How To Crochet A Chain

The crochet chain is the foundation and the most basic starting point for a crochet project.  Chains are easy to make and I think they are a lot of fun too.  In patterns you will see them abbreviated as "ch" or "ch st"

To make a crochet chain, you'll need yarn and a hook (I used some cotton yarn and an H hook).  

Begin your chain by making a slip knot on your hook,

Wrap the yarn around the hook,

You may notice how I turned the hook slightly above...I like to do this, if you prefer you can do it as shown below too:

And pull it through the loop.  Let's make one more...

Wrap yarn around the hook,

and pull through.

There!  Now we have two chains on our hook.  Continue doing this sequence, yarn around hook, pull through, yarn around hook, pull through, and so on until you achieve the desired chain length.

Why is it called a chain?  If you flip your chain over. like the picture below, you see that is resembles a chain link, with interlocking loops, hence the "chain."  Neat!

There you have it...the basic crochet chain!

Here's a video on how to put a slip knot on your hook:

And here's one on how to crochet a chain step by step:


  1. that is very interesting. I never even looked at the back before. LOL

    1. That's funny, I did the same thing too! I remember reading about the "chain link" in a book a long time ago and thinking wow!

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