Single Crochet Varieties
Multiple of 2 chs
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, insert hook in same ch, and pull up a loop, (insert hook in next ch and pull up a loop) twice, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. * ch 1, insert hook in same ch and pull up a loop, (insert hook in next ch and pull up a loop ) twice, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. *Repeat across, sc in same ch as last st. (one less st than number of starting chs.)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, insert hook in same st and pull up a loop, (insert hook in next st and pull up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all four loops on hook. * ch 1 insert hook in same st and pull up a loop, (insert hook in next st and pull up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all four loops on hook; repeat from * across, sc in last st.
Repeat Row 2 to desired length and width of piece.
Even number of chs
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *Ch 1, skip next ch, Sc in next ch. Repeat from * across the row working 1 Sc less than original number of chs.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn; Sc in first st and in first Ch1 sp. (Ch 1, Sc in next Ch1 sp) across to last st. Sc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 1 turn, Sc in first st, Ch 1. *(Sc in next Ch1 sp, Ch 1). Repeat from * across row, Sc in last st.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to create pattern. This is a type of Checkerboard pattern for individual Single Crochet stitches.
Extended Single Crochet
Any number of chs
Row 1: *Insert hk into 2nd ch from hk. Yo, pull through, yo, pull through 1 loop, yo and pull through two loops.
Magic Hot Pad using Plain Ol’ Single Crochets
With Cynthia's permission, I have added this neat idea and the patterns to ChezCrochet.com!
Microwave Hot Pads- appx 3 inches square
Use any choice of yarns, but use a hook 1 to 2 sizes smaller than what is recommended for the yarn.
Chain 14-16, depending on the weight of chosen yarn, to create a hot pad large enough to actually work with.
Work a Sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each ch.
Work another Sc in end chain, then turn corner and start back down other side of foundation ch working a Sc in each st. Sl st to beg Sc.
Round 2+: Ch 1, Sc in each st. Do not connect to the beg ch; instead, continue to crochet around and around for 7-9 rounds depending on your tension, and yarn weight.
Lay the piece down, when the edges meet easily in the middle, you're ready to Slip St the hot pad closed. See Fig 1.
Work Sc in ea st up to the corner (half way around a round). Ch 5-10 (depending on how long you want the 'hanger' loop) Sc in same st. See Fig. 2
Meet sides together and sl st hot pad closed, by inserting the hook into a loop from each side, then finishing the sl st.
DO NOT ADD STITCHES ON ENDS, you do not want this to lie flat.
Most of the hot pads that I've seen made this way, do not connect to the beginning chain on Round 2+; they continue to work around and around to the finished length. In MY example, I DID connect to the beginning chain, and you can clearly see that seam in the finished product. See the left hand side of Fig. 2.
Full Sized Hot Pad- appx. 7 inches square
The example in burgundies and ivories was purchased at the senior citizen's center in my home town. The lady who created this work of art, changed colors every couple of rounds, using a monochromatic color scheme.
She made a beginning chain of 33 stitches, and worked 20 Rounds using the same instructions as the Microwave Hot Pad.
My friend Cynthia crocheted some little hot pads for her nieces and nephews to play with when they visited her parents' home. She created a smaller version of the Magic Hot Pad made with Single crochet.
When she was at her parent's house some time later, she noticed that all of the little toy hot pads were in the 'real' kitchen beside the microwave. When she asked her parents about it, her father explained that those little hot pads were just perfect for pulling hot bowls and plates from the microwave!