Lesson Two :: Making a chain
Start with your Slip Knot tightened down on your hook now you are ready to make your first chain.
Step One: Yarn Over
Def: "yarn over", abbrev: YO, Take the working end (the end attached to your skein or ball of yarn) and pull it up and over the hook (toward you).
Step Two: Pull through hoop
Pull your hook to the left. It should catch your yarn over and pull it clean through the slip knot hoop.
Step Three: Do it Again
Look at the picture and you will see you have made your first chain! Exciting! Now you will yarn over again.
Step Four: Repeat Step Two
Pull your hook to the left again repeating step two.
Once it's through, you will have made two chain stitches. Repeat steps one and two 8 more times. You should end up with 10 chain stitches.
At this point, I suggest practicing your chains until you can make releaxed, even stitches. If you make your chain too tight, you will find it extremely difficult to continue on to making single crochet.
If you want to Finish Off your work (abbrev: "FO"), simply cut the working end of your yarn and pull it through the hoop with your hook…then tighten it down.
When I was learning I spent a hour or so just making long chains to perfect my tension and stitching. I found it very helpful to do.
Next Lesson: Single Crochet
I am starting a new series of blog posts here at the Roxycraft blog. I am teaching you lefties out there how to crochet!
If you are like me, it was a little more difficult to find resources online on how to crochet left-handed. If you're a right-handed knitter, I suggest trying to learn to crochet leftie. You are using your right hand to work the yarn, just like in your knitting, so I knit right-handed and crochet left-handed because it made more sense to my brain. So if you're a rightie, give this a try!
First lesson is the Slip Knot. This is the stitch that anchors your yarn to your hook. For amigurumi a lot of folks use something called the "magic ring". I don't because this is what I am comfortable with. Also, in these lessons, I am trying to teach you the fundamentals for all crochet projects and the slip knot is a must!
I took step by step photos, and unlike my book "Tiny Yarn Animals" these are my own unmanicured, chubby hands. *pardon the moment of self-deprication*
Step 1: Wrap the yarn around the first and middle fingers of your right hand like the picture illustrates. The cut end of the yarn should be near the tips of your fingers.
Step 2: Take your cut end and slide it under your first loop.
Step 3: With your index finger on you right hand, slip it through the back loops. Go in front of the loop closest to your fingertips and grab the second loop that closest to you palm
Step 4: Pull the loop out while securing the rest in your left hand
Step 5: Put our hook through your loop and tighten it by pulling the end of your yarn that still attached to your skein, not your cut end.
That's it! Simple right?
Next lesson: Making a chain