single crochet stitch, take your hook and insert it in the 2nd chain stitch from the hook, in the V and under the back bump (you will be picking up 2 strands of yarn in the chain).

In the photo below I have placed a darker piece of yarn to show you the 2nd chain stitch from the hook. You will NEVER work in the first chain stitch next to the hook.
 

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Now twist the crochet hook, and hook the yarn.
 

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And pull through the loop. You now have 2 loops on your crochet hook.
 

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Now twist the crochet hook, and hook the yarn again.
 

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Now pull through both loops on the hook.

You will have 1 loop on your hook and have made your 1st single crochet stitch!
 

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Now insert the hook in the next chain stitch as before, hook the yarn, and draw it through the chain stitch; hook yarn again and draw it through both loops. You have made another single crochet.

Repeat this step in the remaining 3 chain stitches, taking care to work in the last chain stitch, but not in the slip knot.

You have completed one row of single crochet and should have 5 stitches in a row.

As you work, be careful not to twist the chain; keep all the V's facing you. The bumps are on the backside of the chain.

Ladies I can honestly tell you, I HATE working the first row into the chain. It twists on me and is very hard to hold and control. Try and be patient and go slow. With practice you WILL be able to do it!
 

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Discussion Starter · #33 ·
Row 2

Now we are going to do a chain 1 and turn. To chain 1, hook the yarn and pull through the loop. This is called a turning chain .
 

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Now, without removing the hook , turn your work. You want to take the beginning of the row you just worked (by your right hand) and swing it away from you and over to the left.

You are now looking at the back side of the row you just crocheted.
 

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This row and all the following rows of single crochet (sc), will be worked into a previous row of single crochet, not into the beginning chain as you did before. Remember that when you worked into the starting chain, you inserted the hook through the center of the V, and under the bump. This is only done when working into a starting chain.

To work into a previous row of crochet, insert the hook under both loops of the previous stitch.

I have tried to highlight this with a dark strand of yarn.
 

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Here is the hook being inserted.
 

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Hook the yarn and pull through the loop. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
 

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Hook the yarn again and pull through both loops on the hook.
You have just made the first single crochet of the 2nd row.
 

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Now insert the hook in the next stitch as before, hook the yarn, and draw it through the stitch; hook yarn again and draw it through both loops. You have made another single crochet.

Repeat this step in the remaining 3 stitches, taking care to work in the last stitch.

You have completed one row of single crochet and should have 5 stitches in a row.

NOTE: The first single crochet of the row is worked in the last stitch of the previous row, not into the turning chain. Work a single crochet in each single crochet to the end, taking care to work in each stitch, especially the last stitch, which is easy to miss.

Stop now and count your stitches; you should still have 5 single crochets on the row.
 

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To end Row 2, after the last single crochet, chain 1 (for the turning chain), and turn the work counterclockwise.
Here is the way instructions for Row 2 might be written in a pattern:

Row 2: Sc in each sc; ch 1 turn.

Note: To save space, a number of abbreviations are used. Make sure you print out the abbreviations posted earlier in the thread, you will be referring to them frequently until you remember what they stand for.

Working row 3

Row 3 is worked exactly as you worked Row 2. Here are the instructions as they would be given in a pattern:

Row 3: Rep Row 2.

Now wasn’t that easy? For practice, work three more rows, which means you will repeat Row 2 three more times for a total of six rows.
 
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