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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10 Responses to “Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – Creating a Neater and More Elastic Edge”

  1. Pam Says:

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

  2. weegee56 Says:

    Great tip. Will try it soon!

  3. Sheila Ellerton Says:

    Thanks for the tip

  4. Donna Says:

    Simple, yet very valuable tip!

  5. Roxie Says:

    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!

  6. Sherri Says:

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

  7. Teresa Says:

    Thanks a million.. i always used to have g8 difficulty…tks for sharing..nw it is so easy nd stitches look tidy ndvpretty ..God bless u..pks do share tips like this..Happy crocheting.

  8. Teresa Says:

    Tks Grace… though i saw ur tip only nw …it is always useful

  9. Deanna Says:

    This is something I have been doing for many years now and I love the neatness of using this method. Thanks for sharing this for others. It definitely makes the chain row look much nicer.

  10. Judy Says:

    I like this tip and intend to try it. It seems no matter how loosely I try to chain, it always ends up tighter than the rest of the piece and I think this may help with that.

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