What do you do with crochet chains?

What is the purpose of a turning chain in crochet?

Turning chains are used to begin a row of crochet to ‘lift’ the work up to the next level. Different stitches require a different number of crochet chains. For single crochet, you basically just make one additional chain stitch and that will ‘raise’ you one level. Double crochet uses a turning chain of three stitches.

Does it matter which way you turn your work in crochet?

It may not seem like it matters, but turning in crochet ought to be done consistently each time. That is, you should be turning the same way every time you turn to the next side. The turn creates a neat edge, which is important if you are joining two pieces or seaming garments.

What does chain stitch mean?

chain stitch. noun. a kind of ornamental hand stitching in which each stitch forms a loop through the forward end of the next. a basic crochet stitch in which yarn is pulled with the crochet hook through a loop on the hook to form a continuous strand of interlocking single loops.

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