How to crochet a chain stitch (ch)

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In this DROPS video we show you how to crochet a chain stitch (ch).

Hold the slip knot between your thumb and middle finger on the left hand. Move the hook under and over the yarn, with the yarn held in the hook. Pull the hook and the yarn back through the slip knot to form the first chain stitch. Keep going until you have the number of chains stated in your pattern. When counting stitches, do not count the stitch on the hook.

It is easy to work too tight, first we show many chain stitchs after each other where we work correctly. When we pull the thread through the loop and got a new st we MUST get along the thickness on that is on the hook (in the video we take the new st far up the crochet hook so that you easily can see what we mean).

Then we show how NOT to work a chain stitch. Here we work the new stitch only through and let the new st lie on the thin part of the hook instead of the thick part. We then get a chain st that gets shorter and the crochet tension will not be properly with patterns.

You must read the pattern to be able to follow. You’ll find patterns where this technique is used by clicking on the pictures below.

Tags: cord, loop,

The video above can be used in the following patterns

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Comments (15)

Yara Peña 19.06.2020 - 07:31:

Me encanta el tejido, y quisiera aprender.Lo.estoy intentando..gracias por tantas bellezas...Yara.

Shirley 24.03.2020 - 19:36:

Directions are in dbl crochet. Printout is in sc crochet

DROPS Design 25.03.2020 - 10:28:

Dear Shirley, US-English and UK-English uses different crochet terminlogy, remember to always check the appropriate language - see here. Happy crocheting!

Molinda Hull 06.02.2020 - 19:47:

I need explanation on bind off for armholes in pattern Moonlight Mist pattern 99-3

DROPS Design 07.02.2020 - 08:20:

Dear Mrs Hull, to shape the armholes in this jacket, you will crochet some chain stitches and skip stitches from previous round, and just continue as before, this will create a hole that will be the armhole. You will crochet later the sleeve top down working first round in the skipped stitches on circle + the chain stitches worked over the skipped stitches; Happy crocheting!

Gail Lavoie 02.02.2020 - 18:47:

Hi there, I would like explanation on the straps section, please kindly explain to me in this slipper Drops Design pattern, you say 2 threads, does that mean I have to crochet with two threads together in order to create the straps, cause I am confused.

DROPS Design 03.02.2020 - 10:46:

Dear Mrs Lavoie, could you please ask your question on the pattern you are working on? I would like to be sure the answer will be appropriate. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy crocheting!

ANS 09.08.2017 - 08:34:

Een goede video,mijn complimenten!

Elaine Delts 22.11.2016 - 06:12:

Your written instructions were to complicated can you show a full video step by step of this hooded poncho not everyone is good at those type of written patterns I think that some people learn better from the video tutorials. Thanks love the poncho big buy

Bette Hildebrand 12.11.2015 - 23:41:

How many chains do you do for each size slipper? Or what do you use to start?

DROPS Design 13.11.2015 - 09:34:

Dear Mrs Hildebrand, the video shows how to crochet a chain and a fundation chain, you will have to refer to the pattern you are working on for the number of sts to crochet, since this will vary with the yarn, the tension, the pattern etc.. Happy crocheting!

Nina Christou 04.10.2014 - 16:42:

What exactly does '1ch over ch' mean at the beginning of each round oif a cone?

DROPS Design 15.10.2014 - 16:45:

Dear Mrs Christou, can you tell us more, ie which DROPS pattern you are working on ?

Maria Jose 06.02.2013 - 00:32:

Muchas gracias por estos tutoriales, estoy fascinada con vuestra página, muchisimas gracias, está tan bien explicado que alucino. saludos desde España

Bente Mikkelsen 29.12.2012 - 17:01:

Til Petra: Kig i venstre kolonne under Slå op osv. Derunder kan du finde en video om, hvordan man starter med at hækle helt fra begyndelsen :-)

DROPS Design 20.12.2012 - 09:31:

Hi, we have a video that shows exactly how to start up, you will find it under: Crocheting videos, cast on/bind off/cast off/increase/decrease, crochet - start.

Jannike 09.07.2012 - 21:19:

Hope that you read this, to Petra: I have found a blog, in swedish, that shows the first step, the loop if you still don't know by now search for amigurumipyssel. You'll find it at "Virkskolan - Hur du virkar en luftmaska" Or for others wondering the same thing, enjoy! :)

Petra 17.03.2012 - 12:41:

Hvorfor viser ingen videoer hvordan man begynner, når man sitter med tråd i den ene handa og nålen i den andre..?? Tydeligvis ikke beregnet på helt nybegynnere..og når man er venstrehendt i tillegg så blir det jo helt håpløst..

Annabel 17.12.2011 - 04:26:

I can't get my chains to be straight and even.

Venus 01.12.2011 - 15:25:

Why the video's sound is mute? I could not understand how to do the steps...

Drops Design 01.12.2011 - 17:08:

We are a worldwide company and our videos are watched by people speaking endless of different languages and many do not understand Norwegian. So since there is not a given language for us to use, we instead have written instructions to accompany the video, and then there is no sound to disturb while watching.

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