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Right Handed Chain (ch st)
All crochet stitches are formations of interlocking loops. The simplest and the beginning is the chain. There are 2 ways to hold the hook. Either is correct, you need to use what is more comfortable. As with knitting tension is all important. Hold the yarn any way that is comfortable and maintains tension of the yarn.
Right Handed Crochet
#1. Hold as if hook were a knife,
#2. Hold as if hook were a pencil,
The chain stitch is the first row of every crochet project. It should be loose so that the hook can be inserted easuly for the second row. To start a chain., make a slip knot. Insert hook right to left. Pulling on both ends, draw in loop to hook.
Holding the slip knot between thumb and middle finger(I prefer my index finger.), draw yarn through to make another loop. Continue in this matter to do the base chain.
the easiest way I've found to make a slip knot is to wrap the yarn around my left index finger once to where the end yarn is hanging down and the working yarn is held above my finger and is crossed over the yarn on my finger. Then I just insert the hook or needle - I use this method for both knitting and crocheting-underneath the yarn on my finger and hook onto the yarn that's above, pull through to make a loop. I am uploading a video and will post it asap.
Judi - WAHM to Dakotah 3.5 years (9-19-05) and Joshua 5 months (11-03-08)