Crochet Tip of the Week – Turning Chains

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I created this coloured pinnable image for you – showing the crochet symbol, US Crochet Term, US Crochet Abbreviation and the recommended number of turning chains for some common crochet stitches.

I hope you find this helpful –

Recommended Turning Chains

Slip Stitch (sl st) = 0
Single Crochet (sc) = 1
Half Double Crochet (hdc) = 2
Double Crochet (dc) = 3
Triple (or treble) Crochet (tr) = 4
Double Triple Crochet (dtr) = 5

Remember: These are the recommended turning chains – they are not always used by Designers when writing patterns – you should always follow the specific instructions in the Designer’s Pattern as they are written.

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  1. Thank you so much for this!!! I’m an experienced knitter, but still very new to crochet (and loving it!). Especially as a Lefty, I’m thankful for references like this which I can refer to!


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