Creating a chain is usually the first thing a crochet pattern will ask you to do. It usually will be written as either: Chain (#) or Ch(#)
In this post, I will be using the example of Chain 6 or Ch6.
- Start with your yarn already in a slip knot on your hook.
- Yarn over (yo) and pull through a loop.
- This is chain 1.
- Yo again and pull a loop through.
- This is your second ch.
- Repeat step 4 another four times to create 6 chain stitches!
Congrats! This is a chain! Named because it looks like a little chain made out of yarn!
When doing a project that starts with a chain, just count however many chain stitches you need as you go.
Just a tip: unless the pattern says otherwise, the yarn loop that is on your hook does not count as a chain/stitch. So if you forget how many stitches you have already done, count back from the stitch directly off your hook as indicated below.