The Plush Crochet-Along: Day 3

Hello!

How’s your mini granny square from yesterday looking?

Are you ready to learn how to do single crochet stitches?

Remember if you’re struggling, you’re not alone!

There’s loads of budding crocheters in our Plush Crochet-along Facebook group all learning with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and post pictures so we can try to help.

Now today we are learning single crochet stitches.

You might remember from yesterday’s tutorial that the UK and US use different names for crochet stitches.

Single crochet is a term only used in US crochet, in the UK we call this double crochet. There’s more about the different terms and why they’re used in this crochet jargon buster below.


Single Crochet (UK Double Crochet)

Let’s practice with your white/spare crochet yarn again before we continue with our granny square.

Step 1:

Slip knot so your yarn is attached to the crochet hook.

Here’s a video reminder showing you how to do a slip knot:

Right Handed

Left Handed

STEP 2:

Chain 11 so you have some foundation stitches to work into

Need a reminder on how to do a chain stitch?

Right Handed

Left Handed

Step 3:

Pop your hook into the second chain from the hook. You should have a loop on your hook and you need to go into the one right next to it.

Step 4:

Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull it through the first loop on your hook. You should now have 2 loops on your hook.

Step 5:

Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull it through both loops on the hook.

You have done your first single crochet stitch!

Remember, if you were following a UK pattern and it said ‘double crochet’ this is the stitch you would do.

It normally says at the beginning of the pattern whether they are in US or UK terms.

Confused about the different terminology?

Check out this handy jargon buster printable guide!

Why not try 10 more single crochet stitches so you get to the end of the row?

Once you get to the end of the row, try…

Step 1:

Chain 1.

Step 2:

Turn your work over – we do this after each row in all projects.

Look at your work from above, can you see the V’s?

Step 3:

Pop your hook into the first stitch next to the hook, making sure you’re going through both the front and back parts of the V.

It will look like you have 3 loops on your hook, 2 of which are attached together.

Step 4:

Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through the two loops that are together.

You should now have two separate loops on your hook.

Step 5:

Wrap your yarn over your hook again and go through both of the remaining stitches on your hook.

Repeat this in the remaining stitches to complete your second row.  Need a video tutorial?

Here you go:

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Left Handed

Has it gone all wrong? Don’t worry!

Just pop your hook out of the loop and give your yarn a gentle pull.

This will undo the stitches, which is what makes crochet so great! You have never wasted any yarn if you go wrong.

Keep an eye on where your loop is and pop your hook back in when you want to start over.

Tighten the loop around the hook by pulling your yarn to secure the slip knot.

Need a video to help?

See below:

Right Handed

Left Handed


Fastening Off

Now you’ve reached the end of the row, you might want to change colour, which is something you’ll need to do when we make our complete heart granny square.

First of all, you’ll have to fasten off the current colour you’re using. 

Fastening off and changing colour might sound quite daunting, but it’s actually super easy.

Step 1:

Wrap your yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook.

Step 2:

Keep pulling so the loop is no longer tight to your hook.

Step 3:

Lay down your hook, take your scissors and cut the yarn end that is still attached to the ball, leaving around a 10cm tail end.

Step 4:

Pick up your hook once again and keep pulling the loop open until eventually the tail end is pulled through and it creates a knot.

Step 5:

Grab your yarn needle and thread the tail end.

Step 6:

Gently weave the needle into 3 stitches at a time, to ensure it won’t come undone and don’t pull too tight or you will distort your work.

Step 7:

Weave back and forth 3 or 4 times so the yarn is worked into your piece and then trim off any excess yarn. 

You’ve successfully fastened off your yarn and weaved in the ends! Need a video guide?

Check out below: 

Right Handed

Left Handed

Now we know how to single crochet and fasten off, let’s grab your mini granny square from yesterday and continue with our heart granny square. 

From now on, we will be using the term ‘shell’.

This refers to the 3 double crochets we did to make up each side of our granny square.

Ready for the next part of your granny square pattern?

Step 1:

Insert your hook into the middle stitch, right next to the slip stitch we just joined up with.

You should now be in the middle of the top shell.

Step 2:

Chain 1.

Step 3:

Find the large corner gap, wrap your yarn over your hook, pop it into the large hole and pull the yarn through.

You should have 3 loops on your hook.

Wrap your yarn over again and pull it through 2 of the loops.

Wrap your yarn over again and pull it through the remaining two loops.

This is known as a ‘double crochet into the corner space.’

Here’s a video tutorial showing you how to do a double crochet:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Step 4:

Repeat this 7 more times, so you have a total of 8 double crochet stitches in your corner space. This should create the left hand curve of your heart.

Step 5:

Chain 1.

Step 6:

Find the next large corner gap and do a single crochet into it.

Need a reminder on how to do a single crochet?

See below:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Step 7:

Chain 1.

Step 8:

Skip a stitch and do 2 single crochet stitches in the 2nd stitch, which should be the middle of that shell.

Step 9:

Chain 1 and do 2 more single crochet stitches into that same 2nd stitch, in the middle of that shell.

Step 10:

Chain 1.

Step 11:

Find the next large corner gap and do another single crochet stitch into this gap.

Step 12:

Chain 1.

Step 13:

Find the 4th and final large corner gap and stitch 8 double crochet stitches into it, as we did at the start of this row.

This should create the other curve to make a completed heart shape.

Step 14:

Chain 1.

Step 15:

Slip stitch back into the middle stitch where you started/left your stitch marker.

Here’s a video guide on how to do a slip stitch:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Step 16:

You’ll need to change colour for the next row, so snip your yarn and fasten off.

Need some video help with this part of the granny square?

Check it out below:

Right Handed

Left Handed

You now have a completed heart shape!

Don’t forget to share your progress with us in the Plush Crochet-along Facebook group and don’t be afraid to ask any questions. We want to see your crochet projects every step of the way!

See you tomorrow where you’ll learn how to change colour and make this heart shape into a granny square.


Missed a day in our crochet-along?

Click the “Plush Crochet-Along” tag on the left hand side of this page or click here to see the entire series on our blog.


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