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How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

Most crocheters, unless you are a beginner, know how to do a chain and a single crochet as the first row. If you are a beginner, check out my beginner post on how to start to crochet HERE. For those of you have have done a chain and a row of single crochet, did you know there are 3 ways to start a chain and crochet a row of single crochets?

Well, in this tutorial, I will explain to you step by step those 3 ways. For those of you who already know them, please share this link on social media for others to know. But there are all really easy. In fact, I added complete video tutorial below as well. So, in case the photos are not helpful, be sure to check out the video also.

Ok, so let’s get started. The three ways on how to start a chain with single crochets are 1. you make a chain and then make your single crochet in one loop which is usually the back loop of the chain, 2. you make a chainless foundation chain where you create the chain and the first row of single crochet at the same time, 3. you crochet your single crochets into the back bump of the chains which is actually my most favorite way to do.

Here are the detailed instructions:

1. Make a chain and single crochet into one loop which is usually the back loop

How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Insert the hook into the back loop, draw up a loop (2 loops on the hook), then yarn over and pull thru both loops

 

How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Bottom view, which is a bit thinner, as you only went thru one loop. The V is not a distinguished as the other two ways.
How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Top and side view. The top shows distinguished V’s
How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Top view shows very distinguished V’s

The reason I do not prefer this method, is because the bottom of the chain does not look as neat as the other 2 methods show. If you try out any of the other 2 methods you will see what I mean by it.

2. Chainless foundation chain

This method can be tricky for some crocheters, but easy for others. The best part of this technique is that its is faster than the other two, because you creating the chain at the same time as you creating the first row of single crochets. To get a more detailed tutorial and learn how to do it for half double crochets, double crochets, and treble crochets, please click HERE.

How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Side view of the chainless foundation chain using single crochets
How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Bottom view shows very neat and distinguished V’s

3. Crocheting single crochets into the back bump of the chain

This technique is actually my favorite one as it creates a very neat and great looking chain plus first row of single crochets. The V’s are shown nicely on the bottom and look therefore identical to the top, which means you can turn your project anyway you like and you won’t know on the first look where the top and where the bottom is. Furthermore, it makes it easier to crochet an edge around it when there is nice V’s to show.

How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
This side shows the back bumps of the chain very nicely. So after making a chain, just turn the chain around and you will see the back bump on the back and therefore make the V’s turn to the bottom.
How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Insert the hook, pull up a loop and then yarn over and pull thru 2 loops.
How to start a chain with a row of single crochet in three ways - Crochet Tutorial by Nicki's Homemade Crafts
Final view, you can see both top and bottom as very distinguished V’s

 

Here is now the video tutorial for all three methods:


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