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No More Twisted Starting Chain when Working in the Round

November 2, 2017

No More Twisted Starting Chain when Working in the Round: You know projects that have a starting chain you need to join to make a loop? Then you’re supposed to crochet around the chain without twisting the chain? Impossible task, I tell you!! I always, always get my chain all twisted when having to join it to work in a round. ALWAYS. I want to share with you my little trick I use to avoid this problem that seems almost inevitable for me. Honestly, I don’t know how to keep my starting chain from twisting. So if you are able to keep it straight… I AM IN AWE OF YOUR SKILLS.

Anyway, here’s what I do.

I make my chain, and instead of joining to the first chain to make a loop, I crochet the first round as a row.

Then I join to the first stitch of the round with a sl st and make my loop.

Now, I’m ready to start working in the round! My stitches are all straight and even, with no twisting! There will be a small gap where you joined the first row. I usually take care of that at the end.

When weaving in this first end, I sew that gap closed.

I hope this little trick is useful to you! Once I learned this, I never went back to trying to make a loop with my starting chain. I always work my first row and then I join to make the loop.

Here are some patterns I use this trick for:

1. Boho Fringe Cowl 2. Bubblegum Beanie 3. Watermelon Tank Top

 

1. Pineapple Top 2. Cabled Crochet Beanie 3. Easy Ribbed Beanie

 

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    1. Wonderful suggestion! I never thought of that! Just like it never occurred to me that a hat didn’t have to involve crocheting a perfect, non-wavy, non-lopsided (impossible!!!!) Circle… seriously! Thank you 🙂

  1. That’s a great trick! Since it’s cowl season this’ll come in handy! Thanks for sharing! Love your crochet tips! 💞

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