When I started getting back into crochet I had not realized that there was more than one way to crochet into a chain.
I thought it might be interesting to compare all four ways.
To help with visualisation I am using a method I found on someone else’s blog, unfortunately I can’t remember whose it was.
Here is a chain. As you can see each chain consists of three strands. The top strand here coloured red, the bottom strand (as you look at it) coloured blueand the strand at the back, coloured black.When you are starting a crochet piece which will be worked in rows you start by making a chain and then crocheting the first row of stitches into it. There are in fact four ways of doing this.
This is the method of crocheting into a chain that I have seen most frequently used in books. You insert your hook under only the top/red strand. This can create more of an obvious loop sometimes but is probably a good way for beginners as it is the easiest way.
An alternative method that I have sometimes seen suggested is to insert the hook under both the top/red strand and the back/black strand. This of course is the same as inserting the hook over the bottom/blue strand. I find this seems to give a firmer start.
This, for a long time, was the way I thought you were supposed to do it because it was the way I found on a tutorial I looked at.
You insert the hook from below (or the front depending on how you see it) under both the blue and red strands. This is most similar to the way that you crochet into stitches on the row below. I like to use this method especially when I slip stitch into the top of the starting chains that are supposed to represent a treble (US – dc) or similar.
This method, which I only discovered recently, has become my favourite in many situations because it means that both the bottom and the top of the crochet piece have the same appearance.
In this method you turn the chain over and insert your hook under the back/black strand. At first this may be harder to see but I have found with practice it is no more difficult than the other ways. And although you are only going under one strand it does give a firm finish.Here is an uncoloured close up showing how a row of back loops look.Here I have crocheted into those back loops. This is showing the starting edge.I hope you found this interesting.
How do you like to crochet into the starting chain?