Beginner Crochet Tutorial: The Chain Stich

I am so excited about this guest post Ayana over from her blog AyanaREd.  She has lots of great stuff, so be sure to check her out.

A friend of mine taught me how to knit last year, and it was highly addicting and fun for about a week, then I got pissed off from all my mistakes, packed it away and never touched it again.

I hear crocheting is supposed to be easier.  I wanted to learn how and see if that is true. Ayana just happens to be a crocheting expert and she is going to help me learn.  This will be a series of guest posts that builds on one another, did I mention I am excited?!

So here is Miss Ayana…and best of all her tutorial is a video!!  I told her that I am bit dyslexic when it comes to directions and that I am visual learner, and so she whipped up this video for me.  Thanks so much Ayana!

The Chain Stitch, so simple.

I saw this scarf, this scarf, and this scarf on Etsy and I thought they were super cute.  (What?  You don’t look on Etsy for some DIY inspiration, too?).  

Anyway, what struck me about these scarves was the fact that they were nothing but a bunch of CHAINS!  Yes.  The super, simplest crochet stitch of them all… I don’t even know if it is considered a stitch.

Generally, it is used as a foundation.  Most all crochet projects start out with some chains.  If you see it in a pattern it will be abbreviated to just ch.  For example if you see ch 8, this means that you should make 8 chains.

Let me show you how to do it:  

Easy, huh?  Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks again, Ayana.  I am so excited for the rest of this series and to learn how to make that beautiful scarf!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ok. I'm hooked. Pun intended. When are the rest of the posts coming? Or I'm going to find myself swimming in colorful chains! I'm off to Jo-Ann today!!!

  2. Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja says:

    I could not have found your blog at a better time – I've wanted to learn to crochet (and knit) for YEARS! I am also a visual learner – this was the perfect post!!! I can't wait for the rest of the posts!

    May I ask, do crochet needles come in different sizes (yes, THIS is how green I am at this) & if so, is their a good "beginner size" to start with?

    You've got yourself a new follower!

    Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja

  3. Hi Christine! That is an excellent question! Generally, the larger the hook, the easier it is to work with. But I recommend you look on the package of yarn you are using to see the recommended crochet hook size… But if you still do not know what I am talking about, just get a I/9 – 5.50MM hook. And some plain yarn. When I say plain, I mean yarn that does not have fur or other fancies. You want to be able to see the stitches. I *would* recommend Red Heart, because it is plain and inexpensive, but, honestly, I HATE the feel of it. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, use their "I Love this Yarn" brand. I hope that helps!

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  6. Hi!!!
    Thank your for sharing this tutorial! It’s great to begin and i think i am going to try it.
    But i am new on it, so i don’t have any idea how to make a bunch of chains, i mean, i understand how to make each one, but what do i have to do when i finish the first one?
    As you can see, i don’t have any idea
    Thanks a lot,

  7. Hi, I love your blog it’s humorous, exciting!, full of information, I absolutely love the freezer slow cooker meals, can’t believe I never thought of it myself, obviously we have all done the cook a spare meal and freeze it, but can honestly say the raw to freezer to slow cooker is a brilliant idea, thank you very much for sharing. And yes I can crochet a chain I mean most people do it using fingers let alone a crochet hook lol but to make that long never ending chain into something to wear can’t wait for that one,
    You curse away if it gives you such great ideas go girl Sorry this comment is so long Just I love it Thankyou

  8. I was wondering if you have any tricks on how to coordinate your hands when crocheting.I am having problems with that.I know how to knit and have no problem with it.

  9. I LOVE this scarf! The tutorial is great, thanks! I am curious how you tie it off though?

  10. Hey, where can I find the rest of the tutorial?


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