If you are a “newbie” to crochet, then here’s a great demo on how to complete a single crochet stitch. In a pattern, you will find that the abbreviation for a single crochet stitch is SC.
My example has been crochet using a large hook, size N and super bulky yarn, category 6, to try to give you the best visual that I can.
I started with 12 chains and completed my first SC in the 2nd chain from the hook. Insert your hook in the single top loop only of the chain to complete your actual first single crochet. You will have 11 working stitches when that row is completed. At the end of the row, I will chain 1 and turn and begin my next row of SC stitches inserting through both loops in new row.
HERE ARE STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO DO THE SC:
You will have one loop on your hook and insert it through both loops on the first stitch of the new row. Remember, you do not want to go into the chain that you just made. Once your hook has been inserted, yarn over (yo) your hook and bring that loop back through the double loop. You now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over (yo) again and pull that loop through both of the loops on your hook which will leave you with just one loop left on the hook.
You have just completed one single crochet (sc) stitch. Continue in this fashion for a total of 11 stitches. When you come to the end of your row, chain 1 and turn your work and repeat the above stitch information for another 11 stitches. Keep repeating this process.
Making a single crochet swatch is fun and you can create many things from just doing this one stitch. A simple scarf, headband, bracelet, baby blanket whatever you want to make.
This is also a wonderful stitch to teach a child who wants to learn to crochet. Use a large hook size, maybe H or I for a beginner or child, and a worsted weight to chunky yarn (category 4 or 5). Easier to see the different loops that are created and easy to work with especially for little fingers and hands.