How-to: Build Your Chain

Difficulty: Beginner

Chaining is the most basic form of crochet. The size of your initial chain will determine the general size of your finished product. All of your crocheting for each project begins to build on the chain. This step is very easy, but also very important.

What you will need: Any type of yarn and any size crochet hook will work for this.

Instructions: Beginning your chain is as simple as making a slip knot! Start by placing the tail of your yarn in your hand and draping the rest of the yarn over your index finger.

Next, wrap your yarn around the top of your index finger loosely.

Pull your yarn through the circle you created around your index finger, like this:

Pull tight to create a loop.

Put your crochet hook through this loop and pull your yarn closed around the hook.

Now we are ready to begin chaining! Make sure you are aware of where your tail is and keep it out of the way. You will need to sew this tail in when your project is finished.

When I start a chain, I find that its easiest for me to hold on to the slip knot I made with the first loop.

With your crochet hook through your first loop, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the loop.

Repeat the last step until your chain is long enough for your project. Once you get going, it should look a little similar to a braid.

Now that you have built your chain, you are ready to begin your project!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions/suggestions or need some help.

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