So, you’ve reached the end of your crochet row. What now?
If you learned basic crochet as most of us did, you learned that to turn your work from one single crochet row to the next all you had to do is: chain 1, turn. Off you go to the next row. Indeed, that works beautifully and produces a nice even edge. It’s easy to pick up stitches and add a border to your piece or even to seam one piece to the next.
Ch 1, turn.
Continuing on to double crochet rows, we learned to chain 3, turn at the end of the current row. Our teachers told us that the chain-3 counts as the first double crochet of the new row. We made the first actual double crochet in the next stitch.
This edge isn’t going to be a firm foundation for adding borders or seaming. You could use it as a design feature if you wanted, but scarf crocheters, for instance, might prefer a more uniform look to the long edge of their scarf.
Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd stitch.
I’m not a “follow the rules blindly” kind of crocheter – nor was my Grandmother who taught me to question and explore. There came a day when the edge shown above just didn’t suit my project and off I went on another journey to find a different path.
Turn, slip st to last st of previous row, ch 2. Dc in remaining stitches.
On subsequent rows, the last dc is placed in the top of the turning chain-2.
The gap between the turning chain and first dc is virtually eliminated. Were I to seam this edge to another piece, I would place the “sewing” stitches in the tops of the rows, thus straightening the edge even more to create an almost invisible line – but that’s another blog post for another day.
And so it goes, for turning chains on rows of treble crochets, the process is the same – Turn, slip st to last st of previous row, ch 3.
Happy Crochet Stitches everyone. See you next time for Technique Tuesday.