March 5th, 2013

Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – Creating a Neater and More Elastic Edge

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It’s National Crochet Month! We’re celebrating by sharing some handy crochet tips to help refine your crochet skills or get you started. This week, we’re putting a new spin on your foundation chain.

Starting your crochet project is probably almost everyone’s least favorite part. Chaining all those stitches, then fiddling your hook into that starting chain can be tedious and time consuming. For me, it never ends up looking quite right either.

Most of us were taught to start your first row by crocheting into the front of your starting chain. Instead, try inserting your hook into the bump on the back of your chain. Surprisingly, this actually creates a much neater and smoother edge.

This technique also creates a much more elastic edge and will even mirror your final row perfectly. Since crocheting into that back bump creates a mirror stitch to your last row, it makes seaming and adding a crocheting edging much easier!


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Grace

Customer Service Liaison at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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  • Pam

    Thank you; this is a terrific hint. This will definitely help me when I put edgings on blankets!

  • weegee56

    Great tip. Will try it soon!

  • Sheila Ellerton

    Thanks for the tip

  • Donna

    Simple, yet very valuable tip!

  • Roxie

    Thank you! I appreciate every tip I can get. I also have a hard time finding that starting chain, and where to start the next row!

  • Sherri

    I actually do this and quite agree with you. It looks much nicer