How to do a chain stitch

Chain (abbreviated ch) is a one of the basic crochet stitches.

how to do a chain stitch photo



It used almost in every pattern – easy lace tunics or complex crochet dresses. That is why beginners firstly should learn how to do a chain stitch.

It enables the enthusiasts to create holey and loose fabrics. Chain stitch is commonly used in unusual and sophisticated lacy designs, particularly doilies and Irish lace.

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Ready to practice this awesome stitch?

All you need is a simple hook and some yarn. Simple starter kit would be enough.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Сrochet abreviations of slanted double crochet stitch

At all crochet schemes chain symbol would appear as: circle or oval.

one chain stitch symbol

At the scheme below you can see a number of chain stitches crocheted together.

multiple chain stitches scheme

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…and the step by step tutorial on how to make it easily and fast.

Chain stitch instruction

Create a loop with the yarn. Be sure that the free end of the yarn is dangling behind your loop.

how to do a chain stitch - step 1

Catch the yarn and pull it back through the loop.

how to do a chain stitch - step 2

One chain stitch is now complete.

how to do a chain stitch - step 3

To create more chain stitches continue this process by using the yarn over and pull through the loop techniques. Carry on until your desired chain length is accomplished.

how to do a chain stitch - step 4

Crochet hook sizes influence the length and thickness of your chain. The smaller your hook is the shorter and thinner your chain is going to be. The converse is also true: the larger your hook is the longer and thicker the completed chain is going to be.

multiple chain stitches photo

Similar stitches

If you still have questions regarding what those symbols mean or how to read them, please take a look at our epic guide of Crochet symbols and abbreviations.

With this stitch you can crochet 

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how to do a chain stitch - infographic

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Frequently asked questions

How do you crochet a chain stitch?
  • Create a loop with the yarn. Be sure that the free end of the yarn is dangling behind your loop.
  • Catch the yarn and pull it back through the loop. One chain stitch is now complete.
  • To create more chain stitches continue this process by using the yarn over and pull through the loop techniques. Carry on until your desired chain length is accomplished.
What does Chain mean in crochet?
The chain stitch (abbreviated ch) is the basis for all crochet. Each crocheting begins with a chain stitch. Whether you make a rectangular pattern or working in rows, your first row is a series of chain stitches, which is not surprisingly called a foundation chain.
How do you crochet after chain?
When the chain stitch of the required length is ready, we proceed to crochet the rest of the pattern.

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