Lesson Three: Single Crochet
This is your work horse stitch! I use it 99% of the time for amigurumi. It produces a dense fabric with more stability than knitted fabric.
Now that we know how to Make a Chain, let's make a chain of 21 stitches
Step One: Hook through 2nd Chain from Hook
Insert the tip of your hook through the 2nd chain, shown with arrow and after in picture above
Step Two: Yarn Over Hook
Step Three: Pull up a loop
Pull your hook to the left through your chain and you'll be left with two loops of yarn on your hook like in the above picture
Step Four: Yarn Over Hook again
Step Five: Pull loop through
Pull your hook to the left through BOTH loops on your hook.
Step Six: Start next Stitch
Insert your hook in the next chain stitch, shown with arrow in the picture above.
Repeat until you have completed a single crochet in each chain. You should have 20 now!
When you get to the end of your "row" you MUST make an extra chain stitch (see above) or your will lose a stitch on your next row.
Next, you will want to "turn" your work around and start your next row.
Insert your hook through the top two loops of your first stitch (see above photo) and start signle crochet across.
Repeat the process until you have 20 rows. Practice this swatch over and over again until you have the hang of single crocheting in rows.
From here you can make scarves, purses, hot pads…any thing square that doesn't require increasing or decreasing.
Next lesson: Double Crochet