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Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: crochetmom (IP Logged)
Date: October 12, 2009 07:49AM

I am posting a question for a friend, that I haven't been able to answer to her satisfaction.

How do you know which chain or stitch to crochet in after turning your work? The patterns always tell us how many chains or stitches to skip after a turn, but if you are making up a dishcloth pattern or just practicing, you need to know where to insert the hook in order to keep the item square.

I've gathered that this has to do with which stitch you are using, but are there some guidelines to follow?

Thanks for your help,

Viv

 
crafty wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Re: Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 13, 2009 10:44AM

Now I am confused. Are you asking what to do when you have specific instructions? Or are you asking what to do when you do not have instructions? If the former, do what the instructions tell you unless you have reason to believe there's an error. If the latter, it depends upon what you are trying to do.

 
crafty wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Re: Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: crochetmom (IP Logged)
Date: October 13, 2009 05:45PM

No, I'm not talking about using patterns, That was just an example of being told where to insert the hook for the next stitch. I'm talking about making a dishcloth, or something else where I'm just making up the pattern, and having it turn out square (or even, anyway.) How do you know where to insert your hook after you turn if you are doing single crochets? Double? Triple? There's got to be a method to it but I've never figured it out.

Many thanks,

Viv

 
crafty wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Re: Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 14, 2009 08:40AM

Suppose I have 20 sc and I want to continue to have 20 sc for each row. I complete a row of 20 sc, I will ch-2 to bring up to height, then I will work an sc in the next 18 sc and a 19th sc in the top of my previous row ch-2.

Support I have 20 dc and I want to continue to have 20 dc for each row. After I complete a row, I will ch-3, then dc in the next 18 dc and do my 19th dc in the top chain of my previous ch-3.

In the alternative, if you want a heavier edge, you can treat your chains as simply a method of bringing up to height and then work a stitch in each stitch of the previous row.

So I do 20 sc, ch-1 to bring up to height and then work a sc in the 20 sc.
Next row, ch-1 to bring up to height and work an sc only in the previous 20 sc. Be sure not to do an sc in the ch-1 from the previous row.

I do 20 dc, ch-2 to bring up to height and then work 20 dc. On the next row, ch-2 to bring upt to height then work a dc in each of the previous 20 dc. Make sure not to do a dc in the previous row ch-2.

 
crafty wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Re: Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: October 12, 2009 04:57PM

I agree with KT - I work into the top chain unless told otherwise.

Hint: Some beginners have trouble finding that top chain by the time they get back to that end of the fabric. What I would do is slip a safety pin to the chain (not the loop on the hook) immediately when I make it; when I return to that end, the pin would indicate exactly where the top chain is - remove the pin and work into that chain as needed. I would need 2 pins, one for each end.

 
crafty wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Re: Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: crochetmom (IP Logged)
Date: October 12, 2009 05:32PM

I suspect that I wasn't clear in asking my question. After I turn my work, a pattern may say to do the next stitch in the 3rd chain, or to skip the first stitch and crochet in the second. I think there must be some way of knowing which one to use (according to which stitch you are crocheting at that point) but I don't know what the guidelines are.

Thanks again,

Viv

 
crafty wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Re: Help w/ crochet--which chain to use after turning?

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 12, 2009 08:45AM

After you have done your first row AFTER your foundation chain, the new chains at the beginning of the next row or round is usually to create height so that the rows/rounds have a straight start. You will not be working into any of these chains until the next row and I usually work the top chain, unless my pattern tells me something different.

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