# Basic stitches, back and forth

In this video I’m going to show you how you can make three basic stitches going back and forth single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet I will show you how to start with the beginning chains and the first row and then how to continue with the following rows all 3 pieces are made with the same weight yarn and they all have 20 stitches and 10 rows in the description of this clip you will find a link that will take you to the written instructions and charts with symbols to complement this video we’ll start with the beginning chains to make single crochet we need to make the number of stitches we want + 1 this is 21 chains so we take our work and in the 2nd chain from the hook we make our first single crochet I insert the hook in the second chain yarn over, pull through the chain yarn over again and pull through all the loops in my hook and my first single crochet is finished I insert the hook in the next chain yarn over and pull through the chain yarn over and pull through all the loops in my hook and I continue making single crochets in the remaining chains at the end of the row, I will have 20 stitches the first chain at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch and now to start row number 2, I will turn my work so I can start crocheting from right to left, once again I chain 1 this chain does not count as a stitch so I make my first single crochet over the first single crochet of last row and I will continue with 19 sc more for a total of 20 stitches 20 and row 2 is now finished with 20 sts once again I consider even rows my right side when working back and forth with single crochet the stitches will look practically the same on both sides but further ahead you will be able to see how it’s easier to see the number of rows we have made when we are working on an even row for row number 3, we turn our work once again we make our beginning chain then make our first single crochet in the first single crochet and continue with 19 sc more for 20 sts and row 3 is finished, with 20 stitches again and we will continue repeating these steps for the following rows the beginning chain that doesnt count as a stitch plus 20 sc to complete each row and row 4 is finished, with 20 sts and this is the right side of my work the stitching will be the same on both sides but rows will line up differently as single crochet is a shorter stitch on the side of the uneven rows it’s harder to count the number of rows we have made but on this side, every time we finish an even row in this case row 4 it’s easier to see we have made 2 blocks of 2 rows each and this is how it looks after 10 rows where we can clearly see 5 blocks of 2 rows each on my right side on the wrong side we can see the same stitching but rows line up differently and this is how single crochet is worked back and forth the result is closed stitches with a very uniform texture and good structure to work sold pieces now for half double crochet we need to make the number of stitches we want + 2 this is 22 chains so we take our work and we will start making half double crochets in the fourth chain from the hook I yarn over 1, 2, 3 and in the 4th chain I will make my first half double crochet I insert the hook in the chain yarn over, pull through the chain, yarn over and I pull through all the loops in my hook and for the next half double crochet I yarn over I go through the chain, yarn over pull through the chain yarn over and I pull through all the loops in my hook and I continue making half double crochets in the remaining chains I make the last half double crochet and row 1 is finished at the beginning of the row, we have 3 chains this is 2 beginning chains and 1 base chain these 2 chains replace my first half double crochet and so we have 2 beginning chains + 19 hdc for a total of 20 sts to start row number 2 we turn our work and we will make 2 chains these 2 chains replace my first half double crochet so I will continue with 19 hdc more starting in the 2nd stitch of my row to have 20 stitches in total at the end of the row, to complete 20 sts we look for the 2nd beginning chain of last row and I will make the last hdc inside that chain and row 2 is finished with 20 hdc these are my two 2 beginning chains + 19 hdc more for a total of 20 for row number 3, I turn my work and I will repeat once again my 2 beginning chains that replace the first hdc and 19 hdc more starting from the 2nd stitch of the row for a total of 20 and at the end of the row, I make my last hdc in the 2nd beginning chain of last row and row 3 is complete with 20 sts which are my two 2 beginning chains + 19 hdc more and I turn my work to start row 4 and again, 2 chains + 19 hdc starting in 2nd stitch for a total of 20 sts and I finish the row with the last hdc in the 2nd chain and row 4 with 20 sts has been finished at the beginning of each row the 2 chains bend to one side but at the end of each row, when we make the last hdc on the 2nd chain of last row, our work straightens up when working hdc back and forth I take either side as my right side the stitches look the same on both sides and as hdc is a bit taller stitch, it’s easier to count the number of rows we have made and this is the end of our work after 10 rows we will see a space on each side every 2 rows this is because the 2 beginning chains are thinner than the hdc that follow half double crochet is a good choice to move along a bit faster but keep a good structure at the same time for double crochets I make the number of stitches I want + 3 so I have 23 chains I count 4 chains from my hook and I will make my first double crochet in the 5th chain I yarn over, insert the hook in the chain yarn over, pull through the chain ,yarn over, pull through 2 loops in my hook I yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops in my hook these 3 chains replace my first double crochet and I continue making dc in the remaining chains I make the last double crochet and row 1 is finished there are 4 chains at the beginning these are the 3 beginning chains + 1 base chain those 3 beginning chains replace my first double crochet so I have the 3 chains + 19 dc for a total of 20 sts to start row 2, I turn my work and I will start with 3 chains they will replace my first double crochet so starting in the 2nd stitch of the row I will make 19 dc more for a total of 20 stitches at the end of the row to make the last dc and complete 20 sts I look for the 3rd beginning chain of last row and I make the last dc inside and row 2 is finished with the 3 beginning chains that replace the first double crochet + 19 dc more for a total of 20 stitches to start row 3, I turn my work again and I make 3 chains and then starting in the 2nd stitch of the row I make 19 dc more at the end, I look for the 3rd beginning chain of last row and I make the last dc to complete my 20 sts and row 3 is finished we can see how the edge straightens up when we finish each row the stitch looks the same on both sides and as dc is a taller stitch it’s also easier to see and count the number of rows we have made so either side is our right side for row 4, we turn our work and start with 3 chains once again and continue with 19 dc more starting in 2nd stitch, for a total of 20 sts and row 4 is finished and this is the end of our work after row 10 making 3 chains + 19 dc more for a total of 20 sts in each row stitches looks the same way on both sides and you can easily count each row on either side as well just as with hdc we can see the space between the 3 beginning chains and the dc that follow double crochet is a good choice for a lighter texture and for moving along a lot faster these are the 3 finished pieces with 20 sts and 10 rows this way you can compare textures and sizes and when you start your next project you can decide which one will work better for you I hope you find this tutorial useful and that you feel motivated to try all 3

My rows always come out uneven. Thanks

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