How to Chain (Video and guide)

Yes, I know my right hand looks creepy in this tutorial, but I’m willing to put my vanity aside for the sake of the art. That’s right.

Chaining is quite possibly the simplest thing you’ll ever do in Crocheting. The hardest part will be figuring out how to grip your hook and yarn. There is no right or wrong way to do it, as long as you accomplish the goal: Hook your yarn and pull it through the loop. This post and video just show how I like to go about it.

Step 1-

You’ll start with a slipknot. The first thing to do is Hold your hook so that it is facing upward and over to the left of your yarn.

Step 2-

Next, move your hook under your yarn and to the right.

Step 3-

Now in order to “hook” your yarn, you are going to Flip your hook over and move it over the yarn to the left.

Step 4-

Once you have your yarn “hooked”, The final step is to pull it through your Slipknot.

This whole process of wrapping the yarn around your hook, is commonly referred to as Yarning Over, and you will see it abbreviated as “YO” or “YOH” in patterns.

After this point, the yarn you pulled through your Slipknot should be a new loop on your hook.This is what your first Chain will wind up looking like. It doesn’t look like much, but don’t worry, as you continue, they will become more uniform.

To create more Chain Stitches, just repeat, until your chain is as long as you want, or as long as your pattern determines it should be. This is a Chain 15:

Basically what you’re doing throughout is wrapping the yarn around your hook, and pulling it through the loop around your hook. Like my jokes, It’s very repetitive. Rinse and Repeat baybee.

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