Saturday, October 27, 2012

{crochet basics} turning chains

Going back to basics this weekend!

In the comments section of the give away was: "if I can only get past the first row!" This seems to be a common complaint, so I thought I would go back to turning chains.

It helps if you see how a stitch works, here we have a completed stitch in the middle of a row (using  -US double, UK treble in our example) As you can see, it finishes at the top of the new row. The next stitch, to put it simply, works down then back up.

Then when we have completed a row (and flipped it all over) we are at the base of the next row.

So we have to build a chain to be where the next stitch starts. In this case of double crochet -US (UK treble) We need to chain 3, to be the same length as the stitch.

But what about getting past the first row? Have I confused you even more?

Lets go back to our foundation chain. Your chain will be the intended length of whatever you are making, plus however many turning chains you need. (little bit of algebra here!)

(if you need to find out how to make a foundation chain, click here)

Sticking with the US dc (UK tr) We miss three chains (4th Chain from hook, but easier to think 'miss three, as we keep the figures the same- miss three in the foundation, chain 3 for turning stitch)

Yarn over hook and insert hook into the chain marked in the picture. Complete the stitch as normal (click here for a reminder)

In short, the three you skip become the first stitch of the first row. They build the row up so you are in the right place to start!

Here is a easy reminder of how many chains to make to turn. Remember that is how many stitches you miss in the foundation row, and how many chains to make up a turning chain.

feel free to pin this, or save if you would like.

I sincerely hope I have not confused you more, and I really hope this gets you past that sneaky first row!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, I don't know how you do it, I really don't. I like to consider myself an intelligent person, but I look at this and it all seems so INCREDIBLY complicated! I'll keep trying though, hopefully I'll get it eventually!