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HOW TO MAKE A STANDING DC INSTEAD OF STARTER CHAINS?

Crochet bag pattern diagrams often suggest to start the new round with 2 or 3 chains count as dc or hdc. Starter chains never look like a real dc.

 

FIRST STEPS - HOW TO START IT

 

If the new round begins with the yarn not already tethered to the current work, such as when you are starting a new color, there is no real reason to start the round with a chain. Because the hook can be held at any height you choose, you can just finish off the old color and begin stitching the round with the new yarn. While there is no universally accepted name for this type of stitch – because, after all, it's just a plain stitch- I think of it as a standing stitch. Standing stitches have the benefit of creating a perfectly invisible start to a new round. There are 2 ways for it. “Start with a slip knot” and “Start without slip knot”. I recommend the second way.

1st STEP: Wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front to simulate a slip knot and an initial yarnovers: 2 times for single crochet, 3 for double crochet and four for treble. In all cases, the first wrap will be dropped.

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2nd STEP: Insert the hook into the first stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook.

3rd STEP: Yarn over again and pull through 2 loops on the hook. Note that the extra wrap you made in the first step serves as the yarn over you're accustomed to making for a double crochet stitch.

4th STEP: Let go of the remaining tail and unwrap it from around the hook, allowing it to hang loose at the back of the work. The top of the first crochet will be incomplete at this point.

MATERIAL USED:

Yarn: Sheepjes Catona, 100 % Cotton, washable (40), mercerized, 25 g = 0,88 oz – 62,5 meter = 2460’’ inch = 1 skein,
Crochet hook: 2,5 mm

 

ENJOY CROCHETING AND HAVE FUN!

With Love,

Bori