How to make the first dc of a row

 Starting a row with a double crochet (dc) stitch in crochet can be done in a few different ways depending on your preference and the look you want for your project. Here are three common methods:

Method 1: Traditional Turning Chain

The most common method is to use a turning chain to start the row.

Steps:

  1. Chain 3: At the end of the previous row, chain 3. This chain 3 typically counts as the first double crochet of the new row.
  2. Turn Your Work: Turn your work so you can begin crocheting into the stitches of the previous row.
  3. Skip the First Stitch: Skip the very first stitch at the base of the chain 3, and insert your hook into the next stitch to make your next double crochet.

Example:

  1. Complete the last double crochet of your row.
  2. Chain 3 (this counts as the first double crochet).
  3. Turn your work.
  4. Skip the first stitch and make a double crochet in the next stitch.

Method 2: Standing Double Crochet

This method creates a double crochet that looks more like a regular stitch rather than a chain.

Steps:

  1. Start with a Slip Knot: Make a slip knot on your hook if you are joining a new yarn.
  2. Yarn Over: Yarn over as you would for a regular double crochet.
  3. Insert the Hook: Insert the hook into the first stitch of the row.
  4. Yarn Over and Pull Through: Yarn over and pull through the stitch (you now have three loops on your hook).
  5. Complete the Double Crochet: Yarn over, pull through two loops (two loops left on hook), yarn over again, and pull through the remaining two loops.

Example:

  1. Complete the last double crochet of your row.
  2. Yarn over.
  3. Insert the hook into the first stitch of the row.
  4. Yarn over and pull through.
  5. Yarn over, pull through two loops.
  6. Yarn over, pull through two loops.

Method 3: Chainless Starting Double Crochet (aka "No Turning Chain")

This method eliminates the need for a turning chain and creates a stitch that blends more seamlessly with the rest of the row.

Steps:

  1. Pull Up a Loop: Pull up a loop to the height of a double crochet stitch (approx. the height of three chains).
  2. Yarn Over with Loop: Hold the loop with your finger to keep it in place and yarn over using the loop itself.
  3. Insert Hook and Yarn Over: Insert the hook into the first stitch of the row, yarn over, and pull through (you should now have two loops on the hook).
  4. Complete the Double Crochet: Yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops left on hook), yarn over again, and pull through the remaining two loops.

Example:

  1. Complete the last double crochet of your row.
  2. Pull up a loop to the height of a double crochet.
  3. Yarn over with the loop.
  4. Insert the hook into the first stitch of the row.
  5. Yarn over and pull through.
  6. Yarn over, pull through two loops.
  7. Yarn over, pull through two loops.

Tips:

  • Choose the method that best suits your project and personal preference. The traditional turning chain is simple and commonly used, but the other methods can create a cleaner look.
  • Practice each method to see which one you prefer and which works best for your project.


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