2. Place the slip knot on your crochet hook, and wrap the yarn (the end attached to the yarn ball, not the 6″ tail) over the hook from back to front. Placing the yarn over the hook in this way is called a “yarn over.”
3. Grab the yarn over with the hook and pull it through the slip knot. You’ve now made one crochet “chain.”
4. Yarn over again…
5. …and pull the yarn through the hook, making another chain.
6. Continue until you’ve made several chains. If you’re making something like a scarf, you may want to make about 20 chains before proceeding to the next step (but you can make as many as you like, depending on how wide you’d like your scarf to be). See how the chain looks like a row of little V’s? You’ll be working into the loops of those V’s as we proceed.
7. Now, stick the tip of the hook into one of the loops of the second V from your hook.
8. With the hook still under that loop of the V, yarn over…
9. …and pull the yarn through that loop of the V. You’ll now have two loops on your hook.
10. Yarn over again…
11. …and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook. You’ll now have one loop left on the hook, and you’ve completed one “single crochet” stitch! Congrats! Now, just keep repeating steps 7-10. For each stitch, insert your hook into the next V on the chain, and complete the single crochet stitch just as you did above.
12. After you’ve worked all the way down the chain, you’ve completed your first row! Your hook will now be at the far left side of your work. The next step is to turn the crocheted piece in your hands so that your hook is back at the top right corner of the piece you’ve made.
13. If you look at the top edge of your work in progress, you’ll again see a row of V’s. For this and each subsequent row, insert your hook under both loops of the V.
After inserting the hook into the V, yarn over and complete each stitch just as you did above.
Continue in this way, turning the work after you complete each row. This will create a strip of single-crochet fabric that will continue to grow as you go–perfect for making a scarf or any square/rectangular object!