The chain stitch (usually abbreviated “ch”) is about as simple as a stitch can get. It is often used as the first row in projects.
The “G” hook (4.25 mm) is my favorite size. I’ve recently switched to using the thicker handled ones, which do seem to be less fatiguing and easier to use for long periods of time.
Start a chain by making a loop over the hook, the short end should cross over the long end, so it can be trapped in the next step.
Put the yarn over the hook (yo).
And pull through. There should be a loop around the hook, and the first stitch below.
Yarn over (yo) and pull through to repeat the stitch. A series of chain stitches is known as a chain, and is used as the starting point for many patterns.
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