The Exception That Proves The Rule

Last month we were talking about a Mystery of Slanted Seams and Crochet Stitches & I showed some examples of our research based on double crochet stitches (DC). As a rule, crochet stitches are formed by a combination of steps that involve “Yarn Over Hook” (YO) & pulling yarn through the specified loops/stitches, we call this method Classic. The exception to this rule is a Self-Compensated method of crocheting when one of the YO steps is replaced by “Hook Over Yarn” (HO). Please check out our >> previous article << for more explanations about differences in these 2 methods of crocheting.

Today I would like to compare the ClassicSelf-Compensated single crochet stitches (SC) worked in the round with joins. Joining method used in the examples below: ch-1 to beg; sc in same st as join; sc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg st (not a ch).


To make a Classic SC – Insert the hook in next stitch, YO & pull working yarn through the stitch; YO & pull through 2 loops on the hook.

Due to the reasons explained in our previous article, the seam will be slanted to the right for right-handed crocheters or slanted to the left for left-handed crocheters.

Classic Single Crochet with Slanted Seam


To make a Self-Compensated SC – Insert the hook in next stitch, HO & pull working yarn through the stitch; YO & pull through 2 loops on the hook.

Just like in the case with DC stitches, this minor exception to the rule (HO) made a big difference in our final result. The seam is straight!

Self-compensated Single Crochet with Straight Seam



I wrote this article for educational purposes & I am not trying to change your way of crocheting. If your goal is to avoid a slanted seam & you do not have color changes in your project, you can simply work in continuous rounds without joining.

By the way, I found that it is very easy to switch between these 2 styles 🙂

Single crochet in a continuous round – seamless result

Our article about double crochet (DC) stitches is published >> HERE <<

Our article about half double crochet (HDC) stitches is published >> HERE <<


  1. Marhaini says:

    Hi, thanx for the great info. Am just wondering, is there any difference when we do both hook over( HO and HO instead HO & YO) to complete the sc?

    • IraRott says:

      Hi Marhaini, I found it very uncomfortable to work HO + HO as when you work the second HO, working yarn slides off the hook or splits. The stitches turn out left-slanted (much like HO + YO). If that’s what you prefer to do, it would be great if you share your experience.

    • IraRott says:

      Hi Heather,

      For any style I begin with ch-1 (which does not count as a stitch) and I work the first single crochet in same stitch as previous join; then join the round in top of beginning single crochet.

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