Chain stitch is abbreviated as ‘ch’ in patterns and is the foundation of a lot of projects.
Make a slip knot.
Catch the ball end of the yarn with the hook, so that the yarn wraps anticlockwise around it. This movement is called ‘yarn round hook’, which you’ll see abbreviated as ‘yrh’. You’ll do a lot of this.
Gently pull the hook, and the yarn wrapped around it, back towards the loop on the hook.
When you get to the hook, pull the yarn through the first loop, to make a new loop on the hook.
Congratulations! This is your first chain stitch.
Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve made about 20 chain stitches (also called chains). Hold the stitches firmly, just below the hook, moving your fingers up the chain as you go.
Keep making short chains like this until you can make even chain stitches and the whole process feels quite natural.