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Finishing Off

It’s time to move on to another stitch, so let’s finish off your single crochet practice piece, which you can keep for future reference. After the last stitch, chain 1. Now take your scissors and cut the yarn leaving a 6” end.
 

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With your hook, pull the yarn all the way through the loop. Now snug it up and you have a completed swatch of single crochet!

Now you can put the piece away, and it won’t pull out. You may want to tag this piece as a sample of single crochet.

Quoted from “Learn to Crochet in Just One Day” by Jean Leinhauser
 

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Completed swatch of single crochet.
 

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Hint: Try to keep your stitches as smooth and even as possible; remember to work loosely rather than tightly, and to make each stitch well up on the working area of the hook. Be sure to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row, and to check carefully to be sure you’ve worked into the last stitch of each row.

Count the stitches at the end of each row; do you still have 5? Good work!

Hint: What if you don’t have 5 stitches at the end of a row? Perhaps you worked two stitches in one stitch, or skipped a stitch. Find your mistake, then just pull out your stitches back to the mistake; pulling out in crochet is simple. Just take out the hook, and gently pull on the yarn. The stitches will come out easily; when you reach the place where you want to start again, insert the hook in the last loop (taking care not to twist it) and begin.

Quoted from “Learn to Crochet in Just One Day” by Jean Leinhauser
 

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If you need to put your work down.

When you want to pause to count stitches, check your work, have a snack or chat on the phone, you can remove your hook from the work -- but do this at the end of a row, not in the middle. To remove the hook, pull straight up on the hook to make a long loop.

Then withdraw the hook and put it in a safe place. Place your work in a safe place so the loop is not pulled out. To begin work again, just insert the hook in the big loop (don’t twist the loop), and pull on the yarn from the skein to tighten the loop.

Quoted from “Learn to Crochet in Just One Day” by Jean Leinhauser
 

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Safety Tips

Ladies I realize that the hook and darning needles are blunt pointed, but the are still very dangerous to a small child or pet. PLEASE make sure you always put them away in a safe place where your children and pets cannot get to them.

Another tip is if you have cats, they love to eat your yarn!! I always keep whatever I am working on in one of those plastic bags you get from the supermarket and tie up the handles. It not only keeps your work together and clean, it keeps it away from your furry friends! :D
 
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