10.20.2016

Another Way to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole

You may remember this post from a while ago...


3 options for avoiding those holes on dc-turns by Felted Button

In it, I show 3 ways to work turns for a dc (US terms) when working in rows that helps reduce the gap rather than working a chain 3. The 3 ideas work for me--my favorite being the third--made by stacking two sc's on top of each other. You can see all 3 methods and which one is your favorite here.


But, after designing my Toddler Teepee...


Toddler Teepee Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

...I have begun using a fourth really nifty technique that might, for me, just tie with Option #3. I use them pretty much equally, whichever suits my fancy (or the yarn I'm using).

The teepee was designed using a linked dc (US terms) because I needed the height of a dc, but wanted a denser fabric with no "peeky holes" for light to get through. Hence, I chose a linked dc. Let me show you how it works on a turn...


Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button


But first, may I remind you of the ugly holes made by a ch-3 turning chain (which counts as a dc) so you typically skip the first dc--making the whole gap problem that much worse, right? And don't mention the challenge of working back into the ch-3 on the return. Not fun. Let me show you a better way...

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Begin with a chain 2 as shown above.

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from the hook, yarn over and...


Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

...draw a loop through. Two loops are on your hook.

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Then insert your hook into the top of the first stitch of the row. Yarn over and draw through the stitch.

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

With three loops on your hook you now finish the stitch just as you would a dc. Yarn over and draw through two loops, twice.

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Ta-Dah!! As you can see above--it is slightly wider than a regular dc but has more width than the skinny ch-3 and matches the height of a normal dc.

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Tidy and good-looking, huh? Especially compared to the ch-3 turning chains.

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Another bonus, when you get back to it on the returning row...

Four Ways to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole when Crocheting by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

You've got 2 loops to work into rather than forcing your hook into a chain. Fluid and tidy. I like that.

Give this a try if you haven't and let me know how it works for you.

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    1. Looks so much better.I'm going to try this Thank you for the info! :)

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  2. Thank you for this information. I have always disliked the look of the chain 3. This works up so neat and straight. Enjoy your pages.

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    1. I agree, Donna. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Looks very neat, thanks for the instructions xx

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    1. You are welcome. it is so much tidier, I think.

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  4. Thanks so much! I'm always on the lookout for helpful tips, and this one is great!! Too bad I didn't see it before starting my current project, but I'm going to try it on the next one, for sure.

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    1. You are welcome! I'm always scavenging for new tips, too. Let me know how this works for you.

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  5. Looks great, thanks. I can't wait to try this.

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    1. I hope it works well for your next project.

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  6. Thank you so much. It looks great!!!

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  7. Thank you so much for these great alternative methods. I have always hate that turning chain for the double crochet. This is working so nice. Can you post ideas for the triple crochet chain? Thanks again

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    1. I prefer stacking 3 sc for a tr, just like option #3 (link to earlier post above). It's got the correct height and two loops to work into on the return. You can also work a starting linked tr by chaining 3 and completing the st similarly to the linked dc. Maybe I'll make a post for that one, as well.

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  8. I'm sure each and every hooker has hated that part of a pattern and hate how it looks. You've done an amazing job and I will be using that from now on. Thanks for the information and for thinking it up! You're great!

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  9. That's very neat! Thank you!

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  10. I have to try this. Thank you!

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  11. What a handy tip. I'll give it a try.

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  12. Does this work for moving from your foundation chain to a DC? Or should I just foundation DC my first row? (Going to be hidden anyway)

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    1. I would just do a foundation dc, but use this when beginning each new row, if you are continuing with dc.

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  13. I just tried this DC stitch, I love it. It makes your project look so nice, no more holes.

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