Crochet Linked First-Stitches
As we showed in last week's Stacked First-Stitches tutorial, wonky edges are easily banished to the far corners of the multi-verse with the wave of a magic wand. What??? You DON'T think your hook is a magic wand?!? Yeah… you know it is. And we're going to show you one more spell for banishing wonky edges that even the students of a certain magical school would be envious of (see how we didn't violate any intellectual property laws or infringe on Ms. Rowling's work?).
Remember that first-stitches are what we use to replace those awful "chain 2 and count as first double crochet of row" instructions. ACK… oh, the wonkiness!! In our series, we're covering the four types of first-stitches and this week, we're talking about Linked First-Stitches.
Now, we did say that all four of the first-stitch techniques have their use and that you should use them where fit best as determined by your practice swatch you make before starting a project. That said… linked first-stitches is the technique we go to more often that the others when it comes to making a neat, clean, tidy border on your crochet fabric. Not only does it look FAB when left as a raw edge, but is is SOOOOO easy to work into when sewing seams or picking up stitches for an edging or an accent band of stitches. In addition, linked first-stitches work WAY better than other first-stitch techniques when it comes to taller stitches… more on that at the end of this tutorial.
So, without further ado, here is the step-by-step tutorial for making the Linked First-Double Crochet stitch.
The Steps To Making A Linked First-dc:
Pull loop on hook up to slightly taller than a normal loop, ch 1, insert hook in first chain from hook, yo and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into first st, yo and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
Remember: The higher the stitch, the more chains you make, matching the number of yarn overs you would make for that stitch. One you have made the correct number of chains, insert your hook into each chain one at a time and yarn over and draw up a loop. When you are finished, you will have the correct number of loops on your hook to complete the stitch.
So there you have it! One of our FAVORITE crochet techniques that can be applied to any project where the instructions call for you to make a certain number of chains to count as the first stitch of the row. ACK! No more wonky edges!!
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