How to single crochet stitch

The single crochet stitch is the most basic crochet stitch, and is also the stitch used throughout most amigurumi – crochet softies. All other stitches are based on this one, so let’s work on your foundation!

Step-by-step photos

Hook inserted into a stitch with 1 loop on it

1. Insert the hook under both loops of the next stitch.

Yarn over a hook inserted into a stitch with 1 loop on it

2. Yarn over, and pull through the stitch.

2 loops on hook

3. There should now be 2 loops on your hook.

2 loops on hook with a yarn over

4. Yarn over.

Yarn over being pulled through first loop on hook

5. Pull through the remaining loops on the hook…

1 loop on the hook

6. …And you’re done! You should have one loop left on your hook.


If your hook gets stuck when you pull through loops, try:

  • making looser loops

  • checking if you’ve caught some extra yarn fibers in the hook

  • pulling your hook in a direction more parallel to your work, to prevent your hook from getting snagged on something

  • rotating the tip of your hook to face the bottom of your piece as you pull it through the loops