Our Crochet Tip of the Week is 3 Ways to Work into the Starting Chain.
When I was learning to crochet I thought you had to work into both the back bump and the back loop together. I didn’t realize there were other options available. I dreaded needing to crochet my starting chain row, especially for larger projects. When I was new to crochet I had quite a bit of trouble keeping my gauge relaxed enough when working into the starting chain and it always ended up being tighter than the rest of my project.
My least favorite way to work into the starting chain is by working in the back bump and the back loop. It has the least amount of stretch (elasticity). For many years I countered this by crocheting my beginning chain in a larger size crochet hook. Now, if I am not using Fsc (foundation single crochet) I use option 1 or 2 instead.
Of the three options, Option 1 is the most elastic. It can be a little bit tricky to master at first – but it is well worth the effort.
3 Ways to Work Into the Starting Chain
Work into the back bump
Work into the back loop
Work into the back bump and the back loop
Option 1 also gives you the added benefit of a starting chain that mirrors the look of the final row of crochet.
If you haven’t tried Option 1 – I recommend you give it a try 🙂