Single Crochet Worked Even in Rows with Kristin Omdahl

Single Crochet Worked Even in Rows with Kristin Omdahl

The single crochet is a short stitch that creates a relatively dense and firm fabric. It is the most fundamental of all crochet stitches as most other stitches are variations of this base stitch. Here you will explore how to manipulate the single crochet to make a variety of different shapes. Use those shapes to make singular projects, or joined motif projects.

The Single Crochet Stitch:

  1. Insert hook in specified stitch.
  2. Wrap yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the stitch so there are two loops on the hook.
  3. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw the yarn through both loops.

Note: When working in single crochet, always insert the hook through both top loops of the next stitch, unless specified to work into the front loop, back loop, post or otherwise.

Working Crochet Even In Rows:

Working even is rows is the term used for crocheting rows of stitches with the same number of stitches in each row. Generally there would be no increases or decreases. Working even in rows is the foundation for so many different kinds of projects. Once you know your gauge to create the width of your project, you can crochet any two dimensional square or rectangular project.

How to Read Crochet Charts

Charts are an even more concise way to view stitch instructions. They are a great tool because they are universal and can be read regardless of the language you speak. Additionally, the more you use charts, the more you can ‘see’ what the pattern will look like before you actually begin crocheting! And because the anatomy of the stitches is well represented in chart form, if you set your work down next to its chart, you can often recognize your mistakes, too. Chart 1 is an example of the same instructions on the previous page, but concisely drawn in chart form.

Row Charts:

If the chart is written for rows of stitches, it should be read in the same direction as the crochet in your hands: from the bottom up, from right to left (the perspective of the right side facing). On wrong side rows, you read the chart from left to right because you have turned your work.

Note: This is based on right-hand crocheting.

How to Crochet Single Crochet Even In Rows Written Instructions:

Multiple: Use any number of stitches.


Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across. — 11 sts

Row 2: Ch1, sc in ea st across. — 11 sts

Rep row 2 for desired length.

Fasten off.

Pro tip: When learning the anatomy of stitches, mark the turning chain 1 on previous row with a stitch marker so you don’t mistake it for a single crochet and work into it on the following row.

Single Crochet Tutorial plus Shadow Cowl Pattern

Here are some standard sizes for scarves, afghans, dishcloths, and more.


Wash cloth: 10 in (25cm) x 10 in (25cm)


Lovey: 10 in (25cm) x 10 in (25cm)

Security: 14 in (36cm) x 18 in (46cm)

Stroller: 30 in (76cm) x 36 in (91cm)

Receiving: 36 in (91cm) x 36 in (91cm)

Toddler: 40 in (102cm) x 50 in (127cm)

Swaddle: 48 in (122cm) x 48 in (122cm)

Lap: 35 in (89cm) x 40 in (102cm)

Throw: 50 in (127cm) x 60 in (152cm)

Twin: 60 in (152cm) x 85 in (216cm)

Full: 90 in (229cm) x 90 in (229cm)

Queen: 96 in (244cm) x 94 in (239cm)

King: 108 in (274cm) x 90 in (229cm)

California King: 110 in (279cm) x 98 in (249cm)


Tea towel: 16 in (41cm) x 32 in (81cm)

Hand towel: 16 in (41cm) x 30 in (76cm)

Dish cloth: 8 in (20cm) x 8 in (20cm)

Pot scrubby: 4 in (10cm) x 4 in (10cm)

Rug: 18 in (46cm) x 36 in (91cm)

Floor runner: 18 in (46cm) x 60 in (152cm)

Table runner: 14 in (35cm) x 108 in (274cm)

Place mat: 12 in (30cm) x 18 in (46cm)

Coasters: 4 in (10cm) x 4 in (10cm)



3 in (8cm) to 5 in (13cm)for skinny scarf

5 in (13cm) to 8 in (20cm) for winter scarf


3 to 5 years: 36 in (91cm)

6 to 8 years: 44 in (112cm)

9 to 11 years: 50 in (127cm)

Preteen: 57 in (145cm)

Small Woman: 64 in (163cm)

Medium Woman: 68 in (173cm)

Large Woman: 69 in (175cm)

Small Man: 67 in (170cm)

Medium Man: 70 in (178cm)

Large Man 75: in (191cm)


Small: 24 in (61cm) wide x 50 in (127cm) long

Medium: 30 in (76cm) wide x 60 in (152cm) long

Large: 36 in (91cm) wide x 72 in (183cm) long

Watch the Single Crochet Worked Even in Rows Video HERE

Kristin Omdahl is the best-selling author of dozens of knit and crochet books; publisher of almost 1000 knit and crochet patterns; producer of award-winning videos; and curator of gorgeous yarns and products. You can join Kristin LIVE 5 days a week for The Kristin Omdahl Show on YouTube and browse through thousands of tutorial videos there, too. Kristin donates a portion of every sale to help survivors of domestic violence. Learn more about Kristin’s charity, Project Kristin Cares HERE.

I would love to see your creations. Just as much fun as making these myself is the satisfaction I get from seeing my designs come to life and other knit and crochet fans wearing them too. There are now 2 ways you can share what you have done!

  • I have recently added a wonderful new interactive section to the website which I invite you to take part in, it has been a smashing success and such fun so far. It is the new “Share Your Project” section. You, my creators, can upload images and descriptions of your creations to share with the ever growing community! To upload simply click here. 

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I look forward to seeing what you create!



2 thoughts on “Single Crochet Worked Even in Rows with Kristin Omdahl

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Great tutorial on the single stitch, keeping it even is so important and your suggested stitch marker to help is genius. Thanks for sharing!

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