top of page

 

TWO WAYS TO SINGLE CROCHET

Did you know that there are actually two ways to make a single crochet?  When I first started amigurumi I had no idea.  I thought the only technique was to yarn over...but actually, you can yarn under as well!

The typical method to make a single crochet is to insert your hook into a stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through both loops.  This method makes a 'V' stitch.

The other lesser known method to make a single crochet is to insert your hook into a stitch, yarn under, pull through, yarn over, pull through both loops.  This method makes an 'X' stitch.

The difference is in the first yarn over - which becomes a yarn under in the 'X' stitch method.  Take a look at the photos below to see the difference in the fabric created for each method..

'V' Single Crochet Method

Right-Side-Mark-Up.jpg

Here is what the fabric looks like if you work single crochet stitches in the round with a "v stitch" (yarn over) technique.  You can see the little V's on the surface.

'X' Single Crochet Method

Right-Side-X-Mark-up.jpg

Here is what the fabric looks like if you work single crochet stitches in the round with an "x stitch" (yarn over) technique.  You can see the little X's on the surface.

 

You can also take a look at my Crochet Basics tutorial to see further differences between the 'V' stitch and 'X' stitch methods.

Apart from the obvious difference in the actual stitch created, the 'X' Single Crochet method also forms a slightly tighter stitch.  This means the end shape will be slightly smaller than it would be using the 'V' Single Crochet method.  Take a look at the photo below for a direct comparison.

Comparison-Front.jpg

'X' Method

'V' Method

Comparison-top.jpg

'V' Method

'X' Method

From the comparison photos above, you can see that the "X" stitch method creates a smaller slightly more compact shape than the 'V' stitch method. 

Now that I have crocheted amigurumi projects using both methods, I actually favour the 'X' method.  To my eye it creates a neater, more professional looking piece.  However, it really comes down to personal preference...which one do you prefer?  Try it out today and let me know - I would love to hear!

So there you have it, the two different ways to create a single crochet in your amigurumi project.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crocheting!

Signature.jpg
2-Ways-To-Single-Crochet.jpg
bottom of page