If you are following along with my Learn to Crochet series, you will remember that, in my last post, I told you everything you needed to gather before you could get started with your project. This week, I am going to show you how to start your project. Most crochet projects (except some that are worked in the round) start with a slipknot and a certain amount of chains. The first row of stitches is worked into those chains and whatever you are crocheting grows from there. So you can see why it’s important that you know how to chain before you learn anything else.
I am using a 4mm crochet hook and 100% cotton yarn. We are just going to start by making a slipknot and 10 chains. To make a slipknot, you need to hold the tail end of the yarn in your left hand and the working end of the yarn in your right hand. Wrap the working end of the yarn around your index finger, from front to back and then to the top of your index finger again, to make an x shape. Pull the working end of the yarn underneath and through the loop on your finger, then pull both the tail end and working end of the yarn, whilst still keeping hold of the loop, to tighten the slipknot.
To make your first chain, place the slipknot on to your hook, with the tail end at the back and the working end towards the front. Hold the yarn over your index finger. Pass the hook in front of the yarn, catch the yarn with the hook and pull it through the loop on the hook. Repeat until you have 10 chains on your hook.
Well done! You can now make a slipknot and work the chain stitch. You will be a crochet queen in no time!