Make your chain as you would for any other crochet stitch. But remember if you are making your own design to add two additional chains for your sides.
Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull through the same hole that you enter through.
Make sure to leave your yarn on your hook. Your hook should look similar to the picture shown.
Insert your hook into the next chain and yarn over, pull through, leaving the yarn on the hook.. Continue doing this until you reach the end of the chain. It should look similar to the picture shown.
Yarn over your hook and pull through the first loop on the hook. When you begin your return each time you will only pull through the first one and only one.
As you look at the work you have done you will see that all the way across there are vertical loops. Place your hook through the first vertical loop, yarn over and pull through. Continue this all the way across.
Repeat steps 5-7 until you have reached your desired length.
When you have finished with your work and have returned with only one loop on your hook you are going to begin by doing step 7 only this time instead of leaving the yarn on the hook you are going to yarn over again and pull through the two loops on your hook. Pick up your next stitch and do the same all the way across.
Cut your yarn and weave the end back through your work. I’m sure you noticed that it rolls up and doesn’t stay flat. This is normal, if you go around the work with a single crochet or even a double or if you are really advanced you could do shells or popcorn, or something fancy.
Stand back and take in the excitement of knowing that you have just made something incredible with your hands. I would like to be the first to say good job. You have earned it.
Take a break in between rows or every couple of rows. Get some coffee, go to the bathroom, get something to eat, do what ever it is that helps you relax. Give your arms a chance to relax you will need to. The longer it gets the heavier it will be. It puts a lot of strain on your arms and wrist.