Beginning Chains: How Many Chains to Crochet at the Beginning of a Row

How do you know how many beginning chains to crochet at the start of a row? If you’re following a crochet pattern, the pattern instructions will tell you. However, if you want to create your own design or if you want to modify a pattern, you’ll some basic information.

The table below indicates the number of beginning chains needed to bring the work up to the level of a stitch at the beginning of a new row. However, don’t feel bound by these rules. You may find you need to adjust the number of chains up or down. Those who crochet tighter may need to add a chain, and those who crochet looser may need to subtract a chain in order to keep a tidy edge. You can also adjust the number of beginning chains to create a smooth curve instead of a stair-step edge when shaping.

Stitch Used               # of Beginning Chains

Slip Stitch                   1

Single Crochet             1

Half double crochet     2

Double crochet            3

Treble crochet             4

Joining New Yarn or Thread in a Crochet Project

Never tie or leave knots when you crochet! Yarn ends can be easily worked in and hidden in your project because of the density of the stitches. Always leave at least 6 inches when fastening off yarn just used and when joining new yarn.

Whenever possible, join new yarn at the beginning or end of a row. To do this, work the first stitch or the last stitch with the old yarn until two loops remain on the hook; then complete the stitch with the new yarn.

When you have to join new yarn in the middle of a row, work until you have approximately 12 inches of the old yarn remaining. Hold the end of the new yarn behind the working row and, using the old yarn, work several more stitches over the end of the new yarn. After doing so, change yarns in stitch as previously explained.

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