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Re: What stitch do I end a row on before making turn chain?
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: January 28, 2008 04:42PM

To answer the question of your subject line, if you pattern is calling for you to do the hdc, you would end with a hdc.

To answer your other question, let's set some background first.

After you created your foundation chain, your instructions would have told you to work your first hdc X number of chains from the hook. X is probably somewhere between 2-4. You would then work your hdc for as many stitches called for in the pattern. Unless you are doing some shaping, you would work your last stitch of the row into the last of your foundation chains.

You would then turn your work and your instructions will tell you to make so many chains -- again most likely between 2-4 chains -- this will be called the "turning chain." Now into the tops of each stitch you made on the previous work you would work a new stitch. When you get to the very end of this row you will have a stitch which would be the first stitch you worked in the previous row and you will have some chain stitches. Work your next to last stitch in the top of the first hdc you created. Now, insert your crochet hook into the chain that is immediately next to the top of the first hdc. You will work your last hdc for Row 2 into this chain.

Turn your work and repeat the process. The instructions are letting you know that you will work your last stitch into a chain and not the top of a hdc. If you did not work that last stitch into a chain (after the foundation row it will be into the top of the "turning chain") you would end up working on stitch fewer each row making your piece narrower and narrower.

The easiest way to see this is to create a short foundation chain -- may 10 stitches, then practicing counting the number of hdc you work each row if you work your last stitch into the top of a turning chain versus stopping with the top of a stitch. This will be much faster and much less painful that discovering this after working several hundred stitches for an afghan.



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  What stitch do I end a row on before making turn chain? Pandoradean 01/28/2008 02:33PM
  Re: What stitch do I end a row on before making turn chain? KT 01/28/2008 04:42PM
  Re: What stitch do I end a row on before making turn chain? Pandoradean 01/28/2008 05:02PM
  Re: What stitch do I end a row on before making turn chain? Pandoradean 01/29/2008 04:16PM
  Re: What stitch do I end a row on before making turn chain? KT 01/29/2008 07:31PM


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