9.10.2014

Mind the Gap: Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Do you dislike the pesky little gaps left by the ch 3 turn when working rows of double crochet? 


3 Options for avoiding the ch-3 gap on a dc turning chain from Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)

See how obnoxious? 


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Part of the problem is that a ch 3 just does not have enough width and substance to look like its neighboring dc. Secondly, it is supposed to replace a dc, so you skip that stitch right after the ch 3 which only exacerbates the problem. Hence, ugly hole. An additional "bug" for me is that working into a ch is always harder than the top of a normal stitch when you get back on the next row.

Before I figured out some better options, I tried working a ch-2 instead which worked a titch better but not much.

So I have 3 options that I'll show you. You can use whichever is the easiest for you and gives you the result you desire. I use all three at times depending on the project at hand.


Option #1

Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

This option is a bit difficult to master at first. Here's how I do it...
Turn your work for your next row and pull up your loop a bit. Holding the loop in place tightly with your forefinger, wrap your hook counter-clockwise (right-handed) or clockwise (lefties). It will then look like this with your loop wrapped around your hook. (Keep holding it with your finger.)


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Then yarn over and draw your loop behind the first loop shown here. (Behind your initial twisted loop.) Notice that my hook is down low at the level of my work.


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

 Now yarn over and draw through both loops on your hook. 


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

It looks pretty good. Definitely not a dc, but it has good height, more substance then a ch-3 and the top is a bit like a normal stitch with 2 loops for working into on your return trip--albeit a bit tighter. Like I said, this technique is a tad tricky and takes a little practice to twist and hold and yarn over and pull through. If you want to see it in action, take a peek at Moogly's video here.

Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

See the little comparison above? It definitely looks better. But still not my favorite.

Option #2


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Turn your work and get ready for the new row. Chain 1...this will raise your hook just enough. Now complete a dc in the first st.


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

This is what the final stitch looks like. You just "pretend" that the ch-1 isn't there and you are now dealing with a regular dc that is just a bit thicker. Sometimes this is a problem, but usually not for me. It also works well in the round, too. Some folks think it is too hard to work with only a ch-1, but I just pull my loop a little longer before the dc and have no problem.


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

I also really like that it is easy to work into since it's a regular dc. Sometimes it seems to be pulled down a bit at the top--in other words, it tips down a wee bit. But I find that once it has been worked into it stands up taller and very much looks like a normal dc.

Option #3

This might be my favorite option. It's easy, it looks the most like a normal dc without the gap, tipping, or hard to work top, and it can be used for taller stitches, too. Let me show you...


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

First, turn your work to start the new row. Then without any chains, work a sc into the first stitch. This is like the bottom half of your dc. Now see that X? Insert your hook under that loop...


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

...yarn over and draw through. 


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Yarn over again and draw through again.


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

It's basically like 2 sc stitches stacked on top of each other. I like it! And because you "topped it off" with a sc, it works like a normal stitch on the return.

Speaking of making it taller, all you do is repeat going under that "X" loop and it's like making a treble. Pretty nifty, huh?

Give these three a try and let me know your preferences. And if you have any other little turning chain tricks I would love to know what they are. 

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35 comments:

  1. really likes options 2 and 3 !!!!
    thank you for sharing Susan, xxxxxx ale

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  2. Também gosto de ir crocheteando assim!!! Bj

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I'll learn one of these 3 ways to end with that holes, that are one big problem of my crochet =)
    Susana

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    1. Yes, Susana! I agree. I really like a neat and clean look. These tips seem to help.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! #3 is my fav!

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    1. You are welcome, Crystal. I love #3 the best, too!

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  5. Thanks! The gap has always bothered me!

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    1. You are welcome, Becky! Me, too!

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  6. Love option 3!!!! Thanks, Susan!

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    1. You are welcome, Monica! Option 3 is my fav, too!

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  7. YES! I love this! I *really* dislike the gap -- it just always looks so unprofessional and untidy.

    Thank you for sharing this at my Yarn Fanatic Party! I hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Untidy! That is exactly the word for the gap. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting!

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  8. I use all three options. Which one I use depends on the yarn, the pattern and the particular stitch being used and where it's at in the pattern........arrrrrg! So many variables! Lol! I usually prefer the third option also as I find that it tends to look neater.

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    1. Yes, Kim. I agree. Different options for different scenarios. And believe it or not, I still occasionally use the ch 3 when it looks better. I just don't like working into a chain if I can help it.

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  9. That is so helpful! Thank you.

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  10. Very useful! thank you!

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    1. You are so welcome. I love sharing tips with other crocheters. There is always so much for us all to learn!

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  11. Those are 3 great options - thank you so much for sharing, I have always hated that gap too - now I won't have to worry about it!

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    1. Julie, I hope they work for you!

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  12. I always use no 2! Great tutorial! Will share it on my facebook page!

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! And thanks for the share!

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  13. Brilliant - thank you! I'm off to try them out. :)

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    1. I would love to know your thoughts on them, Kate.

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  14. Great options, I must try and use these!!

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing these tips, Susan. They are very useful.
    I really like option 3 and now there is no gap in my crochet ;)

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    1. You are very welcome! I'm happy you have found it helpful.

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  16. Thank you for these great tips. I love #3 and have used it with great success. What do you do if the pattern asks you to chain 4 at the end of the row with that counting as a dc and chain 1?
    Thanks.

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    1. Good question. I do another "stacked" sc on top to essentially add the height of one more sc or chain.

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  17. Great ideas. #3 is the best!

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  18. I can't wait to try option 3

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  19. Thank you! Option 3 is on my to-do list! I too dislike the turning chain gap. What I've come up with for a turning chain on a dc row, is similar to option 2 but slightly different - at the end of row, ch 1 pull it looser than normal, turn work, yo, hdc in first st, then ch 1. The top is still a ch but the bottom is thick enough to fill in the gap.

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