Video:Crochet Chain Stitchwith Edna Kurtzman
Most crochet projects start off with a simple chain stitch. Learn how to start a chain, and also how to use it on round or linear creations.See Transcript
Transcript:Crochet Chain StitchHi, I'm Edna Kurtzman for About.com, and today we're going to look at the simple chain which the start of any crocheting project.
Start the Crochet ChainTo start a simple chain you need a slip not. Bring that yarn around and pull a loop through that circle that you have there. And tighten it gently; not too tight, just loose enough so that you can get the crochet hook through it. Hold onto to tail, bring the other end over the fingers and using the neck, or the mouth of the crochet hook grab that yarn and pull it through that loop that's on the hook.
Stitch the Crochet Chain - Round ProjectsMake sure you select a crocheting hook that will allow you to obtain the gauge indicated in your pattern. Refer to your pattern for the number of stitches, or the number of chain stitches, that you need for your project, and just simply keep chaining. If the project is worked in the round then the last chain and the first chain come together. The crochet hook goes through that first stitch; you have two loops on your hook now, add a loop around the crochet hook and pull it through both stitches. And there’s your starting circle for a project that's worked in the round.
Stitch the Crochet Chain - Linear ProjectsIf it's a linear project, or a project that's worked in a straight row, again just count your chains, count your chain stitches to match the number of chain stitches indicated in your pattern. And, its that simple. Check your tension periodically; you want it to be loose, but not too loose, tight, but not too tight. It takes much time, or much experience to get the right tension.
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