Occasionally you will have to work into a ch-1 space directly in front of a single crochet. If you are not familiar with your stitch anatomy this can cause a lot of frustration. Today I am going to show you how to distinguish between the single crochet and the ch-1 space.
The best way to see where you need to insert your hook is to pull on your last row/round so that it stretches and opens up the stitches. The post of each single crochet consists of 2 ‘legs’ or posts on the front of your work, and 2 ‘legs’ or posts on the back. When you pull on your work like this, you will see that one of the back vertical posts stretches diagonally.
The space to the right of this back vertical post is your ch-1 space. You should insert your hook to the right of the back vertical post to work into this ch-1 space. If you are left-handed, this space will be to the left of the back vertical post.
The space to the left of this back vertical post is your single crochet. You should insert your hook to the left of this back vertical post to work into the single crochet. If you are left-handed, the single crochet will be to the right of the back vertical post.
If you would like some more information on stitch anatomy, see my post about Corners and the Elusive Hidden Stitch.