Lesson on Rows and Turning Chains

In my previous post for Cheater Crochet Headbands, I worked back and forth in rows to get the rectangle from which we’d form the bow. In today’s post, I’d like to focus more on how to correctly form your rows and turn your work so that you can continue adding more rows…over and over and over.

It’s important to know how many chains you’ll need in your foundation row to get the desired number of stitches in your rows. You’ll also need to know how many chains you’ll need to start your next row. In a Red Heart Yarn video tutorial, you can learn how to create five basic stitches – I will only go over single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet.

I made it so that for each of the examples below, we’d end up with 10 stitches on our rows.

Single Crochet Stitches (sc)
Single Crochet Turning RowYou will cast on 11 foundation chains.
Your needle will go into the second chain from the hook.
Hook the yarn to the front of the work.
Yarn over and pull through the two loops.
Move to the next chain and create your next stitch.
Repeat until you get to the end. You have completed row 1.

To turn, you will chain one and turn your work. You are going to insert your hook into the first stitch, pull the yarn through the front of work and crochet your first single IMG_6772crochet stitch.
Insert your hook into the next stitch, pull the yarn forward, yarn over, pull through two loops.
Continue this way until you get to the end. You have completed row 2.
Repeat instructions for row 2 to obtain as many rows as necessary.

Double Crochet Stitches (dc)
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You will cast on 12 foundation chains.
Your needle will go into the fourth chain from the hook. The three chains before the fourth chain will be treated as the first double crochet stitch.
Hook the yarn to the front of the work.
Yarn over and pull through the two loops. Yarn over once more and pull through two remaining loops.
Move to the next chain and create your next stitch.
IMG_6777Repeat until you get to the end; you should have 10 stitches total, including the three chains that counted as the first double crochet. You have completed row 1.

To continue to row 2: you will chain 3, yarn over once, and insert your hook into the second stitch. Like in the first row, the chain-3 will count as a double crochet stitch.
Complete a doublIMG_6779e crochet stitch (yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two). Continue this way until you get to the end.
For the final stitch, you will insert your hook into what would be the third chain of the chain-3 that you did in row 1.
You have completed row 2.
Repeat instructions for row 2 to obtain as many rows as necessary.

Treble Crochet Stitch (tr)
Chain 13.
Your needle will go into the fifth chain from the hook. Similar to the double crochet stitch, the four chains before the fifth chain will count as the first treble crochet stitch.
Hook the yarn to the front of the work.
Yarn over and pull through the two loops; do this a total of two more times.
Move toPresentation1 the next chain and create your next stitch.
Repeat until you get to the end; you should have 10 stitches total, including the four chains that counted as the first treble crochet. You have completed row 1.

To continue to row 2: you will chain 4, yarn over twice, and insert your hook into the second stitch. Like in the first row, the chain-4 will count as a treble crochet stitch.
Complete a treble crochet stitch (yarn over, pull through two x 3). Continue this way until you get to the end.
For the final stitch, you will insert your hook into what would be the fourth chain of the chain-4 that you did in row 1.

So there you have it. I absolutely hope the information proves helpful to you.

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Simple and Quick Project

Finished Project.jpg

Here’s a very simple project that any beginner can do. You can take any plain and ordinary blanket and simply crochet around the edges. The end up result is a finished project with a gorgeous border. You don’t need to know any fancy stitches — a single crochet or double crochet stitch will do. The best part: not only will you be making something unique and special, you’ll also be doing it in a fraction of the time it would take to make an all-yarn blanket (perfect for a last-minute baby shower gift).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a blanket (it can be a receiving blanket or even a fleece blanket, I used one of the many that my son outgrew)
  • a ruler, or measuring tape
  • a pencil
  • your yarn of choice (just don’t use a thick weight yarn)
  • crochet hook (I used a size 7/1.65mm hook)

Picture1The Project
You’ll want to start off by laying the blanket on a flat surface. Next, you’ll place the ruler on top of the blanket and mark even points – these will be where you’ll insert your hook for your stitches. For this project, I marked at every centimeter. If you have a nifty rotary stitch piercer (which I don’t), you can just run the blade along side the ruler. This will definitely allow you to more easily insert the crochet hook and make your stitches; plus, because the holes will be evenly pierced, you don’t have to worry about measuring and marking.

Next, you’ll insert your hook into any of the stitch marks, pierce through, yarn over and pull the yarn through to the front of your work. You’ll yarn over once more and complete your first single crochet stitch; repeat until you get to your first corner. On the corners, you’ll want to stitch up to two single Stitchingcrochet stitches per stitch mark – this will allow for the stitches to look like they are curving around the corner. Once you’ve gone all the way round, you can either cut the yarn and bind off or you can continue with a second row. For ideas on edgings, you can visit CrochetPatternCentral.com.

Other Ideas
You can also use a crochet edging on:

Any other ideas for things that could use a crochet edging? Let me know in the comments section below!