Breaking yarn with a single crochet
(... or slip stitch if you're stateside)
On several occasions in my crochet patterns I'll write something like "...3 dc, 1 sc. Break yarn." (In US terms, this would be 3 sc, 1 slst.) From now on, I'm going to talk UK crochet terms.
This is how I like to perform this manoeuvre. Apologies apply with regard to my tatty hands and nasty cheap yarn. I'm not a manicure sort of girl: you can't crochet while the polish is drying.
|1) We're going to make the single crochet. Insert your hook into the stitch. Wrap your yarn around the throat of the hook (not shown).|
|2) Pull through a loop, and keep pulling that loop through the loop already on your hook. (The photograph shows the point just before you do that: the short instance where momentarily there are two loops on your hook.)|
|3) You've made your single crochet; I like to stick a safety pin in this stitch to mark it so that I can tell it's a real stitch on the next round when I come to work it. Time to bind off: cut the yarn leaving a tail a few inches long.|
|4) Wrap your yarn over the throat of your hook and pull the tail right the way through the loop on your hook.|
|5) Give the tail a short tug to tighten it. Done!|